Campervan hire in Darwin | Where to book, what to know

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With quiet, open roads and plenty to do along the way, the Northern Territory was made for road trips. There are few better options for exploring the Top End's vast outback landscapes than a motorhome holiday.

Campervan hire in Darwin is just the beginning, and by the end of your holiday, you will experience a slew of national parks, colourful sunsets and diverse wildlife. Find out what you need to know to get started, including where to find a campervan in Darwin, your campervan hire options and some frequently asked questions to help you prepare.

Best campervan hire in Darwin

1. Apollo: Best for 4WD and off-roading

Part of the campervan game since 1985, Apollo offers almost new caravans and motorhomes to travellers willing to fork out a bit more for quality.

  • Where can I pick up the campervan from? Winnellie
  • Discounts: 5% off early bird discounts + 15% off NT adventures
  • Unique inclusions and features: Late models no older than 3 years, unlimited kilometres, 24/7 roadside assistance and 2-berth hi-top caravans to 6-berth luxury hires available
6-Berth Euro Deluxe Campervan
6-Berth Euro Deluxe Campervan

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2. Britz: Best for pet-friendly campers

With Britz, you'll get to keep all your creature comforts while exploring the Northern Territory by campervan. High-end choices are available with lots of space to move around inside.

  • Where can I pick up the campervan from? Winnellie
  • Discounts: Up to 25% off Australian hires
  • Unique inclusions and features: Large fleet to choose from, campers are 4 years old and pet-friendly options are available
2-3 Berth Venturer Campervan
2-3 Berth Venturer Campervan

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3. Cheapa Campa: Best for cheap hire

Cheapa Campa specialises in low-cost rentals for budget-conscious travellers. Its fleet of campervans includes roomy 6-berth vehicles for families and groups, and fuss-free options for couples.

  • Where can I pick up the campervan from? Winnellie
  • Discounts: 5% off early bird discounts
  • Unique inclusions and features: Hi-top and 4WD models available and campervans are 3-5 years old
2-Berth Cheapa Hi-Top Campervan
2-Berth Cheapa Hi-Top Campervan

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4. Maui: Best for luxury campers

As a long-standing luxury brand in the campervan market, Maui is all about apartment-style living in a movable home. You can expect stylish additions such as wine glasses on board, and a linen exchange and valet service at each depot.

  • Where can I pick up the campervan from? Winnellie
  • Discounts: Up to 25% off Northern Territory hires
  • Unique inclusions and features: Wide range of brand new vehicles, most come with toilet and shower, and automatic transmission is available

5. Travellers Autobarn: Best for young drivers

With an extensive fleet of vehicles from 2- to 5-berth campervans, Travellers Autobarn can cater to a variety of groups. You'll usually find them on the cheaper end of the scale with a focus on young and budget travellers.

  • Where can I pick up the campervan from? Woolner
  • Discounts: 12% off for long hires of 21 days or more
  • Unique inclusions and features: No surcharge on rentals to 18 year olds, depots across the country make it perfect for one-way trips, good selection of older and newer models and free 24-hour roadside assistance

How did we pick these campervan companies on the Darwin?

Our editorial team selected the Darwin campervan companies and vehicles on this list based on price, pick-up locations and vehicle features.

Compare campervan hire companies in Darwin

Name Product Pick-up locations One-way trips available What's included? Free cancellations Book now
Apollo
Apollo
Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth,
Sydney
Yes
Blankets, pillows and sheets, Towels, Plates, bowls and utensils, Cookingware, Stove, Fridge or esky, Sink, USB and charging ports, Water tank, Dining table, Microwave, Gas (for cooking)
Yes
Britz
Britz
Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth,
Sydney
Yes
Blankets, pillows and sheets, Towels, Plates, bowls and utensils, Cookingware, Stove, Fridge or esky, Sink, Toilet, Shower, USB and charging ports, Water tank, Dining table, Chairs, Microwave, Gas (for cooking)
Yes
Cheapa Campa
Cheapa Campa
Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth,
Sydney
Yes
Blankets, pillows and sheets, Towels, Plates, bowls and utensils, Cookingware, Stove, Fridge or esky, Sink, Toilet, Shower, Water tank, Dining table, Chairs, Microwave, Gas (for cooking)
No
Maui
Maui
Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth,
Sydney
Yes
Blankets, pillows and sheets, Towels, Plates, bowls and utensils, Cookingware, Stove, Fridge or esky, Sink, Toilet, Shower, USB and charging ports, Water tank, Microwave, Gas (for cooking)
Yes
Travellers Autobarn
Travellers Autobarn
Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth,
Sydney
Yes
pillows and sheets, Towels, Cookingware, Stove, Fridge or esky, Sink, USB and charging ports, Water tank, Microwave, Gas (for cooking)
No
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TL;DR: Darwin campervan hire

