Darwin is an amazing destination and a hire car booked through our website provides you with the ultimate ability to explore the region at your own pace. We make it easy to find the perfect car hire in Darwin. Compare deals from leading rental car companies such as Budget, Avis, Hertz, Europcar, and Thrifty to find a vehicle that best suits your budget and preference.
The city is by far the largest and most populated in the sparsely populated Northern Territory. Yet it's still the least populous of all Australia's capital cities. With so much to see and do in Darwin, it really pays to book a rental car. Darwin is unique compared to other Australian capitals. One way to appreciate the history of the city while you're touring in your rental car is to book a Bombing of Darwin tour. The city acts as the Top End's regional centre and is an absolutely fantastic destination if you want to see the real outback.
Travel from April to May and from September to October to enjoy the outdoors. Other months can get too hot and steamy or wet and humid. A day trip to Alice Springs is perfect during the winter season when the weather is cooler, but it could get packed with tourists. Birdwatching is at its best by the end of the dry season which is around October.
The best way to explore the region is in a sturdy, outback-proof rental vehicle. Please note that the default speed limit in built-up areas is 60km/h unless otherwise signed. In addition, the maximum speed limit of 130km/h applies to some sections of Northern Territory’s major highways such as the Stuart, Barkly, and Arnhem. A driver could face a traffic offence and penalties for overspeeding.
Mitsubishi ASX or similar is the most popular vehicle class in Darwin based on recent bookings by customers.
Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty have rental counters at Darwin Airport.
You need to be at least 21 or older to rent a car in Darwin.
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Usually, yes. Based on a recent search, on average a one-day rental in Darwin costs A$48 while one-week rental costs A$24 per day.
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 co-ordinating 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 carhire.com.au 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.