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The Northern Territory
Northern Territory
(abbreviated as NT) is a federal Australian territory in the central and central northern regions of Australia. It shares borders with Western Australia
Australia
to the west (129th meridian east), South Australia
Australia
to the south (26th parallel south), and Queensland
Queensland
to the east (138th meridian east). To the north, the territory is bordered by the Timor Sea, the Arafura Sea
Arafura Sea
and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Despite its large area—over 1,349,129 square kilometres (520,902 sq mi), making it the third largest Australian federal division—it is sparsely populated. The Northern Territory's population of 244,000 (2016) makes it the least populous of Australia's eight major states and territories, having fewer than half as many people as Tasmania.[5] The archaeological history of the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
begins over 40,000 years ago when Indigenous Australians
Indigenous Australians
settled the region. Makassan traders began trading with the indigenous people of the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
for trepang from at least the 18th century onwards. The coast of the territory was first seen by Europeans in the 17th century. The British were the first Europeans to attempt to settle the coastal regions. After three failed attempts to establish a settlement (1824–1828, 1838–1849, and 1864–66), success was achieved in 1869 with the establishment of a settlement at Port Darwin. Today the economy is based on tourism, especially Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park
in the Top End
Top End
and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
(Ayers Rock) in central Australia, and mining. The capital and largest city is Darwin. The population is concentrated in coastal regions and along the Stuart Highway. The other major settlements are (in order of size) Palmerston, Alice Springs, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, and Tennant Creek. Residents of the Northern Territory are often known simply as "Territorians" and fully as "Northern Territorians", or more informally as "Top Enders" and "Centralians".

Contents

1 History 2 Geography

2.1 National parks

3 Climate 4 Governance

4.1 Parliament 4.2 Chief Minister and Cabinet 4.3 Administrator 4.4 Federal government 4.5 Local government 4.6 Aboriginal land councils 4.7 Political parties

5 Demographics

5.1 Religion 5.2 Languages

6 Education

6.1 Primary and secondary 6.2 Tertiary 6.3 Libraries

7 Economy 8 Transport 9 Media

9.1 Print 9.2 Television 9.3 Radio

10 Sport 11 See also 12 References

12.1 Citations 12.2 Sources

13 External links

History[edit]

Thomas Baines
Thomas Baines
with Aborigines near the mouth of the Victoria River.

Main article: History of the Northern Territory Indigenous Australians
Indigenous Australians
have lived in the present area of the Northern Territory for an estimated 40,000 years, and extensive seasonal trade links existed between them and the peoples of what is now Indonesia for at least five centuries. With the coming of the British, there were four early attempts to settle the harsh environment of the northern coast, of which three failed in starvation and despair. The Northern Territory
Northern Territory
was part of colonial New South Wales
New South Wales
from 1825 to 1863, except for a brief time from February to December 1846, when it was part of the short-lived colony of North Australia. It was part of South Australia
Australia
from 1863 to 1911. Under the administration of colonial South Australia, the overland telegraph was constructed between 1870 and 1872. A railway was also built between Palmerston and Pine Creek between 1883 and 1889. The economic pattern of cattle raising and mining was established so that by 1911 there were 513,000 cattle. Victoria River Downs was at one time the largest cattle station in the world. Gold was found at Grove Hill in 1872 and at Pine Creek, Brocks Creek, Burrundi, and copper was found at Daly River. On 1 January 1911, a decade after federation, the Northern Territory was separated from South Australia
Australia
and transferred to Commonwealth control. Alfred Deakin opined at this time "To me the question has been not so much commercial as national, first, second, third and last. Either we must accomplish the peopling of the northern territory or submit to its transfer to some other nation."[6]

Letters Patent annexing the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
to South Australia, 1863

