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Greyhound runs at least one service per day up and down the Stuart Hwy, the only road in and out of Darwin. Buses depart from the rear of the Transit Centre. Stops include Pine Creek (from $67, three hours), Katherine ($77, four hours), Mataranka ($115, seven hours), Tennant Creek ($148, 14¼ hours) and Alice Springs ($209, 22 hours). For Kakadu, there's a daily return service from Darwin to Jabiru ($79, 3¾ hours).

Backpacker buses and tours can also get you to out-of-the-way places.

Car & Campervan

For driving around Darwin, conventional vehicles are cheap enough, but most companies offer only 100km per day free, which won't get you very far out of town. Rates start at around $40 per day for a small car with 100km per day.

There are also plenty of 4WD vehicles available in Darwin, through companies like Britz, but you usually have to book ahead and fees/deposits are higher than for 2WD vehicles. Larger companies offer one-way rentals plus better mileage deals for more-expensive vehicles. Campervans are a great option for touring around the NT and you generally get unlimited kilometres even for short rentals. Prices start at around $60 a day for a basic camper or $100 to $120 for a three-berth high-top camper, to $250-plus for the bigger mobile homes or 4WD bushcampers. Additional insurance cover or excess reduction costs extra.

Most rental companies are open every day and have agencies in the city centre. Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty all have offices at the airport.


JJ's Car Hire A good local operator.

Mighty Cars & Campervans

Travellers Autobarn

For assistance or information try AANT Roadside Assistance.


The legendary Ghan train, operated by Great Southern Rail, runs weekly (twice weekly May to July) between Adelaide and Darwin via Alice Springs. The Darwin terminus is on Berrimah Rd, 15km (20 minutes) from the city centre. A taxi fare into the centre is about $40, though there is a shuttle service to/from the Transit Centre.