Northern Territory


Large numbers of brumbies are present in the Gulf District as well as the Victoria River area and from Darwin south to Katherine.   The islands of Bathurst, Melville, Vanderlin and the Sir Edward Pellew Island Group are also home to wild horses.

Records indicate that wild horses were present on the Coburg Peninsula since the 1820’s and were well established in Central Australia during the 1870’s.   From 1838-1849 Timor Ponies were imported to Port Essington on the Coburg Peninsula, representing the first major introduction of horses to Australia since arrival of the First Fleet in 1788.


Dawson, M J,,Proceeding of the National Feral Horse Management Workshop, Canberra, August 2006, Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre

Feral Horse, NT Department of Land Resource Management website,

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