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Opt for a Darwin motorhome rental and explore Australia’s Northern Territory

Begin your holiday on wheels from the balmy city of Darwin located on the Timor Sea, and indulge in delicious Southeast Asian eats while catching stunning sunsets from the northernmost city in Australia.

If you’d prefer to finish your road trip in this delectable town, choose Adelaide, Cairns or Broome as a campervan rental pick up point.


Road trip in a Darwin motorhome hire

This tropical paradise city is the perfect place to start your Australian adventure. Capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin is quite small with a population of around 140,000, making it easy to navigate upon arrival. Create your holiday itinerary by hiring a Darwin campervan, giving you the freedom to travel on your own schedule. With a dozen motorhome rental companies available in Darwin, finding an RV for your group size and budget should be a snap. Choose a campervan based on your group size and budget and book with us to secure a fantastic price and 24/7 customer service. It’s best to grab the local shuttle from the airport for a short 15-minute drive to town where your home on wheels awaits!


Where to go with your Darwin motorhome hire

If you’re looking to stay fairly local, explore the wild terrain of Australia’s north at Territory Wildlife Park, just an hour drive from Darwin. Discover a mix of the nation’s flora and fauna while strolling through wetlands, woodlands and a monsoon vine forest.

One of the Northern Territory’s most popular places to visit is the Kakadu National Park only two hours from Darwin. Registered as a World Heritage site, it is Australia’s largest national park stretching just shy of 20,000 square kilometres. Learn about Aboriginal culture, one of the oldest in the world and wander through swamplands, waterfalls, forests and more.

For a true Outback adventure, follow our road to Adelaide itinerary and head due south from one ocean to another. A couple of highlights include:

  • Alice Springs. This small town is 18 hours away and one of the best spots for Aboriginal art and culture. Check out the Mbantua Fine Art Gallery and Cultural Museum while there.

  • Uluru, or Ayers Rock is a sacred Aboriginal site 450km outside of Alice Springs, spread over 3.6 kilometres in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Its famous fiery red sandstone monolith is an iconic Australian attraction and is believed to be around 550 million years old. This culturally-rich area allows you to gain insight on the indigenous people living there and is a truly remarkable experience.

Follow our itinerary to Broome, to enjoy magnificent gorges, beautiful coastal towns and incredible sealife as you drive along this remote stretch of highway. Plus:

  • Some of Australia’s best national parks.

  • Ancient cave paintings and indigenous art.

Or head towards the east coast visiting these great spots and finish with a trip of a lifetime at the Great Barrier Reef on our road trip route to Cairns:

  • Katherine Gorge located in Nitmiluk National Park. Aboriginal-owned, this stunning landscape is known for its lush rainforest and jagged sandstone cliffs.

  • Waterfall fanatic? Visit Edith Falls where you can picnic, camp and even swim. River cruises are available as well as fishing trips and kayak tours.

When you begin a road trip from Darwin, you can pick between wild Australian adventures of all kinds.


When to book a Darwin campervan

Because of its tropical climate, the Northern Territory is great for travelling all year long. Rather than the typical four season climate, Darwin has a wet and a dry season both with similar average temperatures.

During the rainy season, November to April, expect humid afternoons and more chances of monsoonal rain. Don’t let this discourage you from visiting in these months, the rain usually only lasts an hour or so and the electric storms are breathtaking. During this time the plants and landscape flourish making it a beautiful time to visit. Some remote areas are closed due to heavy rainfall. May to October is dry season with average temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius and better for visiting if you prefer to leave the raincoat at home.

If you schedule allows a bigger travel route, consider other Motorhome Republic pick-up options like Melbourne, Cairns, Perth, or Sydney.

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

Skip the drama of endless searching for the perfect campervan hire. Simply head to Motorhome Republic, enter your preferred pick-up location and let our search engine find great deals in seconds. With our site, you aren’t limited to certain brands, but are presented with a large selection of local and international rental companies offering basic campervan options to five-star quality motorhomes. No worries if you are travelling alone or with your entire family, we provide vehicles for every situation.

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?

Here are a few campervan hire companies available:

  • Comet: From station wagons to 2/3/4 berth vans, Comet is ready to provide you with the best options for your upcoming holiday. Pick up your campervan rental at Daly Street.

  • Mighty: Ride in comfort and style with Mighty rental brands and grab insider tips from Brian and his Darwin team for your Northern Territory tour.

  • Apollo: For an off-road adventure, book one of Apollo’s Overlander jeeps or deluxe RVs for a relaxing journey.

Compare your favourite options side-by-side or speak to a representative available 24/7.


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. 

Tips for driving a Darwin Motorhome

Australia’s Outback terrain is quite different to its coastal highways, check out these tips for driving in the Northern Territory:

Plan your motorhome road trip from Darwin

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.


To learn more about local campsites, dump stations, rest stops and other motorhome travel tips, use our ‘On the Road’ tab on the right of this page to ensure the best motorhome experience.


Australia is designed for motorhome adventures, are you ready to begin yours?


Darwin has many of its own charms, but it’s the road trip opportunities that really make it worth booking your motorhome rental here.


Itineraries beginning or ending in Darwin

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.


You’ll witness all kinds of monsters and miracles in Kakadu National Park - only about half a day’s drive from Darwin.


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.


Nature 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.


Outdoor activities

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.


Explore 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.


Venture North

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.


Email: info@venturenorth.com.au
Opening hours: Visit the website to see what days the tours run on.


Charter North

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


A trip down to Katherine Gorge on a sunny day is one of the best ways to beat the heat on a journey out of Darwin.


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  • Winter road trips

Prefer less tourists on the open road? Try visiting in winter when you can enjoy dry, cooler temperatures in tropical areas and save on motorhome rates.


  • Understanding Aussie slang

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