Alawa, Northern Territory

Alawa is a northern suburb of the city of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. It is bounded by Trower and Dripstone Roads, Lakeside Drive and the Rapid Creek. It is in the local government area of City of Darwin.

Darwin, Northern Territory
Population2,127 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,770/km2 (4,590/sq mi)
Area1.2 km2 (0.5 sq mi)
Location12 km (7 mi) from Darwin
LGA(s)City of Darwin
Territory electorate(s)Casuarina
Federal Division(s)Solomon
Suburbs around Alawa:
Brinkin Casuarina Wanguri
Rapid Creek Alawa Wagaman
Millner Jingili Moil


The suburb of Alawa was constructed in the late 1960s. Alawa is named after the Alawa Aboriginal tribe who inhabited an area on the southern tributaries.[2] The street names in Alawa commemorate the residents and workers, at the old Post Office, who were killed in the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese in 1942, and the boats and people associated with the early settlement of Palmerston (Port Darwin).

Present day

Alawa's boundary borders the Casuarina Shopping centre. the largest shopping centre in the Territory. The suburb also has a primary school and a smaller shopping centre.


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Alawa (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  2. The Origin of Suburbs, Localities, Towns and Hundreds in the Greater Darwin area Archived 29 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2007-12-16

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