Darwin 4WD Hire
Did you know that Darwin’s harbour is actually bigger than Sydney’s? There are probably a lot more things you didn’t know about this fascinating place so hop in your Darwin 4WD hire and discover the rich heritage and beauty of one of Australia’s most iconic tourist destinations. Kakadu National Park, one of nature’s best efforts, is located a mere 240km east of Darwin and there are some excellent man-made attractions too. Go on, take that trip – you don’t have to sleep under the stars- although that is an excellent option, you can stay in five star accommodation if that’s more your style.
One of the most popular round trips for 4WD enthusiasts includes Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Park but there are a few other spots you might like to include too.
Kakadu National Park
It goes without saying that a 4WD trip to Darwin is not complete without a visit to the world heritage listed Kakadu. At a land mass of nearly 20,000 sqm there is a lot to see here in each of the seven regions. Don’t be put off by the idea of visiting during the wet season as the flooding and greenery during this time is purely spectacular. And if you are looking to entertain bored kids and get them away from electronic devices, Kakadu makes the perfect family holiday location. Plan to stay at least three days if you can, a week is even better. Some of the best areas for camping can be found at Merl and Gunlom.
- Waterfalls- There are some truly stunning waterfalls to be discovered here that you can access in your Darwin 4×4 hire depending upon the conditions. The falls are at their most scenic and plentiful during the wet season where access may be restricted but can be enjoyed via an aerial flight. In the Jim Jim and Twin Falls area there is the Jim Jim Plunge Pool Walk and Twin Falls Gorge, and in the Mary River region there is Gunlom Falls, Maguk and Motor Car Falls.
- Crocodile Spotting – Kakadu is a natural habitat for the crocodile, so swimming in any of Kakadu’s natural waterways as stunning as they are, is not recommended. However, there are a number of places where you can safely observe these amazing reptiles. There are viewing platforms at Cahill’s Crossing in the eastern region and they can also be seen while enjoying a boat cruise on the East Alligator River. You can also see the crocs in the Yellow Water Wetlands.
- Fishing – Kakadu is an angler’s dream with plenty of great spots to drop a line. It’s best to enjoy fishing from a boat and there are plenty of tour operators that offer a great fishing experience from a few hours to several days.
- Rock Art- Renowned for being home to some of Australia’s most amazing indigenous rock art, some of which is thought to be over 20,000 years old. Pay a visit to the rock art galleries at Ubirr and Nourlangie.
- Ranger talks and Culture tours- These are often free and a great way to learn more about this stunning area. May run only during the dry season.
- Walks – There are plenty of walking trails to be enjoyed in each of Kakadu’s seven regions with breathtaking scenery at every turn. Some of the most popular include: Yurmikmik Walks, Jim Jim Falls, Mirrai Lookout and Barrk Sandstone.
Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk National Park)
Katherine Gorge is the main attraction within the Nitmiluk National Park. It is situated approximately 300km south of Darwin so is ideal trip in your Darwin camper hire. To make the most out of your time here you can spend the night at the caravan park within the national park so you can get an early start. Bookings for the Caravan Park and tours/cruises etc can be made at the Natimuk Visitor Centre.
- Canoe the gorge-there are thirteen gorges to discover and what better way to enjoy these natural wonders than from a canoe? The boast cruises are popular; however they can only access the first few gorges, to see them all you need to hop in a canoe. It’s the best way to really escape the tourists in the first few gorges and soak up the serenity. There are canoes for hire and you can enjoy a few hours, a day or overnight camp through the gorges.
- Cruises-These are a very popular option but as stated above they only take you to the first few gorges. They are extremely popular so it’s best to book well in advance. One of the main benefits of a cruise is that they operate all year round, unlike the canoes which don’t operate in the wet season. It’s a great way to see the gorges too if you have limited time and don’t want the exertion of paddling a canoe. There are guides on hand to take you for walks to explain the local flora and fauna.
- Bushwalking and hiking – get out amongst the thick of it and really explore the beauty of this national park on foot. There are over 100km of designated walking trails. There are one to five km hikes for those requiring an easy track, there are full day hikes and for the serious hiker there are overnight hikes too. See stunning valleys, waterfalls, natural swimming holes, soaring rock faces and more.
Litchfield National Park
This stunning national park is located around 100km to the south west of Darwin. For attractions that are more remote towards the south of the park you will definitely require your Darwin 4WD hire. There are plenty of camping locations within the park itself and outside you will find motels and other styles of accommodation too.
Must do things to see and do include:
- 4WD Litchfield Rd to Daly River Rd – you’ll find several creek crossings along this north-south popular 4WD route. There are some stunning waterfalls to see including Tjaynera and Surprise Creek Falls that are accessible by 4WD only and as such are relatively uncrowded. There are some fabulous camping grounds here too.
- Florence Falls- a really spectacular waterfall that has wheelchair access and excellent photo opportunities.
- Bluey Rockhole- great spot featuring a number of cascading plunge pools. Can get very crowded during peak times though. There is a walking track that runs from this point through to Florence Falls that is approx 3km return.
- Magnetic Termite Mounds –a popular tourist attraction that is reminiscent of a graveyard and offers fascinating insight to these insect’s habitat. The termites move with the sun to control the temperature within the mounds and there is a noticeable temperature drop when this occurs.
- The Lost City- this attraction features a natural sandstone formation of pillars, passages and domes that appear to be manmade – giving the impression of a forgotten city. This is an 8km, 4WD only track that gets tricky to access towards the entrance to the formation. It is recommended for experienced drivers only with high clearance vehicles.
- Blyth Homestead Ruins – of huge historical value, this homestead is a terrific example of the pioneer lifestyle of the Northern Territory pastoralists. The remote location meant that the pioneers had to be self sufficient and the simple architecture represents the style of home common during the pastoralist/mining era.
Australian Aviation Heritage Centre
Well worth a visit as it is one of the best aviation museums in Australia. Get up close and personal to a B52 bomber (one of the only two on display outside the USA), check out the jet fighters and Australian Navy Wessex helicopter.
East Point Reserve and Lake Alexander
Great spot to take the family- swim in the river, enjoy a BBQ, take in the scenic views and visit the military museum.
Casuarina Coastal Reserve
Picturesque area of stunning beaches, shady trees and soaring coastal cliffs. Lots of birdlife and marine animals in the rock pools to see, cycling path, walking tracks and BBQ area.
A fantastic fish feeding sanctuary that is a natural occurring phenomenon at Doctor’s Gully. Perfect for visitors of every age.
Darwin 4WD rentals are the only way to go when you want to discover Australia’s Top End. Contact us today for a free quote or to make a booking.