Top End

The Top End region encompasses the northernmost section of the Territory, an area of 112,295 square km including Daly, West Arnhem and the Tiwi Islands.

The region extends from Wadeye in the west to Maningrida in the east, and includes the historic mining town of Jabiru inside Kakadu National Park.

  • Total population – 17,900
  • Aboriginal population – 74%
  • Median age – 32 years
  • Home ownership – 25% of population own their home
  • Education (completed year 12 or equivalent 23.5%
  • Working age population (aged 15 to 64 years) – 69%

Tiwi Islands

Located roughly 80km north of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands boast rich cultural history and economic diversity with good potential for future growth.

The Tiwi Islands are made up of two main islands, which are Bathurst and Melville.

Melville Island is the second largest Australian island after Tasmania. The geographic area of the Tiwi Islands is over 3,000km².

Aboriginal Australian art, tourism, forestry plantations and mineral sand mining (with exports to China) are some of the locally generated internationally recognised industries on the islands.

There are also retail opportunities, construction ventures, and community and government service provision supporting the local economy.

Australian Rules Football generates national and international attention, with several Tiwi Islands players exported to the ‘big league’.

The strong water flows in the Apsley Strait, which separates the two main islands, present opportunities for future power generation.


Last updated: 29 July 2022

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