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Despite being the largest city in the sparsely populated Northern Territory, the city of Darwin is the smallest of Australia’s capital cities. The city acts as the Top End's regional centre, the gateway to the Outback and Australia’s vast Red Centre.
A wide variety of vehicle types are available to hire in Darwin, including sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs, four-wheel drives, and vans.
Bargain Car Rentals, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and Thrifty have depots in downtown Darwin, with additional car rental companies onsite at Darwin Airport.
Darwin is one of Australia's most modern and multicultural cities and its proximity to Asia makes it an important gateway to countries such as Indonesia and East Timor. Do your research when travelling here as there are very distinct wet and dry seasons and this could influence your choice of rental vehicle and booking time. You don't want to make a mistake and hire a car inappropriate to the climate.
Day trips are a popular way to explore the region especially for travellers who have booked a rental vehicle. Some of the most popular day trips from Darwin include the much loved Litchfield Park. Here you'll find weathered, sandstone escarpments coupled with patches of rainforest and waterfalls. Keep an eye out for interesting sights such as 'magnetic' termite mounds and breathtaking crystal-clear water holes.
Visit Kakadu, Yellow Water and, for something different, the Aboriginal-owned Bathurst and Melville islands (these are a thirty minute flight from the town). There are also plenty of organised tours you can book, taking the hassle out of coordinating them yourself. Sometimes a group tour is the easiest and most time-effective option.
Remember though - you can't spend all your time in Darwin behind the wheel of a rental car...no matter how cheap or luxurious it is!
If some intense relaxation is what you're after then why not consider a trip to one of the day spas. The Tropical Spa is a stunning retreat in Darwin catering for beauty treatments and simple relaxation. Whether you need your eyebrows reshaped or a whole half day package you'll find what you're looking for. With plenty of parking space, just park your rental car up and sink into the relaxing treatments on offer.
For a local experience, Howard Springs and the Parap Village Tavern both offer trivia nights with great prizes. Or you could watch a vintage outdoor movie at the Deckchair Cinema. Some of the most popular items on travellers' itineraries include dinner and drinks at the Darwin Wharf Precinct or sunset cocktails at Casuarina Coastal Reserve. A visit to the Mindil Beach markets for a spot of shopping and poking around is an absolute must for the shopaholics amongst us. A cheap and fun way to entertain the family is a picnic in the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.