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Right now with border restrictions in place, we are all dreaming of our next holiday, and for the ultimate adventure, many are planning their future driving holidays. Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia have the most direct access for a Darwin road trip and once borders are open we welcome all travelers from every state.

7 reasons to consider a Darwin Road Trip Itinerary

The Northern Territory has some of the most iconic sights to see in Australia including Kakadu, Litchfield Park, and our own amazing city of Darwin. Driving to and around Darwin is a great option, especially if you want to avoid those Eastern seaboard crowds. What are our top 7 reasons for a self-drive trip to or from Darwin?

  1. No Traffic – Once those borders are open, every man woman, and their dog are literally planning a road trip somewhere. The Darwin and NT have big open roads and your trip will be more enjoyable than on a congested highway in the busier states.
  2. Wartime History – all along the track to Darwin you will discover the history of when World War II came to Australia in 1942. on your drive, you can discover heritage sites including ammunition bunkers, airfields, oil storage tunnels, explosives stores, and watch towers. Further details can be found here.
  3. Authentic Wildlife – there is no need to go to a Zoo when you drive to Darwin as you will see wildlife all along the track including kangaroos, buffaloes, dingoes, and an abundance of birdlife and crocodiles at the Kakadu and Adelaide rivers. However, if you do want to go to a wildlife park we have a number of fabulous facilities here including Crocodylus Park and Territory Wildlife Park. We can help you to book all of your tours if required.
  4. Aboriginal Culture – nowhere else in the world will you experience the spirituality of the oldest civilization on Earth. From rock paintings to art and cultural experiences, the Territory is one of the few places in the world to discover this.
  5. National Parks – sure, every state has them, but they don’t have Kakadu or Litchfield Park, with glorious waterfalls, swimming holes, and magnetic anthills. Very accessible on your drive to or from Darwin, we can help find the best accommodation or glamping experiences to these destinations.
  6. Foodie Destination – Darwin is one of the top foodie destinations in Australia right now. With an abundance of fresh seafood, unique locally grown Asian produce, and bush tucker, you will always have a great selection of dining options including our famous markets, which are open.
  7. Territorians – what’s a visit without engaging with the locals? On your travels, you will find the locals, friendly, welcoming, and genuinely wanting to help you enjoy your trip to Darwin. No more so than at our hotel, which is locally owned and operated. We welcome you to experience this old-style hospitality for your stay in Darwin.

Driving to Darwin NT – Road Trip ideas

If you are driving from interstate to Darwin, this is your opportunity to experience some of the greatest road trips in Australia.

  1. Explorers Way, so named after the explorer who blazed the trail for the Overland Telegraph Australia in 1860, this route takes you on an epic 3,000km road trip from Darwin to Adelaide via Katherine, Tennant Creek, the Devils Marbles, Uluru, Cooper Pedy, and more.
  2. Savannah Way – this classic road trip goes from Cairns to Broome via Katherine. Take a detour from Katherine on your drive up to Darwin to experience our cosmopolitan and tropical vibe.Full details for all Northern Territory driving itineraries can be found here.

Driving from Darwin – shorter itineraries

  1. Do the Greater Litchfield Loop – taking in the Adelaide River, Litchfield National Park, and Dundee Beach.
  2. Take the Arnhem way from Darwin to Katherine, stopping off overnight to enjoy the beautiful Nitmiluk Gorge and extend through Arnhem land to Nhulunby.
  3. Nature’s Way, is an easy road trip from Darwin and a very magical one. You will encounter Kakadu, Katherine, and Adelaide Rivers with teeming wildlife and the option to extend to the Litchfield loop.

Campervan & 4WD hire Darwin

For those who do not want to drive the long distances from interstate to Darwin, why not fly to Darwin and pick up a campervan hire? We have some great companies here including offering specials on Darwin to Darwin loops.
Try Britz or Thrifty (which is locally owned). Our hotel offers free parking for guests.

