Abbreviated as NT, Northern Territory is a federal Australian territory located in the centre and central northern regions. The territory shares its borders with Western Australia, South Australia, and Queensland to the west, south and east. The Northern Territory is the third largest Australian federal division but is the least populous of all of Australia’s eight major states and territories. The climate within the territory can be divided into two, depending on the zones; it can be either tropical or semi-arid with little rain. Northern parts of the territory, including Darwin, experience two seasons, mainly a wet October to April, and a dry May to September. The dry season has warm and sunny days with afternoon humidity averaging at an estimated 30%. May and September experiences very little rainfall, with the coolest months of June and July experiencing temperatures as low as 14 degrees Celsius or 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The central region, which includes Alice Springs and Ayers Rock, experiences semi-arid climate with little rain.
What to see & do
Places to visit within the Northern Territory include Darwin, Arnhem Land, Kakadu National Park, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Barkly Region, Alice Springs, along with Uluru. Destinations within Darwin include Litchfield National Park, Mary River, and Tiwi Islands. Arnhem Land has East Arnhem Land, and West Arnhem Land. Kakadu National Park has the Gunlom Plunge Pool, Yellow Water, Ubirr, Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls, Maguk, Nourlangie Rock Art Site, and Jarrangbarnmi or Koolpin Gorge. Katherine and its surrounding areas include Katherine Gorge and Nitmiluk National Park, Gulf Region, Daly River, Mataranka, Elsey National Park, and Judbarra/Gregory National Park. Tennant Creek and Barkly Region has Barkly Tableland, Karlu Karly/Devils Marbles. When in Alice Springs, some of the notable places include Simpson Desert, MacDonnell Ranges, Rainbow Valley, Hermannsburg, and Finke Gorge National Park. Uluru spots include Uluru/Ayers rock, Kata Tjuta/The Olgas, Kings Canyon and Watarrka National Park.
How to get around
Trying to move around the Northern Territory can be done via the Ghan train that travels from south to north of NT and back, with stops by Kulgera, The Iron Man, Finke River, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Pine Creek, Adelaide River and Darwin. Driving around the Northern Territory can be done via the Explorer’s Way, Savannah Way, Red Centre Way, Binns Track and Nature’s Way. When driving to major attractions, 96% of the attractions are accessible via its sealed roads, with some attractions accessible via the four-wheel drive tracks or via charter flights.
How to get there
The airport that serves the Northern Territory is the Darwin International Airport, the 10th busiest airport in Australia. Airlines that operate from the airport include Airnorth, Alliance Airlines, Fly Tiwi, Indonesia AirAsia, Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, QantasLink operated by Cobham, Silk Air, Tigerair Australia, and Virgin Australia, with flights into and out of Cairns, Broome, Dili, The Granites, Gapuwiyak (Lake Evella), Denpasar, Adelaide, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Perth, Alice Springs, Brisbane, and Sydney. Other smaller airports include Alice Springs Airport, Ayers Rock Airport, Katherine Airport, along with Tennant Creek Airport.