The AustralAsia rail link from Adelaide to Darwin was completed on 17 September, 2003. The first freight train reached Darwin on January 17, 2004 and the first passenger train arrived less than three weeks later on February 4, 2004.
Today, the northern terminus of the Australasia rail link is on the Port of Darwin’s East Arm Wharf where a dedicated 850m rail spur serves a $24 million dry bulk materials handling facility centred around a 1300 tph rail bottom dump station with adjacent stockpile space. This facility currently receives ore at a rate of eleven trains per week and provides a seamless interface between rail and ship.
As a result, many mining companies have nominated the Port of Darwin as their port of choice to export millions of tonnes of ore from mines in the Northern Territory and South Australia