From the lusciousness of Kakadu to the spellbinding barren landscape of Pine Creek…with a Bargain Car Rental deal from Darwin Airport you can experience it all. Darwin is the prime destination for those looking to explore the best of Australian wilderness and setting off on your adventure right out of Darwin Airport an incredible bonus. We have another office in Darwin city centre, so if you wish to see a bit of the city for a day or two, and then pick up your wheels, that’s also a great way to do it.
Car Rental Darwin Airport range of options and services.
How do you know you’re getting the best bargain car rental deal at the Darwin Airport? Because we’ll give you a free quote! Compare first and see for yourself how competitive our prices really are. We boast a fleet of modern 4, 8 and 12-seater vehicle, to satisfy the needs of couples, families and group of friends traveling together. All our cars, vans and minibuses are kept in optimal shape, come in manual and automatic, with a range of size and comforts to suit your needs. We offer great deals on weeklong rentals, crazy prices for small compact cars and add-ons such as nominated 2nd driver.
We offer free pick up and drop off from the airport to our depot, so you can get out and about even faster.
Situated in the suburb of Marrara, just 13 km from Darwin’s city centre, Bargain Car Rentals Darwin Airport is your ticket to exploring the Outback and seeing the best of the Northern Territory. Established in 1940, the airport was originally a base for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Used during World War II by the Allies as a base for the Pacific, the airport hosted military greats such as Spitfires, Hudson Bombers, and Kittyhawks. The union today is still strong, as runways continue to be shared by the RAAF.
Services: There are numerous ATMs, the most convenient of which you’ll find in the arrivals’ hall. You’ll find baby change rooms on the ground and first floors. Wi-Fi is free of charge and available throughout the airport.
Free Shuttle Bus Information
We operate a shuttle service to and from the depot, available within business hours and up to 20 minutes prior to closing.
Pick-up from Darwin Airport Location: After collecting your luggage please call 1300 729 230 and press option 1 to request the shuttle bus service to our near-airport location during the location’s operating hours.
From either the Domestic or International Terminal: Exit the airport terminal and walk across the two roads in front of the terminal. From here, make your way to the open storage locker building located in the short-term car park and our bus will collect you.
The pickup location is in the open storage locker building in the public short term car park.
Drop-off from Darwin Airport Location: Please return the vehicle to our off-site depot located at 1/8 Osgood Drive Eaton NT and we will shuttle you back to the airport terminal, this service does not need to be booked, but is only available within business hours and 20 minutes prior to closing.
Please allow enough time to wait for the shuttle to arrive (approximately 20 min).
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Since 2021 medium and large SUVs are the most popular car’s rented at our Darwin Airport branch. You can check out our full range of Darwin Airport vehicles for hire here.
Yes! We have conveniently have branches in both the Darwin City and at the Darwin Airport.
Craving to savour Darwin’s best festivals?
We’re covering the city’s top shindigs in this handy list. So round up a few mates and hop in a Bargain Car Rental at Darwin Airport to experience these action-packed celebrations in style.
1. Mindel Sunset Market (April to October)
During the dry, this classic Thursday & Sunday market lures scores of travellers and locals to Mindel Beach. A smorgasbord of multicultural food stalls feeds hungry punters while live bands belt out easy-listening tunes. Grab a coldie to watch the west-facing sunset at Mindel Beach.
2. Beer Can Regatta (July)
Around Territory Day, this novel event sees participants race makeshift boats made from beer cans and other recycled containers on Mindel Beach. The eco-conscious event aims to enhance environmental awareness, foster community spirit, and raise funds for local charities. Food (and beer) stalls take care of the catering.
3. Darwin Festival (August)
Stretching over several weeks, the Darwin Festival showcases the city’s thriving arts scene through open-air galleries, musical performances, theatre, and dance. Most events use outdoor venues (think Festival Park or the Darwin Waterfront) to take advantage of the balmy dry season.
