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Car Hire at Darwin Airport

This information is correct as of September 2015

Whether you want to spend time in tropical Darwin, in the wild landscapes of Kakadu National Park or in the authentic outback town of Katherine , you can find the best car hire at Darwin Airport with Skyscanner.

Where to hire a car at Darwin Airport

There are six car hire companies with desks at Darwin Airport: Avis, Budget, Europecar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.

Petrol stations near Darwin Airport

Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.

There are many petrol stations close to Darwin Airport. There is a United Petroleum garage located just 8 minutes drive from Darwin Airport. Head north on Henry Wrigley Drive to Totem Road. Take a left onto Dick Ward Drive then left again onto Fitzer Drive. Turn left onto Bagot Road and the petrol station will be on the left.

Driving around Darwin Airport

Darwin Airport is located 13 kilometres from the CBD (around a 15 minute drive). The Stuart Highway is the only highway into Darwin; heading directly into the city centre and extending southwards all the way to Alice Springs and Adelaide. You can access Darwin from all the Australian capital cities. The drive from Sydney or Perth is about 4000km depending on the route you choose.

Getting to your destination

We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Darwin Airport.

Kakadu National Park

The largest national park in Australia, Kakadu is a stunning Aboriginal site of cultural and historic importance. Here you can admire the spectacular ecosystem which includes beautiful ancient rock paintings, magical waterfalls, beautiful wildlife and lush green landscapes. Camping is also possible in this vast park where you can sleep under the stars and feel at one with nature.

Kakadu National Park is just under 2 hours drive from Darwin Airport. Get on to Macmillans Road and merge with the National Highway 1. Take a slight left onto Arnhem Highway/State Route 36 and follow signs to the park.


Nestled on the banks of the River Katherine, here is it possible to enjoy a range of outdoor activities from fishing and canoeing to bushwalking and birdwatching. The town has a little selection of shops and cafes and restaurants in which to while away to long sunny days.

Katherine is just over three hours drive from Darwin Airport. Get on to Macmillans Road from the airport and merge onto National Highway 1. Follow signs for Katherine.


Tropical Darwin is hot hot hot in the summer. Pavement cafes, lively market, cool bars and restaurants and a fantastic arts scene give Darwin a cosmopolitan feel while the tranquil and wide sweeping sandy beaches that line the Timor sea are the place for all the family to surf, swim and sunbathe. Tropical parks and gardens are ideal for a lazy summer picnic while the glittering nightlife along the waterfront offers plenty for everyone as the sun begins to set.

Darwin is just 15 minutes by car from Darwin Airport. Head north on Henry Wrigley Drive towards Abala Road. Take Macmillans Road onto Bagot Road until you reach National Highway 1. Follow signs to the city centre.

All parking throughout the Darwin Central Business District is controlled by parking meters. The cost ranges between $1.20 and $2.40 per hour depending on which zone you park in. The higher rates are charged in the zones closest to the main shopping and business precinct. Some hotels in Darwin also offer free parking.

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