Driving in Darwin
Hiring a vehicle allows you to take the journey at your own pace and stay as little or as long as you'd like at each destination. There are several issues to consider before you embark on your adventure to ensure an enjoyable trip.
To hire a vehicle International Visitors to Australia must have a valid Drivers Licence along with an International Drivers Licence (permit).
As the Northern Territory is a large state with vast distances between towns it is easy to underestimate the time it may take to travel from one place to another. Be prepared for extremely hot conditions and ensure you have sufficient supplies such as plenty of fresh water for your journey.
The speed on the highway is 130kph, however it is important to adjust your speed to the conditions and your driving experience, especially if when the road is wet. Avoid overtaking large trucks (also known as road trains) unless you are sure there is enough room to pass. Always allow at least one kilometre of clear road ahead and do not pass on gravel.
Never attempt to cross flooded bridges or causeways unless you are sure of the depth and any associated road damage. Flash floods usually recede within 24 hours, always wait for flooding to clear before crossing. Check road conditions before departing on your trip as these can change quickly. Also check your insurance terms and conditions as only some ground surfaces are permitted.
Slow down when approaching railway crossings and be sure to stop to check both left and right that the lines are clear before moving your vehicle across the tracks. Not all railway crossings have warning systems for approaching trains and it is mandatory to check both ways are clear before crossing any railway line.
It is Australian law for all passengers to wear their seatbelts at all times while they are in the vehicle, and drivers must not exceed the 0.05% blood alcohol limit. Beware of driver fatigue, stop for a 15 minute break every 2 hours of driving, and avoid driving after dark as wildlife come out at night and often assemble alongside the highway (rental car insurance does not cover driving after dark).