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Best Weekend Road Trips from Darwin: Explore Australia’s Top End

The Northern Territory is full of culture, endless experiences, and vast landscapes as far as the eye can see. With so many options and roads in all directions, we have narrowed down the most sought out places to visit for your road trip at the top end of Australia.

Before you begin to plan your trip, ensure you check weather conditions as it is known to flood during the wet season (November – April). If you’re planning on travelling long distances, pack extra supplies and take note to how far you are from your next stop. Preparing accordingly will help you ensure you make the most out of your trip without having to worry!

For the ultimate weekend of adventure, hire a campervan in Darwin and hit to road towards nature. With a campervan rental, you can sleep under the stars amongst nature and you won’t have to worry about packing a tent or camping gear!

Darwin Weekend Road Trips

Darwin to Kakadu

A road trip is all about the journey, not the destination, right? Sealed roads allow for an easy trip with many sights and attractions close to the main road along the way. This trip can be completed in under 2 hours, but why not take your time and check out a few sights along the way? One of your first stops is near Humpty Doo where you will find numerous mango plantations! Further along you will come across large Termite mounds and even a crocodile cruise.


Once you reach Kakadu National Park, you will begin to realise just how enormous it is. To experience the culture-rich terrain, swimming spots, and wildlife, we recommend spending 3-4 days here.

Campsites are allocated to first come first serve basis. Before heading in, contact Bowali Visitor Centre to check on vacancies.


Darwin to Berry Springs

A perfect day trip from Darwin is to Berry Springs. A short 45-minute drive from Darwin leaves you able to spend most your day at the springs. Aside from the beautiful native flora, you can even spot some native aquatic life while swimming! If you are a bird lover, you can also spot some natives hiding about in the trees above. There are plenty of bushwalks and even more picnic spots to form the perfect ingredients for a day in nature.


Nature’s Way Drive

If you’re limited on time and just want to explore as much as you can, the Natures Way Drive could be the way to go. It’s a 460km loop drive where you start and finish in Darwin. This drive takes you through Kakadu and Nitmiluk National parks. You will weave your way through stunning landscapes while having many opportunities for bush walks or swimming stops. Make sure you visit the Katherine Hot Springs along the way!

There are plenty of pit stops along the way including camping grounds to break up the drive. If you aren’t wanting to stay in a National Park overnight, there are plenty either side of the National parks.


Darwin to Nitmiluk National Park

Nitmiluk National Park is a 3-hour drive South East of Darwin. It consists of 13 impressive gorges carved from the ancient sandstone country, that stretch as far as the eye can see. This park allows for canoeing, lots of Insta-worthy gorge shots, and has multiple natural swimming holes to cool off after an action-packed day. To really experience the serenity of this National park, we recommend following the track to Sweetwater Pool which is a secluded swimming hole where the waters mimic the sky in a spectacular display.

The National Park also offers multiple camping grounds if you wish to stay overnight. We recommend the Nitmiluk camping and caravan park located only minutes away from the start of the gorge system.

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These are only a few of the top places to visit while adventuring in the NT. The best time to head to Darwin is between May to October during the dry season.

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Travel restrictions are opening up! We are all itching to get out of the house and to get back with nature…

Travellers Autobarn is offering special long weekend discounts to support our community during these challenging times. Please note – our normal rates are already reflected of the Covid19 situation – so there has never been cheaper way to explore Australia in a campervan!

  • DISCOUNT: 10%
  • BOOKING DATE: Now to 31st of July 2020
  • PICK-UP DATE: Now to 31st of August 2020
  • MINIMUM HIRE: 5 days
  • MAXIMUM HIRE: 10 days (discount only applies for rentals between 5 to 10 days)
  • CAMPERS: Chubby Camper, Kuga Campervan or Hi5 Campervan
  • DEPOSIT: A deposit of $500 will be charged of your credit card 14 days before your pick-up date; we will not charge your credit card any earlier; in case where your total amount is less than $500 we will charge the full amount 14 days before your pick-up date.
  • CANCELLATION FEE: No fee will be charged up to 14 days before your pick-up date; if you decide to cancel within 14 days our cancellation fee is $500 (which is your deposit). HOWEVER – in such case the $500 will be converted into a credit note which you can use in the future with us in Australia, New Zealand or USA and has NO EXPIRY DATE
  • HOW TO BOOK: Online via our website – please enter the promo code WEEKEND. This special is only available for online bookings and can not be combined with any other special or promotion!

Looking to explore other areas? Check out our Best Australian Weekend Road Trip Guide here….


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