What is the best time of year to go to Darwin?

What is the best time of year to go to Darwin?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 01/11/2021

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Working out the best time to travel to Darwin can be a tough decision.

Luckily, we’ve made a clear guideline for you, listing the weather pros and cons of the two seasons in Darwin, helping you to choose the perfect time to travel depending on your taste!

Darwin’s Wet Season

Darwin Wet Season

The city of Darwin doesn’t have the typical four seasons like many areas of the world. Instead, Australia’s north has only two seasons known as the Wet and Dry. The Wet runs from November until April, comprising of monsoonal rains, tropical lighting storms, and extreme humidity. This may not sound like the best weather for travelling, but this season can guarantee you plenty of greenery, thundering waterfalls, and great swimming weather. The Wet season also brings with it the impressive Top End electrical storms. Simply get inside during these crazy storms and sit down for dinner to watch the natural light show take place. It’s also usually the cheapest time to travel to Darwin. Many travellers opt to avoid the wet season, leading to cheaper prices for accommodation and fewer crowds at top attractions. Travelling during the Wet offers a cheaper and quieter journey through Darwin’s amazing sights!

Dry Season

For the remainder of the months left in Darwin, the city enjoys the Dry season, featuring warm, dry days with clear skies and cool nights. The humidity is at 60% less than the wet season but still hangs about during the day at times. The temperatures reach up to 32 degrees, but the nights can drop significantly to as low as 16 degrees. This time is great for those wanting to explore the outer regions, with barely any rain getting in the way to ruin the fun. The dry season coincides with southern Australia’s winter, so when travelling about the country, it’s best to visit Darwin to avoid any colder winter months that Victoria and South Australia are famous for. Enjoy the bushwalks, waterfall swimming, and many festivals and markets which pop up during this time, making for a truly wondrous visit to Darwin!

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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.