The Northern Territory is huge—six times the size of Victoria or roughly France, Spain and Italy combined. It’s so big that it has different climates: tropical and rainforesty in the northern half and semi-arid desert country towards the bottom. We call the top half the ‘Top End’ (the bottom bit is the ‘Red Centre’).
The Top End chunk of the Northern Territory covers four main areas:
- Darwin, the NT’s capital city at the northern tip of the Top End
- World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, three hours east of Darwin
- remote Arnhem Land, a 90,000 square-kilometre reserve in the north-east corner of the NT
- the Katherine area, about three hours south of Darwin.