The Northern Territory is unlike any place on earth; its not a place you visit just to take a look around, its a place to immerse yourself and be free. If you are heading to Darwin treat your taste buds and indulge your sense of fun and adventure in the Territory’s tropical capital city. In Alice Springs you can explore a thriving, spirited outback center, famous for the personality of its locals art as the natural wonders. Visit one of the great natural wonders of the world, Uluru/Ayers Rock. Made of sandstone, Uluru is often referred to as the heart of the ‘Red Centre’ and is one of Australia’s most recognizable landmarks.
Traveling by air to the Northern Territory from interstate is a breeze. Domestic flights to NT are operated by Qantas, Virgin Australia, Airnorth and Jetstar. Modern, well-equipped airports are located at Darwin in the north and in the center at Alice Springs.
Peak season for air travel to NT is June – August; it’s advisable to book well ahead during these months.
Major coach and tour companies run coach services between transport hubs in the Northern Territory and destinations in Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland. Major routes include Darwin–Broome, Adelaide – Alice Springs, and Townsville – Alice Springs/Darwin (via Tennant Creek).
Services on major routes run during the day and night, with regular stops for refreshments and amenities. For information about tickets, schedules and fares, visit local visitor information centers and transport hubs.
Running between Adelaide and Darwin, The Ghan is one of the world’s great train journeys and the most romantic way to travel the NT. Private sleeper cabins and elegant dining carriages are evocative of a bygone era in travel and the rail pace is perfect for watching the stunning changes in scenery as you travel through the heart of the country.
The Ghan’s scheduled services run twice a week in both directions from June until September and once a week at all other times. The journey takes three days and two nights: a perfect amount of time to sit back, relax and take in the view.
Travelling by car is one of the best ways to explore the Territory, with 95% of the NT’s attractions accessible by sealed highways. Driving west from Queensland, the most easily accessible route is the fully sealed Barkly Highway from Mt Isa. Alternatively you can drive the unsealed portion of the Victoria Highway from Cairns.
There are a few access points from Western Australia, including the Victoria Highway and Butine Highway in the north and the Tanami Road that runs across the Tanami Desert in the south. Driving north from South Australia, take the Stuart Highway from Adelaide through Coober Pedy into the Northern Territory.