England, set a target of 227 for victory in a minimum of 44 overs, after Australia declared their second innings, needed just 21 more runs to win off 24 balls on the final day when the umpires, controversially, took the players off the field for bad light at 7.35pm local time
As play had gone beyond the scheduled close, a restart was impossible and England finished on 206 for five off 40 overs with Chris Woakes 17 not out.
This draw meant Australia had failed to win a single Test in an Ashes series for the first time since a 3-0 loss in England in 1977 and left them winless in their last nine Tests against all opponents. Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, called a halt when he was 28 not out and Mitchell Starc 13 not out, both batsmen having scored at a run-a-ball as the tourists altered their order in search of quick runs.
Stuart Broad took four wickets for 43 runs in 10 overs, the paceman having previously stunned Australia during England's 74-run fourth Test win in Durham with a match-winning burst of six for 20 in 45 balls. Australia sent Shane Watson, fresh from his Test-best 176 in the first innings, back up to open alongside David Warner instead of the more staid Chris Rogers.