North Australia Research Unit

The Australian National University (ANU) North Australia Research Unit (NARU) is located in the Darwin northern suburb of Brinkin, Northern Territory.

The North Australia Research Unit facilitates world class research of ANU, and those who would wish to collaborate with them in research areas such as anthropology, biology, linguistics, Indigenous research, history, marine research, demography,  and other research topics that have relevance to North Australia, and the adjacent region. 

ANU academic and research staff based at NARU remain part of their school while at NARU. This structure frees research staff to focus on their research with the full support of their peers. This dynamic structure also allows ANU to respond to new research opportunities in north Australia.

The NARU Academic Advisory Committee is responsible for providing advice and direction for the unit.

Cyclone season

The Top End of the Northern Territory is naturally prone to tropical cyclone events with some two to three cyclones affecting the Darwin region between November and April each year.

Please check with the Bureau of Meteorology for any current cyclone warning for the Darwin area prior to your departure.

In the event of a cyclone warning being issued by the Bureau of Meteorology the NARU campus will be closed up unto the cyclone warning has been downgrade or cancelled.

In the event of a cyclone occurrence in the Darwin area please confirm with NARU administration staff if the campus has reopened prior to your arrival.


NARU is easily accessible by car and is located next to the Charles Darwin University Casurina Campus. The campus is 15km from Darwin and approximately 8km from Darwin International Airport.

Our postal address is PO Box 41321,Casuarina NT 0810.

Our teams & contacts


Contact details
After hours Emergency Assistance 
Phone +61 2 6125 2249
North Australia Research Unit 
Phone +61 8 8920 9999


Contact details
John Nai-Smith 
Operations Manager
Phone +61 8 8920 9966
NARU Casual Administration Assistant Karen Edyvane Dr 
Phone +61 8 8920 9998
David Williams 
Facilites & General Services Officer
Phone +61 8 8920 9996