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Getting to Darwin / Around Darwin

Darwin has an International Airport, which has connections to and from all interstate (Domestic) destinations and to many overseas (International) destinations. There are also many light aircraft services that will take you to most smaller destinations throughout the Northern Territory. As well as all kinds of flights Darwin is well serviced by coaches / buses that travel Northern Territory and Australia wide.

It's easy to find places in Darwin and even easier to get around. The public transport is great. The buses will be able to take you almost everywhere or you may prefer a taxi, private hire car, mini bus or you could even hire a bike. Walking is a great way to see the sights and there are brochures designed especially for this purpose. They outline places of interest and historical landmarks, and are available at certain spots around town. The series is called “Discovering Darwin”, nine brochures in all, covering the Wharf, Esplanade, City, Gardens, Northern Suburbs, East Point, Darwin, Outer Darwin and Fannie Bay.

Getting to the Northern Territory couldn’t be any easier. You can arrive by plane, coach, train or even self-drive.

The Northern Territory has three major Airports in Darwin, Alice Springs and Ayers Rock. There are many other airstrips in the Territory and most of the NT can be serviced by air. Other main areas with airports are Katherine, Jabiru, Gove and Tennant Creek.

International Airlines servicing the Northern Territory are

  • Royal Brunei
  • Qantas
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Timika Charters
  • Air North

Domestic Airline operators include;

  • Qantas
  • Virgin Blue
  • Air North

Travelling by bus or coach is a great option if you want to experience the adventure of an Outback road trip, but don't want to drive yourself. Instead, relax on one of the many air-conditioned coaches that regularly travel within the Northern Territory or to the NT from many interstate destinations.

The two main coach companies servicing the NT are

  • Greyhound Pioneer
  • McCafferty's

You can also travel to the NT by train. From Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide you can take the “Ghan” to Alice Springs. The “Ghan” is an extraordinary journey rich in history. The line is currently being extended from Alice Springs to Darwin and is due for completion in early 2004. Darwin and the Northern Territory will then be connected to all other Australian capital cities by train. As yet there are no intrastate rail services or commuter services in Darwin or Alice Springs.

If you choose to bring yourself to the Territory (self-drive) there are many main roads, majority of which are sealed. All the main attractions and areas within the Northern Territory have easy access by road and it is often an informative drive. The Stuart Highway is the Territory's main artery, going all the way from Adelaide to Darwin. It passes through major places such as Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Darwin. The Barkly Highway comes from Townsville through Mt Isa joining the Stuart Highway at Three Ways, north of Tennant Creek. From Perth travel to Kununurra until you meet the Victoria Highway, which will take you through to Katherine where you will join up with the Stuart Highway. There are more adventurous options like the famous Tanami Track from the Kimberleys in Western Australia to Alice Springs and the Great Central Road from Perth to Ayers Rock.



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