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Welcome to Country

Visit the NT and immerse yourself in the stories, artworks and ancient traditions of Aboriginal Australians, one of the world's oldest living groups.

The continent’s first inhabitants arrived some 65,000 years ago and over the millennia created a rich tapestry of languages and customs that vary from region to region.

From the Arrernte in Central Australia and the Yolngu in Arnhem Land to the Tiwi people of the Tiwi Islands near the Timor Sea, over 40 different indigenous language groups reside in the NT.

Dream big

A common theme across the many language groups is a strong spiritual connection to the land. Indigenous spiritual beliefs, along with the local laws and history, are shared through the Dreamtime stories. The stories are passed down from generation to generation through art, dance and song and tell of the creation of the landscape and its inhabitants.