Travelling in the NT, Northern Territory, Australia

Internet access

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Internet cafe, Chillis Backpackers, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Photo: Michael Morgan.

In the urban areas of the Northern Territory you'll find quick, cheap, even free, internet access without any trouble at all, and out of town, you'll be surprised by some of the locations that'll offer internet access. But be aware that once you head off the beaten track, you'll probably find yourself offline, so make sure you download your apps and maps before you go.

Wi-fi

The Northern Territory is terabytes ahead of other parts of Australia when in comes to offering public wireless internet access (wi-fi), with free wi-fi in places as far-flung as Nhulunbuy airport. In Darwin, free public wi-fi is available in the Smith Street Mall, at the public library at Parliament House, and at the airport, and paying customers can access wireless hotspots at several bars, cafes and restaurants. Alice Springs airport offers free public wi-fi and there are a handful of wi-fi hotspots around town. Throughout the Northern Territory, wi-fi (free or paid) is increasingly available at hotels, motels and backpacker hostels. Check when you make your booking.

Travelling with smartphones, tablets and laptops

Travellers taking their smartphones, tablets or laptops on the road can access wi-fi (see above), or connect through their service provider, using their device or a mobile USB modem. Internet access will depend on the provider's network range. See telephone reception for further details.

Internet cafes and kiosks

Even with all the wi-fi and mobile technology in the world, sometimes you still need an internet cafe. For printing, photocopying, photo download and back-up services, you'll find a couple of internet cafes in Darwin and Alice Springs, and in some of the smaller towns (often attached to other retail outlets), and you'll be able to connect at internet kiosks in the most unlikely, remote roadhouses.

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