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Northern Territory

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The Northern Territory is a federal territory of Australia, occupying much of the centre of the mainland continent, as well as the central northern regions. It shares borders with Western Australia to the west (129th meridian east), South Australia to the south (26th parallel south), and Queensland to the east (138th meridian east).

To the north, the territory is bordered by the Timor Sea, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Despite its large area-over 1349129 km2 (1.349129E+12 m2), making it the third largest Australian federal division-it is sparsely populated. With a population of 229,675 it is the least populous of Australia's eight major states and territories.

The archeological history of the Northern Territory begins over 40,000 years ago when Indigenous Australians settled the region. Makassan traders began trading with the indigenous people of the Northern Territory for trepang from at least the 18th century onwards, and very likely for 300 years prior to that.

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 in the 19th century; however no attempt was successful until the establishment of a settlement at Port Darwin in 1869. Today the economy is based on tourism, especially Kakadu National Park in the Top End and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock) in central Australia, and mining.

The capital city is Darwin. The population is not concentrated in coastal regions but rather along the Stuart Highway. The other major settlements are (in order of size) Alice Springs, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, and Tennant Creek.

Residents of the Northern Territory are often known simply as 'Territorians'.

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5/1/2008 Road Train crossing a flooded river on the Stuart Highway just below Pine Creek, Northern Territory, Australia
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Find more information about Uluru (Ayers rock) at Towering 348 metres above the red desert earth in the heart of Australia's Outback, Uluru (Ayers Rock) is possibly Australia's most recognised and most visited icon. The monolith is best experienced on foot, which allows you to get up close and personal to its weathered surface and learn the significance of its sacred Aboriginal sites. A complete lap is 9 kilometres. The rock changes its hues gradually with both the arrival and departure of the sun, transforming from its rich, red ochre evening dress to its terracotta daywear, making sunrise and sunset the most popular viewing times. Join a group tour or take the scenic Red Centre Way tourist drive from Alice Springs, but be sure to stop at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.
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Overtaking a road train in the australian outback.
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A woman in the Northern Territory of Australia has a Crocodile for a pet. Source: Herald Sun. Ps. This is just a little freshie, check this guy's pet croc out
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Man vs.Wild, Season 5, Episode 2. In Australia's Northern Territory, Bear Grylls must rely on many of the skills honed by the Aboriginal people to survive in this sweltering landscape dominated by crocodiles. In this clip Bear Grylls kills a snake he found in the water with his bare mouth.
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A NT police officer kicks a handcuffed drunk prisoner twice in the head, then tries to destroy the video evidence. Northern Territory, Australia
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Great Country Song - It's A Great Place (It's So Wonderful). Peter Barnes authored this song in 1997. The Northern Territory is a federal territory of Australia. The capital city is Darwin; the other two sizable settlements are Alice Springs (in the desert interior, 1500 kilometres (930 mi) to the south) and Katherine (near the base of the Top End). Residents of the Northern Territory are often known simply as 'Territorians'. Almost one third of the population of the Northern Territory are Indigenous Australians, a far greater proportion than in any other state or territory in Australia. 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 in eastern Arnhem Land. Tourism is one of the major industries on the Northern Territory. Iconic destinations such as Uluru and Kakadu make the Northern Territory a must see destination for domestic and international travellers. Diverse landscapes, spectacular waterfalls, wide open spaces, aboriginal culture, wild and untamed wildlife, all create a unique opportunity for the visitor to immerse themselves in the natural wonder that the Northern Territory offers. Images of Uluru (Ayers Rock) are recognised around the world ensuring that Tourism in the Northern Territory will remain a vital component of its future. Northern territory Online www.northernterritory <b>...</b>
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Alamo Race Track's video for 'The Northern Territory'. Taken from the album 'Black Cat John Brown'
