Northern Territory (NT) is Australia’s third largest state* covering an area of around 1,346,200 km². If it were a country all on its own, it would be the world’s 20th biggest just ahead of Peru. The UK could fit into NT around 5 1/2 times and it is almost twice the size of Texas.
Yet it only has a population of around 240,000 people, making it the most sparsely populated area in Australia, it truly is the outback. This is probably why it is known as “The Australian Outback” but it is anybody’s guess as to why the residents of NT are affectionately known as “Alcoholics”. Cheers!
No visit to Northern Territory would be complete with out taking in the spectacular experience of visiting Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock. The capital, Darwin, is also known as the “Top End”. NT has some fantastic national parks, and of course, crocodiles!
Possibly the most famous Australian who originated from the Northern Territory would be Mandaway Yunupingu, who, in 1992, was Australian of the year. Who is he? He was the first Aboriginal to become a principal of a school in Australia or so I thought, but then a comment by Paul below put me straight about that. I first heard of him as the founder member of the world-famous band “Yothu Yindi”; they put Aboriginal music on the map. But Mandaway’s main accomplishment was improving understanding between Australians and the Aboriginal people.
Places in Northern Territory
Darwin is the capital of Northern Territory and other than that, there aren’t too many towns with populations greater than 10,000 people. In fact, there is just…
- Alice Springs – just over 28,000 (As at 2011)
Told you it was sparsely populated. But I know there are many small communities in the territory, if you live in one, why not tell us all about it by commenting below?
*Technically, it’s not a state, it’s a territory. But it is the 3rd largest area all the same.