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The Essential  Northern TerritoryPrepared for: Smithsonian Travel
Northern Territory Overview Climate Ranges from Tropical Shores in  the North to the Outback in the Center Over 3x the S...
Getting There & Around               AIR– Darwin International Airport is the  main airport for the Northern  Territory   ...
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park     Home to Australia’s Most Famous Natural Icon Uluru / Ayers Rock   – World Heritage-lis...
Kakadu National Park One of the Few World Heritage Sites Listed for Both its              Cultural and Natural Values Abo...
Arnhem Land    One of the Last Great Unspoiled Areas in the World Aboriginal Culture   – Protected land* owned by a small...
Katherine & Surrounding Areas                                     World-Class National Parks        QuickTimeª and a      ...
Alice Springs                                  The Heart of Australia’s Outback        QuickTimeª and a                   ...
Capital City of Darwin         Designated a Top 10 City to Visit in 2012 by Lonely Planet        QuickTimeª and a         ...
Essential Australia No trip to Australia is complete without a visit to thevast, unspoiled, diverse lands of the Northern ...
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  1. 1. The Essential Northern TerritoryPrepared for: Smithsonian Travel
  2. 2. Northern Territory Overview Climate Ranges from Tropical Shores in the North to the Outback in the Center Over 3x the Size of California, with Fewer than 300,000 Residents Home to 24 National Parks, 2 of Which are World-Heritage Listed Archaeological History Dates Back Over 50,000 Years Indigenous Australians Own Nearly Half the Land
  3. 3. Getting There & Around AIR– Darwin International Airport is the main airport for the Northern Territory RAIL– The Ghan train journey connects Adelaide from the South via Alice Springs with Darwin CAR– Stuart Highway, also known as the Explorer’s Way, is the main artery linking Darwin to Southern Australia
  4. 4. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Home to Australia’s Most Famous Natural Icon Uluru / Ayers Rock – World Heritage-listed sandstone formation, drawing tourists from all over the world Kata Tjuta / The Olgas – Group of 36 weathered rock domes deeply cleaved with narrow gorges Anangu People – Aboriginal peoples inhabited the region for over 10,000 years, holding the park’s natural wonders sacred Geological Significance – Sedimentary beds that make up Uluru and Kata Tjuta were laid down over 600 million years ago
  5. 5. Kakadu National Park One of the Few World Heritage Sites Listed for Both its Cultural and Natural Values Aboriginal Culture – Home to the world’s oldest living culture, dating back 50,000 years Biodiversity – Encompassing 20,000 square meters of diverse nature, including waterfalls, sandstone galleries, and four rivers Art – Aboriginal rock art paintings dating back 25,000 years Wildlife – Home to nearly one-fifth of Australia’s mammals, including crocodiles, birdlife and eight types of kangaroos and wallabies
  6. 6. Arnhem Land One of the Last Great Unspoiled Areas in the World Aboriginal Culture – Protected land* owned by a small indigenous population of Aborigines Biodiversity – Landscape made of up wild coastlines, deserted islands, rainforests and savannah woodlands Art – Birthplace of the Didgeridoo and home to thousands of aboriginal rock art sites Archeological Significance – The oldest known stone axe was found here, believed to be 35,000+ years old *This land is accessible by permit only
  7. 7. Katherine & Surrounding Areas World-Class National Parks QuickTimeª and a QuickTimeª and a QuickTimeª and a QuickTimeª and a decompressor decompressor decompressor decompressorare needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture.  Nitmiluk National Park – Home to the world-famous Katherine Gorge, a series of 13 deep sandstone gorges carved by the Katherine River  Litchfield National Park – Majestic sandstone plateaus, monsoon forests, waterfalls, crocodile-free plunge pools and unusual termite mounds  Cutta Cutta Caves – The only cave system open to the public in the NT, with limestone caves, a unique ecology and endangered ghost bats
  8. 8. Alice Springs The Heart of Australia’s Outback QuickTimeª and a QuickTimeª and a QuickTimeª and a QuickTimeª and a decompressor decompressor decompressor decompressorare needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture. needed to see this picture. are  Watarrka National Park – Home to King’s Canyon and three communities of Aboriginal peoples  Finke Gorge National Park – One of Australia’s premier wilderness reserves, also known for its rare red cabbage palms  MacDonnell Ranges – 400 kilometers of weather beaten mountain ranges stretching through the desert
  9. 9. Capital City of Darwin Designated a Top 10 City to Visit in 2012 by Lonely Planet QuickTimeª and a QuickTimeª and a QuickTimeª and a decompressor decompressor decompressorare needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture.  Australia’s Only Tropical Capital – Home to the NT’s international airport, boasting a variety of accommodations, restaurants, markets and festivals  Mary River National Park – Covering Mary River wetlands, great for bird watching and wildlife spotting  Tiwi Islands – Protected lands inhabited by the Tiwi Aboriginal people, located 80 kilometers to the north of Darwin, made up of dense rainforests and sandy beaches
  10. 10. Essential Australia No trip to Australia is complete without a visit to thevast, unspoiled, diverse lands of the Northern TerritoryPerfect for:Adventure SeekersNature LoversStudents & TeachersBirdwatchersHistory BuffsArchaeology EnthusiastsAnthropologistsGeologists

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