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Looking to hire a campervan in the Northern Territory? Compare and book motorhome, campervan and 4 wheel drive rentals from Australia’s top providers including Apollo, Britz, Cheapa Campa, Lets Go, Maui, Maui Elite, Mighty and Travellers Autobarn.

At DriveNow we’ve been helping travellers find the best road holiday deals on vehicle hire in the Northern Territory since 2002. In conjunction with our partners, we bring together the latest rates and offers across their rental fleets to make it quick and easy to compare then book the perfect vehicle for your holiday.

In the early p>nineties the Northern Territory ran a highly successful campaign on the theme “You’ll never never know, if you never never go”. No truer words were ever written about one of the world’s oldest and most extraordinary landscapes and cultures. A trip which should feature on every bucket list.

It’s a cliché however there really is no better way to explore Australia’s Top End than taking along your bedroom, bathroom and the kitchen sink in a Campervan or Motorhome. Despite its size and sparse population, the Northern Territory is well populated with power site equipped Holiday Parks at all popular destinations such as Kakadu, Litchfield Park, Katharine, Mataranka , Yulara and of course Darwin and Alice Springs making for the perfect road holiday trip.

There are 2 locations for picking up a camper rental in the Northern Territory, in the north, Darwin and in the Red Centre capital, Alice Springs, 1500kms to the south down the Stuart highway.

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Compare and book Campervan, Motorhome and 4 Wheel Drive rentals in the Northern Territory from Australia’s top rental providers. At DriveNow we provide an objective and unbiased comparison of the pricing and deals available to help you find the best vehicle at the best rate.

With access to more than 16 Australian brands, you can compare and review from the widest choice of rental providers and vehicles available to hire in the Territory and all backed by our lowest price guarantee to beat any like for like offer by 10%.

Vehicles available for hire include 6,4 and 2 berth Motorhomes with living space, kitchen, showers and Toilets; 4 and 2 berths with living equipment either as standard or optional. For those looking for a more adventurous Northern Territory holiday, 4 Wheel Drive rentals come with various guises of kitchen and shower equipment.

There are 2 locations for picking up a camper rental in the Northern Territory, in the north, Darwin and Alice Springs in the Red Centre, 1500kms to the south down the Stuart highway.

Our partners include the most trusted brands in the business such as Apollo, Britz, Cheap Campa, Lets Go, Maui, Maui Elite, Mighty and Travellers Autobarn.

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FAQs on hiring a campervan in the Northern Territory

Where can I hire a campervan in the Northern Territory?

Darwin and Alice Springs.

When is the best time to hire a campervan in the Northern Territory?

Between June and October. With essentially two seasons, the Wet and the Dry, the best time to visit the Top End is during the dry months when the average temperatures is 32C. During the Wet season campervan rental branches are closed or operate reduced hours in Alice Springs, Darwin and Broome in WA, a popular drop-off point from Darwin.

Do I need to hire a 4WD to explore the National Parks in the NT?

No. Parks such as Litchfield and Kakadu cater well for campervans and motorhomes with sealed roads into townships such as Batchelor and Jabiru where Holiday Parks are available with powered sites.

Can I go off road with a 4 Wheel Drive rental in the NT?

There are restrictions on where you can take your 4WD. Permits are required for certain Aboriginal Lands and rental companies impose their own restrictions. Share your itinerary and check with your hiring company before starting your trip. Campervans and Motorhomes cannot be taken off-road except to access Holiday parks over short distances.

How much does it cost to hire a campervan in the Northern Territory?

This will depend upon the time of year and size of vehicle. School holidays in the June-July period are the most popular and attract higher rates. For example, a basic 2-berth campervan rented for 7 days in July will be around $155 a day. The same vehicle in September will cost $117 a day.

What type of vehicles can I hire in the Northern Territory?

Everything from basic 2 berth campervans to luxury 6 berth motorhomes and off-road 4 wheel drive adventure campers. Larger campervans come with kitchen, bathroom and living areas.

Where should I go in the NT?

In the early nineties the Northern Territory ran a highly successful campaign on the theme “You’ll never never know, if you never never go". No truer words were ever written about one of the world’s oldest and most extraordinary landscapes and cultures. A trip which should feature on every bucket list.

