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Health Advice for visitors and residents

The Northern Territory

water over road

Green Frog

Termite Mound

Clouds over Uluru

Barkly Region


The start of May marks the beginning of the Dry season in Australia's Northern Territory, where clear skies herald misty mornings, wistful breezes swirl through the distinct Northern Territory landscape, and various festivals and outdoor activities burst into life.

Most tourists and locals prefer to do their Territory travelling in the dry season because outback roads are open, enabling access to the most appealing places, plus the weather is cooler and more predictable. Nothing beats camping out under the heavens, with the billy boiling and the conversation flowing.

The NT is a land of desert scapes, traditional Aboriginal communities, unique wildlife, spectacular coastlines and river systems, multicultural markets, and so much more.

Darwin is an increasingly sophisticated city that looks north to Asia whilst maintaining close links with Australia's major centres. The galleries of Alice Springs offer a treasure trove of Indigenous art and this unique town is the gateway to the wonders of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and beyond.

To help you get the most from your stay, whether for a few days or many years, we ask you to please act safely and in the best interests of you and your family's health.

Being located in the tropics, the Top End of the NT is host to a range of diseases, some spread by mosquitoes, others contained in the soil, which can cause serious illness and even prove fatal.

Coastal waters contain highly dangerous box jellyfish, or "stingers", which have 40 or more tentacles, each up to two metres in length and loaded with a potentially lethal venom that can attack the heart and kill a person in less than 10 minutes.

Stingers are often found close to shore, so wading in the shallows and tidal creeks, or using boat ramps, can put you at risk of a painful sting. Officially, stinger season runs from October through to May each year, but even outside this period it is important to take great care in Top End waters.

Central Australia's desert areas are a "must" to visit, offering endless vistas - and photo opportunities. But desert travel can be dangerous, with extremely high temperatures and vast distances between places offering essential services such as water, food and fuel.

The Territory offers some of the best fishing opportunities on earth. Who doesn't dream of hooking a metre-long barramundi, one of the finest eating fish? But these same rivers host countless numbers of saltwater crocodiles, which pose deadly risks to incautious humans.

This web page brings together a wide range of health related information for NT residents and visitors. Resources include how best to protect your health and wellbeing, and how to access the right medical care in the event that you do need assistance.

Stay healthy, be happy and get the best out of your time in the wonderful Northern Territory