Whether you're in a campervan, car or 4WD, getting to the Northern Territory by road is easy. If you love a roadtrip, you are spoilt for choice. Well-maintained, sealed highways provide the most direct routes between the Northern Territory with cities in South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia. For the adventurer, there are plenty of less-direct (and varied road surfaces) to choose from.
Travelling from Queensland
Driving west from Queensland, the most easily accessible route is the fully sealed Barkly Highway from Mt Isa. Alternatively travellers can drive the unsealed portion of the Victoria Highway from Cairns. See also our themed Tourist Drive, the Savannah Way.
Travelling from Western Australia
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. See also our themed Tourist Drive, the Savannah Way.
Travelling from South Australia
Driving north from South Australia, take the Stuart Highway from Adelaide through Coober Pedy into the Northern Territory. In the NT, you'll drive through the major centres of Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine before arriving in Darwin. See also our themed Tourist Drive, the Explorer's Way.
Themed tourist drives
Once you cross the border, explore our themed Tourist Drives around the Territory: the Nature's Way, through Kakadu National Park and Katherine; the Explorer's Way, from Alice Springs to Darwin; The Red Centre Way from Alice Springs to Uluru; the Savannah Way, an epic journey across the Top End; and Binns Track, an intrepid 4WD trail.
Road rules and safety
Please familiarise yourself with local road rules and safety before you go. Vehicles travel on the left in Australia, seatbelts are compulsory for the driver and all passengers, and speed limits apply to all roads.