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Darwin Motorhome Rental

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, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or even a campervan hire from Tasmania.

 
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Hiring a campervan in Darwin – what you need to know

If you like adventure and wide-open spaces, Darwin is an excellent choice as a starting point for a motorhome road trip. It is close to the fabulous Kakadu National Park and right at the top end of the Stuart Highway, which stretches nearly 3000km across the Outback. Whether you are planning a short trip or a long journey in your camper, as a place to kick off your adventure Darwin gives you many options.

Darwin, Australia

Tropical capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin sits at the top of Australia on the edge of the Timor Sea. It is a small, yet cosmopolitan city - a melting pot of different cultures, cuisines and ethnicities. Removed from the fast pace of Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, little Darwin has a spirit of its own.

The vibe is relaxed, with the beach and harbour at the centre of daily life. However, it cannot be considered a country backwater - with inhabitants from more than 50 nations and a creative, cosmopolitan atmosphere. In the surrounding environs, there are spectacular natural features which are worth the trip to the top end of Australia alone… so many special places to visit on your road trip. But it’s ideal to have a campervan, so you can take in the vastness of the surrounding areas.

Accommodation is Darwin

There’s a good range of places to stay, but it can get crowded during the peak period from May to September. Hotels include independent establishments, such as Darwin Central Hotel, besides a range of chains including Novotel, Quality, Hilton and Best Western. For something a little different, try the Feathers Sanctuary, which is a high-end bed and breakfast on lovely grounds, with two aviaries of native and exotic birds.

Hostels and backpackers are abundant in central Darwin, with anything from private en-suite rooms to beds in a dormitory. The new Youth Shack in the heart of the city is a great place to meet people and socialise along with renting a bed for the night. Powered and unpowered sites for tents and motorhome rentals can be found in campgrounds and holiday parks around the outskirts of the city - the Free Spirit Resort is a particularly beautiful example, just a 15-minute drive south of the CBD.

Darwin events you should plan your trip around

There are many unique events taking place each year in Darwin and the top-end region. The Darwin Heritage Festival in April and Darwin Festival in August both offer opportunities to learn about, and participate in, the native culture, the pioneering nature of the city and local arts scene. For those who prefer to experience a place through their palate, the Taste Darwin Food and Wine Festival comes to town in May with fresh produce, excellent wine and beer and cooking demonstrations.

An exciting mark on the calendar for motorsport lovers (and in Australia there are many) is the V8 supercars circuit coming to town. This takes place over three days at Hidden Valley Raceway during the middle of the year. Fishing competitions are also common events, as are AFL games which take place at the Marrara Stadium.

Dining in Darwin

Relaxed and multicultural dining is the name of the game in Darwin, but this can range from classy to casual. The centre of the restaurant scene is on Mitchell and Knuckey Streets and there are also many lovely harbour-side eateries around the waterfront area.

The various night markets are some of the best places to visit, with a focus on delicious, cheap Asian cuisine from stalls and trailers. These can also be found down alleys and in arcades around the city. For more upmarket Asian cuisine, try Saffron or Hanuman. Cafes in Darwin are great for a lazy brunch, with gems including Buzz Cafe at Cullen Bay, the Cornucopia Cafe on the museum grounds and Cyclone Cafe at Parap.

People of the Northern Territory

Darwin’s place at the very top of the Northern Territory puts it closer to the capitals of five south-east Asian countries than the capital of Australia. This helps give the city its diverse and unique atmosphere. Darwin residents are blessed with natural playgrounds right in their backyards, with several amazing national parks and a number of islands off the coast of the city.

Native culture has a strong influence, as the Northern Territory is one of the more untouched states with many aboriginal communities. The Larrakia people are the traditional owners and remain active and prominent. Alongside them, the 50-plus nationalities that make up the population live in harmony under the hot tropical sun.

Darwin forms a gateway between Australia and south-east Asia, and the port is an important hub for Australian imports and exports to that region. It is a service centre for the huge northern cattle stations, a base for tourism and has become a highly sophisticated city, while still retaining the casual charm of a frontier town.

Darwin Things to Do and Key Attractions

Darwin’s history is a fascinating one - it is the only Australian capital city to have come under attack during the World Wars, when the Japanese bombed the region in February 1942. There are several interesting places of significance, including the WWII oil storage tunnels hidden deep beneath the city, the Aviation Heritage Centre with original B52 planes and ammunition bunkers which formed part of the defence line.

