Start your wild, Australian Outback road trip in Darwin, the arts capital of the tropical north. Grab a cheap motorhome rental and prepare for an unforgettable holiday Down Under.
To help with planning, Motorhome Republic has put together a collection of the city’s best activities, popular events and itineraries to sort out your road trip route. Visit other Australian cities, cruise the coastline and take a trip through the rugged, desolate Red Centre.
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Australia is designed for motorhome adventures, are you ready to begin yours?
From Darwin, thrilling adventures can be found in every direction. Read on as we dish out helpful guides for you to use on your holiday. Take as much or as little information to start planning your route.
Red Centre Adventure: Adelaide to Darwin (Darwin to Adelaide)
Ready for a cross-country road trip? Travel from the top of Australia to the south coast. Begin or end in Darwin or Adelaide for an unforgettable journey through the Red Centre. If you’re heading south, spend a few days exploring Katherine Gorge and Kakadu National Park where you can camp, bike, swim, kayak, hike and more in one of the most diverse environments on the planet. Next, take the road less travelled to the Australian desert and stop in Alice Springs, the largest city in the area offering unique aboriginal museums and art galleries. The big ticket item of this itinerary is Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Catch a sunset at Uluru/Ayers Rock, a sacred Aboriginal monument and book in for exciting tours such as a desert camel ride and quad biking. The trip takes anywhere from 18 to 36 days.
Don’t forget to read up on safety tips for driving through the Outback.
Seas, Trees and Deserts: Cairns to Darwin (Darwin to Cairns)
Explore Australia’s northern region when you drive your motorhome from balmy Cairns to tropical Darwin. This route is great for those who prefer less tourists and more open spaces on the road. Visit one of the most incredible natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef. Hop on a tour from Cairns or head south to Townsville for an underwater paradise tour and a chance to explore the Australian rainforest. For a bird’s eye view, take a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. On the way to Darwin, stop by mining towns, horse ranches, aquariums and national parks such as Nitmiluk National Park. Upon arrival, take an iconic sunset stroll through the Mindil Beach Markets. Take anywhere from 12 to 25 days to complete this trip on Australian roads less travelled.
Don’t miss: Kakadu National Park, one of Australia’s most loved parks for its wide range of bird species and mammals. It’s a wildlife experience, you’ll never forget.
Tropical Wilderness Trek: Darwin to Broome (Broome to Darwin)
Take 10 days or 3 weeks to cruise along the Northern Territory into Western Australia via the Great Northern Highway. Start in Darwin and head straight to Kakadu National Park and Katherine Gorge, great for hiking, camping, swimming and kayaking. Stop by the Celebrity Tree Park, see the sandstone towers of the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu and search for fossils in the Mimbi Caves. Swim in freshwater pools in Windjana Gorge and stop by Derby in the Kimberley region before wrapping up your road trip in beachy Broome.
Don’t miss: An aboriginal cultural experience to learn about their history and understand their art such as the Top Didj Cultural Experience.
Check out our Outback Adventure plan from Darwin to Brisbane.
Annual events in Darwin
Here are the top festivals happening in Darwin each year:
Dance the day away at the Northern Territory’s biggest music festival featuring some of Australia’s hottest artists.
Experience one of the largest sporting events of the year celebrating the Triple Crown car race. Enjoy two nights of Race & Rock concerts plus city-wide events.
Celebrate the day Northern Territorians split from the Commonwealth governance with an explosion of fun. Hosted at the famous Mindil Beach, enjoy free tunes with your feet in the sand, check out food and artisanal markets and finish the night off with a massive firework display.
This 18-day festival in Darwin is jam packed with theatre, dance, music, comedy, cuisine plus free outdoor events showcasing the city’s multi-cultural talents.
As the arts capital of the north, this Film Festival hosts an international program of film and events for 11 nights.
What to do in Darwin
Hang out in Darwin and indulge in delicious Southeast Asian cuisine, catch a sunset on the Timor Sea and check out nearby top-rated national parks.
Listed in both the top Australian National Parks and worldwide National Parks, Kakadu National Park is one you don’t want to miss. Its biodiversity is unheard of with over 280 species of bird, crocodiles, kangaroos and more. Plus it’s been occupied by Aboriginal Australians for over 40,000 years and is rich with colourful history. It’s a wildlife experience, you’ll never forget. On the cusp of Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land is a World Heritage site that holds ancient Aboriginal rock art and archaeological sites.
Go fish. Find the best fishing spots in the NT with the help of the Northern Territory government. Join a boat cruise through the wetlands for an up-close encounter with birds, saltwater crocodiles and more wildlife.
Dining in Darwin
With a strong Southeast Asian influence and fresh seafood, the choice of cuisine in Darwin is out of this world. Enjoy oceanfront views, mouthwatering eats and a relaxing atmosphere when you dine out in Darwin.
Get out and about in your Darwin motorhome rental and catch but a glimpse of what this tropical Australian city has to offer. Fascinating museums, beautiful hotels and delicious restaurants, Darwin really does have it all. To help you out in your holiday planning, we’ve put together some hot spot suggestions to get you started.
Explore the Northern Territory of Australia with Venture North for the adventure of a lifetime. Multi-award winning and family-run, Venture North will help you experience this unique part of the country from the comfort of a luxury 4x4, while imparting wisdom about the land, culture, communities and more. Visit the vast expanse of Kakadu National Park on the Kakadu Tour, learn about Australian history and indigenous culture by visiting the communities at Gunbalanya on the Arnhem Land and Cobourg Peninsula Tour, or book the Kimberley Tours to explore the northernmost point in Western Australia. Rather hit the water? Check out the Cobourg Fishing Charters. See, smell, taste, and feel the country with one of Venture North’s spectacular tours.
Opening hours: Visit the website to see what days the tours run on.
Their tagline is ‘more than just your average sightseeing tour’ and Charter North lives up to the hype. These spectacular 4WD Safaris cater to intimate group sizes, allowing tourists to take their time, ask questions, and really engage with their tour guide. Head into the Kimberley region and explore El Questro, Mitchell Falls, the Bungles, Bell Gorge, Tunnel Creek and so much more. Choose between an 8 and 10 day camping tour, or opt for a fully accommodated and catered tour, staying at various lodges along the way. Rather check out Kakadu and Arnhemland? The Kakadu Tours & Beyond range between 1 and 6 days, with the option of booking a private tour with just your friends and family. Head to the main office in your Darwin motorhome rental and let the adventure begin.
Where: 4/30 Duke Street, Darwin, Northern Territory, 0820, Australia
Phone: +61 418 831 033
Darwin Military Museum
Meander through the halls of the Darwin Military Museum and immerse yourself in the military history of Australia through the ages. Founded in the 1960s, and located in East Point of Darwin, the museum is spread out across 4 acres of beautiful gardens by the ocean, and draws many visitors to its doors every single day. The spectacular displays include the Vietnam War exhibit, Royal Australian Navy exhibition, military firearms, a World War I exhibition, and a vast array of photographs from days gone by. If you’re there near closing time, you may even experience one of Darwin’s stunning sunsets over the ocean, as the museum’s silhouette stands out against the beautiful evening light. Just a 16-minute drive from the airport in your Darwin motorhome rental, the Military Museum is not one to miss on your visit to the city.
Where: Lot 5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive, East Point, Darwin, 0820, Australia
Opening hours: Open 7 days from 9:30am - 5:00pm
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