Top rated cars in Darwin, NT
Discover the Top End of Australia by hiring a car in Darwin. Known as Australia's most multicultural city, Darwin car hire allows you to experience all this diverse tropical city has to offer.
Not only is Darwin the capital city of the Northern Territory, but it's also the gateway to stunning natural sites, vibrant cultural experiences and some of the best driving roads in Australia.
Wondering what's involved in hiring a car in Darwin? With Turo, you can access a huge selection of cars, compare your options online and secure a booking for a few days or multiple weeks. The best bit? Your local Turo host in Darwin can provide handy extras, from beach gears to a modern GPS and even a baby seat.
Enter a date and location in Darwin (or beyond) and browse thousands of cars shared by local hosts.
Book on the Turo app or online, choose a protection plan, and say hi to your host! Cancel for free up to 24 hours before your trip, and get discounts if you book early or for a longer duration!
Have the car delivered or pick it up from your host. Check in with the app, grab the keys, and hit the roads of Darwin!
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As the tropical capital of the NT, there are endless places to explore in Darwin. Take a seaside stroll along the waterfront precinct, cruise the harbour at sunset or even take a fishing trip to the Tiwi Islands (located 80 km north of Darwin). Looking for more inspiration about Darwin's best places to explore?Book the perfect car
Nestled in the heart of Darwin, the Charles Darwin National Park protects one of Australia's most important wetlands (the Port Darwin Wetland). Boost a car and take the easy 5.5km drive from Darwin's city centre. Expect to encounter historic sites across the park and discover Darwin's role in the Pacific War during World War II. Plus, this national park is a significant Aboriginal site, home to the Larrakia people for many thousands of years.
Soak in a spectacular sunset over the Timor Sea by taking the trip to Mindil Beach. During the dry season (end of April to October), the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets run on Thursday and Sunday evenings from 4 pm to 9 pm. As Darwin's biggest and best market, expect to find over 200 stalls selling arts, crafts and incredible food at Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Hop in the car and take a quick five-minute drive from Darwin's city centre to Parap Village Markets. Running every Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm, expect incredible street food stalls serving everything from Laska to crispy Asian salads and everything in between. Malak Market Place is another must-try in Darwin, serving up everything from fresh produce to artisan stalls every Saturday from 4 pm to 9 pm (open April to October annually).
Located in the heart of Darwin, MAGNT (Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory) invites you to encounter incredible artistic, cultural and scientific collections from Australia and beyond. Along with the MAGNT, Darwin has plenty of museums and galleries to explore. Located at East Point is Darwin's Military Museum, home to artefacts from all the conflicts Australian troops have been deployed to. In fact, this museum is located within a heritage-listed area brimming with WWII fortifications.
Very nice car and smoother process than crowded rental cars center.
Proactive communication, convenient location near rental car shuttle drop off, flexible, clean car, better experience compared to big car rental companies.
This was a wonderful alternative to using a standard car rental agency (and certainly more cost effective).
A great and smooth experience, very nice ride and quick respond times, if you’re looking for a cheap car rental, this is the one!
The car rides great and feels like luxury especially compared to some of the rentals at large car rental companies.
Way cheaper and easier than renting from Enterprise or any other big name car rental companies.
Easy and convenient way to rent a car and avoid the rental car companies Love it
Good communication and they accepted a U.K. debit card where car rental companies only accepted credit unless I jumped through hoops.
It is because of hosts like Shon, that I can never go back to traditional car rental companies.
The vehicle was nice and clean , something you don’t get from Enterprise and those other box car rental companies.
Way easier than dealing with the counter at one of the major car rental companies, and it was much cheaper.
This was my second vehicle reservation with Charter and it was every bit as excellent as the first.
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Cancel for a full refund up to 24 hours before your Darwin trip starts. Because life happens and it helps to be flexible when it does.
Get your car delivered right to you or wherever you’re going. Many hosts offer delivery to custom locations or popular points of interest in Darwin, like airports, train stations, and hotels.
Want to experience Darwin like a local? With these expert tips and tricks, you'll ensure a smooth, safe experience while hitting the roads in Darwin (and even when venturing further afield in the NT).
- Across the NT, more than 70% of roads are unsealed. Make sure to hire a car that can cope with this, such as 4WD vehicles like the Toyota Land Cruiser, Ford Ranger or Mazda BT-50. Don't forget that off-roading isn't allowed on vehicles booked with Turo.
- Darwin experiences two key seasons: the wet season (which runs from November to April) and the dry season (running from May to October). Expect high humidity, monsoonal rains and storms during the wet season, with warm, dry days and cooler nights in the dry season. Picking the right ride is essential, so ensure your hire car has air conditioning to make driving in this tropical climate comfortable.
- Road trains (a.k.a. trucks with multiple trailers) are common in the NT, with these heavy vehicles often using the entire lane. Don't overtake these large turning vehicles, leave ample space between yourself and the road trains and make sure to slow down and move safely to the left of the road if driving on a single-lane road.
- EV charging stations: If you're hiring an electric car in Darwin, you'll find EV charging stations dotted across the Darwin Waterfront precinct, around the airport and the city centre streets.
- Toll roads in Darwin and the Northern Territory: One of the best parts about car hire in Darwin is this - there are no toll roads in Darwin. Better yet, there are no toll roads in the Northern Territory either.
- Should you hire a car in Darwin? While Darwin does have public transport, the local bus service ends around 8 pm daily, which can make it difficult to maximise your days. Plus, hiring a car unlocks the rest of the Northern Territory, ensuring you can explore lush national parks and natural beauty at your own pace during your visit.
Need a refresher on Darwin's local road rules? Like all places in Australia, you'll need to drive on the left-hand side of the road. Drink driving isn't permitted, with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.05 strictly enforced.
In Darwin, the default speed limit is 60km per hour. However, there are many streets where this drops to 40km per hour (such as in school zones and when driving through road work zones).
When driving through built-up areas in Darwin, stick to the default speed limit of 60km/h. Outside of built-up areas, the default speed limit is 110km/h (unless the signs tell you otherwise). On certain roads (such as Barkly Highway and Stuart Highway), the maximum speed limit increases to 130km/h.
Driving at night around Darwin can be dangerous as there are plenty of wild animals, dark-coloured cattle and large road trains to contend with. To avoid any incidents, it's best to avoid driving at night and only hit the road during daylight hours.
Want to avoid rush hour and the busiest roads when visiting Darwin? Typically, the inner city roads will be the busiest from 7:30 am to 8 am and 4:30 pm to 5 pm weekdays. But even during peak hours, Darwin's traffic usually flows freely.
Some of the busiest roads include the Stuart Highway, as most commuters will use this route. Our tip? Avoid this road during peak periods on weekdays for a smooth, stress-free travel experience.
Looking to park in the Darwin CBD? From 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays, parking spaces in the city centre are metered (likely to cost you upwards of A$1.75 per hour). The closer you park to the CBD, the higher the hourly fee.
However, these spaces are free and untimed outside of these hours and on weekends.
Head to State Square Car Park (an easy stroll from the waterfront precinct) where you can score a flat daily rate of A$11. Visit the City of Darwin website for a city parking location map.
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