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Welcome to Northern Territory

Northern Territory

Steeped in mystery and full of ancient Dreamtime legends, Australia’s Northern Territory is also home to lonely deserts, lush rainforests, stunning goreges and massive momoliths such as Uluru (Ayres Rock).

Australia’s Northern Territory is abundant in aboriginal culture and history. The Aboriginals inhabited it continuously for thousands of years and made Uluru (Ayers Rock) as centre to their culture. It consists mainly of the Simpson Desert.  Darwin is the capital with Alice Springs being the next largest town in the Northern Territory. It borders Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.  The territory has an abundance of animals from rock rats to 100 species of lizards, snake’s and crocodiles. There are many islands around the North coast and this is where you will find the amazing Kakadu National Park, which features breathtaking wetlands and native wildlife, a definite must.  Combine the unsurpassed splendour of Uluru (Ayres Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) on a unforgettable scenic helicopter flight.

Travellers should be aware that especially during the summer months (usually between October and May) the shallow coastal waters of northern Australia become infested with marine stingers, commonly known as box jellyfish, whose sting is highly dangerous and can be deadly. Many beaches offer protected swimming with stinger nets in place, or enclosed tidal pools, and surf lifesavers may warn people off infested beaches. Swimmers may also wear a lycra 'stinger suit' as protection.

Information & Facts


The Northern Territory covers two distinctive climate zones. The north, including Darwin, is tropical with high humidity and a wet and dry season. Rainfall during the rainy season (November to April) can be very heavy. The central region is the desert centre of the country, which includes Alice Springs and Ayers Rock, and is semi-arid with little rain usually falling during the hottest months from October to March.


English is the official language of Australia.


The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies (e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.


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