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  • The Devil's Marbles in the Northern Territory are a great photo opportunity on Australia vacations.
  • Ayers Rock
  • Yellow water billabong, Kakadu
  • On the highway in the middle of Australia
  • Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie, Kakadu
  • A sign welcoming travellers to Alice Springs, a town in Northern Territory
  • Australian Kangaroo's at sunset

Northern Territory is wedged in between Queensland and Western Australia. The capital Darwin is located on the tropical tip of Australia’s north coast. “Urban meets remote” sums up the character of the city. It is a melting pot of multicultural ethnic types and definitely friendly and laid-back.

Three hours away is the renowned Kakadu National Park, Australia’s largest National Park and a World Heritage site with its wetlands, multitudinous aboriginal rock art galleries, thundering waterfalls and escarpments with breathtaking views.

Alice Springs is the country’s most famous outback town and gateway to the Red Centre. This remote town (it is halfway between Adelaide and Darwin on trips to Australia and 1500 kilomteres/950 miles from the nearest major city) is popular as a gateway to nearby natural wonders such as Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas).

Ayers Rock is a sandstone rock formation and UNESCO World Heritage site situated 450 kilometres/280 miles south west of Alice Springs. It is 348 metres/1140 feet high but the bulk of the rock is actually underneath the ground. The aboriginal name is Uluru which means Island Mountain. The rock changes colour at different times of the day and year. The Olgas or Mount Olga as they are also known is 25 kilometres/16 miles west of Ayers Rock. The aboriginal name for Mount Olga is Kata Tjuta and means Many Heads. The Olgas are 36 domes which literally Spring up out of the desert.

It's almost impossible on Australian tours to not include at least one of our Northern Territory holidays as most of our "Globetrotters" include a stop in either Alice Springs or Ayers Rock when visiting Australia. C’mon say G’day Downunder. Book one of our Australia vacations today and start exploring!

 

State of Northern Territory Quickfacts

Origin of Name: From 1863 to 1911 this area was the Northern Territory of South Australia.
Capital: Darwin
Floral Emblem: Sturts Desert Rose
Faunal Emblem: Red Kangaroo and Wedge-Tailed Eagle
State Flag: Stars of the Southern Cross and a stylised Sturts Desert Rose.
State Motto: None
Location: The Northern Territory occupies a huge area of the continent's North and Centre. It's bordered by the Timor Sea to the North, Queensland to the East, Western Australia to the West and South Australia to the South. Usually known as "Outback Australia".
Area: The Northern Territory comprises 1/6 of Australia's land mass and is 1,346,200 km2 in area.
Landform: Mostly Desert and Tablelands.
Population: 243,700, few people live in the huge dry areas, and almost half the population are residents of Darwin. More than one-quarter of the people are Aborigines. Approximate: Darwin 124,760, Alice Springs 27,877, Katherine 10,095, Nhulunbuy 5,001, Tennant Creek 3,558
Climate: The Northern Territory lies in the Torrid Zone. There are two broad climatic divisions - The Northern part, known as "The Top End", receives heavy rainfall for three to five months of the year, and the Southern area, known as "The Centre", has a low rainfall and no permanent rivers.
Around Alice Springs: Right in the centre of the centre is "Alice" - surrounded by the MacDonnell Ranges. Alice Springs is an oasis in this vast land. It began in 1872 as an overland telegraph station; today it combines the vigour of the frontier life with the convenience of modern facilities.

All around, the country glows red and orange and from Alice you can visit the wonders of the desert: prehistoric Palm Valley, Standley Chasm standing like a cathedral of nature, and further out Ayers Rock and The Olgas, huge rock formations. Their awe inspiring presence is only matched by the mystique of the Aboriginal folklore surrounding them. Stay to watch Ayers Rock change colour with the day: pink, brown, orange and then, at sunset, the giant monolith glows blood red. Out here the silence, colour and endless horizons give a sense of eternity.
Shopping: Most of the things you need can be purchased from the various shops and stores in "Alice". Of interest are the Aboriginal arts and crafts. Normal shopping hours are 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Mon-Fri. 9:00 am to 12:00 noon Saturday. Supermarkets open 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, 7 days a week.
Ayers Rock: Located 450 km SW of Alice Springs. One of the world's greatest monoliths, some 3 km long and rising 348m above the surrounding plains. Located within Uluru National Park, Ayers Rock is noted for its spectacular colour changes at sunset and sunrise, and is sacred to the Aboriginal people.
The Olgas: Located 28 km SW of Yulara Resort. Part of Uluru National Park, a cluster of 36 dramatic head-like rock domes, covering approx. 35 km2, up to 546m high.
Ayers Rock Safety Information:
  1. The climb is 348 metres and as some sections are very steep, good physical fitness is essential.
  2. Only the designated track must be followed at all times.
  3. Rubber soled shoes are essential. Leather soled shoes and thongs are unsafe on what can be a slippery surface.
  4. Your hands must be kept free for holding the chain on ascent and for scrambling up steep sections. Personal items such as you camera and water bottle must therefore be secured by a strap to ensure they are not blown off by the wind. If hats are not secured and are lost visitors must not go off the designated track in search of them.
The Aborigines: Forty thousand years ago, long before the Pharaonic age of Egypt, the Aboriginal people lived in Australia. Their culture has given this country of treasure, art, and folklore a period known as the "Dreamtime". According to the "Dreamtime" legends, the country was once a vast feature-less land inhabited by giant spirit creatures. Over time, the spirits made epic journeys across the land, creating mountains, rivers, rocks, animals and plants.

The easiest place to see Aboriginal culture is the Northern Territory, which has by far the greater number of sacred sites and ancient art. The most famous sacred site is Ayers Rock, known by the Aborigines as "Uluru". At the nearby Yulara resort, guides and displays explain features of the region. From Alice Springs you can take tours which show how the local landmarks relate to the "Dreamtime" legends and the skills used by the Aborigines for thousands of years to live in the Outback.

Traditional paintings, carvings, weaving, boomerangs and shields are on display at museums and galleries in every capital city.

 

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Learn about the history and culture of Australia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Australia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Australia for yourself. Start exploring...book one of our Australia vacations today!

 

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