Living in the NT
Getting there and away
You and your family members can travel to the Territory by flying, driving or taking the train:
Flying from Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Sydney to Darwin takes just over four hours (about three hours to Alice Springs). Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Blue offer flights to the Territory from cities around Australia.
Darwin is the Northern Territory's main international air gateway. From here, services operate to international destinations with connections to the rest of the world. The city is on the doorstep of Asia, being as close to Singapore as it is to Sydney. A flight to many major cities in South-East Asia lasts as long, and costs the same as to one of Australia's southern capitals.Alice Springs and Yulara Airport are also busy travel hubs, with direct flights to most Australian capital cities. On a smaller scale, there are many other regional airports and airstrips throughout the Territory.
- Driving to Darwin, you should allow at least three days from Queensland and South Australia, four days from New South Wales and five days from Victoria and Tasmania. Driving to Alice Springs would take about a day less.
- If you prefer train travel, the Ghan passenger train runs from Adelaide through Alice Springs to Darwin. Adelaide to Darwin takes two nights.
The Territory covers 1 346 200 square kilometres and has two main climates. People living in Central Australia experience a typical summer and winter, with crisp mornings and evenings.North of Katherine, commonly known as the Top End, has no winter at all. Between November and April the
Top End experiences spectacular thunderstorms and monsoons. While most Australians are freezing in winter, the Top End has an average of 10 hours sunshine a day, three cloudy days a month, low humidity and average daily temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius.
The Northern Territory's population is only 220 000, and about one-third of Territorians are Indigenous. Territorians are younger than other Australians, with a median age of 31.1 years.
The Territory's warm weather and long hours of sunshine encourage Territorians to live an outdoor lifestyle: favourite activities include camping, swimming, sailing, bushwalking. The Territory's coastline is 10 950km long, with several large river systems - so it is no wonder fishing is a popular pastime.
But there's no shortage of shopping, art and cultural activities too. More