Darwin is your gateway to the Northern Territory. A natural escape unlike anywhere else on earth, filled with World Heritage-listed National Parks, including Australia’s largest National Park, Kakadu. Darwin also acts as the fly-in zone for many visiting the Tiwi Islands, located 80km north of Darwin. The Tiwi Islands are alive with Aboriginal culture, including traditional artworks and fabrics. You can find art from Tiwi Island artists on every continent on earth, but the best place to see them is Tiwi Islands themselves. With art galleries, centres, workshops and more, you can see and learn the history of the Aboriginal Tiwi people through their intricate creations. Many art centres offer live demonstrations, where the artists paint, carve and weave their work while explaining the importance of the history behind the results. Take home a souvenir of one of these fabulous pieces, straight from the artists themselves.
Many visitors choose to travel from Darwin to Kakadu in their car hire. A 3-hour journey East of Darwin, Kakadu offers unforgettable experiences. See 20,000-year-old art, swim under waterfalls, wander more than 30 designated hiking trails, from the easy treks to multi-day hikes.
Experience the best of Darwin dining and entertainment with your car hire
You cannot travel to Darwin without experiencing world-class dining. With local delicacies, including some of the best and freshest seafood in the world on offer. A must-taste place is the foodie markets. These markets are adored by locals and newcomers alike. For example, the Mindil Beach sunset market has over 300 stalls! They don’t just sell food either, with local artisans and artists making the markets a place of business. Just a 6-minute drive from the city centre, it can be a great way to end a day of exploring.
Other Markets include Parap Village markets, known for their Asian flavour with Thai, Malay, and Chinese inspired street food, all made with the best local ingredients. It also serves as a great place to grab a coffee and enjoy the ocean views.
Malak Marketplace has a little bit of everything. You could grab something to eat or find a unique piece of furniture. Filled with fashion, jewellery and crafts, these can be great to peruse as you enjoy some fresh fruit produce. Support the local industries with these great markets, all within a short driving distance of Darwin Downtown.
It’s wildlife with a hire car
Many people are looking to find unique ways to experience nature during their holiday. We all want to connect with the natural world, and Darwin is perhaps the best place on the planet to do it. See giant crocodiles, kangaroos, lizards, birds and other native plant species you can’t find anywhere else.
To see the best of what the Northern Territory has to offer outside and around Darwin, it is best to have a Thrifty car hire. Travel down Nature's Way, cruising from Darwin to Katherine, Litchfield and Kakadu, to ensure you get a bit of everything. Book a river cruise and see the jumping crocodiles of the Adelaide River - fear not, they don’t jump into the boat! Or swim in a glass tank inside a clear crocodile pool for the closest look at these prehistoric reptiles, available at Crocosaurus Cove. Dip into waterfalls, billabongs and trek across the wild countryside. The nature’s way drive can take anywhere from four days to well over a week; it depends on your schedule and what you want to see. Be sure to plan your journey carefully, so you don’t miss out.
With much of the Northern Territory drivable on sealed roads, you can choose to travel how you like. So, enjoy the best of the big NT, and happy driving.