Exploring the Top End of Australia offers the diverseness of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks and Katherine Gorge all within a few hours driving of Darwin which can be taken in easily on a 7 day driving trip in the Top End.

The NT is the third largest land area for a State or Territory in Australia. An important consideration before you start planning your holiday, as it will affect the way you approach building an itinerary and what you do and don’t do.

The Northern Territory equates to roughly:

  • Slightly larger than South Africa
  • Twice the size of Texas
  • Three times the size of Japan or Germany
  • Five times the size of New Zealand or the UK

Important consideration for travelling within the Northern Territory

There are two distinct areas, 1600km’s apart:

  • The Tropical North - Darwin, Litchfield Park, Mataranka, Katherine, Kakadu and Arnhem Land. There are only 2 seasons in the North. ‘The Dry’ - May to October and ‘The Wet’ - November to April. The average temperature in the north is 32 degrees Celsius all year round, it’s just raining or dry.
  • The Red Centre - Tennent Creek, Alice Springs and the Uluru Area. There are 4 seasons in this area. Like most desert landscapes after very dry hot days the night time temperature can drop dramatically. February/March is the hottest time when the average daytime temperature is 35 degrees Celsius and the night time is 20 degrees Celsius. The cooler weather is around June/July when it’s 20 degrees Celsius during the day but can get down to 5 degrees at night.

When it comes to vehicle choice the most popular options are either 4 wheel drive or the more traditional camper.

  • 4WD vehicles give you the option to travel on the unsealed roads of the Tropical North and the Red Centre. Within the NT National Parks there certain areas that can only be reached using a 4WD. Elsewhere there are other areas where it is advisable to have a 4WD and permits may also be required. Whilst a 4WD provides greater reach you will sacrifice the level of home comforts available in a traditional Campervan or Motorhome.
  • Regular Motorhome/Campervans - offer a home away from home option of varying sizes and level of inclusions while still giving you immense freedom, but limit you to sealed roads. However, there are always guided sightseeing options that you can do from the central locations in national parks and regional towns. This option takes the stress out of navigating the roads yourself with the added advantage of the expertise of the guide.

What to do in the Tropical North

Darwin

  • Get a ticket for the Hop on/off Bus and spend some time orientating yourself
  • Waterfront Precinct - Wave pool, Saltwater Pool, Café’s, Restaurants and Microbreweries
  • Shopping - Smith St. Mall
  • Stoke Hill Wharf - Royal Flying Doctor Service and Bombing of Darwin Harbour Experience Museum
  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
  • Darwin Botanical Gardens
  • Crocosaurus - interactive reptile centre
  • Mindil Beach Casino and Market
  • Darwin Harbour sunset cruise

National Parks

  • Litchfield National Park - only an hour from Darwin and packed full of beauty. Spend at least 2 days. To experience the waterfalls, walks and swimming spots.
  • Kakadu National Park - The UNESCO World Heritage listed National Park is just 3 hours’ drive from Darwin. Over 20,000 km², (about the size of Israel) with 25 campgrounds throughout the park you are never staying far from the sights. Kakadu is renowned for its vast array of waterbirds, from Brolgas and Jabirus to the woodland birds of Lorikeets, Cockatoos and Scrubfowl.
    Take your walking shoes, there are the easy walks of less than 4km such as the Ubirr Aboriginal Art Walk, the Mamukala Wetlands Walk and the Nawurlandja Lookout walk. The longer or harder walks are between 10 and 12 km’s but most people with a reasonable fitness should be able to handle the Jim Jim Falls walk, Sandstone River walk and the Barrk Standton walk to name just a few. Parts of the park are only accessible by 4WD.
    River cruises for crocodile viewing is the ONLY safely way to take in these ancient predators with the added advantage of seeing a lot of other reptiles and wildlife while onboard. A Ranger guided tour is also another must. It’s important to understand the significant relationship of the traditional owners, the Bininj and Mungguy people, with the land and the only way to do that is with their guidance.

What to do in the Red Centre

A camel ride, a hot air balloon ride, golf and hikes in the desert and immerse yourself in indigenous culture and history.

