Megafauna museum: Locals outnumber tourists

2629 Megafauna 4 OKBy ERWIN CHLANDA


An average of six overseas and 7.4 domestic tourists a day visited the Megafauna museum in Todd Mall between October and March.


This compares with 20 locals.


The museum was opened by the NT Government’s Museum and Art Gallery at a cost of $1.5m in July last year.


The total visitor numbers between October and March, open daily except for two weeks over Christmas / New Year and Good Friday, was 5468: Overseas 975; Alice Springs 3279; domestic tourists 1214 with “NT other” (363), Victoria (229) and NSW (225) topping the list.




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  1. Anna
    Posted April 23, 2019 at 9:26 am

    I’m curious about those statistics. I’ve been a few times now, by myself and with relatives visiting from out of town – not once have we ever been asked where we’re from.

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  2. RM
    Posted April 22, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Locals should always outnumber tourists / visitors / outsiders.
    That’s how we keep it local.

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  3. Evelyne Roullet
    Posted April 21, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Because I am very curious about all sorts of statistics I rang the museum and asked how those figures are created.
    I was told: “We simply ask people if they are locals or visitors.”
    Interesting, as I have never been asked.

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  4. Hal Duell
    Posted April 21, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Erwin, a minor point, but when these large birds were first discovered a few years ago, they were referred to in the local press as the Ducks of Doom. Much better than Big Bird.

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  5. Evelyne Roullet
    Posted April 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Overseas 975; Alice Springs 3279; domestic tourists 1214 with “NT other” (363), Victoria (229) and NSW (225) topping the list.
    How were those numbers are worked out?
    [ED – They were supplied by the museum.]

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