Whether you're planning an off-road adventure, a relaxing campervan holiday or a weekend fishing trip, it's easy to do it yourself and hire a vehicle suited to Territory terrain. There are plenty of hire options available across the Territory, including cars, 4WDs, bicycles, motorhomes, boats, and even canoes.
Vehicle hire: cars, 4WDs, campervans, motorhomes
Locally run car-hire businesses with expert regional knowledge operate out of Darwin, Alice Springs and other regional centres, as do major national vehicle hire companies such as Britz, Europcar, Hertz and Budget. Hire companies offer a broad range of vehicles to suit your holiday needs, including automatic and manual cars, 4WDs, campervans, motorhomes and minibuses – some even include camping equipment. Vehicles can be booked in advance or on arrival, and pick-up from airports, train stations and accommodation can be arranged. A creditcard is usually required for vehicle-hire.
Before hiring a vehicle, check licensing requirements and read the insurance fine print closely as restrictions can apply to off-road travel, driving after dark, and to younger drivers.
Road and mountain bikes are available for hire at outlets in Alice Springs and Darwin, and at selected attractions and accommodation. Hire usually includes helmets and maps.
Boat and canoe hire
If you're looking to take a rod and reel out on the water, fishing boats – including the Territory classic, the 'tinny' – are available for hire in Darwin for Top End fishing trips. In Katherine, swap the outboard for paddle power and hire a canoe to explore the splendour of Nitmiluk Gorge. For the truly intrepid (and fit), overnight canoe hire is available for multi-day canoeing and camping trips.