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Northern Territory
20°11.558'S, 132°33.821'E Chart icon.png
lat=-20.19263 | lon=132.56368 | zoom=4 | y
Capital Darwin
Language English
Currency Australian Dollar (AUD)
Time zone UTC+9:30 (ACST) , DST: (does not observe DST)
Calling code +61

The Northern Territory is a Federal territory of Australia, occupying much of the centre of the mainland continent, as well as the Central Northern regions. It is bordered to the west by Western Australia, to the East by Queensland and to the South by South Australia.

Known as the real outback, it represents nature on a grand scale and contains some of the most recognisable natural icons in Australia. The Northern Territory contains hundreds of rare species of flora, native wildlife and, of course, crocodiles in the Territory’s 52 national parks and nature conservation reserves, while the outback offers vast wide-open spaces and pioneering journeys.

The NT is also renowned for the Aboriginal cultural experiences it offers. As home to Australia’s largest population of Aboriginal people, the NT offers a rich array of Aboriginal culture with its 40,000 year old traditions – including basket weaving, spear fishing, story telling, rock art and bush tucker tastings on Aboriginal guided tours. The Territory also contains the world’s biggest collection of Aboriginal art.


Australian Hydrographic Service
AU220130 Australia - Gulf of Carpentaria to Bathurst Island (1:1500000)
AUS14 — Groote Eylandt: Approaches to Milner Bay
AUS15 — Plans to the Northern Territory: Jensen Bay/Gove Harbour
AUS26 — Approaches to Port Darwin
AUS28 — Plans in Port Darwin


The northern end, including Darwin, has a tropical climate with high humidity and two seasons, the wet (November to April) and dry season (May to October). During the dry season nearly every day is warm and sunny, and afternoon humidity averages around 30%. There is very little rainfall between May and September. In the coolest months of June and July, the daily minimum temperature may dip as low as 14°C, but very rarely lower, and frost has never been recorded. The wet season is associated with tropical cyclones and monsoon rains. The majority of rainfall occurs between December and March (the southern hemisphere summer), when thunderstorms are common and afternoon relative humidity averages over 70% during the wettest months. On average more than 1,570 mm of rain falls in the north.

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Currents & Tides

Very strong and large tides.


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Health & Security

Take plenty of mosquito spray, and watch out for crocodiles.

Ports, Anchorages, and Islands

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Ports Anchorages Islands
Darwin Darwin /wiki/Darwin Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Gove (Nhulunbuy)Gove (Nhulunbuy)/wiki/Gove Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Milner Bay Milner Bay /wiki/Milner_Bay Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
Groote Eylandt Groote Eylandt /wiki/Groote_Eylandt Island icon – island |Needs data icon – needs data |

Tiwi Islands:

Melville Island Melville Island /wiki/Melville_Island Island icon – island |Needs data icon – needs data |
Bathurst Islands Bathurst Islands /wiki/Bathurst_Islands Island icon – island |Needs data icon – needs data |
Croker Island Croker Island /wiki/Croker_Island Island icon – island |Needs data icon – needs data |
Goulburn Island Goulburn Island /wiki/Goulburn_Island Island icon – island |Needs data icon – needs data |


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  • "A Guide to Cruising Northern Australia - Cairns to Darwin" by Leslie P. Richards

See also [Australia#References|Australia].


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