About the Northern Territory
The Northern Territory (NT) occupies about one sixth of Australia’s total land mass, and is home to some of the natural world’s most unique and exciting destinations. Equivalent in size to France, Italy and Spain combined, it is has an abundance of varied natural environments.
The Northern Territory is the least populous of Australia’s states and territories, home to 1 per cent of Australia’s population. Of the 230,000 people living in the NT, the majority live in Darwin. There are numerous remote settlements and approximately 31 per cent of all Indigenous Australians live in the Northern Territory.
Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory and Australia’s only tropical coastal capital city surrounded by the Arafura Sea. It is a modern, clean, safe and friendly city. The tropical climate promotes a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle in unspoiled surroundings and beaches, without many of the hassles of a larger city.
The Northern Territory has two distinct climate zones. The top end including Darwin, has a tropical climate with high humidity and two seasons – the wet season (November to April) and the dry season (May to October). By contrast, the central region of the Territory, including Alice Springs and the Uluru National Park, is semi-arid.
An extensive bus service meets Darwin’s public transport needs. Darwin has a number of taxi companies, and also mini-cabs to transport up to 12 people together. Darwin provides a marvellous cycling environment for most of the year. It is a particularly attractive city for outdoor activity and the increasing network of cycle paths is an added incentive for people to cycle for exercise, pleasure and commuting. You can cycle in safety by using the city’s extensive local network of excellent shared paths. The paths take you right along the breezy coastal fringe of the city and suburbs and to parks, reserves and general recreation facilities throughout the municipality.
For more information visit http://www.transport.nt.gov.au/travelsmart/buses-and-ferries
Cost of Living:
Accommodation costs will vary from approximately $150 to $400 per week, depending on the type of accommodation you choose and whether you live by yourself or share with other students. It is estimated that you will need another $150 – $200 per week for food and other living costs.
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