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Scaling escarpments, four-wheel driving, fishing in expansive billabongs and trekking through ancient lands lend an element of adventure to any visit to Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory, Australia. Experience 4WD tracks to Jim Jim and Twin Falls, trek the picturesque walking trails, climb magnificent escarpments for sweeping views from the top and swim in one of the many plunge pools and waterholes. Join a cruise or fishing charter in Yellow Water Billabong or the East and South Alligator rivers. See the exotic birdlife, the multitude of saltwater crocodiles, and try your hand at catching the highly-sought barramundi.
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4WD Toyota Celica GT-4 Drifting around Hidden Valley, Darwin, Northern Territory
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Cold visitor from south hits Top End - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--The weather bureau says a strong high pressure system in the Great Australian Bight is pushing a cold, dry south-easterly flow of air across the -Northern Territory-. Senior forecaster David Matthews says it was about 7 degrees Celsius colder - Date : Tue, 14 Jun 2011 02:04:29 GMT+00:00
Call to declare export ban a natural disaster - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--(ABC Local: Ben Collins, file photo) The independent MP who holds the balance of power in -Northern Territory- parliament says the suspension of live cattle exports should classified as a natural disaster. Gerry Wood told the Territory parliam - Date : Tue, 14 Jun 2011 03:48:43 GMT+00:00
Dead boy's family have high arsenic levels - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--A public meeting is being arranged for residents of the -Northern Territory- town of Adelaide River to get the latest information about an arsenic scare in the region. More than 100 people were evacuated from the nearby Mount Bundy station ... - Date : Tue, 14 Jun 2011 01:29:44 GMT+00:00
Greens slam Government over Northern Territory nuclear waste dump - Herald Sun Tweet this news
Herald Sun--THE Australian Greens have accused the Federal Government of failing to consult adequately with traditional landowners about a planned nuclear waste dump in the -Northern Territory-. Debate is expected to resume in the Senate later today on dr - Date : Tue, 14 Jun 2011 02:21:09 GMT+00:00
Indigenous farm jobs most at risk - The Australian Tweet this news
The Australian--In the -Northern Territory- alone there are about 54 indigenous cattle properties that have an association with the live export trade. Mr Calma said the Gillard government needed to consider the unintended consequences of its decision to s - Date : Thu, 09 Jun 2011 14:11:08 GMT+00:00
Northern Territory Traditional Land Owners Unhappy with Gove Peninsula Deal - Azomining Tweet this news
Azomining--Traditional land owners are dissatisfied with a mining lease agreement with Rio Tinto Alcan in the -Northern Territory-. Several Aboriginal clan groups have claimed that they had not been consulted about the agreement that was signed ... - Date : Thu, 09 Jun 2011 01:20:19 GMT+00:00
Dobson debuts for Vic Country - Warrnambool Standard Tweet this news
Warrnambool Standard--The Koroit footballer will make his debut in the AFL under 18 championships tomorrow (SAT) for Vic Country, which takes on -Northern Territory-. Dobson sees his inclusion as a chance to prove himself to the coaching staff. " - Date : Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:08:03 GMT+00:00
Ban could bankrupt cattle producers in the north - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--BRENDAN TREMBATH: Cattlemen from the -Northern Territory- say they support the ban as it gives the industry time to regain public confidence. But some smaller family operations say today's decision will bankrupt them. BRONWYN HERBERT: A l - Date : Thu, 09 Jun 2011 07:23:51 GMT+00:00
Noble Group Offer for Territory Resources Betters Exxaro Resources Bid - Bloomberg Tweet this news
Bloomberg--Buying Territory would give Noble an iron ore operation in Australia's -Northern Territory- with production capacity of 2 million metric tons. Companies are adding steel raw material assets as demand in China and India grows. Territory sur - Date : Thu, 09 Jun 2011 03:18:59 GMT+00:00
Finke Desert Race gets $100k 'patch up' - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--The -Northern Territory- Government is providing $100000 to the organisers of the Finke Desert Race for improvements to the track in Central Australia. Sport and Recreation Minister Karl Hampton says the money will be used to upgrade about 15 - Date : Thu, 31 Mar 2011 03:35:02 GMT+00:00

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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 33.6 °C 35.4 °C
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

: Aboriginal land councils
Northern Territory
population by year
1901 4,765
1956 19,556
1961 44,481
1974 102,924
1975 92,869
1981 122,616
1991 165,493
2002 199,411
2006 210,600
2010 236,300
2021 296,300
2031 364,000
2056 573,000
Source: Australian Bureau
of Statistics

: Aboriginal land councils
Rank Statistical Division/District 2008 � 2009 Population
1 Darwin 124,760
2 Palmerston 30,005
3 Alice Springs 27,877
4 Katherine 10,095
5 Nhulunbuy 5,001
6 Tennant Creek 3,558
7 Wadeye 2,394
8 Jabiru 1,327
9 Yulara 1,205

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