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Darwin Airport Car Rental Tips

Taking a taxi from Darwin Airport into the city centre will take around 15 minutes and cost you between $25 - $30. And that's just one-way. If you're travelling further, then the cost will be even higher. So why not book a rental vehicle instead? Hiring a car gives you the flexibility and freedom to travel at your own pace and can save you money.

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Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Redspot and Thrifty Car Rentals all have desks located in the arrivals level at the baggage claim on the ground floor and their vehicles are parked close to the front entrance, next to the drop off zone.

Other rental operators, such as Firefly, Enterprise Car Rentals, are located close to the airport and will transfer you between the terminal and their depot. Although this isn't as convenient, it is often the cheaper way to rent a car from the airport.

Before you go to the desk to pick up your vehicle, make sure you have your booking confirmation eVoucher, a valid driver's license for each of the drivers, a credit card or cash for the bond and suitable ID.

On your way back from your holiday, plan ahead of time and make sure you return your rental car with a full tank of petrol. This will avoid being stung with the high price rental companies charge to top up the fuel tank. There are petrol stations close to the airport, including United Petroleum which is situated at 83 Coonawarra Rd. Click here to find petrol stations close to the airport.

The Northern Territory is one of the most stunning parts of Australia, but driving here requires extra care due to the climate, tough terrain, and large distances. Once you leave Darwin the road conditions vary and some destinations are only safe if you have a 4WD. Adjust your speed, especially on unsealed and gravel roads. Kangaroos and other animals crossing the road are commonplace in the Northern Territory, so keep your eyes open for them to avoid collisions. The environment can be harsh - for your safety, it's essential you plan your trip and ensure you have plenty of fuel and water on board.  

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Darwin Attractions

A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring the Darwin and surrounding areas, including the beautiful parks and interesting heritage spots. The Northern Territory definitely has a lot going for it! Below are some of our favourite attractions that we know you will love.  For more ideas, check out the Northern Territory website.

Kakadu National Park

Covering almost 20,000 square kilometres (12,427 square miles), you have to see World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park to believe it! From the saltwater crocodiles which hide in the water to the monsoon rainforests, Kakadu is exactly what you would expect from the true Australian outback holiday.

Whether you visit during the tropical summer season, with high rainfall and spectacular floods, or the dry season, Kakadu will inspire you by its sheer beauty and authentic landscape which can only be found in Northern Australia.

Kakadu can be visited in a day, however, you won't get to see much, so it makes sense to book your accommodation in advance and really make the most of the region which has been home to the Aboriginal people for at least 40,000 years.

From the well-preserved rock art of the Kakadu to the beautiful cruises of Magela Creek and wetlands, there is a huge amount of activities to enjoy and you can choose to take a short break for a couple of nights, or enjoy a month - and you still might not see everything.

It will take you just under two hours to drive from Darwin to Kakadu, via the Arnhem Highway. Make sure you refuel as much as possible at Kakadu Resort, Jabiru, Cooinda or the Mary River Roadhouse

Garig Gunak Barlu

If you want to say you've been to the top of Australia, you can do so by visiting Garig Gunak Barlu - a remote and rugged area with amazing beaches and a true outback wanderer feel about it.

The national park is a picture-perfect spot where you can enjoy bird-watching, fishing and gorgeous bush walks. You might even get the chance to see saltwater crocodiles and the endangered dugong (which is similar to a manatee), swimming in the sea. (nb: be careful about going for a paddle wherever there are signs warning about crocodiles and box jellyfish - which can be deadly).

If you are interested in the historical origins of Australia, you will enjoy a trip to Black Point Cultural Centre, where there are a variety of displays about the Aboriginal heritage and European settlements in the area.

While you are in the area, make sure you stick to the marked roads and tracks, don't go off the track because you can easily get lost. Ensure that you let someone know where you are at all times and don't go bushwalking alone.

As it gets very hot in this part of Australia, it is important to bring a lot of water and stay inside during the hotter parts of the day (afternoon).Garig Gunak Barlu is a fourteen-hour drive from Darwin airport, so it is important that you book your camping spot well ahead of time. You will need to order a permit to travel through and camp, which takes two days to process. If you are planning on travelling through the area during the school holidays, it is important to book well ahead of time.

The Territory Wildlife Park

Just a 45-minute drive from the city centre, the Territory Wildlife Park is a must-see attraction with wetland areas, creeks, springs and lagoons - teeming with Australian wildlife.

Whether you visit the park during the wet season, when the rains flood the rivers and creeks or the dry season, when there are some great walking tracks to witness the beauty of the area, you are sure to have a fun time.

The Territory Wildlife Park is a zoo which includes a veritable array of stunning Australian wildlife which includes native animals, plants and bird-life which can, in some cases, only be found in the Northern Territory. In order to view the wildlife at Territory Wildlife Park, you will need to visit Goose Lagoon, Ooloo Sandbar, Aquarium and Billabong.Situated on 400 hectares (988 acres) of natural bushland, head south from the city centre along the Stuart Highway and travel approximately 50 kilometres (31 miles) to Cox Peninsula Road, where you will turn right. Follow the signs to Berry Springs Nature Park. The park is next door to Berry Springs.

Situated on 400 hectares (988 acres) of natural bushland, head south from the city centre along the Stuart Highway and travel approximately 50 kilometres (31 miles) to Cox Peninsula Road, where you will turn right. Follow the signs to Berry Springs Nature Park. The park is next door to Berry Springs.

Berry Springs Nature Park

If you want to relax and revive after an action-packed experience in Darwin city centre, a trip to Berry Springs might be just what you are looking for.

With shaded picnic and barbecue areas, as well as clear swimming pools and the sound of native birds chirping in the trees above you, Berry Springs Nature Park is a favourite of tourists and locals alike.

Be aware of crocodiles in the lower parts of the pools, there will be signs warning you where you can't swim, it is important to take note of the signs.

If you are visiting between March and April, you will enjoy the stunning nature show of native flowers which bloom throughout the park at this time of year and bird-watchers should enjoy the forest and woodlands which include 10,000 species of birds including Rufous-banded and White-gaped Honeyeaters as well as Arafura Fantail and Orange Footed Scrubfouls.

Berry Springs has an interesting history, with over 100,000 service personnel deployed to the area during World War II. During this time, the officers built a weir across Berry Creek in order to provide a swimming area as part of the camp. This weir is still used by visitors, who enjoy spotting the native fish and sea-life that can be easily spotted in the clear waters of the pools.

While you are at Berry Springs Nature Park, you might as well take in the views at Territory Wildlife Park, which is just next door.