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.

GO TO TOURING AREAS:
A list of the main touring areas of the state with links to maps and other information

TOURING AREAS OF INTEREST AND IMPORTANCE
  • Central Australia
  • Central Tablelands
  • The Top End
  • INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
  • The Northern Territory gained self-government in 1978.
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