Territory is a huge and varied region. The north,
the ‘Top End’ of Australia, is subtropical, with such
high rainfall in the rainy season that much of it is reachable
only by air. The south of the Territory is a dry desert, known
as the ‘Red Centre’.
There are many objects and places in the Territory that are of
special significance to the Aboriginal people,
so laws protecting these sacred sites carry heavy penalties for
entering, damaging or defacing them.
It is necessary to attain a permit before entering
Aboriginal lands, including by car. These permits are not issued
lightly, nor are they commonly issued for touristic purposes.
Some areas that have historic significance to
the Aborigines are open to the public, for example, Uluru (Ayers
Rock), Corroboree Rock near Alice Springs, and Ubirr Rock in Kakadu
National Park (please see National Parks section).
Visitors are welcome at these places, but general
respect should be shown for the site and its historical significance.
For further information, maps and permit application advice, contact
the Tourist Commission (please see Contact