A 4WD camper is a perfect way to explore the Northern Territory. Several Darwin campervan hire companies offer 4x4 camper rentals. Use our comparison tool to check prices and availability.
Not all vehicles may be available. Use the search tool to check availability in your travel dates.
Generally, rental campers may only be driven on sealed bitumen roads. Different restrictions may apply for 4WD vehicles, depending on the rental supplier. Despite being in the outback, many of the roads around the Northern Territory and Darwin are well maintained and sealed.
It should be noted that even with these restrictions, many of the popular tourist attractions are still accessible. The Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and the road to Alice Springs all have access via well-maintained sealed roads.
For 4WD vehicles, a daily mileage allowance usually applies (around 300 km), thereafter additional fees will apply.
The comparison tool will show you which vehicles have unlimited kilometres and which have restricted mileage. Consult the rental agreement of the supplier for further details.
Some 4WD campers are equipped with a roof tent and self-inflating sleeping mats. This means that the vehicle doesn't have sleeping space inside. Instead, a tent is mounted on top of the campervan, which then can be set up for overnight camping.
For example the Britz Safari 4WD Camper (based on a Toyota Landcruiser) is mounted with a double-bed rooftop tent. The tent also has an annex with space for up to three more persons.
Other 4x4 campervan rental models have a pop up roof (pop-top campers) allowing for beds to located within the motorhome itself.
Generally, 4WD vehicles can only be driven on recognised sealed tracks.
Exceptions can be made for some areas, however, permission is usually required in advance especially for any off-road areas.
In addition to unsealed roads, companies may restrict certain roads or trails with a reputation for being rough or rugged. If you take your vehicle into an area that is restricted you will be liable for all damages and in some cases will also have to pay a fine.
If unsure about a certain area, it’s best to contact the rental company in advance.
Note: policies vary from supplier to supplier. Always check the T&Cs for your rental.