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Community Profiles

The Top End

The Top End region is home to Darwin, Australia's only tropical capital city. Darwin is arguably one of Australia's most cosmopolitan cities with a population consisting of more than 60 nationalities. The greater Darwin area has a population of approximately 120,500 people.

The city's multicultural mix is highlighted by its many exciting cultural festivals and weekly food and craft markets. There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained, including the Deckchair Cinema, sailing, museums and shopping centres, as well as being nearby Litchfield National Park for great camping and swimming.

The region has a tropical climate with a distinctive dry and wet season.

The Red Centre

Famously known for Uluru, the Red Centre region of Central Australia is a desert environment with mainly dry, hot summers and cool, dry winters. The area draws tourist interest due to the town of Alice Springs and the impressive natural attractions in the area such as Palm Valley National Park, the West MacDonnell Ranges, the Finke Gorge and popular events like the Camel Cup.

'The Alice' is the second largest town in the Territory with more than 25,000 people calling it home. The town has all the amenities one needs, with shopping malls, schools and recreational activities available.


Katherine Region

The town of Katherine is the thriving main town within this sub-tropical region, situated a three hour drive south of Darwin.

The main town is situated on the banks of the Katherine river and has a population of around 10,000 people while the larger Katherine region has a population of just over 24,000.

Katherine is well equipped as a regional town with a shopping centre that features a supermarket and many speciality shops. Katherine is on the edge of Kakadu National park which is filled with waterfalls and bush walks. Kayaking through the picturesque Katherine Gorge is a popular weekend activity.

Barkly Tablelands

The Barkly Tablelands are situated in a semi-arid region of the Territory. The region offers an intriguing mix of Aboriginal culture and ruggedly beautiful rocky landscapes. Mining and cattle stations are of big importance to the region.

Tennant Creek is located in the heart of the Barkly Tablelands and is the only main town in the region. The town is located 500km north of Alice Springs and has a population of approximately 3500 people. Average temperatures range from 23 degrees Celsius in winter to 44 degrees Celsius in summer.

Arnhem Land

Nhulunbuy is located in north east Arnhem Land where the Gulf of Carpentaria meets the Arafura Sea. The climate in Arnhem Land is tropical, with two distinct seasons: the wet and the dry. The area is great for fishing and it is argued that this area offers some of the best fishing and oldest Aboriginal rock art in the world.

Nhulunbuy is the central hub of the region and is well facilitated with amenities such as schools, a supermarket, markets and a variety of recreational activities and sports clubs. The main town was purpose built in the 1960s for the mining industry and has a population of just under 4000. However, the Yolngu Aboriginal people, one of the largest Indigenous groups in Australia, have lived in the region for at least 40,000 years. The Yolngu people are famous for their bark paintings and traditional Aboriginal culture.