Austin Lane enhancement



The NT Government worked in partnership with City of Darwin to enhance the Austin Lane streetscape with the construction of two covered walkways.

This Darwin City deal project will link with further cooling initiatives in Darwin’s CBD such as the Heat Mitigation Trail on Cavenagh Street.

Construction included the installation of new tree plantings, two new covered walkways to link arcades and provide shade, while also installing seating and upgraded kerbing.

Works on these elements of the Austin Lane enhancement were completed in March 2020.

Consultation was undertaken in March 2020 on the design, development and construction of an Activity Node along Austin Lane from Edmunds Street to Knuckey Street including Spain Place in the Darwin CBD. Stakeholders were broadly supportive of the project.

The Activity Node is a dedicated space to support community activities such as street parties and festivals and will include infrastructure enhancements such as decorative lighting, improved paving and various greening or shading options to create an inviting and engaging experience for people moving through the city centre.

The Activity Node will provide a linkage with the recent upgrades at the other end of Austin Lane, creating spaces to capture the cooling benefit of the breezes between buildings and supporting local businesses by encouraging increased pedestrian activity.

Enhancements as part of this project include;

  • improved paving
  • improved lighting
  • greening and shading.

Construction work on the Activity Node is expected to start in mid 2020.


View the Austin Lane and Spain Place Activity Node concept  PDF (17.7 MB)

Austin lane design concept


Project Director: Lauren King

Last updated: 22 May 2020

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