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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.

We compared the weather conditions, crowds and peak season for the best months to visit Darwin and Top End. Here is our find:

Best time to visit Darwin and Top End

Mid-June to mid-September.

Why?

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.


Overview

The Top End has a tropical climate resulting in higher humidity and rainfall than most parts of Australia. The climate is mainly categorised as dry season and wet season.

The wet season (October–April) is characterised by hot and humid weather with the presence of occasional cyclones and flash floods. On the other hand, dry season has pleasant weather which reflects in the high tourist activity in the region.

Weather and prices

Best time to visit Darwin and Top End, weather-wise: Mid-June to mid-September has relatively dry and cool weather, unlike the hot and sticky weather in other months.

Cheapest time to visit Darwin and Top End: Since there are fewer tourists in the wet season, November to April is the cheapest time to visit Darwin and Top End.

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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