Car Hire in Darwin
This information is correct as of June 2015.
Where to hire a car in Darwin
Car rental providers that serve the city of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Australia include Hertz, Europcar, JJ’s Car Hire, Budget, Avis, Bargain Car Rentals, Apollo, and Thrifty. Most of these providers have car rental desks and offices at the airport to make it easy for you to rent a car right after you arrive. Their services can also be pre-booked online or by phone, allowing you to indicate your pick-up and drop-off location anywhere in Darwin. The pick-up locations within the city include the airport, train stations, ports, and attractions such as national parks. Use Skyscanner to compare car rental providers and decide on the best deal that suits your needs and preferences. Car rental is an ideal option for going around Darwin, as it boasts of some of Australia’s breathtaking natural sceneries and exciting outdoor opportunities that are best enjoyed while driving on your own schedule and terms. The car rental providers in Darwin has a wide range of rental cars to choose from, from small- or medium-economy cars to larger vehicles that can fit the whole family or your friends. 4WD rentals are common in Darwin and the rest of the Northern Territory, as there are many opportunities for going off-road.
What to expect when hiring a car from Darwin
The only highway in Darwin is Stuart Highway, which heads directly into the city centre and extends south to Alice Springs and Adelaide. Other major roads in the city include Tiger Brennan Drive, Amy Johnson Avenue, Dick Ward Drive, Bagot Road, Trower Road, and McMillans Road.
The best way to explore Darwin is by driving, as most of the popular attractions are spread out. No need to worry about parking as it is relatively easy in the city. Traffic is also usually free flowing in Darwin. In fact, the Northern Territory has some of the excellent roads in Australia, with no speed limits outside towns and cities. Getting hungry while on the road is also no problem, as food stops are located every 200 to 300 kilometres, along with fuel stops.
Cycling is also common in Darwin, especially around the central business district. Cyclists can be seen on the footpaths and on the roads, so watch out for them when driving. You should also watch out for the large trucks, or road trains, that frequently travel the roads of the Northern Territory, as well as wandering stock animals and kangaroos.
Getting to your destination
Charles Darwin National Park
The city of Darwin is named after English naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin. The Darwin National Park is home to shell middens that show that the area was inhabited by the Aboriginal people of Larrakia for thousands of years, making them the traditional owners of the land. The park also used to serve as a military site. Tourists will see here a number of bunkers and storage facilities. Picnic areas abound.
There are two routes you can take when driving to Charles Darwin National Park from the city centre of Darwin. It will only take eight minutes to get to the park via Tiger Brennan Drive, while it will take 11 minutes via National Highway 1 then Tiger Brennan Drive.
Kakadu National Park
Darwin serves as a gateway for tours to Kakadu National Park, southeast of the city. This ecologically and biologically diverse park is home to four major river systems, six major landforms, and various concentration of wildlife. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kakadu National Park is approximately two hours away from Darwin city centre. With about 151 kilometres of distance between them, the park can be accessed via Arnhem Hwy/State Route 36.
Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
A famous destination in Darwin, this is where you can have an amazing gastronomic adventure in Australia. The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets have more or less than 60 food stalls that feature international cuisine. Enjoy the food while watching the sun set on the beach.
Mindil Beach Sunset Markets is only six to eight minutes by car, or approximately three kilometres from the city centre. You can take Smith St, Cavenagh St, or Esplanade to reach this area.