The Darwin Film Society run a wonderful outdoor cinema on the Esplanade during the dry season, called the deckchair cinema. Enjoy a movie, licensed bar and picnic dinner. Or head out of the city for a day trip to one of the amazing national parks nearby. These include the vast Kakadu, with hugely varied landscapes and native rock art sites, the beautiful tropical Litchfield National Park full of waterfalls, and the amazing native fauna of Djukbinj National Park. Closer to the city is the small but significant Charles Darwin National Park, which protects an important wetlands area.

Fly, drive, bus: Darwin transport

Driving is the best way to travel in Darwin. Rental vehicles are plentiful and traffic and parking is pretty straightforward – perfect for the campervan adventurer. If you do park up for a few day trips, the public bus service provides another method of getting around. This operates from the interchange beside the Civic Square.

Darwin has an international airport connecting it to major centres in Australia and Asia. Greyhound Buses also provide cross-country transport with routes south along the Stuart Highway. A car or motorhome hire is the best way to get around and explore both the city and surrounding attractions.

Darwin’s climate

The weather forecast in Darwin is hot all year round, with a dry season from May to September. This makes it the perfect off-season destination! The average high is between 30 and 32 degrees. Temperatures between November and February can also be scorching, so be sure to think about what to wear if travelling during these months and drink plenty of water – also keep your motorhome/campervan rental hydrated!

Rental companies – which motorhome firm should I opt for?

Darwin is home to a number of campervan hire firms, and it can be confusing to know which way to turn. Motorhome Republic’s easy-to-use website makes it simple by bringing all of your options together in one place - major international rental companies and smaller local chains, offering simple vans and motorhomes of two, four, or six-berth. Just enter your parameters and you can compare vehicles side-by-side to make a decision - or even talk to a friendly consultant for more information.

Popular rental companies include:
Comet: Located at Daly Street, Comet pride themselves on special motorhome features and a personal touch to help you enjoy the holiday of a lifetime.
Mighty: Brian and his Darwin team have exceptional local knowledge and promise a comprehensive Northern Territory insight for you and your camper rental.
Apollo: Not far from Kakadu National Park, the Darwin Apollo team is renowned for its friendliness and 24-hour call centre. 

Comet Campers and Travellers Autobarn

Located right in the heart of Darwin at 13 Daly Street, Comet Campers and Travellers Autobarn are only 15 minutes from Darwin Airport. You’ll need to make your own way to the branch as these suppliers do not offer transfer services. The depot here is open from 9am to 4pm on weekdays, 9am to noon on Saturdays, and is closed on Sundays. Note that the depot is also closed on public holidays and on Saturdays during the low season (December 15 to March 15). Comet Campers’ and Travellers Autobarn’s fleet is comprised of affordable vans that will see you around Australia with more money left over to spend on attractions and activities. There’s a station wagon that comes with a two-person tent, a variety of two- to three-berth hitop campers, and a number of vans with space in the back for two. These brands also hire to qualified drivers over the age of 18, they offer unlimited kilometres and free access to some campgrounds (as you’ll need to book nights in these during your trip), plus, you get cheaper access to some caravan parks and 24/7 roadside assistance with all rental vehicles. When dropping your rental off after the hire period, be sure to bring it back on time as there are fees after the first 59 minutes. 
 

Britz Campervans, Maui Motorhomes and Mighty Campers

Britz, Maui and Mighty Campers share a depot at 17 Bombing Road in Winnellie, practically right across the road from the lush Charles Darwin National Park. This spot is 10 kilometres from the airport, a trip that will take approximately 10 minutes in a taxi for a fee of roughly $25. You may also take a bus or train, as there are no transfers available. Britz Campervans boasts the largest range of motorhomes in Australia, with hitops, large campers, overcab RVs for four or six people, and various 4WD sizes. Maui adds a tidy selection of a two-berth Ultima camper, or the three-berth plus size, as well as four- and six-berth with toilet and shower facilities. Mighty Campers also has a large range of affordable van options and compact motorhomes fit for four to six people. The operating hours for the Darwin depot are from 10am to 4pm every day bar Sundays throughout April and November, 7.30am to 4pm from May to October, and closed throughout December, January, February and March, as well as most public holidays. 
 

