ABOUT THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
The Northern Territory passed from South Australia to the Federal Government in 1911 and,
despite forming its own government in 1978, is still administered from Canberra.
A referendum of Northern Territorians held in conjuction with territory elections in
1998 for it to move towards statehood was defeated by a slim majority.|
Largest cities: Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek
Total area: 1,335,742 sq. km.
Population: 182,000 (1996)
Approximate width west to east: 950 km
Approximate height, north to south: 1500km
Highest point: Mt. Gillen (MacDonnell Ranges)
Lowest point: Sea Level
In the Central-north of Australia between Queensland and
Western Australia, and north of South Australia. CLIMATE: Highest temp.
48.2° C at Charlotte Waters; lowest -7.5° at Alice Springs. The Top
End has a high rainfall in the 'Wet Season' (Nov.to March) with warm winters
due to its proximity to the equator. The southern section has mainly hot, dry
weather with very cold winter nights.|
Darwin was first settled in 1839 after 2 previous attempts. The Northern Territory contains two of Australia's best known attractions. Kakadu in the north, and Ayers Rock (Uluru) in the south.
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