SWY Port of Call
8-9th Feb 2019
Darwin is the vibrant capital of the Northern Territory, often referred to as Australia's northern capital. Darwin's population is small, only 107,000, but don't let that fool you - Darwin is a hub for business in the north and host to many internationally acclaimed cultural festivals. Darwin is also home to one of the most diverse and multicultural communities in Australia with more than 70 different cultural backgrounds represented. The people of Darwin live cross-cultural engagement everyday.
Darwin is built on the land of the Larrakia nation. The Larrakia people have a deep connection with the sea and a strong history of trade with
the surrounding nations. The Larrakia people remain prominent and active members of the local community.
Darwin has evolved significantly from its days as a laid-back frontier town at the edge of Australia on the doorstep of Asia. While it has grown and experienced tragedy along the way, the people of Darwin remain calm, relaxed and always welcoming.
Darwin has two seasons - the wet season and the dry season. The SWY program will visit Darwin in the wet season. This is a great time to visit Darwin, while very warm and wet, you will see Darwin at its most beautiful. With a sea of lush green as the backdrop, breath-taking afternoon thunder storms bring cool relief.
Things to Do
Darwin has something for everyone. If you are into art and culture, Darwin is home to one of the oldest living civilisations in the world and with that comes sixty thousand years of art and story. As a multicultural city, Darwin also provides an international kaleidoscope of art forms and expression. The city hosts a number of international cultural events and shows every year.
History is everywhere you look in Darwin, whether it is the traditional dreaming stories of the Larrikia people, the military past of WWII or the tragedy of cyclone Tracy. You will lose yourself in the history of Darwin.
If you have a passion for the environment and the outdoors, visitors will not find a better destination. Darwin is surrounded by world-class national parks, pristine ocean and abundant wildlife. Visitors don't even have to leave the city to see a crocodile with Crocosuraus Park located right in the city's centre.
Darwin also boasts some incredible food. Thanks to its amazing surrounds, Darwin is supplied with a flow of fresh produce - both from the land and the sea.
No matter your interest - Darwin has something for everyone. Click here to explore the boundless possibilities.
Darwin has a wide range of accommodation options, from budget to luxury. No matter what you are looking for Darwin has it. Click here to browse options.
Would you really like to get to know Darwin and its people? SWY Australia will help organise accommodation with local host families for those volunteering and supporting POC activities. Save money and learn about Australia! Register you interest on the volunteer registration page or contact us for more information.
Getting to Darwin
Darwin is easily reached through Darwin international airport. You can fly directly from 3 international destinations, including Singapore or connect on to Darwin through any capital city in Australia.
If you want something more unique, you might like to take one of the world's great train journeys - the Ghan. Enjoy the breath-taking landscapes of central Australia travelling from Adelaide to beautiful Darwin.
Darwin POC Schedule
SWY Australia has an exciting program planned for the SWY participants. SWY Australia has worked closely with government, business and community organisations to develop a program that with educate and challenge participants, while at the same time giving them an insight into Australia and its culture. Find out more about the scheduled activities below.