Welcome to Darwin, a balmy city on the edge of the Timor Sea and the gateway to your Northern Territory motorhome holiday.
Hiring a motorhome in Darwin
With an estimated population of around 140,000, this tropical city is relatively small. You can take the shuttle into town from the airport to pick up your motorhome, as many of the 12 fleets on offer with Motorhome Republic are situated near the centre. Organise a campervan for a quick long weekend holiday in the balmy territory, or take your hotel on wheels away with you for several weeks to see as much of the region as you can fit in. There’s plenty to see, and whether you’re after a smaller vehicle suited for two, or a larger RV for a big group, you’ll quickly find what you need and get on the road.
Where to go with your Darwin motorhome hire
One of the most popular attractions in the Northern Territory to experience in your Australia campervan rental
– and even all of Australia - is Uluru, or Ayers Rock. This sacred site is a staggering 3.6 kilometres long and is definitely worth the time if you have it. It would take a full 24 hours of driving to get there from Darwin, so be sure to plan plenty of overnight stops on the way.
The Kakadu National Park should be at the top of your list for places to visit in your Darwin camper. It’s a World Heritage Listed location and spans almost 20,000 square kilometres. It’s only 2 hours from Darwin and is one of the most breathtaking locations you’ll ever see, packed with immense waterfalls, other-worldly swamp areas and dense forest.
We can highly recommend a visit to the Katherine Gorge, which is about 4 hours southeast of Darwin. Enjoy a spectacular river cruise, make your way through in a kayak, and be sure to stop at the stunning Edith Falls.
The Northern Territory is quite representative of the true, wild Australia, and to see the real wildlife of this rugged country, set a course for the Territory Wildlife Park less than an hour from Darwin. There’s a wetland, a woodland, and a monsoon vine forest, each brimming with both iconic and lesser-known Australian flora and fauna.
Alice Springs is a small town almost 1,500 kilometres from Darwin (about 18 hours drive), and is a real gateway if you’re looking to explore Uluru. Before you pass right through it, however, stop to explore! The Kangaroo Sanctuary there is one of the best attractions in the Northern Territory, and the Aboriginal art and culture at the Mbantua Fine Art Gallery and Cultural Museum is well worth your time.
Best times of year to hire a campervan in Darwin
Also known as the ‘Top End’, the geographical region around Darwin enjoys a tropical climate. Generally speaking, you have two seasons – the wet and the dry.
The rainy season pours from November to April, while the dry season runs from May to October. The dry season is usually considered the best time of year to visit, when the temperatures average around 30 degrees Celsius during the day. Between October and December you get phenomenal electric storms where the sky blackens and shoots electricity around, but it rarely rains, so can also be a great time to visit.
From December to roughly March, some sites may be closed due to wet conditions, so be sure to check in advance if you are travelling during this time.
Looking to experience Darwin and the Northern Territory but want to begin your journey elsewhere in Australia? Consider other pick up options including Cairns
or even a campervan hire from Tasmania