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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:

TL;DR: When is the best time to visit Darwin?

When is the overall best time to visit Darwin?

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.

When is the best time to visit Darwin, weather-wise?

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.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Darwin and Top End?

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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