Apollo Motorhomes, Cheapa Campers and Real Value RV

Apollo Motorhomes has an equal spread of campervans and RVs, including a hitop camper, a Euro Tourer and an Endeavour Camper in the no-frills, two- to three-berth van range, then four options in the motorhome category for mid-size and larger groups of travellers. Cheapa Campers focus on getting you the best deal for the van or motorhome suited to your needs, and still has a solid selection of RVs, as well as a 4WD motorhome and a Trailfinder. Real Value RV also specialises in rentals on a budget, and has options for group sizes of two to six, including a two-berth campervan with a toilet and shower on board, perfect for couples and pairs looking for a compact but fully equipped motorhome. The depot for Apollo, Cheapa and Real Value RV is just under 10 kilometres away at 440 Stuart Highway, Winnellie. That’s one of Australia’s biggest highways, running all the way from the Northern Territory down to Port Augusta in South Australia, making it the perfect place to start any adventure from north to south. But first, you’ll need to make your way to the depot, which will cost you around $20 in a taxi from Darwin Airport, or roughly $25 from the city. It’s open 8am to 4.30pm seven days a week from May to the end of October, during the same hours in November and March but closed on Sundays, and shuts down completely from December 20 to the end of February. 
 

Bargain Car Rentals and Energi Motorhomes

Bargain Car Rentals and Energi Motorhomes are found at 99 Mitchell Street, right across from the waterfront over the Esplanade. It’s a 12 kilometre trip to get here from the airport, which is easy enough via train, bus or taxi. The depot is open every day of the week, with hours from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 3pm Saturday to Sunday. Hiring a motorhome in Darwin with Bargain car rentals gets you a table and chairs with all campers, maps and tourist attraction guides, as well as 24-hour roadside assistance. Their vehicle range starts with an affordable sleepervan, covers a handful of mid-size vans and motorhomes, and has four- and six-berth self-contained deluxe motorhomes at its higher end. Energi Motorhomes adds further options with standard campervans for two and three people, as well as some two-person campers that come with a toilet and shower on board. Energi also has four- and six-berth RVs. 
 

Kangaroo Campervans

Kangaroo Campervans has a range of five vans and RVs for touring Australia from Darwin. For two- and three-person groups, there is an economy 2003-04 model hitop or a newer 2008 version. Groups of four can check out the four-berth micro deluxe cabover style with shower and toilet on board, and groups of five or six should consider the six-berth motorhome, complete with bathroom facilities, a gazebo, and a microwave and fridge. All hires with Kangaroo Campers come with unlimited kilometres, an outdoor table and chairs, basic insurance, plus sheets and towels. There are no transfers offered from the airport or city hotels, so you’ll need to make your way to 70 McMinn Street in central Darwin for pick up, which is 11 kilometres from the airport. This trip should only take 15 minutes or so by taxi, but busses and trains are also an option. The depot is closed on Sundays and public holidays, but open weekdays 9am to 3pm, and on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. 
 

Around Australia Motorhomes

Around Australia Motorhomes specialises in quality RVs with maximum levels of comfort in mind, no matter the size of your travelling party. The Toyota Hiace hitop is suited to two adults and one child, and the two-berth Voyager is a spacious motorhome for pairs and couples looking for a little extra luxury, as it includes a bathroom, and a small dining table. From there, the motorhomes only get bigger, with a three-berth Cruiser, and a four-berth Conquest (complete with TV and DVD player). At the top of the range in Darwin is the six-berth Grand Tourer, which has all the basics you need in an RV and plenty of the luxuries as well. Motorhome rentals from Around Australia include 24-hour roadside assistance, travel maps, campground guides, outdoor tables and chairs, and more. 
 

Darwin Motorhome Hire Tips

  • Darwin is a unique place with some eye-opening landscapes - here are some things to think about while booking and driving your rental motorhome:
  • The Kakadu National Park has a $25 entrance fee. Plan your nights in the park around the campgrounds, which have sites and access for campervans.
  • Get a one-way rental between Darwin and Alice Springs or Adelaide for a cross-country trek.
  • Make sure you keep an eye on your petrol and water levels! In parts of the Northern Territory, service centres can be few and far between.
  • It is a good idea to purchase total insurance cover including excess cover. Peace of mind makes a campervan rental holiday much more relaxing.

Darwin Motorhome Facts

Average rental length
January26 days
April8 days
July12 days
October20 days
Average 2 berth rental price
January$104
April$203
July$276
October$190

Top Darwin Rentals Brands

Britz Campervan Rentals

Great, 85%
100+ reviews
Maui Motorhomes AU

Great, 82%
20+ reviews
Mighty Campers

Great, 81%
100+ reviews
Apollo Motorhomes AU

Great, 80%
250+ reviews
Travellers Auto Barn

Good, 78%
50+ reviews

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