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A Northern Territory History Tour

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Long before European settlement, Aboriginal people were living throughout the Northern Territory, and any cultural or historical tour must start there. The British didn't arrive until the 19th century, but they quickly transformed the state by establishing military outposts, the Overland Telegraph Line, and, of course, dozens of British pubs. World War II and religious influences came later still. All of which create the rich tapestry we see in the Northern Territory today.
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19 Conacher St, Darwin City NT 0820, Australia

Set in a tropical garden in the suburb of Fannie Bay, this superb museum and gallery is the best place to learn all about the art, history and culture of the Top End (the nickname for this northernmost section of the Northern Territory). The...

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Lasseter Hwy, Uluru NT 0872, Australia
Uluru, or Ayer’s Rock as many know it, is one of the most recognized landmarks anywhere in the world. This strange giant rock in the middle of the Australian Outback has long kindled imaginations, going back millennia. It may be an important...
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Tiwi Islands NT 0822, Australia
The Tiwi people lived in their islands for as far as they can remember. So they have developed their own heritage and history, isolated from the mainland Aboriginals. When the white people found out about their isolated community, they sent a...
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74 Esplanade, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia

Lyons Cottage, built in 1925 on the corner of Knuckey Street and the Esplanade, is famous for being the first residence in Darwin built of stone. It originally housed executives from the British Australian Telegraph Company; today it's a...

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Herbert Heritage Dr, Stuart NT 0870, Australia
The Alice Springs Telegraph Station is situated on the first site of European settlement in Alice Springs. It was established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Port Augusta, roughly 1700 miles away. It was also linked with an underwater...
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Darwin Waterfront, Kitchener Dr, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia
Located beneath the Darwin Wharf Precinct is a fascinating relic from World War II: tunnels built to protect oil from Japanese air raids, which killed more than 245 people during the Bombing of Darwin. The tunnels were reopened in 1992 to...
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Lot 171, Hermannsburg NT 0872, Australia
In the early 1900s, Lutheran missionaries arrived in the Western Arrernte community of Ntaria (Hermannsburg) about an hour west of Alice Springs. They offered food, shelter and education to the native people long oppressed by the white settlers...