Best time to visit Darwin and Top End
Discover the most pleasant time to visit Darwin and Top End and indulge in activities that the area has to offer.
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We compared the weather conditions, crowds and peak season for the best months to visit Darwin and Top End. Here is our find:
Latest Darwin and Top End travel deals
Flight Centre - Domestic
Up to 50% off flights within Australia
Available on flights until September 2021 to select destinations including Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Broome, Alice Springs, Kangaroo Island, Darwin, Hobart, Townsville and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 30% off Tasmania flights
Available on flights from July 2021 - March 2022. Destinations include Launceston, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Darwin, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.
Jetstar sale: Australia-wide flights from $32 each way
Available on flights from April - September 2021 to Launceston, Gold Coast, Hobart, Adelaide, Whitsundays, Townsville, Hamilton Island, Darwin, Uluru and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Adelaide. T&Cs apply.
Up to 50% off: Qantas flights from $70 each way
Available on flights from April - September 2021 to destinations including Sydney, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Launceston, Canberra, Darwin, Broome, Perth and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Launceston.
Up to 50% off domestic flights with Qantas
Available on flights from April - September 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Launceston, Hobart, Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.
Campervan hire from $5/day
Available on select routes, dates and locations in Australia, including Darwin, Alice Springs, Cairns and Brisbane, and New Zealand.
Up to 15% off Apollo Motorhomes rentals with code
Available on one-way rentals to Northern Territory from 12 July - 17 December 2021. Pick up locations include Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. T&Cs apply.
Extra $10 off Northern Territory activities with code
Available on select dates and activities include sightseeing tours, zoo and wildlife experience, spas, sailings, hot air balloon flights and scenic flights. Minimum spend of $300 required. T&Cs apply.
Australia-wide flights from $79 each way
Available on flights from 13 July 2021 - 31 March 2022 to Melbourne, Launceston, Gold Coast, Canberra, Darwin, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Newcastle, Hobart, Adelaide and more. Sample fare is Ballina-Sydney. T&Cs apply.
Extra 10% off Darwin tours
Available on select activities when you use the code. Plus get free cancellation and pay later options. T&Cs apply.
Up to 15% off + $99 deposits on Australia adventures
Available on select travel dates until 2022. Destinations include Melbourne, Perth, Rottnest Island, Cairns, Darwin, Sydney, Byron Bay, Uluru, Canberra, Jindabyne and more.
Up to 10% off flights
Available on select travel dates until December 2022. Must be booked 7 days prior to departure. Destinations include Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Broome, Darwin and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 33% off Australia stays + free cancellations
Available on select travel dates to Broome, Mackay, Launceston, Darwin, Perth, Cairns, Sydney, Gold Coast and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 50% off Australia flights
Available on select travel dates 30 September 2021 with Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Rex and Fly Pelican. Destinations include Sydney, Cairns, Brome, Hamilton Island, Hobart, Launceston, Perth, Darwin and more. T&Cs apply.
Australia stays from $28 per night
Available on select stay dates until December 2021 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Darwin, Canberra and more. Sample rate is for a stay at Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort in Cairns.
Perth flights from $179 each way
Available on flights until March 2022 departing from Adelaide, Cairns, Melbourne, Darwin and more. Sample fare departs from Kalgoorlie.
Up to 25% off Australia tours
Available on select travel dates in 2021 and 2022 to Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, Uluru, Darwin, Hobart and more.
Oaks Hotels & Resorts
Up to 15% off stays in Australia and New Zealand
Available on select stay dates in 2021 when you stay a minimum of 2 nights. Destinations include Gold Coast, Darwin, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Wellington and more.
Up to 20% off Darwin stays
Plus get free cancellation on select hotels on stays until December 2021.
Up to 61% off Australia getaways
Available on select travel dates in 2021. Destinations include Canberra, Sydney, Hunter Valley, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Darwin, Adelaide, Perth and more.
Up to $600 off per couple for guided holidays and inspiring journeys
Available for travel from 1 April 2021 - 31 March 2022 across Australia and New Zealand, including Uluru, Darwin, Cairns, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Auckland, Queenstown and more. T&Cs apply.
Free cancellations on bookings
Available on activities including sightseeing tours, lunch and dinner cruises, snorkeling experiences and more. Destinations include Cairns, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Darwin, Perth, Melbourne, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 60% off Darwin stays
Available on Express Deals on stays until December 2021.
