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a VirtualTourist member from Bribie Island asked on Aug 19, 2016


Car rental for Litchfield

Hi we are 2 fir well travelled seniors - on a budget. Tour prices seem a bit expensive for us so we have hired a well priced rental car Hyundai i20. Does this seem an OK car for our self drive to Litchfield. Presumably all of the roads including in the park are sealed. Thanks. Margaret

3 Answers

answered on 8/19/16 by
a VT member from Canberra

Hi Margaret,
Good decision to drive yourself.
Short answer to your Question is Yes you will be fine with ordinary car ( non 4wd)
All the sites tourists typically go to ( on a day trip) do not need a 4wd .. Florence, buely, wangi, magnetic mounds and more. Its a number of years since I been there (lived in Darwin) but it seems that all these are via sealed roads now as opposed to gravel roads which are fine on normal car though some hire companies are iffy about people driving on any gravel.
There is a map here that you should have a look at ..
[original link]
This is a lovely park... Enjoy

answered on 8/20/16 by
a VT member from Bribie Island


answered on 8/20/16 by
a VT member from Melbourne

Wabat is correct (as usual) and yes it is a good park - better some say (including me) than the fabled Kakadu. It is about an hour south of Darwin along a good road to Batchelor - then the road (sealed) is sort of OK. Once inside the park most of the 'good stuff' is close to the main road through the park. Sadly with a rental car you can't do a loop back to Darwin as it is an unsealed road for about 40 km and usually rental cars are not allowed onto unsealed roads - check with the rental car company.

Might be worth checking to see if you need a park pass to enter Litchfield.

You may be interested in reading my write up in 2 parts on Litchfield (also Darwin) at [original VT link]

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