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Northern Territory is a federal territory of Australia,
occupying much of the center of the mainland continent,
as well as the central northern regions. It shares
borders with Western Australia to the west, South
Australia to the south, and Queensland to the 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 1,349,129 square kilometres
(520,902 sq mi) — making it the third largest
Australian federal division — it is sparsely
populated. With a population of 217,559, it is the
least populous division in the country.
history of the Northern Territory began 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, while the coast of the
territory was first seen by Europeans in the 17th
century. The British were the first 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.
capital city is Darwin. The population is not concentrated
in coastal regions but rather along the Stuart Highway.
The other major settlements are Katherine, Alice Springs,
Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy in the territory's north-east.
of the Northern Territory are often known simply as
in the Northern Territory contributes around $2.5
billion to the gross state product and employs 4,600
people. The Northern Territory mining industry is
concentrated on energy producing minerals, petroleum
and energy. The Northern Territory's economy comprises
mostly primary extractive industries, together with
a significant amount of tourism.
principal mining operations are bauxite at Gove Peninsula;
manganese at Groote Eylandt; and uranium at Ranger.
Newly developed mines include Bootu Creek and Frances
is one of the major industries on the Northern Territory.
Iconic destinations such as Uluru and Kakadu make
the Northern Territory a popular 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.
In 2005-06, 1.38 million people visited the Northern
Territory. They stayed for 9.2 million nights and
spent over $1.5 billion.
territory is well known for being promoted with the
slogan "You'll Never Never Know if you Never
Never Go". This was implemented as a result of
the Kennedy Review in 1992.
* 104.1 Territory FM (radio station)
* Northern Territory News (newspaper)
* ABC Television
* ABC Local Radio