Northern Territory holiday guide: the heart of Australia

From Darwin to Kakadu, Arnhem to Alice: the territory offers visitors a bizarrely Australian experience featuring salties, barras and spectacular scenery

As an Australian who has seen quite a bit of the country, I am often asked to elect my favourite spot, which is an impossible question to answer. But I have no problem choosing my favourite state, or rather territory.

No place is so wonderfully, bizarrely Australian as the Northern Territory. At 1.4m sq km, the territory has roughly the same landmass as Peru but with less than 1% of its population. Its 244,000-strong population of barra-catching, roo-shooting, ute-driving locals is matched by roughly 100,000 saltwater crocodiles, putting the Territorian to “saltie” ratio at 2:1.

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