North Australia Research Unit campus

ANU North Australian Research Unit (NARU) campus is a research facility in the Northern Territory with accommodation and other resources for researchers working in north Australia and the surrounding region.

NARU campus is about a 15km drive from Darwin city and about 8km drive from Darwin International Airport. It was established in 1973 to specialise in research in north Australia and to provide a base and logistic support for Canberra-based members of The Australian National University (ANU) and members of other Australian and overseas institutions undertaking research in North Australia.

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.

Please note that the Top End of Northern Territory is prone to cyclones between November to April each year. Please check for any current cyclone warning for the Darwin region prior to your departure.

Please visit our contact page if you need further information.

NARU Public Seminars

Each year the NARU Seminar Series delivers presentations covering a wide range of topics from researchers based in Australia and around the world. The 2016 Series offered seminars from varying disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, history, linguistics and politics. Presentations attract large audiences and in many cases media attention. Please use the online form if you would like to receive email alerts for upcoming seminars.

Accommodation & resources

Accommodation, office space, field equipment and a large seminar room are available for rent.  Facilites are nestled among the tranquil surrounds of ANU Northern Campus and offer quiet and secure spaces to undertake research or hold seminars, meetings or workshops. Please visit the NARU Units page for more information about the facilities and booking procedures.