14 reasons the Northern Territory should be on your bucket list

Why the Northern Territory should be on your bucket list

From red deserts to lush rainforests and art galleries to natural wonders, the Northern Territory needs no real introduction, because the landscapes really do speak for themselves. But if you are thinking about visiting the Top End, the Red Centre or any number of towns, cities and national parks, then these interesting facts and tidbits of information are sure to get you over the line and dreaming about your next adventure. Here are 14 reasons the Northern Territory should be on your bucket list.

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1. There is an average of 300 sunny days per year:

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2. It’s home to one of the world’s top 10 desert golf courses, nestled on the side of the spectacular MacDonnell Ranges:

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3. The Northern Territory covers about one-sixth of Australia, so you really can’t claim to have been to Australia without visiting the Northern Territory:

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4. Two-thirds of the territory receives less than 500mm of rain per year, which makes for some incredible desert landscapes:

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5. But that doesn’t stop people from hosting an annual regatta. The boating event is hosted in one of the driest areas of the country and features competitors in running through the red dirt on their makeshift boats:

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6. Indigenous history in this region dates back an incredible 40,000 years:

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7. There is cultural diversity, with the top five language other than English spoken in the Northern Territory being: Kriol, Djambarrpuyngu, Greek, Warlpiri and Murrinh Patha:

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8. The two main attractions in the Northern Territory are the tropical north known as the Top End:

9. And the desert outback, called the Red Centre:

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10. The state’s Fink River is possibly the oldest river in the world, dating back approximately 340 million years:

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11. Tens of thousands of camels were imported into Australia in the late 1800s and now more than 200,000 wild camels run wild in the Territory:

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12. Uluru is a sacred site and thought to be at least 600 million years old:

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13. Kakadu National Park is more than 20,000sq/kms and is home to more than 280 species of bird:

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 14. More than 50,000 people visit the Alice for the annual Alice Desert Festival to see bands, artists and dance groups perform:

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When will you be visiting the Northern Territory? Is it on your bucket list? Let us know in the comments section below.

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