Campervan Parking Darwin

Of course, just because you are traveling via campervan, doesn’t mean you don’t need the occasional pampering of stay in a hotel. Ramada Suites Zen Quarter offers free campervan parking in Darwin for all guests staying with us. Free hotel parking is also available in Darwin for caravans and 4wds. After a big road trip to Darwin or before you set out, stay with us at Zen and enjoy our self-contained rooms, showers, and infinity pool.

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November through to March are the best months to appreciate storm watching in Darwin. And perfectly situated to watch those storms roll in across the harbour is from various vantage points at Ramada Suites Zen Quarter.

To fully appreciate the beauty of the storms throughout the days we thoroughly recommend booking a two-bedroom apartment. All of these apartments overlook Darwin Harbour and you can witness the changing colouring off the skies as the storms roll across the harbour right in front of your eyes. To book a two-bedroom for storm season Click here to check availability. Many guests choose to stay with us each year in these apartments to enjoy and photograph the storms.

Also a favourite amongst storm watchers visiting Darwin is our Rooftop Lounge on level 16, which offers panoramic 360-degree views across Darwin City, Harbour and Suburbs. Sip on a cocktail or tap beer as you watch the storms form and lightning crackle in the distance.

Ramada Suites Zen Quarter and the Zen Rooftop Lounge are must-visit locations for those who enjoy the beauty of the Darwin Wet Season and we look forward to welcoming you to our hotel.

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For the seventh year running the Million Dollar Fish Competition is running in the Top End and with over $2 million dollars to be won by simply fishing, it’s time to plan your trip and book your fishing accommodation in Darwin. There is one $1 million dollar fish and 100 $10,000 fish to be caught.

To enter the Million Dollar Fish competition is really simple, just sign up to the website and register your entry. The competition season runs from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022. Then start fishing at any of the great locations in the Top End.

This year there are more chances to win with a staggering EIGHT red-tagged barra worth $1 million each swimming around Northern Territory waterways. That means there are EIGHT times the chance to reel in the biggest catch of your life – the Season 7 Million Dollar Fish, plus the Million Dollar Fish from all the previous seasons. Once any one of the seven Million Dollar Fish is caught, the remaining seven revert to $10,000 value.

There are further prizes with an additional 100 red-tagged barra worth $10,000 each.

So where to fish?

There are 5 main regions in the Top End perfect for fishing stretching from Milikapiti in the Tiwi Islands to Borroloola. The barramundi could be in any of these areas as the 132 fish were tagged and released at multiple locations across the Top End.

The regions for fishing for the Million Dollar fish according to the Tourism NT site are

There are 5 main regions in the Top End perfect for fishing stretching from Milikapiti in the Tiwi Islands to Borroloola. The barramundi could be in any of these areas as the 132 fish were tagged and released at multiple locations across the Top End.

The regions for fishing for the Million Dollar fish according to the Tourism NT site are:


Including  Darwin Harbour, Shady Camp, Dundee Beach and Daly River. These areas are all within driving distance of Darwin, and the Daly River had many tagged barramundi caught in that region in previous years.


Yellow Water and East Alligator River are the main fishing areas here. Yellow Waters is a beautiful location with a lot of birdlife.

Arnhem Land

The main fishing locations in Arnhem land are Groote Eylandt, Cobourg, Maningrida, Ramingingung and Nhulunbuy

Tiwi Islands

Milikapiti and Bathurst Island.


South of Katherine are the Victoria River, Roper River, and Borroloola

When you come to Darwin for the Million Dollar Fish competition, staying at Ramada Suites Zen Quarter as your base will guarantee you a comfortable experience.

We have one and two-bedroom apartments – along with large family suites which can sleep up to six mates comfortably. Fishing tours can be organized from our tour desk, so that you have the best chance of catching a fish, with local guides.

Coming back to Ramada Suites Zen Quarter after a long day of fishing, you will enjoy our 28-meter infinity swimming pool and cool air-conditioned rooms. Additionally, if you bring in your catch to Horizen Cafe, our licensed restaurant – we can cook up your catch for you for a fee. Another consideration is all our rooms have washing machines and dryers so that your fishing attire can be washed immediately. Everyone loves fish face but not fish clothes so much?

To book your fishing accommodation in Darwin for the Million Dollar Fish Competition just click here for the best available rates.