Territorio del nord

Vivere nel Territorio del nord

Iyna Bort Caruso

Northern Territory[NT] may be one of Australia’s most sparsely populated regions – fewer than 250,000 “Territorians” live in an area equal to FranceSpainand Italy combined – yet it’s one of the most culturally diverse. NT is made up of more than 100 nationalities.

 

The northern half of this self-governing region is sometimes referred to as the Top End. The city of Darwin is its regional capital and the largest in the territory. The climate here is tropical. 

 

Darwin, on the Timor Sea, accounts for more than half the population of the Northern Territory. Its workforce is young, dynamic and multilingual. Commutes are short and traffic is light. The city is also the country’s gateway to Asia. Darwin is the closest Australian capital city to Asia--it is as close to Singapore and Manila as it is to Sydney and Melbourne--and within a four-hour flight to no fewer than eight national capitals. Along with its international airport, Darwin’s deep water port is a major marine shipping link for trade with the Asia-Pacific region.

 

The city’s central business district has been the site of major development and redevelopment projects. Many of the most desirable residential communities are along the water in suburbs like Larrakeyah and Bayview. Homes in the tropical north typically feature large outdoor living areas, verandas and lush tropical gardens.

 

The southern half is known as the Red Centre, the Territory’s arid outback region. Alice Springs is the largest city here and has a classic Outback character. It’s a jumping-off point for biking, hiking, hot air ballooning and exploring the Australia interior. A short flight south from Alice Springs is Uluru, or Ayers Rock, a 1,100-foot-high sandstone formation that has sacred significance to the aboriginal people and is one of the country’s most iconic sites.

 

Together, both regions offer national parks including Kakadu, Australia’s largest with a collection of aboriginal rock paintings thousands of years old, World Heritage Sites and gorgeous sunsets.