In late 1912 there was growing sentiment that the name "Northern Territory" was unsatisfactory.[7][8] The names "Kingsland" (after King George V and to correspond with Queensland), "Centralia" and "Territoria" were proposed with Kingsland becoming the preferred choice in 1913. However, the name change never went ahead.[9][10] For a brief time between 1927 and 1931 the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
was divided into North Australia
Australia
and Central Australia
Australia
at the 20th parallel of South latitude. Soon after this time, parts of the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
were considered in the Kimberley Plan as a possible site for the establishment of a Jewish Homeland, understandably considered the "Unpromised Land". During World War II, most of the Top End
Top End
was placed under military government. This is the only time since Federation that part of an Australian state or territory has been under military control. After the war, control for the entire area was handed back to the Commonwealth. The Bombing of Darwin
Bombing of Darwin
occurred on 19 Feb 1942. It was the largest single attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australia. Evidence of Darwin’s World War II history is found at a variety of preserved sites in and around the city, including ammunition bunkers, airstrips, oil tunnels and museums. Indigenous Australians
Indigenous Australians
had struggled for rights to fair wages and land. An important event in this struggle was the strike and walk off by the Gurindji people at Wave Hill Cattle Station in 1966. The Commonwealth Government of Gough Whitlam set up the Woodward Royal Commission in February 1973, which set to enquire into how land rights might be achieved in the Northern Territory. Justice Woodward's first report in July 1973 recommended that a Central Land Council and a Northern Land Council be established to present to him the views of Aboriginal people. In response to the report of the Royal Commission a Land Rights Bill was drafted, but the Whitlam Government was dismissed before it was passed. The Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 was eventually passed by the Fraser Government on 16 December 1976 and began operation on the following Australia
Australia
Day (26 January 1977). In 1974, from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day, the city of Darwin, Northern Territory, was devastated by tropical Cyclone Tracy. Cyclone Tracy killed 71 people, caused A$837 million in damage (1974 dollars), or approximately A$4.45 billion (2014 dollars), and destroyed more than 70 percent of Darwin's buildings, including 80 per cent of houses. Tracy left more than 41,000 out of the 47,000 inhabitants of the city homeless. The city was rebuilt with much improved construction codes and is a modern, landscaped metropolis today. In 1978 the Territory was granted responsible government, with a Legislative Assembly headed by a Chief Minister. The Administrator of the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
is an official acting as the Queen's indirect representative in the Territory. During 1995–6 the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
was briefly one of the few places in the world with legal voluntary euthanasia, until the Federal Parliament overturned the legislation.[11] Before the over-riding legislation was enacted, four people used the law supported by Dr. Philip Nitschke. Geography[edit]

Northern Territory
Northern Territory
towns, settlements and road network.

Main article: Geography of the Northern Territory

The northern coast of Australia
Australia
is on the left with Melville Island in the lower right.[12]

There are many very small settlements scattered across the territory, but the larger population centres are located on the single paved road that links Darwin to southern Australia, the Stuart Highway, known to locals simply as "the track". The Northern Territory
Northern Territory
is also home to two spectacular natural rock formations, Uluru
Uluru
(Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta
Kata Tjuta
(The Olgas), which are sacred to the local Aboriginal peoples and which have become major tourist attractions. In the northern part of the Territory lies Kakadu National Park, which features breathtaking wetlands and native wildlife. To the north of that lies the Arafura Sea, and to the east lies Arnhem Land, whose regional centre is Maningrida on the Liverpool River delta. There is an extensive series of river systems in the Northern Territory. These rivers include: the Alligator Rivers, Daly River, Finke River, McArthur River, Roper River, Todd River
Todd River
and Victoria River. National parks[edit] Main article: Protected areas of the Northern Territory See also: National parks of the Northern Territory

Arnhem Land
Arnhem Land
(Restricted Area) Barranyi (North Island) National Park Casuarina Coastal Reserve Daly River
Daly River
Nature Park Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve Djukbinj National Park Dulcie Range National Park Elsey National Park Finke Gorge
Finke Gorge
National Park Gregory National Park Gurig National Park-now Garig Gunak Barlu National Park Howard Springs Nature Park
Howard Springs Nature Park
Conservation Reserve Iytwelepenty / Davenport Ranges National Park Kakadu National Park Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve Keep River National Park Litchfield National Park Mary River Crossing Conservation Reserve and proposed Mary River National Park Mataranka
Mataranka
Thermal Springs Nitmiluk National Park Katherine Gorge Palm Valley Tanami Desert The Olgas Uluru- Kata Tjuta
Kata Tjuta
National Park Watarrka National Park
Watarrka National Park
(including Kings Canyon) West MacDonnell National Park

Mount Sonder, the fourth highest mountain in the Northern Territory after nearby Mount Zeil, in West MacDonnell National Park

Nourlangie Rock
Nourlangie Rock
in Kakadu National Park

Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu National Park

Uluru
Uluru
(Ayers Rock), one of the best known images of the Northern Territory

Aerial view of Uluru

Uluru- Kata Tjuta
Kata Tjuta
National Park

Climate[edit]

Köppen climate types in the Northern Territory

Satellite image of fire activity in central Australia.