Best time to hire:
July and August

Pick-up locations:
Winnellie, Woolner and Darwin City

Driver's licence required:
Full driver’s licence or international licence

What to know before renting a campervan in Darwin

How much is campervan hire in Darwin?

Motorhome Republic reports that the summer months are cheapest for campervan hire, with rates sitting at $108. Winter boasts the most expensive with an average of $328.

A lot of factors go into the price of your campervan hire. These include the booking duration, how many people are travelling, inclusions, age of the motorhome, extras and time of year.

When is the best time to hire a campervan in Darwin?

For the best weather, the best time to visit Darwin is between July and August as this is the dry season. Expect minimal rainfall, low humidity and comfortable temperatures around 25-27 degrees.

The cheapest time to visit Darwin is over the wet season, between November and March. Although prices are cheaper, it's important to keep in mind that rainfall, humidity and high temperatures are to be expected at this time of year. Roads in the outback are also prone to flooding during these months.

What licence do I need to drive a motorhome in Darwin?

To drive a campervan in Darwin, you must hold a valid driver's licence written in English. If it's not in English, you also need to hold an International Driving Permit.

Are there any age restrictions to driving a campervan in Darwin?

Some campervan hire companies have a minimum age requirement when renting in Darwin or a young driver's surcharge for drivers younger than 25 years. Maui, Britz and Apollo will allow drivers from 21 years old, while Cheapa Campa and Travellers Autobarn will allow drivers as young as 18.

Can you park a campervan anywhere in Darwin?

No, you can't park just anywhere in Darwin. However, the good news is the Northern Territory is home to a wide range of free and paid campgrounds that span from Darwin to Yulara.

How long do I need to travel around Darwin by campervan?

The Northern Territory's middle name might as well be "road-trip" because the itineraries are as exciting as they are abundant. To see the NT in all its glory, we recommend putting up to a week aside. This allows you to do the iconic Darwin to Alice Springs track as well as a few stopovers on the way. Our favourite road trips include:

Do I need special campervan insurance?

Compulsory third party insurance is automatically included in your rental rate to cover injuries to other people. Campervan insurance is usually available as an extra to cover vehicle damage.

Campervan hire locations in Darwin

Most campervan hire locations are based in Darwin City, but you'll also find some in nearby Woolner and Winnellie.

Which companies offer campervan pick-up from airports in Darwin?

Although there aren't any campervan branches directly at the airport, all the campervan hire companies can be found across the highway.

Can I access free campervan stops in Darwin?

  • Oolloo Crossing Camp: Ideal for visits to Daly River.
  • King Rest Area: Ideal for visits to Nitmiluk National Park.
  • Limmen River Campground: Ideal for visits to Limmen National Park.
  • Newcastle Waters Rest Area or Attack Creek: Ideal for a stopover between Darwin and Alice Springs.
  • Tropic of Capricorn Rest Area: Ideal for visits to Alice Springs or Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park.
  • Mt Polhill Rest Area: Ideal for visits to Owen Springs Reserve.

Tips for driving a campervan in Darwin

  • Buy enough supplies: Stock up on your groceries before leaving Darwin as prices tend to rise the further away you get. Tap water at some campgrounds might be unsuitable for drinking, so make sure to bring enough bottled water.
  • Be sure you have enough petrol: Distances can be greater than you expect, so top up on petrol when you can.
  • Drive during the day: Avoid driving at night, sunrise or sunset as this is when animals are most active and likely to wander out on the road.
  • Stick to speed limits: Watch your speed and keep an eye out for road trains – trucks with multiple trailers up to 53 metres long.

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