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Compare Deals to Find The Perfect Car Rental in Darwin

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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.

About Darwin

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.

Reasons to Book a Rental Car in Darwin With CarHire.com.au

  1. Get the best deals: You will get the best price and car selection available if you book your rental car as soon as you know you will need one.
  2. Fast and easy: CarHire.com.au offers you the best service in the rental car business. You don't have to spend hours looking on multiple websites for the best rates amongst the top rental car companies in Australia.
  3. Convenience: We have several car rental pick up and drop off locations in Darwin and in nearby cities which makes it easy to find one nearest you.
  4. Outstanding customer support: Trusted for years, our helpful customer care experts are ready to answer all your queries and assist you in your booking. Contact us​ today.

Top Tips for Hiring a Car in Darwin

  • Book early so you can choose and get the vehicle you want
  • Make sure to use an online car rental comparison website. This can help you save time from browsing different sites and narrow in on the best deal
  • If you can, avoid renting from the airport to save some money
  • Weekly car rental rates are often cheaper than the rate for just 3 or 4 days
  • Ensure you read and understand everything in the terms and condition

When to Travel to Darwin

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.

Darwin Driving Tips

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.

Darwin Car Rental FAQs

What is the most popular rental car in Darwin?

Mitsubishi ASX or similar is the most popular vehicle class in Darwin based on recent bookings by customer​s.​

Which car rental companies are at the airport: Darwin Airport?

Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty have rental counters at Darwin Airport.

How old do you have to be to rent a car in Darwin?

You need to be at least 21 or older to rent a car in Darwin.

How can I find a car hire near me in Darwin?

Just view our extensive car hire location map to find the perfect car rental deals near you.

Is it cheaper to rent a car for a week in Darwin?

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.

Darwin attractions you can easily get to in a Car Rental

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.

Litchfield Park in Darwin

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!

Waterfall at Kakadu National Park

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.