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Palmerston campus

CDU’s Palmerston campus is a friendly, warm and welcoming place for students, staff and visitors. Our aim is to engage with the dynamic and growing community of Palmerston and the surrounding region in order to contribute to growth and development for future generations.

The Administration and Teaching Resources Building (Building A) and the Tourism and Hospitality Building (Building B) were officially opened on March 22, 1995, and teaching commenced at this campus in these buildings on Semester 1, 1995. Building C - home of the Library and after-hours computer access and study area for CDU students - was officially opened on May 23, 2001, and the Bakery Building was opened October 4, 2007. 

    The campus is home to a number of VET courses, and our highly acclaimed teaching team consists of experts in culinary arts - commercial cookery, bakery and butchery, tourism and hospitality, hair, beauty and retail, sport and recreation, fitness,  Information Communication and Technology (ICT), spoken and written English courses, and children's services and education support. 

    VET short courses at Palmerston campus include:

    • Barista Training
    • Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)
    • Hair and Beauty.

    Find out more about what courses are available in our VET Course Guide (PDF 1.6MB) or search available courses online.

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    What you will find on campus

    Did you know that our campus services and facilities, including computer rooms and the student lounge, are available to all CDU students? Save time on travel and make the most of your local campus! 

    Find your way 

    palmerston campus map

    Download the campus map to help you find your way around the campus. 

    Assembly map (PDF, 408.77 KB)

    Explore the map (PDF, 226.48 KB)

    Getting to and from campus

    Public transport is available. Bus number 73 will take you from campus to the Palmerston bus interchange. 

    Bus timetable info

    City of Palmerston

    The city of Palmerston is about 21km south of the Territory's capital, Darwin, and has attracted many young families because of work, housing and access to modern medical facilities. 

    The city centre has two major shopping complexes, various sporting clubs, restaurants, pubs, a skate park, water park, cinema and smaller shops.

    Palmerston's environment is perfect for outdoor living. The city has a wide range of sporting groups. The Archer Sporting Complex is set up for baseball and football. The Palmerston Leisure Centre is the home of the swimming pool and offers a gym, aerobics and swimming, as well as martial arts classes. A multi-purpose recreation centre has been built in the city centre.

    Palmerston has more than 100 parks, many with playgrounds and barbecues. Marlow Lagoon is a large recreation area where community and private events are often held.

    See the city of Palmerston site for more information.

    Contact us

    Campus administration enquiries

    T: 08 8946 7800
    eFax: 08 8946 7869

    Street/Postal address
    Charles Darwin University
    Palmerston Campus
    80 University Avenue
    Palmerston NT 0909

    CDU Security services

    CDU Security
    T: 08 8946 7888 (Palmerston campus)
    T: 1800 646 501 (free call in Australia)
    T: 08 8946 7777 (Casuarina campus)


    CDU Facilities
    T: 08 8946 7888 (Palmerston campus)
    T: 08 8946 6500 (Casuarina campus)


    Palmerston campus library
    T: 08 8946 7870 (Palmerston campus)
    T: 08 8946 7016 (Casuarina campus)

    Culinary Arts

    VET Customer Service Officer
    T: 08 8946 7526

    Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation (Top End)

    VET Customer Service Officer
    T: 08 8946 7525

    Hair, Beauty and Retail

    VET Customer Service Officer
    T: 08 8946 7520

    Information and Communication Technology

    VET Customer Service Officer
    T: 08 8946 7522

    English Language, Literacy & Numeracy

    VET Customer Service Officer
    T: 08 8946 6578

    Children's Services and Education Support

    VET Customer Service Officer
    T: 08 8946 7519

    Community Services

    VET Customer Service Officer
    T: 08 8946 7517

    What's happening at CDU

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      The CDU events calendar will help you to keep track of all upcoming events, from large campus-wide events to small intimate gatherings such as book launches and art forums.

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      Vocational Education and Training (VET)

      Whether you're starting or switching your career, or moving up in your chosen field, there are many ways to challenge yourself, learn new skills, and carve out a richer and more rewarding future.

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      VET Course Catalogue

      Click through to the Course Catalogue to search for Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses.

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