What we love about the Territory!

The Territory is one of the most unique places in Australia.

Welcoming and laid back, it is the home of the real outback ranging from desert landscapes and the red dirt of the Red Centre through to savannah woodlands, rocky escarpments and tropical islands floating in azure waters.

It is home to iconic natural treasures, ancient Aboriginal culture, fascinating birds and wildlife, dramatic landscapes, opportunities for adventure and unique experiences. From the bustling capital city of Darwin to our outback towns and communities full of colourful characters and diversity, it’s also home for more than 246,000 people from 100 different nationalities.

Nature therapy doesn’t get much better than in the Territory. Whether you love camping in the bush, barbecuing by the beach, watching jaw-dropping sunsets and storms or gazing at stars, there’s plenty of reasons to celebrate everything we love about this place we all call home.

There's a certain feeling – something magical – here that truly makes you appreciate the beauty around you. The Territory leaves its mark on everybody.

On 1 July why not share with us what's great about the Territory. Take a snap or film a video to upload onto social media using the hashing #TerritoryDay

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Alexis

The red dust gets in your veins and then you’re hooked. There’s no going back once you fall in love with the place.
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Rebecca Gunner

Every time I get itchy feet I think about what we’d miss and realize we can never leave, The Territory is the place of opportunity and a thrilling adventurous childhood.
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Vanessa Felkai

The Territory is 100/100 goods, it’s the way the landscape makes you feel!
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Sandy Scaife

Beaches, rivers, waterholes & parks, Million dollar Sunsets and beauty all around
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Sue Little

Step off the plane / get out of the car and relax - that's The Territory
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Brooke Sibbald

Good enough for me to never want to leave
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Dale McIver

I love the Territory because nature is literally at my backdoor. The wide open spaces and fresh air just can’t be beaten!
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Troy Laidlaw

CAMPING & FISHING!!!!!!!
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Carmel Wright

The Territory is where I want to be when the sun sinks below the horizon
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Dirk Hayes

Tropical clouds and epic storms getting me through the wet season.
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Jasper Holtze

The best place in the world to explore with mates!
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Jacinta Keyes

You don’t live in the Territory for long unless ya bloody love it. There’s a lot of passion and pride here. I love the wide open spaces, incredible opportunities, friendly faces and badass wildlife.
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Patrick Heenan

“I was losing parts of myself being down there (in Melbourne), especially with languages. It was important for me to come back and do more for my community.”
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Sanjukta Ghosh

“There is a space for everyone up here in the Territory. People can be who they want to be and do what they want. Living here is like an all-encompassing hug.”
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Grant Dewsbury

“Darwin is home for me. My family and my friends are here, and I love the outdoorsy, laidback lifestyle.”
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Tikesa Docherty-Cole

“Friends and family play a large part in why I love the Territory.”
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Sharon Jennings

“One of the things I love about the Territory is that everyone is happy to help out, lend a hand.”
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Gabrielle Sol-Dukic

“After our first Territory Day we felt like Territorians and that we had come home. We couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.”
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Henrietta Booth

“It’s strange. I’m a born-and-bred city girl, living in Sydney and Melbourne all my life. I was never the outdoorsy type, but a new me seemed to emerge in the Territory.”
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Daniel Whyte

“You can take the boy out of the Territory, but I’ve realised you can’t take the Territory out of the boy.”
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Jaanika Maettikas

“The Territory is where I’m happiest. It’s my home away from home. This is where I belong now.”
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Paul Palmer

“Our roots are deep in the Territory. There are now five generations of our Territory family.”
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Rachel Thomson and Shaun Gilbert

“We love living in the Territory. It’s in our souls.”
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Kim Farrar

“The Territory is an amazing place to be because it doesn’t matter where you come from and what your background is, the people here will accept you and give you a shot.”
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Maureen O’Keefe

“My family lived a bush life and I grew up sitting around the campfire listening to stories, funny and sad, and sometimes scary. I don’t want those stories to disappear.”
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Tim Hema

“I may move around a bit if the opportunity arises, but I’ll never cross the border to live outside the Territory.”
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Kate Foran

“Throughout my time here I have come across so many welcoming and community-minded people with big golden hearts. Their generosity of spirit is incredible.”
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Alex Werner

“We liked the idea of our kids growing up and understanding the true sense of another culture, and to realise the world is a much bigger place than the suburbs of Melbourne.”
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Darlene Chin

“There’s no pretentiousness here. You are accepted and the welcome is just as warm as the weather.”
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Trent de With

“I love this freedom that you have in the Territory. My partner and I travelled round the world for nearly two years, experiencing other place and cultures, but this is where we want to be.”
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Baz Ledwidge

“It’s less crazy these days, but you still have the freedom to be who you want to be in the Territory. It’s why I love it so much.”
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Clint Cruickshank

“My mate told me ‘you’ll just love the place’ and, yep, as soon as I arrived that was the end of me … I went back to Perth, sold what I didn’t need, packed up my tools of the trade as a wall and floor tiler and within five months bought a one-way ticket to the NT.”
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Shellie Morris

“My heart, my soul, is there in the Territory – always.”
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Amy Hetherington

“Now they’re all living here, Territory Day is a symbol of our family being in one place together and calling this place home.”
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Wayne Kraft

“Living here has been one of the great blessings of my life. I’m proud to say I’m a Territorian.”
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Jerusha Harper-Ceylani

“We have been truly blessed to live in such a wonderful place. There is so much to experience and see and do. Why live anywhere else?”
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Stephen Lomas

“Moving here was a great opportunity for me to continue in a job I really enjoy and for us to start a new life … We’ve all thrived in the Territory.”
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Georges Bureau

“It’s been such a remarkable opportunity to learn from the (Aboriginal) artists as well as help them improve their skills. The personalities of the people living here is a huge drawcard for me.”
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