Alice Springs

  • ANZAC Hill - your first stop for a complete view over Alice Springs to familiarise yourself with the layout of the town.
  • Telegraph Station Historical Reserve - The birth place of town. Be sure to visit when a guided tour is scheduled.
  • Olive Pink Botanic Gardens - The gardens present the unique flora of the central arid lands of the Red Centre.
  • Alice Springs Desert Park - check the daily schedule for the showings.
  • Fauna experience - The Reptile Centre and The Kangaroo Sanctuary.
  • Sound and Starlight Theatre to experience the outback night sky.
  • Mbantua Gallery to view and buy indigenous art.

Close to Alice Springs

  • Tjoritja West MacDonnell National Park - The park stretches west 161 km from just outside Alice Springs, so there is much to do and see. The park is the home of the Larapinta Trail but if the 223 km walk is a little too far for you there are many shorter more manageable walks that are just as interesting. Take in Ormiston, Glen Helen and Redbank Gorge. (some of the park is only accessible by 4WD).
  • East MacDonnell Ranges - The park stretches 161kms from Alice Springs but only the first 75kms is a sealed road. Some terrific sites are within easy distance from Alice Springs such as the Emily Gap sacred site, Corroboree Rock and the 4WD accessed Trephina Gorge National Park.

Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park

Pukul naglya yanam Ananguku ngrurakutu (Yankunytjatjara welcome)

Pukulpa pitjama Ananguku ngurakutu (Pitjantjatjara welcome)

This is Anangu land and you are welcome. Look around and learn in order to understand Anangu and also understand that our culture is strong and alive" - Traditional owner statement courtesy of Tourism Australia.

Uluru

The UNESCO World Heritage listed - Uluru, is one of the iconic bucket list sights of Australia, not only is it spectacular to view sunrise, noon or sunset it’s also one of the most important sacred sites of the indigenous custodians.

Sunrise - The viewing area, Talinguru Nyakunytjaku, offers the ultimate spot for an amazing sunrise experience, head there before sunrise and get your camera ready. It has a car park and facilities attached.

Look closely - do the base walk, it’s almost 10kms around with two car park stations that you can start/finish the walk from (Mala is the best), there are a couple of water stations along the way but it’s important to take plenty of water and start the walk early so you can finish before the heat of day, it’s impossible to get lost. The Rock changes as you progress, the Mala section has terrific rock art and it’s a good section to take a guided tour so you can understand the significance of the ancient artwork. Follow the track around to the Mutitjulu Waterhole, on a rainy day (there aren’t many) you can see amazing waterfalls off the rock. There are some culturally sensitive areas of the rock that are clearly marked, put your camera away here.

Sunset - is more than just the changing colours of the rock, the red centre night sky is an essential part of the experience. This is also a good spot to get a good sunset view of Kata Tjuta.

Kata Tjuta

Some think the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (formally the Olgas) are more interesting than Uluru. Although the many walks and the Walpa Gorge are an amazing experience the cultural significance of the site is private to the Anangu people.

The Valley of the Winds walk - the walk takes about an hour and is a bit more of a challenge than circumnavigating Uluru, bit it’s worth the effort. Like everything in the red centre that involves physical exertion - start early.

Walpa Gorge - is a much easier and shorter walk amongst the sheer walls between to the two largest domes.

Stay - Camp ground at the Ayers Rock Resort, book as far ahead as possible.

Between the Tropical North and the Red Centre

Katherine - Elsey National Park and Mataranka thermal springs along with the Cutta Cutta Caves National Park deserve your attention in the Katherine area.

Tennent Creek - Karlu Karlu and Kunjarra, the Devils marbles and her pebbles, are granite boulders and exposed ancient outcrops. The traditional inhabitants of the area, the Warmungu people, believe the Marbles are part of the dreamtime legend of the Rainbow Serpent and not marbles but eggs.

Finke Gorge National Park - Palm Valley - 4WD required. If you are in a traditional Motorhome/Campervan take a guided tour. Don’t just drive on by the Finke Gorge NP, Palm Valley in particular is an oasis experience that should really not be missed.

Fly into Darwin or Alice Springs and pick up your choice of camper, motorhome or four-wheel drive. One-way rentals between the two centres is possible and common.

Driving Itineraries for the Northern Territory

Checkout these driving holiday itineraries either starting from or ending in the Northern Territory: