About the Northern Territory

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The Northern Territory is the real Outback – home of rugged landscapes and spirited places - where the pace of life winds back a notch, the scale of nature soothes the soul, and strangers are willing to share a story or two.

The Territory story unfolds through six main destinations, from the tropics of Darwin, Kakadu National Park and Katherine, through to the yellow plains of Tennant Creek and the desert landscapes of Alice Springs and world-renowned Uluru/Ayers Rock. Each destination has its own appeal and offers a unique range of experiences, people, places, and history to uncover.


Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory. It's a modern, tropical city that sits on a harbor twice the size of Sydney’s. Darwin is considered Australia’s most culturally diverse city, with a population made up of more than 50 nationalities, including the area’s traditional Aboriginal landowners.

Darwin is a stepping stone to some of the world’s greatest adventure playgrounds including Litchfield National Park, World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands. Locals make the most of Darwin’s lush setting and balmy weather with a constant celebration of life outdoors at open-air cinemas, markets, festivals or fishing and cruising on its unspoiled harbor.


Alice Springs

Alice Springs lies in the heart of central Australia, nestled between the East and West MacDonnell Ranges and celebrated for the natural beauty of its surrounding desert and the characters that have shaped its history. The pioneering spirit of Alice Springs is reflected in the many adventurous, challenging and, sometimes quirky, experiences to be had here.


Working Holidays

The Northern Territory is a perfect destination for students and youths wanting to do a Work and Holiday Visa. This is a visa designed to help you travel throughout Australia for up to one year, earning money along the way by legitimately working. You'd have a bank account and everything!

There’s plenty of work and a high demand for skilled as well as non-skilled workers, so finding a job here is often easier than in other parts of Australia.

The biggest benefit for international visitors is the opportunity to fully experience a lifestyle that's very different from the rest of Australia and overseas. Apart from the standard types of work on offer, working holiday opportunities in the Northern Territory include:

  • Cattle stations
  • Fruit picking
  • Hospitality
  • Teaching/nursing 
  • WHOOFing (Willing Workers on Organic farms)
  • Conservation Volunteers Australia

Ask your STA Travel expert for more information about the Work and Holiday Visa or call (800) 551.1740.

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