First Impressions

Garramilla Boulevard will provide a new entry point to Darwin’s CBD and help to unlock the potential of the city’s eastern end, creating a tropical inner city feel and supporting development in Darwin CBD.

Connecting traffic directly from Tiger Brennan Drive to Cavenagh Street to more evenly distribute traffic through the CBD, Garramilla Boulevard will introduce more trees and bike lanes.

A map of the project is available to download.

Key Features

Creating and growing a shaded boulevard is essential to this project and will create a cool streetscape with excellent pedestrian and cyclist linkages into the CBD.

There will be approximately 200 shade trees planted along the new Garramilla Boulevard. The heritage value of Frog Hollow Park will be preserved.

Enhancements to public spaces adjacent to the park as well as improved access will open up the space to be enjoyed by many more Territorians and visitors.


  • May 2018 – contract awarded to Territoria Civil
  • June 2018 – construction commenced on Garramilla Boulevard
  • 2020 – construction expected to be complete

Uni students in the city

A new living and learning campus for Charles Darwin University will be built at the end of Garramilla Boulevard, on the site of the Cavenagh Street post office carpark

The Property Council of Australia’s NT Division undertook research into the benefits of increased employment and tertiary students in the Darwin CBD in 2017, which supports the establishment of a city campus for the increased population and vibrancy that it will bring.

Luxury waterfront hotel

An iconic tropical hotel is set to be constructed at the Darwin Waterfront, a hotel that reflects Darwin’s historic tradition of buildings placed in lush garden settings will connect the city to the water, completing the Waterfront precinct as Darwin’s premier destination for leisure, lifestyle and connection to nature.

The hotel will be designed to appeal to international tourists, particularly those visiting Darwin via direct aviation links with China and the expanding cruise ship sector, and will feature amenities such as a public rooftop bar and skybridge.

Artist impression of the new luxury Waterfront hotel Artist impression of the new luxury hotel from an aerial view.

38 Cavenagh

The old Cavenagh House building will be demolished and replaced by a striking ‘green’ nine-storey office tower, which will create 250 construction jobs and will become the new administrative headquarters for the Department of Health

The proposal features substantial CBD activation measures that will deliver broader benefits to the community and contribute to revitalising the Darwin CBD including:

  • greening the exterior of Energy House and improving the building’s fa├žade
  • a childcare centre on the ground floor of Energy House
  • a capital contribution to the City of Darwin to upgrade and green Litchfield Street
  • A  new 320 bay public car park in Litchfield Street.