7.9 out of 10

Nightcliff

Ranked 10th best suburb in Darwin
Ranked 5th best suburb in Northern Territory (Other)
-12.3821121827177 130.845160950061
Great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Medical Facilities
  • Neighbourly Spirit
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Nightcliff, Rapid Creek, Coconut Grove all enjoy coastal living 5 mins from every where"

Nightcliff offers affordable buying with a laid back lifestyle, beaches, markets, woolworth's shopping complex, doctors, dentist you name it and it is most likely around the corner. Its under 10mins from the CBD and 5 from the major shopping precinct. Riding trails, walking trails and great dry season events all make this area one to watch and enjoy!
Pros
  • Outdoor Lifestyle
  • Central Location
  • Community Spirit
Cons
  • Property Prices Likely To Rise
  • More Eateries Needed
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Relaxed beachside living"

Nightcliff is the ideal place to live a balanced lifestyle away from the crowded and over-rated Darwin city apartments. It offers the best sunset views in the region and does not suffer from the midgies or sand flies of nearby suburbs (eg Leanyer, Coconut Grove) as there's no significant swamps closeby. That's why so many people come from all over Darwin & Palmerston in the evenings for the sunset picnics on the public grassed areas that provide ample tables and seating near the big parking lots. The refurbished boardwalk jetty is also a great spot to fish from or to enjoy the ocean spray as waves crash against the scenic mudstone and claystone cliffs. The ocean invites you for a swim if you're not scared of box jelly fish; to make up for this risk, there's a public swimming pool right on the beach. Jump on your push bike and weave your way around the many joggers and pram-pushers along the pedestrian & cycle path that hugs the coast line. Rapid Creek and Nightcliff markets are within walking distance every Sunday throughout the year for fresh green vegetables and tropical fruits grown in the NT or for some spicy tucker cooked on the spot by the stall owners. There's also Woolworths, small corner stores, NT's only bowling alley, private and public gyms and small restaurants. Several good schools are also located in Nightcliff. Inspite of the presence of the Beachfront Hotel (great for the sundowners), there should be more similar public venues to maximise this locality's potential as a meeting place.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic for families"

Nightcliff is almost located between the City Centre and Casuarina and is a 5 minutes drive to the airport.
Its set around the coast and has fantastic facilities ie walkpaths and gym stations as well as a swimming pool on the beach.
All facilities and shopping centres are within a 2 minute drive from Woolworths to dept stores, libraries, medical centre and dentist etc etc .
There are child care centres schools and kindergartens within the suburb.
Casuarina beach is only a stones throw away aswell as Rapid creek for those keen on fishing.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Strange but true suburb"

One part Kew, one Redfern and one part Nimbin, stir well and you've got Nightcliff. It is considered one of the premier suburbs of Darwin but that may just be because it has the highest density of rental properties and therefore people can actually get into it. Nightcliff residents are notoriously green activists and proud of it which is strange given it is the only suburb in the Northern Territory that has had the type of foreshore development that Nightcliff residents refuse to allow anyone else to develop or live in. There are many high end properties which no doubt make beautiful family homes if you have the type of high end executive salary that can afford it. The rest are very low end flats that are all pre-cyclone (Tracey - which is the marker for properties in Darwin eg pre or post cyclone). Many look like that was the last time they were repaired or had any work done to them and still have all the amenities you would expect of cheap accommodation in 1974. There is a massive population of homeless aboriginal people that live along the foreshore because of all the amenities provided such as water bubblers, public toilets and showers and electric barbeques. Most locals (or people who want to sound local) refer to them as 'itinerants' or 'drunks' despite the fact that the majority are just dirt poor families. This is also what makes it one of the premier suburbs to live in because it also has public workout stations and great bike paths for the outdoors lifestyle. Most people seem to work in health care or human services and cycle to work at the hospital located in Tiwi. As befits the 'laid back hippie' lifestyle there is a great sunday market at the Nightcliff shops where you can buy local organic produce and be seen in your best cheese cloth or hemp clothing or your best fake designer wear - it's that kind of mix.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids