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Steamy Darwin is a tropical city in the northern reaches of Australia. It’s warm, welcoming, and very diverse—and feels a world apart from some of the other main centres with its palm trees and spectacular sunsets. The regular markets are a highlight for visitors, and the array of cuisines available here will delight foodies. There are also many significant sites of both military and aboriginal history to be seen in and around the city.
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A guide to driving your camper hire in Darwin
We love a safe road trip! Picking up, driving, and operating a motorhome rental—be it a small van or large RV—is new territory for many customers, so it’s best to be prepared with some knowledge about driving in your destination. Even domestic visitors can learn a thing or two about the unique quirks of travelling in Darwin and the Northern Territory.
Have a read below of our driving tips and go into your motorhome rental holiday well prepared.
- Drive on the left! This can take some getting used to for international visitors.
- A lot of the Northern Territory is sparsely populated, and distances between spots of civilisation can be deceiving when viewed on a map. Always fuel up when you have the chance, because you can never be sure when the next opportunity will present itself.
- Be prepared when driving remote stretches of road! You should always keep your motorhome well-stocked with food and water. If you’re planning an intrepid Outback adventure, you may wish to carry a satellite phone.
- The Northern Territory has a speed limit of 130 kph on specific highways, the highest limit in Australia. Otherwise, default speed limits are 110 kph on open roads and 60 kph in built-up areas. Always look for signs to get more accurate information.
- Rains during the wet season (November to April) can affect access to some places. You can check the official NT Road Report website for updated information.
- Northern Territory has different blood alcohol limits for drivers depending on their licence and the type of vehicle being driven. 0.05% is the limit that will apply to most motorhome rental customers—but it is always recommended that you abstain from alcohol entirely before getting behind the wheel.
Before leaving the depot, pay careful attention to the orientation given. Take notes and ask any questions you have—this is the best way to prepare yourself to operate the vehicle. Most rental suppliers will be happy to answer any queries before and during your trip, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Road trip destinations for your campervan hire holiday from Darwin
Picking up a campervan hire from Darwin is an exciting way to start a holiday. This tropical city is in a remote, diverse, and naturally spectacular part of Australia. Nature lovers especially will find themselves with plenty of fantastic places to include in their road trip. The Northern Territory has an array of incredible destinations, and you can head beyond the state lines to see even more—a motorhome provides the absolute freedom to create the trip of a lifetime.
While planning your itinerary, we recommend that you consider whether your plans require a 4WD camper. Several suppliers provide these, and they open up the possibilities a little wider. Take a look at our destination suggestions below!
Kakadu National Park
The diverse landscapes and sacred history on display in this vast national park make it an extremely popular destination—but at nearly 20,000 square kilometres, it won’t feel crowded. Here you can view 25,000-year-old rock paintings, swim at the base of waterfalls, spot wildlife in billabongs, and experience the Aboriginal way on guided tours by the custodians of the land. Some sites and camping grounds are accessible only by 4WD, or only during the dry season.
East Arnhem Land
State Route 24 from Katherine will take you to the remote and beautiful East Arnhem Land, with rugged coastlines and white sand beaches. The Yolngu people still live on and care for the land here, and there are many cultural tours and experiences which allow visitors to encounter an ancient culture. Coming out here is a real adventure: it is mostly over unsealed roads requiring a 4WD vehicle, and permits are required to cross the Aboriginal-owned lands.
Alice Springs and beyond
This is a classic road trip from Darwin: head south to Alice Springs and even beyond. Making the full trip through the Red Centre all the way to Adelaide is an epic 3,000-kilometre journey and a unique experience. A motorhome rental is a great way to do it, allowing you to take your accommodation with you so you’re never caught short. The vast, evocative landscapes of the Outback are the highlight here, but there’s so much more: friendly small towns, vibrant Alice Springs, gorges, rivers, kangaroos, and the iconic Uluru.
Katherine and Nitmiluk National Park
Just half a day’s drive from Darwin is the town of Katherine, traditional and modern meeting place and gateway to the stunning Nitmiluk National Park. Perhaps the scenic centerpiece of the area is the Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, but there are plenty of spots to see, many of them based around the park’s rivers: waterholes, waterfalls, cascades, and more. Get out of your vehicle and onto a kayak or cruise to explore the beautiful waterways.
Prices range widely depending on the type of vehicle you prefer and the time of year. As an indication, a basic 2-berth may cost around AUD$80 per day, while a large RV with all the modern bells and whistles will cost upwards of several hundred dollars per day.
GoSee’s simple and comprehensive search function makes it easy for any traveller to find the motorhome that suits their budget and plans.
In most cases, you must be at least 21 years of age to rent a campervan in Darwin. There are a few suppliers which allow those 18+ to book, but this may incur an extra cost.
Dry season in the Northern Territory is the best time to travel there, particularly if you are hiring a vehicle. This runs from May to October.
Hiring a campervan or other vehicle simply requires a full, valid licence from your home country—you can use this for up to three months before you need a local licence. If it is not written in English, it should be accompanied by an accredited translation or an International Driving Permit.
No, there are parking restrictions in the city and suburbs. Always check for signs to find out whether you are permitted to park.
GoSee displays Darwin motorhome rentals from a variety of suppliers, and the vehicles available range from small 2-berth vans to big 6-berth RVs. There are also limited 4WD campers available in Darwin.
Yes, you can begin a one-way trip in Darwin! When conducting your search on the GoSee search engine, specify the drop-off location and check the details before you confirm the booking. One-way rentals may incur an extra fee.
Most suppliers will allow you to add an extra driver, and this may incur a small extra fee. This should be arranged in advance, as only those listed on the contract will be permitted to drive the vehicle.
The distance between Darwin and Alice Springs is approximately 1,500 kilometres, and this equals around 16 hours of driving in total. We recommend that you break the trip into at least three or four days which would allow you to enjoy the sights and experiences along the way.
The minimum rental period for motorhomes in Darwin is usually seven days. However, there are many exceptions depending on the time of the year and availability. If you want to rent a vehicle subject to a minimum hire period for a shorter time, you may have to pay the difference.