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Northern Territory Guide


Known as the ‘Never Never’, Australia’s Northern Territory is the county’s final frontier. The territory contains some of the world’s most important natural attractions, including Kakadu National Park and Uluru, best explored with car rental in Northern Territory. Darwin is the largest city and capital of the Northern Territory. Alice Springs is the next most populated city and gateway into the red centre.

Hiring a Vehicle

Hertz, Thrifty, and Budget are a small selection of companies offering car rentals and have offices at the main airport and in Darwin city. This is the most practical and affordable way to explore the natural landscape that this region has to offer. Before heading to the Northern Territory, compare car hire over the internet to arrange the best deals possible.

Transport Options

Darwin International Airport is the main airport serving the territory, although there are plenty of other regional airfields located throughout the region, including one in Alice Springs. The Ghan is a train service that connects Darwin to Adelaide, passing through cities like Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. The Stuart Highway is the busiest road through the ‘Never Never’.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Northern Territory

Speed limits along parts of the Stuart Highway are 130kph, which is the highest in Australia. Most landmarks in the Northern Territory can be reached along a paved highway, but some parts of the region can only be accessed via dirt roads. Therefore, car hire in Northern Territory is popular for four-wheel drive vehicles. The wet season cuts access to roads in the northern reaches. Drivers should make sure they have extra fuel and be wary of the huge road trains on many of the roads

Not to be Missed!

Explore Kakadu National Park, one of the world’s finest wetland areas. The endless Aboriginal rock art in the reserve is simply stunning. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is home to the world’s largest rock monolith Uluru (Ayers Rock), the mysterious Olgas and laid-back Yulara township. Close to Katherine is Elsye National Park, which contains amazing thermal pools.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Visit the Northern Territory in the months of March or April, but be aware that sometimes abnormally heavy wet seasons mean that conditions at this time can still be less than ideal. Temperatures in the northern tropics hang around 30°C at this time, and the recently completed wet season sparks new life across the region. Avoid visiting between December and February, as humidity and rainfall are high. In addition, some areas and many roads in the territory are inaccessible during the wet season.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Australian dollar
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    100 - 130 km/h
  • Language

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

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