History and Heritage

Visitors at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station

The history and heritage sector showcases unique and unrivalled stories and experiences from the people who helped shaped today's Northern Territory. Pioneering history is dotted across the Red Centre and along the Stuart Highway, from rich military history in the Top End involving Australia’s defence against the Japanese in WWII, to our 65,000 year old history of Aboriginal art and culture, chronically capturing historical events across the Territory.   

Tourism NT focuses on raising awareness of the importance of this sector as it is proven to enhance the visitor experience within the Territory. The military history is unparalleled, as it was the only place in Australia that was heavily attacked in WWII with remnants spread far and wide across the Darwin region. It is also home to the first place of Aboriginal land rights, following a nine year battle by Aboriginal stockmen at the Wave Hill Walk Off in 1966.

Promoting these experiences through drive itineraries, key anniversary events and product packaging throughout our other key sectors will help showcase the value of this sector to the local, domestic and international markets towards growing the experiences on offer.

Industry opportunities

Education Itineraries

Military and heritage attractions are profiled through NT Learning Adventures (NTLA) and highlighted in relevant itineraries. Further product and experience development that aligns with the needs of education tourism groups would increase opportunities to engage with this sector. Contact [email protected] for more information. 

Product Packaging

History, heritage and military attractions and experiences can be packaged with accommodation, cruise and drive sectors. Further packages can grow this sector’s popularity and be sold through wider distribution channels domestically. Find out how to create a tourism package here. Contact [email protected] to express interest.

Find out more

To discuss further opportunities and how to get involved in Tourism NT's history and heritage experiences please email our Tourism Development team on [email protected] or download the History and Heritage Sector Development Plan. 

Page last updated on 21 March 2023