Average monthly maximum temperature in Northern Territory

Month Darwin Alice Springs

January 31.8 °C 36.3 °C

February 31.4 °C 35.1 °C

March 31.9 °C 32.7 °C

April 32.7 °C 28.2 °C

May 32.0 °C 23.0 °C

June 30.6 °C 19.8 °C

July 30.5 °C 19.7 °C

August 31.3 °C 22.6 °C

September 32.5 °C 27.1 °C

October 33.2 °C 30.9 °C

November 33.2 °C 33.7 °C

December 32.6 °C 35.4 °C

Source: Bureau of Meteorology

The Northern Territory
Northern Territory
has two distinctive climate zones. The northern end, including Darwin, has a tropical climate with high humidity and two seasons, the wet (October to April) and dry season (May to September). During the dry season nearly every day is warm and sunny, and afternoon humidity averages around 30%. There is very little rainfall between May and September. In the coolest months of June and July, the daily minimum temperature may dip as low as 14 °C (57 °F), but very rarely lower, and frost has never been recorded. The wet season is associated with tropical cyclones and monsoon rains. The majority of rainfall occurs between December and March (the southern hemisphere summer), when thunderstorms are common and afternoon relative humidity averages over 70% during the wettest months. On average more than 1,570 mm (62 in) of rain falls in the north. Rainfall is highest in north-west coastal areas, where rainfall averages from 1,800–2,100mm (72–84 in). The central region is the desert centre of the country, which includes Alice Springs
Alice Springs
and Ayers Rock, and is semi-arid with little rain usually falling during the hottest months from October to March. Central Australia
Australia
receives less than 250 mm (9.8 in) of rain per year. The highest temperature recorded in the territory was 48.3 °C (118.9 °F) at Finke on 1 and 2 January 1960. The lowest temperature was −7.5 °C (18.5 °F) at Alice Springs
Alice Springs
on 17 July 1976.[13] Governance[edit] Main article: Government of the Northern Territory

The legislative assembly building in Darwin.

Parliament[edit] Main articles: Northern Territory
Northern Territory
Parliament, Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, and Proposed Northern Territory
Northern Territory
statehood The Northern Territory Parliament
Northern Territory Parliament
is one of the three unicameral parliaments in the country. Based on the Westminster System, it consists of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
which was created in 1974, replacing the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
Legislative Council. The Northern Territory Legislative Council was the partly elected governing body from 1947 until its replacement by the fully elected Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
in 1974. The total enrolment for the 1947 election was 4,443. The Northern Territory
Northern Territory
was split into five electorates: Darwin, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Batchelor, and Stuart. Whilst this assembly exercises similar powers as the governments of the states of Australia, it does so by legislated devolution of powers from the Commonwealth Government, rather than by any constitutional right. As such, the Commonwealth Government retains the right to legislate for the Territory, including the power to override legislation passed by the Legislative Assembly. The Monarch is represented by the Administrator of the Northern Territory, who performs a role similar to that of a state governor. Twenty-five members of the Legislative Assembly are elected to four-year terms from single-member electorates. For several years there has been agitation for full statehood. A referendum of voters in the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
was held on the issue in 1998, which resulted in a 'no' vote. This was a shock to both the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
and Commonwealth governments, for opinion polls showed most Territorians supported statehood. However, under the Australian Constitution, the Federal Government may set the terms of entry to full statehood. The Northern Territory
Northern Territory
was offered three Senators, rather than the twelve guaranteed to original states. (Because of the difference in populations, equal numbers of Senate seats would mean a Territorian's vote for a Senator would have been worth more than 30 votes in New South Wales
New South Wales
or Victoria.) Alongside what was cited as an arrogant approach adopted by then Chief Minister Shane Stone, it is believed that most Territorians, regardless of their general views on statehood, were reluctant to adopt the particular offer that was made.[14] Chief Minister and Cabinet[edit] The Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
is the head of government of a self-governing territory, while the head of government of a state is a Premier. The Chief Minister is appointed by the Administrator of the Northern Territory, who in normal circumstances will appoint the leader of whichever party holds the majority of seats in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly. The current Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
is Michael Gunner
Michael Gunner
of the Australian Labor Party. He replaced Adam Giles
Adam Giles
on 31 August 2016. Administrator[edit] The Northern Territory
Northern Territory
received self-government on 1 July 1978 under its own Administrator of the Northern Territory
Administrator of the Northern Territory
appointed by the Governor-General of Australia. The Commonwealth government, not the Government of the Northern Territory, advises the governor-general on appointment of the Administrator, but by convention, consults first with the Territory Government. The current Administrator is Vicki O'Halloran. Federal government[edit]

