Housing and transport in the Northern Territory


Housing styles vary greatly in the Territory from large houses and apartments to more compact living.

There are different options when it comes to housing. You can choose to purchase, rent or share a property.

If you choose to purchase a property in the Territory, you can find detailed step-by-step guidance on the Northern Territory Government website.

You may also be eligible for financial help to build or buy a property in the Territory. Read more about home owner assistance on the Northern Territory Government website.

If you’re looking for a rental and work in a key service industry in the Territory, you may be able to apply for the rental subsidy scheme on the Northern Territory Government website.

House and unit prices differ across the Territory both in the purchase and rental markets. For more information about housing costs, go to the Northern Territory Economy website.

You can read about the housing market on the Real Estate Institute of the Northern Territory website.

Public transport

Public buses operate seven days a week except Christmas Day and Good Friday.

You can find information on bus tickets and fares, bus timetables and bus route maps on the Northern Territory Government website.

To track real-time information about public buses you can also download the Northern Territory Bus Tracker app.

Taxi and share ride

In the Territory, a taxi can be booked online, by phone or directly at taxi ranks, or simply hailed on the street.

Taxis operate 24 hours a day in Darwin and surrounds. Taxi ranks are located at Darwin International Airport, the Knuckey Street end of Smith Street Mall and outside Mindil Beach Casino Resort, plus on Mitchell Street at night and on weekends.

Rideshare services such as Uber are also available in Darwin. Just download the app or find out more on the Uber website.

Taxi companies in the Territory:

Some taxi services are not available in regional areas. Please check when you make your booking.

E-scooters and e-bikes

Neuron e-scooters and e-bikes operate in the Darwin CBD and certain operating zones. They are unlocked using a smartphone app and are fitted with GPS tracking so that users and the operator can find them.

You will need to be at least 18 years old to ride an e-scooter or e-bike in Darwin.

For more information, go to the Darwin City Council website.

Page last updated 11 July 2022