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Beth McFadden4 years ago

Raising awareness for Youth Homelessness Matters Day

This Wednesday is the annual Couch Surfing Race in Darwin. The event is hosted as part of the Youth Homelessness Matters Day, to raise awareness and money for youth affected by homelessness in the region. This is an issue that affects close to 26,000 young adults and teenagers in Australia, who don’t have a place to turn to or a permanent roof over their heads. If you would like to be involved in this event, then grab your buddies and an old couch and head down to the Parliament House Carpark at Bennett Street. We’ve also sorted out a guide for cheap activities and food to grab in the area if you’re in Darwin for this event, so check out the cafes and accommodation below for the best value in Darwin.

Café 21

Fresh sandwiches and wraps, Cafe 21 - Darwin
Fresh sandwiches and wraps, Cafe 21 – Darwin

After the event concludes, you might want to grab a bite to eat. Cafe 21 is right across the road from the Couch Surfing Race that will be taking place, so it is the perfect spot to drop into and grab a coffee and some food to fill up after the race. Specialising in healthy sandwiches, salads and small snacks, this is the best affordable place to head with your mates for a delicious, filling lunch. Choose from smoked salmon, roast chicken and leg ham sandwiches or fresh croissants with ham and cheese. If you need something more sugary, they also serve up gluten free treats and other goodies to munch on. Why not shout a friend a sandwich and a coffee this Wednesday.
Where: 21 Smith Street, Darwin NT 0800

Deckchair Cinema

The outdoor cinemas, Deckchair Cinema - Darwin
The outdoor cinemas, Deckchair Cinema – Darwin

If you’re not exhausted enough from pushing your friends around on a sofa, head to the Deckchair Cinema down the road. This Wednesday night is their opening night for the year and they’re screening an independent movie for the event. God Help the Girl is set in Glasgow and is about a young band in the 1960s trying to battle it out to prove their talent. This heartwarming movie will make for a great evening out for you and your friends, with student tickets going for only $12. The Deckchair Cinema makes the most out of Darwin’s tropical climate with their outdoor cinema – the perfect place to relax after a big day out.
Where: Jervois Road, Darwin NT 0800

Zhen’s Corner Takeaway

BBQ Pork in delicious oyster sauce, Zhens Corner Takeaway - Darwin
BBQ Pork in delicious oyster sauce, Zhens Corner Takeaway – Darwin

If you’re looking to grab dinner after the movies, head to Zhen’s Corner Takeaway cafe for Chinese food the locals love. Try their Kung Pao Chicken served with chilli, cashews and rice for a fresh, zesty dish. If you’re after something more traditional, their incredible Chinese Roast Duck with plum sauce is rumoured to be the best in the region. The food here is highly recommended by everyone who visits, and at such affordable prices this is the perfect place to pick up your dinner before heading to your accommodation tonight. Zhen’s Corner Takeaway is located in the centre of Darwin for the most convenient dining option around.
Where: Shop 1, 130 Smith Street, Darwin NT 0800

Youth Shack

Relax in the pool, Youth Shack - Darwin
Relax in the pool, Youth Shack – Darwin

If you’re looking for a cheap place to stay, the Youth Shack backpackers hostel is the perfect place to go. With dorm rooms starting from $25 a night, you’ll love the friendly staff and other hostel guests. They also have a pool to relax in, full laundry and kitchen facilities as well as an on-site bar with weekly events. If you’re a young person looking for a job, the Job Shack on-site can help you to find work in the area, willing to help you out seven days a week. Bring along a rough copy of your resume and go to one of their membership meetings to find out more. Especially on Youth Homelessness Matters Day, the Youth Shack backpackers hostel is the best place to go if you’re a young person in Darwin looking for a place to stay and need some help finding a job.
Where: 69 Mitchell Street, Darwin NT 0800

Do you know of a venue that is participating in this event? Comment and let us know!

If you want more information about this event, or need help finding somewhere to stay in Darwin, you can contact Headspace (one of the three companies hosting this event) on 1800 659 388 or Anglicare NT on 08 8985 0000.