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Fast Facts

Area: 1,352,176 sq km
Capital City: Darwin
Time Zone:
GMT/UTC +9.5 (Central Standard Time - CST)
State Dialling Code: 08
National Parks: 24 national parks including 2 World Heritage-listed National Parks: Kakadu National Park and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
International Airport: Darwin
240 volts AC
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About Northern Territory

The Northern Territory ranges from the tropical northern shores of Darwin to the vast, exquisite deserts of the Red Centre. Images from the Northern Territory are know world wide with the famous World Heritage-listed Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park.

In the Northern Territory you can experience natural and cultural treasures, abundant wild life, amazing desert wild flowers, massive cattle stations, savanahs and tropics.

The Northern Territory has the sparsest population of any state or territory in Australia. About 30% of the population are Aboriginal people and a large proportion of the Aboriginal population lives in remote communities throughout the Northern Territory stretching from the Red Centre, to Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands. Many of these communities have thriving art & cultural centres, where you can visit to purchase works, meet the artists, and learn more about traditional Aboriginal culture.

The Regions

Darwin & Surrounds
Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory. This attractive, contemporary city lies on the shores of a large harbour. Darwin is the gateway to many of the Northern Territories major natural and cultural attractions including World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park, the Tiwi Islands, Arnhem Land and Nitmiluk National Park, making this an ideal place to start your Northern Territory holiday.

Kakadu & Arnhem Land
Kakadu National Park is the largest national park in Australia. Here you will find the largest concentration of aboriginal rock art in the world.

Arnhem Land is aboriginal owned land and it is famous for its aboriginal culture, magnificent landscapes, coastline, savannah woodlands, lush wetlands and incredible wildlife including saltwater crocodiles.

Katherine & Surrounds
The region surrounding Katherine stretches across the Northern Territory from Queensland to the Western Australian border. Here you will find a diversity of unique ecosystems, and stunning landscapes including the Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk National Park).

Tennant Creek & Surrounds
Tennant Creek is located in Central Australia, 500 kilometres north of Alice Springs and 1000 kilometres south of Darwin. Tennant Creek lies to the west of the Barkly Tablelands which is a huge area home to some of Australia’s large outback cattle stations. About 100km south of Tennant Creek is the famous Devils Marbles.

Alice Springs & Surrounds
The area surrounding Alice Springs offers visitors some dramatic landscapes including cavernous gorges and amazing desert landscapes. There are many remote Aboriginal communities in the area and their art and stories give meaning to the surrounding landscapes.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta & Surrounds
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is on the World Heritage list for both its natural and cultural values. Home to Australia's most recognisable icon Uluru/Ayers Rock, which rises out of the desert in the centre of Australia.

Forty kilometres to the west of Uluru/Ayers Rock is Kata Tjuta, which is also commonly known as The Olgas and dates back 500 million years.


Due to the vastness of the Northern Territory it covers two distinct climate zones of the Red Centre and the Tropical North.

Central Australia, which includes Uluru, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, and the Barkly Tablelands has a semi-arid climate, with 4 seasons summer, autumn, winter and spring. In summer the days are very hot but in winter the nights are quite cold. Spring and Autumn enjoy warm days and cool nights.

The northern part of the territory know as the Top End, includes Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu and Arnhem Land, and it experiences a tropical climate with warm to hot temperatures all year. Summer brings the tropical rains and transforms the area with amazing storms and picturesque sunsets.

The Red Centre


Average Min
(Degrees Celsius)

Average Max
(Degrees Celsius)
Spring 14 30
Summer 20 35
Autumn 12 27
Winter 3 20

The Tropical North


Average Min
(Degrees Celsius)

Average Max
(Degrees Celsius)
Spring 24 31
Summer 25 32
Autumn 24 32
Winter 21 31

Getting to the Northern Territory

By Air
The Northern Territory is easily reached by air with Alice Springs is just a 3 to 4 hour plane ride from most Australian capital cities. There are a large number of airlines that provide connecting flights to and within the Northern Territory.

If travelling to the Northern Territory from overseas the best route is via Singapore with Darwin being the closest capital city in Australia to Asia.

By Rail
A trip to the Northern Territory by train is one you will always remember. The Ghan train travels 2979 kilometres as it goes from Adelaide in South Australia to Darwin. Travellers also have the opportunity to stop over in Alice Springs and Katherine on the way.

By Road
From South Australia
From Adelaide in South Australia take the Stuart Highway through Coober Pedy into the Northern Territory.

From Western Australia
There are several Highways / roads that lead from Western Australia to the Northern Territory including the Victoria Highway, the Butine Highway in the north and the Tanami Road in the south that passes through the Tanami Desert.

From Queensland
The easiest route from Queensland the Barkly Highway from Mt Isa, which is fully sealed. Alternately you can take the the Savannah Way from Cairns, but there is a portion of unsealed road.

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