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Car Hire in Darwin

Car Hire in Darwin

This information is correct as of August 2015.

Get into Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia for a collection of attractions consisting of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Mindil Beach, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, in addition to other stops that show Darwin’s uniqueness through its surroundings. Explore the city via the car hire companies that serve the area.

Where to hire a car in Darwin

The car hire companies that provide dependable service in the city of Darwin include well-known car hire brands such as Sunnycars, Alamo, National, Auto Europe, Thrifty, Hertz, Advance Car Rentals, Bargain Car Rentals, Travellers Autobarn Darwin, Avis, Budget, and Hire Car Hero, among others. Popular car hire office and pick-up and drop-off locations include the airport and the central business district of Darwin, especially along Stuart Highway.

What to expect when hiring a car from Darwin

A major road that serves Darwin is Stuart Highway, traversing all throughout the Northern Territory from Darwin through Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, and on to Adelaide. Darwin is also served by Tiger Brennan Drive, Amy Johnson Avenue, Dick Ward Drive, Bagot Road, Trower Road, and McMillans Road.

Since most if not all of the sights and attractions within Darwin are scattered throughout the entire area of the city, driving a car on your own terms lets you get to your desired destinations without any hassle. Parking and traffic in the city do not pose any problems since parking spaces are easy to spot and traffic on most days is typically free flowing.

Getting to your destination

Palmerston
When in Palmerston, some destinations to visit include Arafura Bluewater Charters, Palmerston Water Park, Glueys Bar, in addition to many more.

Palmerston from Darwin can be reached within a 30-minute or approximately 25-kilometre drive. The route to take can either be via Tiger Brenna Dr onto Graham Ross Bridge/Roystonea Ave to The Blvd; via

Tiger Brennan Dr and National Highway 1 to The Blvd; or via Tiger Brennan Dr and McMillans Road onto National Highway 1 to The Blvd.

Katherine
The city of Katherine in the Northern Territory houses a great amount of parks and gardens like Dakota Park, Giles Park, Jurassic Cycad Gardens, Jukes Park, and O’Shea Park. Other known tourist attractions also within the area include Nitmiluk National Park, Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, and more.

The drive from Darwin to Katherine lasts approximately three hours and 24 minutes for 316 kilometres. On your way to Katherine, some of the roads that serve the route include Knuckey St, Austin Ln, McMinn St, Tiger Brennan Dr, National Highway 1, and Giles St.

Howard Springs
Howard Springs refers to the Howards Spring Nature Park located south of Darwin. The park covers an area of around 283 hectares or 699 acres and is great for activities like swimming, hiking, and more.

When driving to Howard Springs from Darwin, some of the roads within the route are Knuckey St, Austin Ln, McMinn St, Tiger Brennan Dr, National Highway 1, Howard Springs Rd, and Whitewood Rd. Expect a drive that lasts 31 minutes for 27.8 kilometres.

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