Don’t be deceived by the size of the Northern Territory – it’s actually got the smallest population of any Australian State or Territory with a fair majority of the area made up of arid desert. The Territory is rich in history especially with native Australians and you can visit two of the country’s biggest heritage sites – Uluru and Kata Tjuta – both found close to the Territory’s “red centre”.
From Camerons Beach, Cox Peninsula and the ever popular Mindil Beach, the Northern Territory is not short of places to surf, swim and lie on the sand. The vast coastline offers a huge number of beaches to discover so if you’re looking for the best waves or the most relaxing place to soak up some sun, you can find the ideal place in the Northern Territory. Darwin itself is on the coast and good starting point for any trip you have in mind.
As you might expect from being on the coast, Darwin has a number of great seafood restaurants, featuring produce that is usually caught locally. La Beach, Cove and Salvatores Cave are a few of the great options for you to choose from – and if you don’t like seafood you can try the more traditional local cuisines at The Pearl, The Cav and The Lost Arc.
The Northern Territory’s Outback is one of the most iconic features of Australia. With scenery that you won’t find anywhere else in the world, a trip through the outback is truly a unique experience. You’ll see local wildlife and fauna up close while also heading to attractions such as Uluru and Kata Tjuta for an unforgettable experience.
While it may be the smallest of the State and Territory capitals, Darwin is a city of constant development, growing from a small settlement to a port to a thriving and modern city. Situated on the country’s northern coast, the city offers the perfect end to the day with quaint beaches (such as the popular Mindil Beach) only a stone’s throw from the city centre. For a day trip why not head out to the Berry Springs and enjoy a picnic by the natural springs.
The setting of Darwin means that beaches, restaurants and a quirky café culture are never far away when you have finished work for the day, and if you’re looking for something a little more educational why not take a trip to the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre. This Centre is one of two places outside the US where you can see a B52 Bomber on permanent display – great for history and aviation fans alike.
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The Northern Territory has a number of primary and secondary schooling choices, either private or public and their class sizes are generally smaller, allowing for more supportive and comprehensive teaching. There is only one university in the State, the Charles Darwin University, which was formed when the Northern Territory University merged with the Menzies School of Health Research and the Centralian College of Alice Springs.
Education is compulsory for everyone between the ages of 6 and 17.
Around 190 schools and a university.
The main hospital of the Northern Territory is the Royal Darwin Hospital, which is the largest in the Territory and has relations with numerous public and private hospitals. The Royal Flying Doctor Service also covers the Northern Territory, allowing for home visits in rural locations and emergency transportation to hospital when needed.
$40 – $80 Ambulance Victoria Membership covers all ambulance service costs throughout Australia.
The cost of living can vary greatly in the Northern Territory depending on whether you live in Darwin or a more regional location. While prices in Darwin are generally affordable compared to the rest of the major cities, prices in rural areas can be a little more expensive due to the costs of transporting goods and services to the more remote areas.
$2,750: MONTHLY RENTAL PRICE FOR A TWO BEDROOM HOUSE
The tourism, hospital and retail industries are the biggest employers in the Northern Territory, as there are a number of features and attractions to visit throughout the Territory. Other industries where there are employment opportunities include manufacturing, construction, fishing and energy production.