Best time to visit the Northern Territory | Weather, price and activities
From Darwin and Kakadu to Alice Springs and Uluru, check out when you should go based on weather, price and activities.
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As one of Australia's northernmost states, the Northern Territory is prone to hot and wet weather. Considering a trip? Before you book, get wind of when's the best time of the year to go to suit your ideal itinerary.
When is the best time to visit the Northern Territory?
Wherever you're headed in the NT, the winter months of June, August and September offer warm weather with low humidity across the territory.
Those wishing to visit the Top End of the territory, including Darwin, should avoid travelling between November and April as this is cyclone season. It's also the summer months which welcome sweltering heat and average highs of 35℃.
Cheapest time to fly to the Northern Territory
For budget travellers, the summer season from December to February is the cheapest time to visit. Fair warning though – while fares are low, the temperatures and rainfall run high.
Northern Territory travel deals to save you a bundle:
Qantas Airways: Domestic flights from $113 each way
Available on select dates until December 2020 to Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Brisbane, Cairns and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Gold Coast. T&Cs apply.
Up to 38% off Australia attractions and experiences
Available on select travel dates in Sydney, Gold Coast, Cairns, Darwin, Canberra, Melbourne and more. Attractions include SEA LIFE Aquarium Sydney, Sydney Featherdale Wildlife Park, Madame Tussauds and Eureka Skydeck. T&Cs apply.
Extra $10 off site-wide with code
Valid on all dates, including over Christmas, on activities like skydiving, quad biking, bridge climbing, canyoning, hot air ballooning, helicopter scenic flights, abseiling, scuba diving, cruises, high tea and more. Destinations include Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and more. Minimum spend of $80 required. T&Cs apply.
Extra 10% off Australia activities with code
Valid on all dates on activities like skydiving, bridge climbing, canyoning, hot air ballooning, helicopter scenic flights, abseiling, cruises, tours, high tea and more. Minimum spend of $100 applies. Destinations include Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 30% off Australia stays
Available on select stays until 30 June 2021. Destinations include Darwin, Sydney, Brisbane, Gladstone, Townsville, Adelaide, Glenelg 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.
Darwin stays from $22/night
Available on select stay dates. Sample stay is at Humpty Doo Hostel. T&Cs apply.
Up to 15% off Australia tours
Available on select 2020 and 2021 dates for trips to Byron Bay, Uluru, Perth, Whitsundays, Melbourne, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 15% off Australia tours
Available on select dates in 2021 and 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Broome, Uluru and more. T&Cs apply.
Australia flights from $98 return
Available on flights until January 2021, including over Christmas and New Year's Eve. Destinations include Hobart, Perth, Darwin, Gold Coast, Uluru, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Launceston with Jetstar.
Australia-wide flights from $79 with Jetstar
Available on flights until June 2021, including over Christmas and New Year's Eve. Destinations include Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Townsville and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Ballina. Plus get 1 free date change on flights until 15 December 2020. T&Cs apply.
Get a chance to win a free getaway for 2 on stays
Accor members must simply register, book, and stay on select hotels between October 2020 - February 2021 to get a chance to win a getaway. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru, Port Douglas and Barossa. T&Cs apply.
Singapore flights from $612 return
Available for travel from 1 February - 31 August 2021 with Singapore Airlines. Sample fare departs from Darwin. T&Cs apply.
Up to $4,076 off 6-day all-inclusive luxury air tour
Available on select travel dates 20 March - 18 October 2021. Package includes private charter flights between Adelaide, Gawler Ranges, Coober Pedy and Uluru, accommodation, meals, return airport transfers and much more. T&Cs apply.
Darwin stays from $89 per night
Available on select stay dates. Sample rate is for a stay at Darwin City Hotel. T&Cs apply.
Up to 22% off Western Australia outback experience with flights
Available on select dates from April - September 2021 for 2 persons. Includes return airfare, return charter flights from Darwin or Kununurra Airport to Faraway Bay, stay at Faraway Bay, meals and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 10% off things to do in Darwin
Available on select travel dates. Activities include tours, sightseeing cruises and croc experiences. T&Cs apply.
Up to 10% off things to do in Uluru
Available on select travel dates. Activities include tours and segway experiences. T&Cs apply.
Up to $301 off 5-day Kakadu tour
Available on select dates from May - October 2021. Destinations include Katherine, Darwin and Kakadu. T&Cs apply.
Up to $684 off 15-day Australia outback adventure
Available for travel from April - September 2021. Destinations include Adelaide, Port Augusta, Alice Springs, Uluru, Katherine, Darwin and more. T&Cs apply.
Australia stays from $95/night + Extra 10% off members
Available on stays up until 13 months from the booking date. Destinations include Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Uluru and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 30% off Australia tropical getaways
Available on stays until 30 June 2021. Destinations include Darwin, Port Douglas, Cairns and Broome. T&Cs apply.
