Because of the vague nature of its name, people tend to wonder, “where is the Northern Territory”. Located in the central northern regions of Australia, the Northern Territory ( or NT ) is a federal territory of Australia. The NT shares borders with Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland.
To the north, the territory is bordered by the Timor Sea, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Despite the size of the NT—over 1,349,129km sq, the territory is sparsely populated with approx. 229,675 residents. This makes it the least populous of Australia’s eight states and territories. The majority of the Northern Territory Population reside in its capital city Darwin. Residents of the Northern Territory are often known simply as 'Territorians'.
The Northern Territory was first discovered by Europeans back in the mid 17th century. Namely the British whose first attempts at settling in the coastal regions in the 19th century failed until the establishment of 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.
Although the British were the first Europeans to have laid eyes on the Northern Territory, the archeological history of the area begins over 40,000 years ago with Indigenous Australians who settled here at that time. Extensive seasonal trade links existed between them and the people of Indonesia for at least five centuries.
Where is the Northern Territory of Australia, a question no longer shrouded in mystery! This area of Australia is also where travelers can find Corroborree Billabong and the amazing array of wildlife and natural wetlands can be found.