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The Education Destination : The Education Destination
Northern Territory Study at the top end of the country for a top education with a distinctly Australian twist, writes Kathy Purcell. Students wanting to reach the heart and soul of Australia needn’t look further than the Northern Territory. The Territory gives you an up-close view of Australia’s Indigenous history and culture in a breath-taking landscape. The Northern Territory is strongly multicultural with a population of just over 200,000. Most people live in the capital city of Darwin and the regional centres of Alice Springs and Katherine. Many remote Aboriginal communities are dotted throughout the Northern Territory but these are restricted to the public. Unique environment The Territory varies in climate and landscape from the Top End to the Red Centre. The Top End is stunning with thick rainforests and a dramatic coastline. The climate is tropical with a wet season that runs from November to April followed by a dry season from May to October. Darwin is in the Top End and borders the Timor Sea. The Port of Darwin links Australia to neighbouring South-east Asia and beyond. Here in the capital city you can shop at the local markets and taste the culinary delights of the multicultural menu. Take a dip in one of the many safe swimming spots or go fi shing like the locals. Alice Springs and Tennant Creek are in the Red Centre, a name which perfectly describes the red desert soil that covers much of the land. Its harsh landscape is dramatically different to that of the Top End. Although remote, the Red Centre is accessible by car, train, bus or plane. The Red Centre experiences Australia’s typical four-season climate with hot summer days and cold winter nights. The Red Centre is home to Uluru (Ayers Rock), a large sandstone formation and one of Australia’s major tourist attractions. The environment of the Red Centre also surprises visitors with its hidden waterholes and amazing wildlife. University – research expertise The Northern Territory has a world-class university – Charles Darwin University – with several campuses throughout the Top End and the Red Centre. Students are offered a wide choice of degrees through to advanced research doctorates. The Northern Territory has won several awards for its university, and students are assured a quality education that will provide lifelong skills and knowledge to gain employment around the world. Australia: The Education Destination The Northern Territory’s university is the United Nation’s University Centre on Traditional Knowledge. > 75 Above: Find out about Aboriginal culture or enjoy the night entertainment. Images courtesy of Tourism NT. NORTHERN TERRITORY
Australia The Education Destination 2010