Strategic location

Strategic location

Darwin is Australia’s closest capital city to the world’s fastest growing markets.

  • The Territory has the space and natural resources to supply growing demand.
  • Our close proximity to the Asian regions means reduced shipping and flight times.

Global connectivity

We have intermodal logistic options and northern Australia’s only deep water port.

  • Darwin is the only capital city in Australia to have full fibre connection to the premise.
  • We have air and sea networks, linked to sealed road and railway network; connecting us to Australia and the rest of the world.
  • Business friendly time zone.
  • The Darwin International Airport operates 24/7 and isn’t limited by flight restrictions.

Trusted reputation

We have a global reputation for exporting high value, high quality products.

  • We have a strong biosecurity protection and monitoring system, with world class food safety standards.

The Territory’s major goods trading partners, 2020-211,2:

Thematic map of the world showing the Territory’s major goods trading partners as described in the link below.

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1. Current prices.
2. This map is produced from various sources. Department of Treasury and Finance cannot guarantee the accuracy, currency or completeness of the information. To be used as a guide only.
3. Excluding special administrative regions (Macau and Hong Kong) and Taiwan.

Source: Department of Treasury and Finance, ABS, International Trade in Goods and Services, Cat. No. 5368.0.

For more information, go to the Northern Territory Economy website.

Our global connectivity

As Australia’s northernmost capital city, Darwin is closer to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Dili, Denpasar and Manila, than it is to some of Australia’s capital cities.

To the north of Darwin there are eight capital cities, 36 major trading ports, 69 international airports, and 485 million people - just over 20 times Australia’s population.

To the south of Darwin there are six mainland capital cities, 20 major trading ports, 23 international airports, and over 24 million people.

Darwin is a strategic transport hub with sea, air, road and rail services including:

  • the 24/7 Darwin International Airport
  • 87 hectares of undeveloped land for aviation related and ancillary support services
  • the Port of Darwin is Australia’s closest shipping port to Asia and offers a multi-use, mixed cargo and marine services port, directly linked to the national rail network, and connected by major highways to other capital cities. Pricing is independently monitored by the Utilities Commission
  • the Darwin Marine Supply Base, designed and purpose built to service current and future demands of the Australasian offshore oil and gas industry
  • Darwin Business Park is a 100‑hectare strategic corporate industrial estate, close to the port, Marine Supply Base and AustralAsia railway terminus
  • a 150‑hectare waterfront Marine Industry Park with seamless road, rail and sea links
  • the Defence Support Hub, a 53‑hectare strategic industrial precinct for businesses that provide services and supports Defence activities
  • a Transport Industry Precinct providing 90 hectares of industrial estate in close proximity to transport nodes
  • coastal shipping across northern Australia
  • cold storage facilities at both the airport and the port to support the import and export of perishable commodities
  • vapour heat treatment facilities to meet importing protocol countries requirements and direct export into Japan and Korea.

Port of Darwin

The deep-water Port of Darwin provides modern freight handling facilities, a dedicated bulk liquids berth and links with an intermodal road-rail network across Australia. The strategic location of Darwin reduces shipping times to Asia providing a trade advantage for the export and import of bulk commodities.

The Port of Darwin is a key support hub for the expanding offshore oil and gas fields in the Arafura Sea, Timor Sea and waters off the coast of Western Australia. It is the only port between Townsville and Fremantle with full access to multi-modal transport services.  

Darwin Port provides world class pilotage and harbour control systems and a seamless supply chain capable of handling containers and general cargo, bulk liquids, bulk materials, live exports and heavy lift oversized cargoes.  Darwin Port also services cruise ships and naval vessels at the Fort Hill Wharf facility.

For more information, go to the Darwin Port website.


Darwin is the capital of northern Australia, with regular flights to Cairns, Townsville, Kununurra and Broome within two hours flying time.

Find out more about NT airports:

  1. Darwin Airport
  2. Alice Springs Airport
  3. Katherine Airport
  4. Gove Airport
  5. Tennant Creek Airport
  6. Groote Eylandt Airport.

To get a copy of the Territory’s History of Trade exhibition guide, go to Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade website.

Page last updated 18 February 2022