Children wave Australian flags during an Anzac Day
Anzac Day
parade in Palmerston

The Northern Territory
Northern Territory
is represented in the Commonwealth parliament by two Members in the House of Representatives and two members in the Senate. As of September 2016[update], resulting from the 2016 federal election, Warren Snowdon
Warren Snowdon
from the Australian Labor Party
Australian Labor Party
(ALP) and Luke Gosling from the Australian Labor Party
Australian Labor Party
(ALP) serve in the House of Representatives, and Malarndirri McCarthy
Malarndirri McCarthy
from the ALP and Nigel Scullion
Nigel Scullion
from the CLP serve in the Senate. Local government[edit] The Northern Territory
Northern Territory
is divided into 17 local government areas, including 11 shires and five municipalities. Shire, city and town councils are responsible for functions delegated by the Northern Territory parliament, such as road infrastructure and waste management. Council revenue comes mostly from property taxes and government grants. Aboriginal land councils[edit]

Aboriginal Australians own about 49% of the Northern Territory's land.

Further information: Aboriginal land councils in the Northern Territory Aboriginal land councils in the Northern Territory are groups of Aboriginal landowners, set up under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act. Political parties[edit] The two dominant political parties in the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
are the conservative Country Liberal Party, and the social-democratic Australian Labor Party. Minor parties that are also active in the NT are the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
Greens, Palmer United Party
Palmer United Party
and Australia's First Nations Political Party. In the 2016 Northern Territory
Northern Territory
general election only two CLP representatives were elected (MLAs Higgins and Finocchiaro) plus five independents. This makes the parliamentary status of the CLP as a major party a matter of interest. Demographics[edit] See also: Demographics of Australia

Estimated resident population since 1981

Population estimates for the Northern Territory

1901 4,765

1956 19,556

1961 44,481

1974 102,924

1976 97,090

1981 122,616

1991 165,493

1996 181,843

2002 200,019

2006 192,900

2011 211,945

2016 228,833

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (Est Resident Pop)

The population of the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
at the 2011 Australian census was 211,945,[15] a 10 per cent increase from the 2006 census. The Australian Bureau of Statistics
Australian Bureau of Statistics
estimated a June 2015 resident population of 244,300, taking into account residents overseas or interstate. The Territory's population represents 1% of the total population of Australia.[5][16][17]

Aerial view of Yulara

The Northern Territory's population is the youngest in Australia
Australia
and has the largest proportion (23.2%) under 15 years of age and the smallest proportion (5.7%) aged 65 and over. The median age of residents of the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
is 31 years, six years younger than the national median age.[15] More than 100 nationalities are represented in the Northern Territory's population, including more than 50 organisations representing different ethnic groups.[18] The 2011 Census revealed that the most common ancestries in Northern Territory were Australian 23.9%, English 19.4%, Australian Aboriginal 14.7%, Irish 6.2% and Scottish 5.1%.[19] In terms of birthplace, according to the 2011 census 25.4% of the population were born overseas.[15] 2.5% of Territorians were born in the United Kingdom, 1.9% in New Zealand, 1.7% in Philippines, 0.9% in India and 0.5% in the United States.

Glen Namundja, an Australian Aboriginal
Australian Aboriginal
artist from Arnhem Land, at work

Indigenous Australians
Indigenous Australians
own some 49% of the land. The life expectancy of Aboriginal Australians is well below that of non-Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory, a fact that is mirrored elsewhere in Australia. ABS statistics suggest that Indigenous Australians die about 11 years earlier than the average Australian. There are Aboriginal communities in many parts of the territory, the largest ones being the Pitjantjatjara near Uluru, the Arrernte near Alice Springs, the Luritja between those two, the Warlpiri further north, and the Yolngu
Yolngu
in eastern Arnhem Land. More than 54% of Territorians live in Darwin, located in the territory's north (Top End). Less than half of the territory's population live in the rural Northern Territory.

