5 things to do during wet season in Darwin

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 12/11/2023

Reading time: 3 mins

Visit Darwin during the off-peak season and experience some of the best thunderstorms in Australia. 

Darwin experiences only two seasons in the year, the wet and the dry season. As you can imagine, the wet season experiences a lot of rain while the dry season is dry and gets no rain. The wet season is Darwin’s version of summer and happens between November and April.

Even though there is a lot of rain around this time of year, there are plenty of things you can do while visiting the Territory.

1. Crocosaurus Cove

No visit to Darwin is completed without seeing at least one crocodile and at Crocosaurus Cove you will guarantee to see a few! You can hold crocodiles and other reptiles, experience the Cage of Death, feed some fish, and so much more.

2. Parap Markets

While Mindil Beach Market is out of action during the wet season, Parap Markets will run all year round regardless of the weather. Every Saturday from the morning to the early afternoon, Parap Markets are bustling with fresh food and market stalls.

3. Check out the waterfalls

Darwin has some incredible scenic waterfalls across the national parks. In both Litchfield and Kakadu, there are beautiful waterfalls that you can see from scenic flights. The best part is these waterfalls look best during the wet season with the heavy rainfall!

The scenic flights in Litchfield will take you around to see Wangi Falls, Tolmer Falls, Buley Rockhole, and Florence Falls. While in Kakadu you’ll go above Twin Falls and Jim Jim Falls.

4. Discover Darwin’s WWII oil tunnels

The tunnels are over 80 years old and are part of Darwin’s history after Japan bombed Darwin in 1942 during World War II. During the war, the Civil Construction Corps made the Oil Storage Tunnels to protect Darwin’s oil supply from the Japanese.

You can visit the oil tunnels yourself in Darwin near the Darwin Waterfront Lagoon.

5. Go to the waterpark

Leanyer Waterpark and Palmerston Waterpark have big waterslides, pools, and water playgrounds, perfect for the whole family. There is also the thrilling Wave Pool to enjoy in Darwin’s Waterfront Precinct.

If there is lightning with a storm, you’ll be instructed to jump out of the water for a bit until it passes.

Another way to see more of Darwin is on the Darwin City tour! You’ll be taken around the city and sightsee the tropical town.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.