Influx of construction jobs to drive Darwin real estate

By Juliet Helmke 06 January 2022 | 1 minute read

Big infrastructure spending in Darwin is set to deliver an 11 per cent surge to capital growth in the city’s real estate and push rents up as much as 15 per cent, according to a local expert.


Glenn Grantham, general manager of Raine & Horne Darwin, said the industry was bracing for “a big start to 2022 thanks to some very exciting infrastructure projects”.

They include the Desert Bloom Hydrogen project, a $15 billion off-grid facility in Central Australia that, at its peak, will employ more than 1,000 full-time construction jobs in Darwin and across multiple locations.

Plans for the Sun Cable solar farm in Tennant Creek – a project to provide power to Darwin and Singapore, with a price tag of $25 billion – are also progressing, with the construction of the submarine cable expected to bring thousands of jobs to the territory’s capital.

The next stage of the Barossa gas project will also commence in 2022, bringing with it additional employment opportunities.

And the city’s student cohort is also expected to get a boost with the development of the CBD campus of Charles DarwinCharles Darwin, NT Charles Darwin, NT University from April 2022.

“These are massive projects for the Northern Territory and will drive real estate prices long term.

There have been plenty of infrastructure projects promised, but in 2022 we will start to see these projects come to fruition, and this means more jobs and demand for real estate,” Mr Grantham said.

Shrewd investors should strike now, in his opinion.

“We had a great year with sales up 100 per cent year on year, and with projects such as Desert Bloom Hydrogen in prospect, there is no reason we can’t achieve average annual growth of 11 per cent in 2022,” he forecast.

“The smart money has also noted that while Darwin investment property offers juicy yields, we have almost zero vacancy rates,” Mr Grantham added, noting the city’s yields of up to 8 per cent.

“If a property becomes vacant, it’s snapped up almost immediately, with the new tenants usually paying more to the landlord.” 

Rents increased by an average of 15 per cent in 2021, and Mr Grantham expects that growth to continue apace.

“We can’t see the shortage of rental properties changing anytime soon, especially as projects such Desert Bloom Hydrogen come online, and as such rental prices should increase next year by about 15 per cent again,” he said.



An estate refers to the assets a person owns at death that could be used to pay their debts, including all personal property, real property and other liquid assets.


An estate is the value of an individual’s net worth including assets, properties, financial securities and other valuable assets.

About the author

Juliet Helmke

Based in Sydney, Juliet Helmke has a broad range of reporting and editorial experience across the areas of business, technology, entertainment and the arts. She was formerly Senior Editor at The New York... Read more

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