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Darwin, Australia's best-kept secret

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Imagine a place where it’s always warm, a modern city where you’re as close to globally innovative technology as you are to the world’s longest continuous living culture. A place where sunsets get a standing ovation and you can be out of the city in just half an hour. 

That place is Darwin.  

Home to almost 150,000 people, Darwin is a growing capital city, nestled in the booming Asia Pacific region and one of the most sought-after destinations in a post-COVID world.  

Darwin has the youngest population of any capital city in Australia, with a median age of just 34 It’s full of young families and singles who’ve chosen to settle here away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities where the lifestyle is relaxed, and there’s always something to do. 

Being home to so many young families, Darwin has been expanding, bringing new suburbs with lots of community space, fantastic schools and plenty of sport and recreation opportunities for the whole family.  

During the Dry season, there are many events and every weekend is filled with sport, art, culture, music and dance as well as the perfect weather to go and explore our world heritage listed Kakadu National Park or the hundreds of other less famous but equally beautiful parts of the great outdoors. 

Darwin is also home to Charles Darwin University, the chosen university of tens of thousands of students from many countries annually. 

As the city grows, so does CDU, with campuses in Alice SpringsSydney and a brand-new campus under construction in the heart of the Darwin Central Business District. Our campuses are spacious, and welcoming and boast the best technology to support our students. We’re a new world university with an inclusive and supportive learning environment. 

But we don’t just look good; we measure up in the rankings too. 

CDU is ranked in the top 100 universities in the Asia Pacific.

Learn more about our rankings

At CDU, we continue to build on our strengths, showing our ongoing commitment to research and innovation and our extensive industry partnerships across dozens of sectors and study areas. That’s why our graduates have such great outcomes; our courses are linked to real-world work.

We’re a new world university located in the best part of the world. Charles Darwin University is for you if you want the best of both worlds. 

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