Best time to visit Darwin

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Darwin may always be hot — daytime temperatures hit the 30s year round — but you can choose between sun-baked and soaked. Do like most and visit during the dry season from May to October when the skies are enchantingly blue. Or, if you chase good deals and want to see the waterfalls cascading at their highest flow rate, come during the wet season between November and April.

May – October (dry season)

May through October is the peak travel season in Darwin, characterised by sunny days and an upbeat vibe. Now the city brims with energy, best displayed at flavourful Mindil Beach Sunset Market, which draws big crowds with its wide array of stalls selling all from food and drinks to arts and crafts on Thursdays and Sundays.

Should you decide to visit during this period, book your accommodation as soon as you can. Although Darwin hotels recognise the appeal of the dry and charge premiums (sometimes as steep as Jim Jim Falls), they regularly sell out.

November – April (wet season)

If you don’t let the signature high humidity, heavy rains or frequent storms deter you, the wet season can be a beautiful time to visit Darwin. Embrace the absence of tourist hordes as you tour the city centre, relax in the waterfront precinct and marvel at cascading waterfalls and rivers filling up in the great national parks, including Litchfield and Kakadu.

While Mindil Beach Sunset Market is in hibernation, less touristy Parap Village Markets — 10 minutes’ ride from the CBD — braves the weather and runs every Saturday morning year round. Make your way over to savour yummy tastes of Asia and Australia and stock up on the fresh produce of the season.

Average weather in Darwin

MonthHigh (°C)Low (°C)Rain (mm)Wet days
January322543119
February322537218
March322531017
April33241027
May3222202
June312020
July311910
August322050
September3323162
October3325705
November332514210
December332525514
Source: Bureau of Meteorology.

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