About the Northern Territory
A quintessentially Australian experience, the Northern Territory is vast in striking arid deserts, stunning summertime storms, far-reaching savannahs and tropical shores. Bordered to the west by Western Australia, south by South Australia and east by Queensland, the Northern Territory is where the nation’s red rocky heart of Uluru lies alongside a playground of rugged mountain ranges, hot springs and world class wilderness.
With a population of approximately 211,000 people, the Northern Territory has the sparsest populace of any state or territory in Australia. A vibrant, youthful territory, this region has a diverse population, of which 15% were born overseas and 30% are Indigenous Aboriginals. The Northern Territory is also home to the smallest Australian capital city of Darwin, home to some 106,000 residents.
So large it covers two distinct climate zones, the Northern Territory’s temperature is distinguished by area, namely the Red Centre and Tropical North. Aptly named, the Red Centre encompasses the territory’s central region and is typified by long hot summer days and surprisingly cold winter evenings. The Tropical North is also known as the Northern Territory’s Top End, including Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu and Arnhem Land, is made up of picturesque summer storms and sunsets, with May-October having warm sunny days and cool nights. At the end of the year, a build up to monsoon season begins.
Holding a significant amount of Indigenous Australian history and closer to Bali than Bondi, the Northern Territory encompasses the best of its cultural splendor and unique surroundings. Brace yourself for a holiday full of outback adventure and be surprised at just how much the Northern Territory has to offer.
What to do in the Northern Territory
Here you will the best of what the Northern Territory has on offer, with a list of the top 15 destinations, attractions and activities every visitor should see, do and explore for themselves.