Rank Statistical Local Areas 2011 Population[20]

1 Darwin 78,925

2 Palmerston-East Arm 30,098

3 Alice Springs 28,449

4 Litchfield 20,039

5 Katherine 10,355

6 Nhulunbuy 4,383

7 Tennant Creek 3,515

8 Wadeye/Victoria-Daly 2,682

9 Jabiru 1,271

10 Yulara 991

Religion[edit]

A local Aborigine named Tjuki tells a dreaming story about Manpi. Storytelling and oral traditions are an integral part of Aboriginal mythology which is practised by Indigenous Australians
Indigenous Australians
throughout the Northern Territory.

In the 2011 census Roman Catholics form the single largest religious group in the territory with 19.7% of the Northern Territory's population, followed by Anglican
Anglican
(10.6%), Uniting Church
Uniting Church
(10.1%) and Lutheran
Lutheran
(7%). Buddhism
Buddhism
is the territory's largest non-Christian religion (0.8%), followed by Hinduism
Hinduism
(0.4%) and Islam
Islam
(0.3%). Around 20% of Territorians do not profess any religion.[21] Many Aborigines practise their traditional religion, the belief in the Dreamtime. Languages[edit]

A Warumungu man

There are more than 100 Aboriginal languages
Aboriginal languages
spoken in the Northern Territory,[22] in addition to English which is most common in cities such as Darwin or Alice Springs. Major indigenous languages spoken in the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
include Murrinh-patha and Ngangikurrungurr in the northwest around Wadeye, Warlpiri and Warumungu in the center around Tennant Creek, Arrernte around Alice Springs, Pintupi-Luritja to the south east, Pitjantjatjara in the south near Uluru, Yolngu Matha to the far north in Arnhem Land
Arnhem Land
(where the dialect Djambarrpuyngu of Dhuwal is considered a lingua franca), and Burarra, Maung, Iwaidja and Gunwinggu in the center north and on Croker Island and the Goulburn Islands. Tiwi is spoken on Melville Island and Bathurst Island.[23] Literature in many of these languages is available in the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages. Education[edit]

