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Northern Territory Getting There
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The Northern Territory can be reached by international flights to Darwin from Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei, East Timor, Bangkok, Europe, Japan, Singapore and the UK.

At present there are many international carriers operating to the Northern Territory, including Garuda Indonesia, British Airways, Qantas and Royal Brunei. Only the latter 2 airlines fly directly to Darwin, the others require connections.

There are several domestic airlines, Jetstar, Airnorth, Qantas and Virgin Blue, that cover the Territory from all capital cities within Australia with connections from most other towns. Smaller commuter airlines connect some of the remote areas within the Territory.

Approximate flight times

These flight times are all approximations from Darwin, connections are available from most Asian airports.
    It takes 21 hours and 25 minutes traveling to London.
  It takes 4 hours and 30 minutes traveling to Singapore.
  It takes 5 hours traveling Bangkok.
  It takes 90 minutes traveling to Bali.
  It takes 4 hours traveling to Brunei.
  It takes 2 hours traveling to Timor.

International cruise lines call at Darwin, which is the Northern Territory’s only large port.


The main rail service to the Northern Territory is by the Ghan from Adelaide which travels to Darwin via Alice Springs, see Travel in the main Australia section for more information. There is no internal network.


There are 3 main highways serving the Northern Territory, the Stuart Highway, south to Adelaide, the Barkly Highway, east to Mount Isa and Queensland, and the Victoria Highway, which runs west to connect an unsealed road running across the top of the Western Desert which runs on to Perth.

Off these roads there are several uncharted rough tracks often only suitable for 4 wheel drive vehicles, and often ending in impassable desert. The dangers of traveling off main roads in the Northern Territory without a qualified guide cannot be strained too strongly.


The national coach services are run by Pioneer Bus Australia / Greyhound and McCafferty’s, all of which serve the main townships within the Territory with direct services to all capital cities.

Well equipped coaches take over 92 hours to cover the distance from Darwin to Sydney, from Darwin, coaches depart daily to Kakadu National Park (the travel time is 4 hours 50 minutes) and to Alice Springs (the travel time is 19 hours).


There are local bus services in Darwin (running from Monday to Saturday) from the coach terminal located 1 kilometres from the city centre and in Alice Springs. Darwin Harbour ferries operate from Monday to Friday.