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Strategic Location

Location mapThe Port of Darwin is strategically positioned as Australia’s nearest port to Asia and the nation’s ‘northern gateway’ for Australasian trade.

With the completion of the AustralAsia rail link from Adelaide to Darwin in 2002, the Port of Darwin has become a strategic regional transport hub. The railway’s northern terminus at East Arm Wharf makes it the perfect link between Australia’s land-based transport system and the shipping lanes that service Singapore, Asia and the rest of the world.

Darwin is regarded as Australia’s second offshore industry support hub and the Port of Darwin is the import and distribution destination for most cargoes used in the oil and gas industry in the Arafura Sea, Timor Sea and waters off the coast of Western Australia. Significant growth in the number of rig tender vessel calls will continue with forecasts of more oil and gas activity in the region.