Sister City Information
- Location: Northern Territory, Australia
- Population: 130,000
- Lord Mayor: Katrina Fong Lim, elected 2012
- Major Industries: mining, tourism, oil and gas production, freight hub
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Our sister city since 1982, Darwin is the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory. Situated on the Timor Sea, Darwin is about 2,000 miles northwest of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. A port city of about 130,000 people, Darwin was founded in 1869 and grew rapidly as gold was discovered in nearby Pine Creek in 1871. Darwin is the largest and most populated city in the sparsely populated Northern Territory, similar to Anchorage. Government employees make up around 60 per cent of the Darwin workforce.
Darwin has grown from a pioneer outpost and small port into one of Australia's most modern and multicultural cities. Its proximity to Asia (it is closer to Jakarta than to Canberra) makes it an important Australian gateway to countries such as Indonesia and East Timor. The Stuart Highway begins in Darwin, and ends at Port Augusta in South Australia.
Similar to Anchorage, Darwin’s residents have ready access to outdoor adventures, superb national parks, exotic wildlife viewing, and premiere fishing and diving.
The region has a tropical climate, with a wet season and a dry season and is well-known for its spectacular lightning with up to 1,600 lightning flashes in just a few hours.
Anchorage and Darwin have enjoyed a healthy exchange of dignitaries and ideas, despite being separated by nearly 10,000 miles. The Darwin Fire Department and Anchorage Fire Departments participated in a year-long job exchange. Currently a Pen Pal program between two schools in Anchorage and two schools in Darwin is underway.
Darwin is the main service centre for a wide range of industries headed by mining, offshore oil and gas production, pastoralism, tourism and tropical horticulture. The Port of Darwin is also the main outlet for Australia's live cattle export trade into South East Asia.