Cheap Flights to Darwin

Darwin overview

When to fly:

Peak Season:

The dry season - April/May through September/October - is when most travellers book flights to Darwin. Travellers and locals can enjoy one of the most popular racing events in the Australian horse racing calendar, The Darwin Cup. The Northern Territory sees over 20,000 attendees gather each year to experience, not only eight fun-filled days of high quality racing, but also to enjoy top end hospitality, activities and entertainment.  The middle of the dry season is particularly busy. This is when schools are out and families holiday in the region. Expect large crowds during the last two and a half weeks of August, as Darwin sees more than 100,000 people flock to get involved in the Darwin Festival. The festival was introduced to celebrate the states unique identity through an array of vibrant arts and cultural events that are performed outdoors in the Botanical Gardens. Residents and guests can enjoy an 18-day programme of theatre, music, dances, visual arts, workshops, film and comedy.

Off Season:

January, February and March are, in general, the off-peak season. This is the wettest time of the year and there's also a good chance of cyclones and floods. However, many consider this the best time to book flights to Darwin. With the rains, the earth bursts into life. Flowers and plants bloom, animals mate and rivers fill up and run off onto teeming waterfalls.

Destination overview:

Darwin is Australia's fastest-growing capital city and one with the youngest population. Its history of frontierism, gold prospecting and war (it was a major military base for troops fighting the war in the Pacific) gives it a unique cultural heritage. Today, more than 50 nationalities share an easy-going lifestyle in this cosmopolitan city. 

Darwin might just be the ultimate budget-break destination. There is so much about Darwin that's not about spending money. Getting a flight to Darwin during the wet season means you can watch as nature puts on its own show. Watching the sky turn indigo and storms roll in over the harbour, basking under the flaming gold skies at sunset, oohing at the spectacular lightning shows or aahing at the sound frogs croaking late into the night - all are wonderful and free. 

It's also an excellent base to explore the nearby World Heritage-listed lands - Kakadu National Park, Litchfield and Nitmiluk National Parks, the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land. 

Darwin has its fair share of cultural offerings. The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory tells the story of the region in five major permanent galleries while the historic Fannie Bay Gaol and Lyons Cottage are well worth a visit.

The city's greatest sights are provided by nature however. There are lots of tours devoted to the menacing crocodiles and Crocosaurus Cove, in the middle of the city, allows visitors to get as close as they like to the sharp-toothed reptiles. There's even a Cage of Death.

But strolling through the Mindil Beach markets (last Thursday in April until the last Thursday in October) and seeing the sun set over the ocean are reason enough to take flights to Darwin.

Which Airlines operate flights to Darwin?

Tiger Air, Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia and Air North all offer cheap flights to Darwin. Flights to Darwin are usually available from all major Australian cities, several Northern Territory towns and International locations such as Bali, Dili, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Manila. International airlines such as Philippine Airlines also offer flights to Darwin. 

Darwin climate

Heat and humidity are the defining characteristics of this part of the Northern Territory's tropical climate. The average year-round temperature is 32 degrees. There are two seasons. The dry season runs from April/May to September/October and has warm, sunny days and cool nights. The wet season starts at the end of the year and gets wetter and wetter - the months of January, February and March are when most rain falls.Getting from the Airport to the CityThere are several car rental companies represented at Darwin International (DRW). A Shuttle Bus travels between the airport and hotels in Darwin city. Bus/coach charters are also available. Travellers who have stepped off their flights to Darwin can pick up a taxi from the taxi rank in front of the Terminal building.

Getting around Darwin

It has often been said that Darwin is the only capital city in the country where you can cross the main street blindfolded at any time of the day. Visitors who have arrived in Darwin will discover that much of it is small enough to walk or bike around. Driving around is easy too. The layout is simple, traffic is generally light and parking is plentiful. There is a tourist bus called the Tour Tub that stops off at Darwin's ten major destinations including Fannie Bay Gaol, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Indo Pacific Marine and the Australian Pearling Exhibition. Public bus is reliable, comprehensive and affordable.

Darwin insider information

Things to do in Darwin

  • Darwin Crocodile Farm is close to the city. It's Australia's largest crocodile farm with 36,000 animals. Snowy, the world's largest albino crocodile in captivity, calls it home. After you've seen the crocs you could ... eat one. There's a kiosk at the farm that sells delicious burgers.
  • Markets? Darwin has several; perfect places to pick up a souvenir or a snack. Nightcliff Market in the Nightcliff Shopping Centre is on Sundays between 8am and 2pm. The Rapid Creek Sunday Market is Darwin's oldest market and operates every Sunday. The Parap Village Market (at Parap Village Shopping Precinct off Parap Road) is on every Saturday between 8am and 2pm. Most attractive of all, the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets take place every Thursday and Sunday evening during the dry season (May to October). Bring your own tables, chairs and alcohol and sample cuisine from more than 20 countries. Entertainment is provided by the busking musicians, tarot card readers and street performers.
  • If you are planning on taking flights to Darwin during the dry season leave a night free to watch a movie. Deckchair Cinema is Darwin's independent cinema and it takes place under the stars between April and November. Choose a seat from 250 deckchairs and 100 straight-backed seats. Bringing an extra cushion or two will make your evening even more comfortable.
  • Feed the fish at Doctors Gully, close to the Esplanade. Milkfish, mullet, catfish, bream and batfish will tickle your fingers as they take bread from your hand.

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How much do things cost in Darwin?

3 course meal for 2
$ 104.00
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 6.75
$ 4.81
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 9.00
Large bottle of water
$ 4.75
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 9.50
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 6.33
How much does transport cost in Darwin?
1 km taxi journey
$ 1
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 4
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 2
1 hour taxi waiting fee
$ 51

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