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2-5 APRIL 2025 DARWIN 


Your chance to shine! Our annual Place Leaders Asia-Pacific Awards nominations will open Monday 2 September 2024.


Join us in celebrating cutting edge innovation and excellence in the place sector, with categories covering projects, processes, leadership, governance, and digital placemaking - see the 2023 winners


The 2024 Awards will be announced at our annual Awards Presentation and Dinner at the stunning Darwin Waterfront on Thursday 3 April 2025. Immerse yourself in the lush, tropical ambiance of Darwin thanks to our 2024 Awards Partner, Activate Darwin.

The Place Leaders Asia Pacific Awards Program provides a platform for the promotion and celebration of innovation and excellence across a broad field of place-focused work. The program highlights the achievements of Place Leaders like you and the ongoing contribution of your work in delivering successful place outcomes that enrich the life and well-being of all communities.








(multiple venues across the Darwin Waterfront / Convention Centre / CBD)


Book-ending the Awards Presentation and Dinner is the Place Leaders Urban Leaders’ Summit over 2-5 April 2025.  Based at the stunning Darwin Convention Centre in the heart of the Darwin Waterfront Precinct, the Summit offers you an unparalleled cultural learning experience - here you'll experience the frontline of placemaking across voice, inclusion, and climate adaption. Don't miss this unique chance to stay ahead in your field thanks to our 2025 Summit Partner, Darwin Waterfront Corporation.

You’ll see cutting-edge climate resilience practices in a real-world setting and hear from the trailblazers behind those projects at the intersection of science, government, and First Nations perspectives.


A true personal and professional development opportunity, you’ll take home the lessons of incorporating Indigenous wisdom into consultation, urban design and placemaking, and for building climate resilience into your projects.

In addition to the Summit program, multiple site tours will be available including interactive walking tours of Darwin’s CBD that will broaden your perspective on both activating and cooling urban spaces, but but you’ll start on the evening of Wednesday 2 April 2025 by jumping off the plane and on to the water for a climate resilient city showcase as seen from Darwin Harbour. You'll also enjoy the ultimate Darwin experience - a Laksa breakfast served fresh on the lawns of NT Parliament prepared by participants from the Darwin International Laksa Festival. You’ll wrap-up with an engaging tour of Darwin's thriving night-time economy and then a Saturday morning visit and presentation at the lively Parap Village Markets, delivered by the Parap Village Traders Association since 1988. 


You’ll get a unique view into the transformative power of Indigenous placemaking in creating vibrant communities and network with fellow Urban Leaders at the Awards Dinner at Darwin Harbour and lunches at Darwin Convention Centre, all while enjoying unique cultural ceremonies - including participation in a Saltwater Ceremony - that only the Top End can offer.



Darwin is Australia’s unearthed gem for placemaking, a city that’s had to rebuild itself every few decades after war and natural disaster yet still retain its heart while embracing the Asia-Pacific. There’s an energy there - last year’s Award winners for Place Process and Digital Placemaking were from Darwin.

This Summit is a must for anyone dedicated to urban planning, climate resilience, community development and leadership, policy making, and placemaking. We'll be providing updates including the full conference Agenda, flight and accommodation options, and pre-Summit / post-Summit tours. Hold the dates of 2-5 April 2025 and complete the form below to make sure you get advance notice when tickets are released - spaces are limited!





  • Your early-bird 'all-inclusive' $690 Place Leaders 2024 Awards and Urban Leaders Summit ticket covers the 2-Day Urban Leadership Summit, lunches and morning/afternoon teas, the 2024 Place Leaders Awards and Dinner, Darwin Harbour tour, Darwin CBD walking tours, Parap Village Markets tour, Saltwater Ceremony, and access to the Darwin Waterfront Wave Lagoon (access for delegates and their families/companions).



  • Your Place Leaders Asia Pacific Awards nomination $650 includes one ‘stand-alone’ ticket to the Awards Dinner AND a $250 discount on the early bird ‘all inclusive’ Summit ticket. 

  • The Place Leaders Awards dinner ‘stand-alone’ ticket is $250.

Place Leaders Asia Pacific members receive

  • One complementary Awards nomination (value $650)

  • Once complimentary ticket to the Awards dinner (value $250)

  • One complementary 'all-inclusive' Place Leaders 2024 Awards and Urban Leaders Summit ticket (value $690).

Tickets are limited. To receive advance notice when tickets are released, please complete the form below. We look forward to seeing you in Darwin!


The stunning Darwin Waterfront location for the Place Leaders Awards Presentation and Dinner

Darwin Waterfront with the Summit venue, Darwin Convention Centre. to the right. Summit delegates
(and their families / companions) will enjoy complimentary access to the Darwin Waterfront Wave Pool

You'll experience amazing murals throughout the Darwin CBD with commentary from curators and administrators of the Darwin Street Art Festival

Enjoy a unqiely Darwin experience - a Laksa breakfast on the lawns of NT Parliament


Proudly Supported By 


Activate Darwin - Awards Partner

Darwin Waterfront Corporation - Summit Partner

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