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:
Located at Daly Street, Comet pride themselves on special motorhome features and a personal touch to help you enjoy the holiday of a lifetime.
Brian and his Darwin team have exceptional local knowledge and promise a comprehensive Northern Territory insight for you and your camper rental.
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 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.