A melting pot of diversity, Darwin welcomes tourists from around the globe. Although this city may be small, it is big in history and culture and houses a variety of museums and galleries. Darwin also boasts numerous outdoor entertainments, such as zoos, parks, nature reserves and beaches. As this location is only now blossoming into a tourist hub, flights are still inexpensive most of the year.
Best time to go to Darwin
As dry weather creeps into Darwin, so do the tourists. From June to August the weather is at its best, with warm, bright days and significantly lower humidity. The extraordinarily beautiful weather during this season makes this a great time to explore the many outdoor activities, like browsing the Sunset Markets on Mindil Beach, strolling through the Botanical Garden, or playing in the Darwin Wave Pool.
The shoulder season in Darwin falls from April to May, then again in September. The climate is a bit of a mixed bag during these months ranging from dry and pleasant, to humid and close. Despite the fluctuating weather patterns, the shoulder season is still a great time to visit as inexpensive flights to Darwin are plentiful and crowds are few, leaving you ample space to explore the city in peace.
The months of October through March make up the off season in Darwin. Although this period is considered the wet season, tourists still occasionally gather in the city in order to view the lush greenery and colourful flora that pops up in these months. Cheap flights during the off season are generally easy to find; however, be mindful of the climate, as the wet season is prone to tropical cyclones.
Darwin Airport and transfer information
Darwin International Airport (DRW)
Distance: 13km northeast from city centre
Although it may be a bit pricey for the budget traveller, car rentals are the most convenient method of ground transport. If, however, this is not an option, you can also take a shuttle bus or hire a taxi. One of the most economical options is the local bus service, though this option is not as reliable as others.
Online resources for your travel to Darwin
The City of Darwin's official website provides information on recreation, local attractions and upcoming events.
The Bureau of Meteorology offers both current and future forecasts and weather warnings.