A self-driving tour is the best way to see Darwin and the surrounding area. Filled with stunning National Parks, untouched nature and wildlife in what is now known as the 'Nature’s Way drive'. Travel from Darwin to Katherine, Litchfield and Kakadu National Park. Kakadu National Park is just three hours' drive from Darwin. See thousands of species of animals, including many you won't find anywhere else on the planet. Kakadu is a World Heritage Listed National Park and one of the least touched and unspoiled national parks on earth.
Once you have driven the three-hour journey in your car hire, there are many wonderful and inspiring things to do at Kakadu. As the largest National Park in Australia, there are plenty of bushwalks to experience, from light treks around waterfalls to more challenging hikes. See 20,000-year-old Aboriginal Art that depicts the animals and locations of the area. There are more than 30 established walking trails in Kakadu, some of them taking multiple days, offering a perfect excuse to camp out under the stars. See waterfalls, billabongs, caves, rock art and more.
A car hire for culture
Darwin is famous as a modern-day cultural hub for the Australian Aboriginal People. Enjoy a number of art galleries showcasing the incredible art of the Aboriginal people, with pieces from artists around the area. You can start with the main gallery, The Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory. Giving a well-rounded and insightful look into the history of Aboriginal art and the Northern Territory. The exhibition 'Unruly days' currently running offers a unique glimpse into how early colonizers struggled to tame this harsh land. With photos and artefacts from the time, see how this impossible to surmount natural wilderness broke the spirit of many a fortune seeker.
Attracting over 300,000 visitors each year to the museum, MAGNT also runs a series of unique activities for visitors, including guided tours and special talks and workshops. Visit the museum's website and check the 'what's on' page to plan your activities during your visit. With free entry, car parking and a nice picnic area, it's a great addition to a day out.
The museum also operates the Fannie Bay Gaol, which is just a short drive down the road. A prison operating from 1883 to 1979. See inside the cells, gallows and watchtower. Interestingly, the gaol is also open for function hire, holding up to 500 people with views of the Arafura Sea.
Use your hire car for fun in Darwin and check out the crocs!
"What a croc" has never been said with such enthusiasm. Famous for its local scaley wildlife, Darwin offers several croc tours. The most popular crocodile attraction is the Crocosaurus Cove. Visitors have the opportunity to jump into a glass tank and swim with the crocodiles on the other side, all completely safe of course. If that's a little too close for comfort, you can choose to watch from a distance or visit any number of other crocodile attractions around Darwin. See the jumping crocodiles of Adelaide River, who get their name from, you guessed it, jumping out of the water to grab food that is dangled overhead. The Adelaide River has an estimated 4 crocs per square kilometre; that's a lot of hungry crocs, so visitors are rarely disappointed by not seeing one leap out of the water.
Take your hire car for a 15-minute drive outside of Darwin to Crocodylus Park. With over 1,000 crocodiles on-site at any given time, you can have the opportunity to hold one of these prehistoric beasts (albeit a very small one). The site also offers up-close and personal encounters with snakes, iguanas, kangaroos and other native species. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your northern expedition today with Thrifty!