Forty years ago today, on 1 July 1978, the Northern Territory was granted self-governance. It heralded a new era, one in which the Territory could fly its own flag and Territorians could finally purchase their own freehold land.
To celebrate this important moment in history, Tourism NT has released never-before-seen footage of seven magnificent Northern Territory landscapes and National Parks.
It’s all thanks to a collaboration between Traditional Owners, Tourism NT, Parks and Wildlife NT and... Google Street View. By strapping on one of the coolest backpacks in the world – the portable Street View Trekker – they’ve been able to map (while hiking) some of the most spectacular parts of the Territory.
But don’t let the “Street View Trekker” name fool you – there’s not a street in sight. The new panoramic footage highlights the NT’s natural landscapes, letting you ‘walk through’ seven of its most magnificent National Parks, from the Top End to the Red Centre:
If you're in the NT for Territory Day, be aware that they're very big on fireworks here. This is the only place in Australia that permits private fireworks, but only on this one day of the year (and only between 6pm and 11pm, or face a $1,500 fine).
There are also free public celebrations being held around the Territory (no personal pyrotechnics allowed), with performances by artists including Neil Finn (Split Enz/Crowded House/ Fleetwood Mac) at Mindil Beach in Darwin, The Veronicas at Katherine Showground and Rogue Traders at ANZAC Oval in Alice Springs.