Up to 10% off things to do in Darwin
Available on select travel dates in 2021. Activities include hop-on hop-off tours, sightseeing cruises and croc experiences. T&Cs apply.
5% off advance bookings
Available on rentals until 31 March 2022 across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Darwin, Cairns, Broome and more. Minimum of 180 days advance booking. T&Cs apply.
Up to 65% off Darwin getaways
Available on select travel dates. Includes free breakfast, free cancellation on select properties and more.
Domestic flights from $46 each way
Available on select flight until 30 September 2021 with Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Rex. Destinations include Gold Coast, Sydney, Darwin, Launceston, Broome, Sydney, Perth and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Launceston. T&Cs apply.
Enterprise Rent a Car
Darwin International Airport car hire from US$38
Available on select rental dates. T&Cs apply.
Gift It Now
Up to 20% off experiences
Valid on select experiences and activities like skydiving, scenic helicopter flights, kayaking, whale watching and more. Destinations include Sydney, Byron, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Darwin and Perth. T&Cs apply.
Up to $200 off per couple on short break trips
Available for travel from 1 April 2021 - 31 March 2022 in the Northern Territory including Uluru, lice springs and Darwin. T&Cs apply.
Up to 10% off + flexible bookings on Australia hotels
Available on select travel dates. Destinations include Hobart, Darwin, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and more. T&Cs apply.
Darwin stays from $50 per night
Available on select stay dates. Sample stay is in Woodroffe. T&Cs apply.
Up to 50% off 2nd room
Available on select stay dates in 2020 and 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin and more. T&Cs apply.
Big Bus Tours
Up to 20% off Big Bus tours
Available on select dates and tours in Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Darwin, Dubai, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, Miami, Muscat, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Rome, San Francisco, Sydney, Vienna and Washington DC. T&Cs apply.
Darwin scenic helicopter flights from $399
Available on select travel dates. Sample rate is for a 30-minute flight over Darwin City and harbour. T&Cs apply.
Darwin stays from $118 per night
Available on stays until December 2021. Sample rate is for a stay at Mercure Darwin Airport Resort.
Get $15 Uber Eats credit for $5
Available for new users of the Uber Eats app. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.
Darwin car hires from $38 per day
Available on rentals until December 2021 with Europcar, Budget, Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Enterprise and more.
Australia hotels from $37 per night
Available on select travel dates to Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Darwin, Perth and more. Sample fare is for a stay in Sydney. T&Cs apply.
Darwin stays from $61/night
Available on select stay dates. Sample accommodation is at Darwin Hostel. T&Cs apply.
Mid-June to mid-September has clear skies with low humidity and minimal rainfall, resulting in a pleasant climate.
This period, especially September, is perfect for birdwatching, as around one-third of the Australian bird species assembles in one place.
You'll also be able to catch Darwin Festival, which lasts for 18 days in August and features a host of events like concerts, visual art displays and family friendly activities.
July and August see next-to-no rainfall, have the lowest humidity and the coolest temperatures in the year. Expect dry weather, hovering around the 25-27 degree mark.
If you're planning on exploring the nearby national parks of Kakadu and Litchfield, the dry season is the best time to visit as well because it means more parts of the park are accessible and more swimming holes are open - including some under picturesque waterfalls.
The cheapest times to visit Darwin are during the wet season, from November to March. Temperatures, humidity and rainfall is at it's peak during these times, but there are benefits to travelling to Darwin during these months too. From all the rain, waterfalls in the area are a sight to behold, the landscapes are more lush and the sunsets put on colourful shows each evening.
Best time to visit Darwin and Top End for…
- Outdoor activities: There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous sports and outdoor activities in the Top End. These activities are best enjoyed in winter (May to July) when the humidity and temperature are comfortable.
- Kakadu National Park: Visiting Kakadu during the wet months poses the risk of flooding while the iconic waterfalls lose their charm in dry months due to reduced rainfall. Therefore, the perfect time to visit the park is the transition period in May which combines the best of both seasons.
- Alice Springs: Considering the hot climate of Alice Springs, winter is an obvious choice to go there – but winters are packed with tourists. April then may be better due to its comfortable temperatures, fewer crowds and a bit of greenery.
- Birdwatching: As rainfall reduces and water sources start shrinking by the end of dry season, millions of birds flock around the scattered water sources of Top End. This makes September and October perfect months for birdwatching.
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