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Alawa - Nakara - Casuarina

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Alawa - Nakara - Casuarina is 4,750, with a population density of 19.58 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Alawa - Nakara - Casuarina is bounded by Trower Road in the north and north-east, Steele Crescent, Gsell Street and Vanderlin Drive in the east, Trower Road in the south and Rapid Creek, Lakeside Drive, Dripstone Road and Ellengowan Drive in the west.

Name origin

Alawa and Nakara are named after Aboriginal tribes. Casuarina is named for the casuarinas trees that grow near the area.

Settlement history

Development of the area dates from the 1960s, when Casuarina was designated the proposed main business area in the northern suburbs. Following this, Alawa was established in the late 1960s, and Nakara was established just before Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Casuarina is home to the largest retail centre in the City of Darwin. The population declined slightly during the 1990s, increased slightly between 2001 and 2006, and then was relatively stable between 2006 and 2011.

Land use

Alawa - Nakara - Casuarina is an established residential and commercial area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Casuarina Square Shopping Centre, Casuarina Village Shopping Centre, Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Alawa Oval, Gsell Park, Nakara Oval, Casuarina Swimming Pool, Nungalinya Theological College and a number of schools.