7 Day Road Trip Around Darwin, NT

You’ve always wanted to visit the Northern Territory, that far-flung destination that many Aussies never end up visiting. Maybe you only have a week for your trip and because there’s a lot to see and do, you need to make a plan. So, get set for a big adventure and read on for our guide to seven days around the NT!

Day 1: Darwin

Start your Northern Territory adventure off right by picking up your reserved vehicle from Territory Car Hire. Our up-to-date cars are primed for up to 250 kilometres of exploration per day and a no hassle, full tank of fuel policy!

Then, start your journey in Darwin by exploring the waterfront. This vibrant and bustling area offers many sights and sounds for you to take in. Activities include:

  • A bite to eat at one of Darwin’s many unique restaurants
  • The Northern Territory Museum and Art Gallery

Whether you’re a foodie, history buff or just looking for a fun day out, Darwin has something to offer everyone.

Day 2: Daly River

Located just a short drive from Darwin, Daly River is a popular destination for fishing and swimming. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just looking for a peaceful spot to relax, the river offers ample opportunities to cast a line and try your hand. If you’re feeling more adventurous, take a swim in the refreshing waters. And, if you’re interested in wildlife, be sure to visit the nearby nature reserve, where you can see a variety of animals in their natural habitats.

Day 3: Mary River Wetlands

This unique ecosystem is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including saltwater crocodiles, bird species and various mammals. Visitors can take a scenic cruise through the wetlands to see the wildlife up close.

Day 4: Kakadu National Park

This World Heritage site is known for its diverse landscapes and unique rock formations. The park offers a range of activities to suit every interest and activity level:


  • Take a scenic drive and admire the stunning scenery
  • Go on a guided tour to learn about the local flora and fauna
  • Participate in a range of outdoor activities, such as fishing, birdwatching, or bushwalking

Kakadu National Park is a unique and breathtaking destination that should not be missed.

Day 5: Arnhem Land

Next, drive out to Arnhem Land, a must-visit destination for those interested in Indigenous culture and natural beauty. There are many ways to experience this beautiful country including:


  • A guided tour to learn about the local culture
  • Visit rock art sites
  • Experience the unique flora and fauna of the area


Arnhem Land is also home to several national parks, including Kakadu, providing opportunities for outdoor activities such as fishing, birdwatching and bushwalking.

Day 6: Katherine

A popular destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers, Katherine is home to the breathtaking Katherine Gorge and Nitmiluk National Park. Here you’ll find opportunities for outdoor activities such as fishing, canoeing and bushwalking.


Katherine Gorge, with its dramatic cliffs and crystal-clear waters, is one of the most picturesque destinations in the region.


Nitmiluk National Park, meanwhile, is home to a range of wildlife and diverse landscapes, from dry savannas to lush rainforests, making it a must-visit destination for those interested in nature and outdoor activities.

Day 7: Mataranka Thermal Springs

End your road trip by taking a refreshing swim in the Mataranka Thermal Springs—a natural wonder and a popular destination for those visiting the Northern Territory. The warm and crystal-clear waters of the thermal springs offer a relaxing and rejuvenating experience for visitors, making them a perfect place to unwind and soak up the tropical climate

Territory Car Hire

Ready to hit the road and embark on your own 7-day road trip around Darwin, NT? Book your rental car with Territory Car Hire today and enjoy a hassle-free journey filled with breathtaking landscapes, fascinating cultures and unforgettable experiences. Reserve your car online now and buckle up for your big adventure!

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