A campus building of Charles Darwin University

Primary and secondary[edit] A Northern Territory
Northern Territory
school education consists of six years of primary schooling, including one transition year, three years of middle schooling, and three years of secondary schooling. In the beginning of 2007, the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
introduced Middle School for Years 7–9 and High School for Years 10–12. Northern Territory
Northern Territory
children generally begin school at age five. On completing secondary school, students earn the Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE). Students who successfully complete their secondary education also receive a tertiary entrance ranking, or ENTER score, to determine university admittance. An International Baccalaureate is offered at one school in the Territory – Kormilda College. Northern Territory
Northern Territory
schools are either publicly or privately funded. Public schools, also known as state or government schools, are funded and run directly by the Department of Education.[24] Private fee-paying schools include schools run by the Catholic Church and independent schools, some elite ones similar to English public schools. Some Northern Territory
Northern Territory
Independent schools are affiliated with Protestant, Lutheran, Anglican, Greek Orthodox
Greek Orthodox
or Seventh-day Adventist Churches, but include non-church schools and an Indigenous school. As of 2009, the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
had 151 public schools, 15 Catholic schools and 21 independent schools. 39,492 students were enrolled in schools around the Territory with 29,175 in public schools, and 9,882 in independent schools. The Northern Territory
Northern Territory
has about 4,000 full-time teachers. Tertiary[edit] The Northern Territory
Northern Territory
has one university. Northern Territory University (now called Charles Darwin University) opened in 1989.[25] Charles Darwin University
Charles Darwin University
had about 19,000 students enrolled: about 5500 higher education students and about 13500 students on vocational education and training (VET) courses. The first tertiary institution in the territory was the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (established in the mid-1960s). Libraries[edit] The Northern Territory Library
Northern Territory Library
is the Territory's research and reference library. It is responsible for collecting and preserving the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
documentary heritage and making it available through a range of programs and services. Material in the collection includes books, newspapers, magazines, journals, manuscripts, maps, pictures, objects, sound and video recordings and databases. Economy[edit] See also: Australian economy The Northern Territory's economy is largely driven by mining, which is concentrated on energy producing minerals, petroleum and energy and contributes around $2.5 billion to the gross state product and employs over 4,600 people. Mining accounts for 14.9% of the gross state product in 2014-15 compared to just 7% nationally.[26] In recent years, largely due to the effect of major infrastructure projects and mine expansions, construction has overtaken mining as the largest single industry in the Territory. Construction, mining and manufacturing, and government and community services, combine to account for about half of the Territory's gross state product (GSP), compared to about a third of national gross domestic product (GDP).[27] The economy has grown considerably over the past decade, from a value of $15 billion in 2004-05 to over $22 billion in 2014-15. In 2012-13 the Territory economy expanded by 5.6%, over twice the level of national growth, and in 2014-15 it grew by 10.5%, four times the national growth rate.[28] Between 2003 and 2006 the gross state product had risen from $8,670 million to $11,476 million and increase of 32.4%. During the three years to 2006-2007 the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
gross state product grew by an average annual rate of 5.5%. Gross state product per capita in the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
($72,496) is higher than any Australian state or territory and is also higher than the gross domestic product per capita for Australia
Australia
($54,606). The Northern Territory's exports were up 12.9% or $681 million in 2012-13. The largest contributor to the territory's exports was: mineral fuels (largerly LNG), crude materials (mainly mineral ores) and food and live animals (primarily live cattle). The main international markets for Territory exports are Japan, China, Indonesia, the United States and Korea.[29] Imports to the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
totalled $2,887.8 million which consisted of mainly machinery and equipment manufacturing (58.4%) and petroleum, coal, chemical and associated product manufacturing (17.0%).[30] The principal mining operations are bauxite at Gove Peninsula where the production is estimated to increase 52.1% to $254 million in 2007–08, manganese at Groote Eylandt, production is estimated to increase 10.5% to $1.1 billion which will be helped by the newly developed mines include Bootu Creek and Frances Creek, gold which is estimated to increase 21.7 per cent to $672 million at the Union Reefs plant and uranium at Ranger Uranium Mine.[31] Tourism is an important economic driver for the Territory and a significant industry in regional areas.[32] Iconic destinations such as Uluru
Uluru
and Kakadu make the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
a popular destination for domestic and international travellers. Diverse landscapes, waterfalls, wide open spaces, aboriginal culture and wild and untamed wildlife provides the opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the natural wonder that the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
offers. In 2015, the Territory received a total of about 1.6 million domestic and international visitors contributing an estimated $2.0 billion to the local economy. Holiday visitors made up the majority of total visitation (about 792,000 visitors). Tourism has strong links to other sectors in the economy including accommodation and food services, retail trade, recreation and culture, and transport.[33] The Territory's current marketing campaign is 'Do the NT'. Transport[edit] See also: Transportation in Australia

The Lasseter Highway
Lasseter Highway
connects Uluru
Uluru
(Ayers Rock) to the Stuart Highway.

