Getting there & around
Backpacker buses cover vast distances while savouring the sights along the way.
International flights arrive at and depart from Darwin International Airport (DIA; 08-8920 1805; www.darwinairport.com.au). Airlines operating flights to their countries of origin and beyond:
Royal Brunei (www.bruneiair.com/australia) To/from Brunei.
The following domestic carriers have regular connections to other Australian states.
Qantas (13 13 13; www.qantas.com) Services all major Australian cities.
Virgin Blue (13 67 89; www.virginblue.com) Services all major Australian cities.
Having your own vehicle in the NT means you can travel at your own pace and branch off the main roads to access less-visited places. To truly explore, you’ll need a well-prepared 4WD vehicle and some outback nous. The Automobile Association of the Northern Territory (www.aant.com.au) can advise on preparation and additional resources; members of automobile associations in other states have reciprocal rights. Road conditions are reported on 1800 246 199 and www.dpi.nt.gov.au/whatwedo/roadreport.
Many roads are open to conventional cars and campervans, which, when shared between two or more, can be an economical option. Vehicle hire and sales are available in the region’s major cities.
Some driving conditions are particular to the NT. While traffic may be light and roads dead straight, distances between places are loooooong. Watch out for the four great NT road hazards: speed (there are no speed limits on the open road), driver fatigue, road trains and animals (driving at night is most dangerous). Note that areas self-designated as ‘alcohol-free’ do not allow any alcohol to be brought in, even if the alcohol is unopened. Roads are regularly closed during the Wet due to flooding.