4. Darwin Cup Carnival (August)
On the first day of August, Darwinites frock up in their finest threads to watch top jockeys gallop gallant stallions around the Fannie Bay Racecourse. Glamorous outfits and an unpretentious vibe mean you don’t have to be a thoroughbred enthusiast to get in on the action.
5. Royal Darwin Show (July)
One for the travelling families, this classic agricultural show encompasses cuddly livestock, competitions, carnival rides, and stunt shows. The kids will love dipping into a show bag and gawking at the grand finale fireworks.
6. BASSINTHEGRASS (May)
BASSINTHEGRASS showcases big-name international acts and upcoming local talent in the stunning surroundings of Mindel Beach. The annual open-air knees-up spans a broad gamut of genres, from electro to pop and hip-hop to rock.
7. Darwin International Film Festival (September)
For 11 days in September, DIFF displays an eclectic selection of moving-picture works, from documentaries to feature-length dramas and short animations. Films screen at various city locations and highlight both local and international talent.
8. Greek Glenti Festival (dry season)
At the George Brown Botanic Gardens, this lively Hellenic festival celebrates Greek culture through music, food, and dance. Impromptu plate smashing is all but guaranteed.
9. Territory Taste Festival (May)
Foodies mustn’t miss the Territory Taste Festival, an annual food and wine shindig featuring 40 stalls, taste testers, and live cooking presentations. It goes without saying you should come with an empty stomach.
10. Seabreeze Festival (May)
This lively Nightcliff community celebration spans food, music, and art in a breezy seaside setting. True to its name, the family-friendly bonanza stretches across 2km of gorgeous Darwin coastline.
Hankering to hit up a few regional shindigs?
A slew of endearing NT events occurs outside Darwin, from indigenous festivals to fishing competitions.
1. Territory Day
Territorians are a proud bunch. And there’s no better way to witness their love of the land than on Territory Day. Celebratory events take place across the state; expect plenty of fireworks and beer.
2. Barunga Festival (June)
About 80km from Katharine, this famous arts and culture festival celebrates indigenous traditions over a three-day long weekend. Its handy high-season kick-off has made it a popular pit stop on the traveller circuit.
3. The Garma Festival
For a bigger indigenous culture festival, set your GPS for Arnhem Land (you’ll need a 4WD). This vibrant four-day gathering showcases the remote region’s traditional customs through music, song, and dance.
4. Dundee Beach Fishing Competition (Easter)
Avid anglers should cruise to Dundee at Easter for this family-friendly fishing competition. Not planning a wet season adventure? No matter. The fishing-fanatic folks of the NT run comps throughout the year.
5. Kakadu Bird Week (September-October)
Ornithophiles (AKA bird nerds) mustn’t miss this week-long birding festival in Kakadu. Home to a dazzling range of adorable avian species, Kakadu is the perfect venue to tick exotic creatures off your bird life list.
6. Wide Open Space Festival (April or May)
Way down in the Red Centre, Wide Open Spaces is a three-day extravaganza of music, performance, and art. Carefree creative types travel from all corners of the country to experience this epic electro-focused event.
7. Finke Desert Race (June)
One of Australia’s most challenging off-road events, Finke sees dare-devil racers hoon around formidable Red Centre dunes. Fans camp along the rugged route, which runs from Alice Springs to the remote community of Finke.
8. Parrtjima – A Festival in Light (April)
As the name suggests, this brilliant light festival illuminates the rugged landscapes of the majestic MacDonnell Ranges. But there’s more to Parrtjima than lights. Installations, art exhibitions, and live performances celebrate the Red Centre’s rich indigenous heritage.
9. The Alice Springs Camel Races (April)
This quirky annual race sees clumsy camels lumber around a dilapidated dirt racecourse on the southern edge of town. While it’s not as glamorous as the Melbourne Cup, the light-hearted event is a bloody good laugh.