Leanyer, Northern Territory

Leanyer is a northern suburb of Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Darwin, Northern Territory
Population4,578 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,830/km2 (4,740/sq mi)
Area2.5 km2 (1.0 sq mi)
Location14.4 km (9 mi) from Darwin
LGA(s)City of Darwin
Territory electorate(s)Wanguri
Federal Division(s)Solomon
Suburbs around Leanyer:
Lee Point
Wanguri Leanyer
Wagaman Wulagi Malak


The name Leanyer was in general use for the area at the time of development and first appeared on 1869 survey plans. Leanyer is thought to be derived from an Aboriginal word.[2]

During World War 2 Leanyer was established as a military area, there was an Army post and a military equipment storage facility, gun turrets were also set up along the coast of Lee Point. It was disbanded soon after the end of World War 2 and residential development of Leanyer started during the 1970s.

The roads and streets within the suburb are named after coastal features and rivers in the northern part of the Northern Territory.

In 2011 the suburb recorded, 3,160.0 millimetres (124.41 in), the highest 2010/11 wet season rainfall total recorded in the Northern Territory, breaking the previous all-time record of 3,048.6 millimetres (120.02 in) set in Pirlangimpi on the Melville Island during the 1999/2000 wet season.[3][4]

Present day

There are a number of schools in the suburb such as Leanyer Primary School and Good Shepherd Lutheran College. Attractions in the area include the Casuarina Coastal Reserve and beach, Holmes Jungle Nature Park, Leanyer Swamp, Leanyer Recreation Park - a free water park, the Tracy Village Social Club and the Hibiscus Shoppingtown.


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Leanyer (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  2. "Place Names Register Extract". NT Place Names Register. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  3. "Darwin suburb breaks NT wet season record". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  4. "Darwin wet season rainfall record falls". Northern Territory Regional Office. Bureau of Meteorology. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2011.

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