Getting around in Australia’s Northern Territory is easy, even at “peak hour”. In Darwin, getting from home to work rarely takes more than 15 or 20 minutes. It’s even quicker getting around in Alice Springs.
An efficient public bus service runs in major population centres and taxis and hire vehicles are available across the Northern Territory. All seniors, pensioners, carers and students are eligible for free travel on public buses.
Roads in the Northern Territory are generally of a high standard. Sealed national highways connect with centres interstate. The Stuart Highway connects with South Australia and south-eastern states; the Barkly Highway connects with Queensland; and the Victoria Highway connects with Western Australia.
The AustralAsia Railway, which links Darwin to Adelaide, provides fast, efficient transport for passengers and freight. Thousands of visitors to the Territory arrive every year on board The Ghan – a world-famous rail travel experience.
Darwin has regular international and national shipping connections and is a popular stop for luxury cruise ships.
Darwin is the Northern Territory’s main international air gateway. From here, services operate to international destinations with connections to the rest of the world. The city is on the doorstep of Asia, being as close to Singapore as it is to Sydney. A flight to many major cities in South-East Asia lasts as long, and costs the same as, a flight to one of Australia's southern capitals.
Alice Springs and Yulara airports are also busy travel hubs, with direct flights to most Australian capital cities. There are many other regional airports and airstrips throughout the Territory.