Location
AIMS' research in Darwin is based at the Arafura Timor Research Facility (ATRF). Darwin was chosen as the site for this Major National Research Facility because of its national and international scientific and commercial advantages for marine and coastal research.

As the Arafura-Timor region is an epicentre of linguistic, cultural and bio-diversity, links between the biological and social sciences are expected to yield particular benefits for this region.


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The Darwin office is only 15 minutes' drive from Darwin city centre, at 23 Ellengowan Road, Brinkin. It is within the boundaries of the North Australia Research Unit (NARU) of the Australian National University (ANU) and adjacent to the Charles Darwin University (CDU).

Follow the Stuart Highway for several kilometres, turning left onto Bagot Road, heading towards Casuarina. Bagot Road becomes Trower Road but stay on it and turn left into Dripstone Road, then right at the roundabout in front of Charles Darwin University into Ellengowan Road. The sign at the front of the complex reads: North Australia Research Unit and Arafura Timor Research Facility. There is a car park in front of the white administration building. There is no direct public transport to the Darwin office.

Public visits
Public access is by appointment only.

Please contact the Darwin Office via email at: d.parry@aims.gov.au or call +61 (0)8 8920 9240.