Living in The Northern Territory
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”.
Aboriginal rock art
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.
Northern Territory Attractions
tropical capital of the Northern Territory
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.
A work - life balance
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.
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.
Northern Territory Attractions
the unforgettable landscape
Uluru National Park
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is located in the Territory’s popular “red centre” and features two distinct landmarks known around the world. Uluru (Ayers Rock) is a massive sandstone monolith connected to Kata Tjuta 40 kilometres west by an underground sandstone formation. The park is densely populated with wildlife and fauna and is jointly managed by Parks Australia and the Anangu, the traditional owners of the park.
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.
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.
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