Darwin Car Hire Made Easy

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As the capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin has the smallest population for an Australian capital city.  Because of the vastness of the state, Darwin is the most populated area in the Northern Territory.  Hire cars really opens up the door for exploration of the region and gives travellers the ability to learn about the history and culture of the area. It is important to note that booking a rental car well in advance during the peak holidays, is imperative for Darwin as it is somewhat isolated.

Darwin really is a gateway for the Asian countries that lie in close proximity to the shores of Australia, with East Timor and Indonesia sharing the opposite banks of the Timor Sea.  Because of this, Darwin is a multicultural hub that differs in comparisons to other ethnic diverse cities such as Brisbane and Sydney car rental agencies report.

Why book a rental car in Darwin with BargainWheels?

  • You can hire a car from Darwin Airport if this is a better option. Car rental rentals from Darwin Airport gives you the option to drive off as soon as your flight touches down.
  • With access to rental cars throughout Australia, we can help you book a rental car in Darwin or to get there. Book online with us and compare car hire rental rates for the vehicle fleets of Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Thrifty, and Enterprise (formerly Redspot). You are guaranteed fantastic deals on a great range of vehicles and the chance to see the great Aussie outback
  • Helpful customer care – If you require further assistance, do not hesitate to contact us.

Note:  There may be some restrictions with car rental in Darwin, so make sure to read through the terms and conditions which are provided on the booking page for your convenience.

What to expect in Darwin?

The area is similar to most at the top end of Australia with tropical weather that incorporates a wet and dry season.  Darwin offers a modern feel as the city has had to re-establish itself after the bombing of World War II by the Japanese and then again after Cyclone Tracy hit in 1974.

Darwin relies heavily upon the Tourism Industry.  This means that the city provides many options for all styles and budgets when considering your accommodation.  Your preference for wining and dining will also be catered for and the multicultural feel is really highlighted when you visit the local restaurants and cafes and as Darwin is located on the coastline, the fresh seafood is superb.

Whatever the purpose of your stay in Darwin, BargainWheels can assist you with all of your car hire requirements.

Top attractions in Darwin

As Darwin is the doorway to the beautiful Northern Territory, it offers some great tourist attractions and locations that will provide you with the ability to truly appreciate the great Aussie outback. Having a rental car will only make it easier to enjoy the attractions. Check out these ideas –

Mindil Beach Markets – Every Thursday and Sunday evening at Sunset, most of the local population and visitors swarm to the popular markets.  If you are searching for a souvenir, or want to try some local cuisine, then Mindil Markets is the place to be.  Local flock to the markets and so do many visitors and tourists.  Unfortunately, the markets are only open during the cooler months.

Deckchair Cinemas – The name says it all.  You can sit back and relax on a deck chair and enjoy a movie.  You can purchase food from the cafe or bring your own picnic dinner.  So relaxing and enjoyable and only open during the ‘Dry’ season in Darwin. It is a quirky alternative to the drive-ins or the cinemas.


Leanyer Park – A fun day out splishing and splashing with the kids, and what’s more? It’s FREE! Leanyer Park has all the attractions and fanfare to turn your holiday into one to really cherish. But good fun doesn’t have to break the bank. Just jump in the hire car and head on down.

Crocosaurus Cove  – Located in the heart of the city, Crocosaurus Cove is a boredom buster that is sure to please the kids if you are in need of a break from driving the rental car. With crocodile shows and even the option to swim with the crocs, this is an adrenaline rush for even the most avid extreme holiday takers.

Defence of Darwin Experience – This awesome interactive display, provides an insightful look into Darwin’s past.  With individual stories and other awesome displays, you will be educated on what role Darwin played in World War II.

Restaurants in Darwin

A rental car will sure come in handy when you want to try some local cuisines.  You can access all of the local restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes in a hire car. Here are some suggestions for great eating options.

Hanuman – an oriental restaurant that will knock your socks off, Hanuman is located right in Darwins CBD. A favourite of the locals, you will not be disappointed if you are on the hunt for delicious Thai and Indian dishes.

Manoli’s Greek Taverna – is the place to be if you are hungry for some authentic Greek cuisine. With friendly staff and good friends, a night out here is an opportunity not to be missed.

Roma Bar – located on Cavanagh Street, the cafe has been operating since the ’70s. Not only do the locals love it, but regular visitors into Darwin make sure to visit the bar for a great meal.

Take Away – KFC, McDonald’s, Hungry Jacks, Red Rooster, Pizza Hut and more are available throughout the Darwin region.  If you need a quick bite to eat, then you are sure to find a drive-thru to satisfy your hunger.

Places to stay in Darwin

As Darwin is nearly an isolated area, there is sure to be an accommodation to suit everyone.  There are the usual resorts and 5-star hotels, and for the budget minded, backpackers or caravan parks.

SkyCity Darwin – is rated 5 stars and will provide all the luxury and atmosphere that you would expect from such a hotel.  Located almost in the heart of the CBD, you can park the hire car and enjoy the inner city area.

Palms City Resort – Located on the Esplanade in Darwin City, the resort offers luxury surrounded by the natural beauty that Darwin has to offer.