Territory Getting There
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.
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.