Often called the gateway to the Top End – Northern Territory region of Australia, Darwin is a combination of a bustling city and a laid back beach town. It is also home to some of the biggest crocodiles on the planet and a melting pot of cultures and culinary choices. Darwin has a dry season from April – September and a wet season from October – March. If you visit during the dry season, the temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius and humidity levels are relatively much lower than the rest of the year. This is a much better time to plan outdoor activities and explorations. If you visit during the late monsoon months from January – March, lush green landscapes, occasional afternoon thunderstorms, and fewer visitors are the highlights of that period. However from mid-October to late December, Darwin weather is extremely humid and most tourists find it a less pleasant time to visit.
The cheapest month to fly to Darwin from Australia is in May. Flight prices, which tend to average around $379, are often lower during this time because this is during the off-season. If you are unable to visit Darwin during the month of May, then departing from Australia during the month March is also very affordable. Most momondo users find prices during this month for around $396.
You are more likely to see cheaper flights to Darwin from Australia when booking 60 days ahead of your departure date. In general, you can expect to find flights to Darwin for around $456 when searching 60 days out. Keep in mind that you might be able to find cheaper flights to Darwin at any time. In fact, our users found flights for as low as $166 in the past 72 hours.
The cheapest day to depart on your flight to Darwin is on a Thursday when prices can be found for as low as $449. This is often the case because there is less demand to fly during this day of the week. If your travel schedule is flexible, try to avoid departing on a Saturday because tickets tend to average around $515. These prices are subject to change though, so be sure to set up a Price Alert for flights to Darwin.
Flying to Darwin from Australia in the evening is the least expensive time of day to depart. momondo users have found prices as low as $442 when looking at flights departing in the evening. At midday is when there is more demand to fly to Darwin, so prices are often more expensive at around $556 per ticket.
Visitors planning their holidays in Darwin should book their flights for May, June, or July if they are planning on visiting Mindil Beach.
Direct domestic flights from various Australian cities to Darwin are available through Qantas Airways, Jetstar Airways, Fly Tiwi, Virgin Australia, Air North and Tigerair. Other airlines that also fly to Darwin include Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Philippine Airlines and Indonesia Air Asia.
Darwin International Airport is located in Eaton, 13 kilometres from the Darwin Central Business District (CBD). There are several options to travel from DRW to the Downtown Darwin.
Several companies operate meter-based taxis right outside the terminal. You can expect to pay between $25.00 AUD – $30.00 AUD plus a $3.00 AUD surcharge for a trip from the airport to Darwin CBD district.
Darwin City Airport Shuttle Service provides a 24 X 7 service from the airport to all city hotels and accommodations in Darwin CBD. You can pre-book this service via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling on 08 8947 3979. Prices start at $18.00 AUD for a one-way ride.
Buses / Charter
If you are travelling as a large group, Several companies such as Buslink, Coach Charters Australia, Grand Touring Coaches and Greyhound Australia provide a private bus or coach charter service from the airport to Darwin CBD.
The car rental counters are located at the Arrivals hall on the ground floor. You can also look for some great deals on car rentals with momondo.
You can get around Darwin city by renting your own vehicle or by using the coach services, public buses, or taxis. Buses operate 7 days a week and bus interchanges are located in Darwin City, Casuarina and Palmerston. You can use one of the major coach companies to travel between the urban and regional centres om comfortable air conditioned coaches. Routes, fares, and schedules vary by each operator and is best confirmed at the respective companies’ websites or with the visitor information centres. Taxis can be booked online or by phone or they can be hailed directly on the street. Flag Fall is typically at $4.40 AUD and subsequent rate is $1.54 AUD per kilometre with a waiting charge of $0.92 AUD per minute. However these rates may vary for different taxi companies. With a flat terrain and several bike paths, cycling is also a popular mode of transit in Darwin.
Darwin has more restaurants per head (of the population) than any other Australian city so there are plenty of options to enjoy a drink or a meal. Try some of the restaurants or cafes around Darwin Wharf Precinct, Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Cullen Bay Marina or the Nightcliff Jetty.