The Ghan

The Northern Territory
Northern Territory
is the most sparsely populated state or territory in Australia. From its establishment in 1869 the Port of Darwin was the major Territory supply for many decades. It was damaged in the 1942 Japanese air raids and subsequently restored. In the late 1960s improved roads in adjoining States linking with the Territory, port delays and rapid economic development led to uncertainty in port and regional infrastructure development. As a result of the Commission of Enquiry established by the Administrator,[34] port working arrangements were changed, berth investment deferred and a port masterplan prepared.[35] Extension of rail transport was then not considered because of low freight volumes. Today the NT has a well connected network of sealed roads, including two National Highways, linking with adjoining States and connecting the major Territory population centres, and other important centres such as Uluru
Uluru
(Ayers Rock), Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. The Stuart Highway, once known as "The Track", runs north to south, connecting Darwin and Alice Springs
Alice Springs
to Adelaide. Some of the sealed roads are single lane bitumen. Many unsealed (dirt) roads connect the more remote settlements. The Adelaide–Darwin railway, a new standard gauge railway, connects Adelaide
Adelaide
via Alice Springs
Alice Springs
with Darwin, replacing earlier narrow gauge railways which had a gap between Alice Springs
Alice Springs
and Birdum. The Ghan passenger train runs from Darwin to Adelaide, stopping at Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs
Alice Springs
and Kulgera in the NT. The Northern Territory
Northern Territory
is one of the few remaining places in the world with no speed restrictions on select public roads. On 1 January 2007 a default speed limit of 110 km/h was introduced on roads outside of urban areas (Inside urban areas of 40, 50 or 60 km/h). Speeds of up to 130 km/h are permitted on some major highways, such as the Stuart Highway.[36] On 1 February 2014, the speed limit was removed on a 204 km portion of the Stuart Highway
Stuart Highway
for a one-year trial period.[37] Darwin International Airport
Darwin International Airport
is the major domestic and international airport for the territory. Several smaller airports are also scattered throughout the Territory and are served by smaller airlines; including Alice Springs
Alice Springs
Airport, Ayers Rock Airport, Katherine Airport and Tennant Creek
Tennant Creek
Airport. Media[edit] Print[edit] The Northern Territory
Northern Territory
has only one daily tabloid newspaper, News Corporation's Northern Territory
Northern Territory
News, or NT News. The Sunday Territorian is the sister paper to the NT News and is the only dedicated Sunday tabloid newspaper in the Northern Territory. The Centralian Advocate
Centralian Advocate
is circulated around the Alice Springs
Alice Springs
region twice a week. There are also five weekly community newspapers. The Territory receives the national daily, The Australian, while the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age
The Age
and the Guardian Weekly are also available in Darwin. Katherine's paper is the Katherine Times. Television[edit] Metropolitan Darwin has had five broadcast television stations:

ABC Northern Territory
Northern Territory
– (ABD) SBS Northern Territory
Northern Territory
– (SBS) Southern Cross Television
Southern Cross Television
– (TND) – Seven Network
Seven Network
Affiliate Nine Network
Nine Network
Darwin – (NTD) Ten Darwin (or Darwin Digital Television) – (DTD) – Network Ten Affiliate

Darwin also has a single open-narrowcast station:

ITV64

Regional Northern Territory
Northern Territory
has a similar availability of stations:

ABC Northern Territory
Northern Territory
– (ABD) SBS Northern Territory
Northern Territory
– (SBS) Southern Cross Central – (QQQ) – Seven Network
Seven Network
Affiliate Imparja
Imparja
– (IMP) – Nine Network
Nine Network
Affiliate Ten Central (or Central Digital Television) – (CDT) – Network Ten Affiliate

Remote areas are generally required to receive television via the Viewer Access Satellite Television service, which carries the same channels as the regional areas, as well as some extra open-narrowcast services, including Indigenous Community Television
Indigenous Community Television
and Westlink Radio[edit] Darwin has radio stations on both AM and FM frequencies. ABC stations include ABC NewsRadio
ABC NewsRadio
(102.5FM), 105.7 ABC Darwin
105.7 ABC Darwin
( 8DDD
8DDD
105.7FM), ABC Radio National (657AM), ABC Classic FM
ABC Classic FM
(107.3FM) and Triple J (103.3FM). The 2 commercial stations are: Mix 104.9 (8MIX), Hot 100 (8HOT) The leading community stations are 104.1 Territory FM, and Radio Larrakia (8KNB). The radio stations in Alice Springs
Alice Springs
are also broadcast on the AM and FM frequencies. ABC stations include Triple J
Triple J
(94.9FM), ABC Classic FM (97.9FM), 783 ABC Alice Springs
Alice Springs
(783AM) and ABC Radio National (99.7FM). There are two community stations in the town--CAAMA (100.5FM) and 8CCC (102.1FM). The commercial stations, which are both owned by the same company are Sun 96.9
Sun 96.9
(96.9FM) and 8HA
8HA
(900AM). Two additional stations, Territory FM (98.7FM) and Radio TAB (95.9FM) are syndicated from Darwin and Brisbane respectively. Sport[edit] Main article: Sport in the Northern Territory See also[edit]

Northern Territory
Northern Territory
portal

NT Government Tourist Information Australian Aboriginal
Australian Aboriginal
prehistoric sites Crime in the Northern Territory Northern Territory
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