The Northern Territory (NT) is a federal territory of Australia, with capital city Darwin and other large towns Alice Springs and Katherine. There are many very small settlements scattered across the Territory, which has a sparse population - Genuine "Outback Austalia". It is a great place to go caravanning or camping, in a Caravan, Campervan, Motorhome or Winnebago.
The population of the Northern Territory is only around 210,000, only 1% of the population of Australia. Over 50% of that small population is in the large centres, with the rest scattered in smaller settlements. Indigenous Australians are around 30 per cent of the population, owning around 50% of the land.
The Northern Territory's economy is boosted by mining operations such as Gove Peninsula (Bauxite), Groote Eylandt (Manganese), Ranger (Uranium) with other mines in development.
Tourism is a significant contributor to the economy and the many amazing Natural features and Tourism Activities listed below explain why.
The Northern Territory has two especially spectacular natural rock formations, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), which are sacred to local Aboriginal people and major tourist attractions. Kakadu National Park in the Northern NT, with pristine wetlands and native wildlife.
The Arafura Sea borders NT on the North. Arnhem Land is a large Aboriginal Reserve in the North East of NT.
Northern Territory Rivers include the Alligator River, Daly River, Finke River, McArthur River, Roper River, Todd River and Victoria River. The highest point is Mount Zeil, 1,531m.
Temperatures vary from -7.5ºC in the South to over 48.0ºC.
Among the many National Parks with great wildlife and natural scenery are:
- Arnhem Land (Restricted Area)
- Barranyi Nth. Island National Park
- Casuarina Coastal Reserve
- Daly River Nature Park
- Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve
- Djukbinj National Park
- Elsey National Park
- Finke Gorge National Park
- Garig Gunak Barlu National Park (was Gurig National Park)
- Gregory National Park
- Howard Springs Nature Park Conservation Reserve
- Kakadu National Park
- Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
- Katherine Gorge
- Keep River National Park
- Litchfield National Park
- Mary River National Park (proposed)
- Mataranka Thermal Springs
- Nitmiluk National Park
- Palm Valley
- Tanami Desert
- Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock)
- Watarrka National Park
- West MacDonnell National Park
Other Significant Tourist spots include:
- Alice Springs
- Devils Marbles
- Gove Peninsula
- Seven Spirit Bay
- Tennant Creek
Tourist Activities include:
- 4 wheel drive tours
- Aboriginal arts and Crafts
- Aboriginal cultural Tours
- Bluewater sports
- Bushwalking and Climbing
- Fossicking for Gems and Minerals
- Reef fishing
- River fishing
- Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
- Wilderness holidays of all kinds
The Northern Territory really is a great place to go caravanning or camping, in a Caravan, Campervan, Motorhome or Winnebago.