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Campervan and car hire costs

Sydney, Australia
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Campervan and car hire costs

Interested in the rental costs as campervans with all the additional extras seem to work out very expensive......Are we better off with a 4WD?

Plan to spend two weeks travelling from Darwin back again.

If we don’t hire a campervan,are there nice cabins in any of the campgrounds?

Are there any good deals out there for van rentals?

Thank you.

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1. Re: Campervan and car hire costs

It is hard to give good/specific advise without knowing where exactly you plan to go.

Sydney, Australia
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2. Re: Campervan and car hire costs

The “typical” tourist route including Kakadu, Katherine, Litchfield etc.

Thanks for your reply.

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3. Re: Campervan and car hire costs

Yes there are some nice cabins, which you need to prebook.

Katherine- Big 4 Lower Level is a massive shady park site with a good on site bistro. The cabins are self catering too or some glamp tents. This is my pick

Shady Lane also has cabins which are newish and raised - self catering.

Nitmiluk at the gorge has cabins but older.

Kakadu - try Kakadu Lodge ( pool and bistro) or Anbinik both in Jabiru. Or Cooinda Lodge at Cooinda. ( pool and bistro.)

Litchfield Tourist Park

Mataranka - I have stayed at Territory Manor( dont get too excited) bistro and cabins are ok- clean. There are three other places- soe near Bitter Springs as well - but cant comment on those

As you have two weeks, also maybe consider a night or two at Mary River Wilderness

or

Wildman

Darwin- dont stay at a caravan park- there are many hotels and serviced apartments around town or Parap - depends on your budget. Stay in town as the van parks are very busy.

I would also prebook cabins.

4wd ? Well that doesnt help you with accommodation as none of the places you get into with 4wd have acco at the other end other than the tents you bring.

I suggest that you get a 2wd or Rav or similar and you can access pretty much all you need to.

In Kakadu you can do a 4wd tour that takes you to Jim Jim or Arnhen Land that needs 4wd. Basically you would only be using your 4wd to access Jim Jim and Gunlom - the rest of the time its all sealed roads.

There are a few tracks in Litchfield that are good for 4wd and access to some falls, but you can see enough other stuff to easily miss these out.

There are also Tiwi island day trips, or a trip to Territory Wildlife park as well. Out the Berry Springs way you can stay at Tumbling Waters

Sydney, Australia
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4. Re: Campervan and car hire costs

Thank you once again.

You are a wonderful source of information and it is really appreciated.

Who would you recommend renting from where there are no km restrictions and we can drive reduce the excess to $0 without it costing too much?

Darwin, Australia
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5. Re: Campervan and car hire costs

https:/…car-4wd-campervanhire

https://www.ntstandby.com.au/

try these two. I think someone did a comparison of unlimited and limited and the costs may have come out similar...

Map out your expected kms and do a price compare.

Just a note on the cabins- all are decent accomodation levels- we are not talking luxury or shiny new- that's kind of what the Territory is really.

Sydney, Australia
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6. Re: Campervan and car hire costs

Thanks for the car info...will check.

Apart from cabins are there any "reasonably priced" hotels etc in the main areas we plan to go to??

Darwin, Australia
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7. Re: Campervan and car hire costs

What is your measure of reasonably priced ? It is peak season and prices will be commensurate with that If travelling in July - after school goes back may be a bit cheaper and more availability.

Mercure Croc HOtel in Jabiru

Cooinda has motel rooms or cabins

That's it for Kakadu

Litchfield has not hotels -only a few camp grounds and what was suggested above

Katherine has a few hotels/ motels. I like the Beagle- its not flash but clean and well run with great managers. There is an Ibis , Pine Tree motel and a few others- just do a trip advisor search or look at booking.com for pricing on your dates.

Sydney, Australia
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8. Re: Campervan and car hire costs

Thanks for that.

What can you recommend with cafes and/or restaurants?

We eat fish and vegetarian?

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