Save up to $251 on holidays with flights to the NT
Starting from just $446 per person for travel November 2020 - March 2021, book a light and hotel together to Darwin or Alice Springs to save. Sample price is a 3-night break w/flights from Melbourne.
Red Centre guided holidays: Get 10% off + low $99 deposits
Experience the best of the outback at Uluru, ride the Ghan and explore Kings Canyon at a discount by locking in a Red Centre guided adventure with AAT Kings for travel April 2021 - March 2022. Plus, pay just a $99 deposit to secure your trip.
Ultimate Croc Experience: Save 20% ot Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin
Save on entry until 30 April 2021, VIP tours (including a croc feeding and baby crocodile handing area) or the ultimate 'Cage of Death' experience at Darwin's famous Crocosaurus Cove.
Up to 25% off Australia Christmas and New Year's Eve tours
Available on tours from December 2020 - December 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Uluru, Cairns, Melbourne, Blue Mountains, Great Ocean Road, Canberra and more. T&Cs apply.
Darwin stays from $109/night
Available on stays until 31 May 2021 at Mantra Pandanas. Includes car parking, Wi-Fi and late check-out. T&Cs apply.
Up to 30% off Australia and New Zealand tours
Available on select dates until December 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Cairns, Adelaide, Darwin, Byron Bay, Christchurch, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.
Newcastle flights from $311 return
Available on flights until December 2020. Sample fare departs from Adelaide with Jetstar. Other flights depart from Cairns, Ballina, Darwin and Brisbane.
Up to 10% off Darwin Big Bus tours
Available on select dates. T&Cs apply.
Australia stays from $24/night
Available on select stay dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Darwin, Canberra and more. Sample rate is for a stay at Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort in Cairns. T&Cs apply.
Up to 20% off Oaks Hotels and Resorts across Australia
Available from 17 August 2020 - 30 June 2021 when you stay for 2 nights. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Darwin, Townsville and more.
Up to 10% off Darwin hop-on hop-off bus tour
Available on select dates until 31 December 2020. T&Cs apply.
Up to 10% off Big Bus tours
Valid on select 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.
Up to 25% off Darwin stays + Extra 8% off
Available on select hotels and stay dates until June 2021. T&Cs apply.
Up to 10% off + $99 deposit on early bookings
Available on select tours from 1 April 2021 - 31 March 2022. Destinations include Uluru, Perth, Darwin, Hobart, Auckland and more. Plus $99 deposit valid on tours fro 1 April - 31 October 2021. T&Cs apply.
Australia hot air balloon experience from $259
Available on select 2020 dates in Hunter Valley, Alice Springs, Byron Bay, Cairns, Melbourne and more.
Up to 20% off experiences
Valid on select experiences and activities like skydiving, scenic helicopter flight, kayaking, whale watching and more. Destinations include Sydney, Byron, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Darwin and Perth. T&Cs apply.
Up to 60% off Darwin hotels
Available on select 2020 dates. T&Cs apply.
Darwin stays from $55/night
Available on select 2020 dates. Sample accommodation is at Down Under Hostels. T&Cs apply.
Dry and arid are terms that are synonymous with the Northern Territory. Its northern half, which includes Darwin and Kakadu, experiences weather similar to those in the tropics with dry, warm winters and wet, humid summers.
Its southern half, which includes Uluru and Alice Springs, sees more distinct seasons. Here, the summers are hot and dry, springs and autumns are warm and winters can get bitterly cold in the evening.
Autumn, winter and spring are peak seasons across the territory.
Summer is the low season due to the high temperatures and humidity.
Sunset Camel Ride
Alice Springs Hot Air Ballooning
Swim With Crocodiles in the Cage Of Death and Cove Entry
Best time to visit the Northern Territory for...
- Visiting Darwin: Mid-June to mid-September is the overall best time to see the territory's capital. The weather is cool, the skies are clear and there are a number of activities to experience, such as Darwin Festival.
- Hiking: Winter outdoor exploration across the state is best during winter when the weather is in its low 20s and there's little rainfall. However, if you're seeking to camp we recommend visiting in spring or autumn as winter night temperatures can drop to the single digits.
- Festivals: Art and cultural activities predominantly run August to October and give you a chance to immerse yourself in the local culture, traditions and music. Darwin Festival is in August, BASSINTHEGRASS in Darwin is in October and Parrtjima in Alice Springs is in September.
- Hiking through Uluru and Kata-Tjuta National Park: Make your trip to the Red Centre between May and September for temperatures that won't see you break a sweat. Well, not a heavy one anyway. Many of the hiking trails in this National Park are exposed so hiking in the coolest temperatures possible is ideal. Either way, you should bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water when out and about. To stay on budget, avoid the July school holidays as this is a peak period when the region is well received by tourists and locals alike.
- The Field of Light: This light illumination runs year-round at Uluru. There's no poor time to see it; however, if you visit during December you can catch a special Opera Australia performance amongst the lights. Details here.
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