The capital of Australia’s Northern Territory is fast becoming a popular holiday destination for its rugged, untamed landscape and array of native wildlife. The dry season (April/May through to September/October) is when most travellers book cheap flights to Darwin. July and August are particularly busy periods with school holidays and a number of annual events taking place. Book flight tickets well in advance if you’re planning on travelling to Darwin during this time. A popular event in on the annual calendar is The Darwin Cup, a fun-horse racing event held over eight days starting from the first Monday in August. The last two weeks of August is when the Darwin Festival is held, attracting over 100,000 people so expect flights to Darwin to be subject to price hikes.
Darwin’s wet season is January, February and March, but for many it’s the best time to book flights to Darwin since there are fewer tourists and prices are cheaper. However, expect torrential rain, high humidity and the possibility of flash floods and cyclones.
Book cheap flights to Darwin just before the start of the winter season so you can enjoy warm but not too hot weather. Daytime temps in winter range between 20C and 29C and this is also the best time for day tours to Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge. These destinations are off-limits in the wet months and aren’t at their best at the end of the dry season.
Flights from Sydney to Darwin – 4 hrs 40 mins
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin – 4 hrs 32 mins
Flights from Brisbane to Darwin – 4 hrs 7 mins
Flights from Adelaide to Darwin – 3 hrs 36 mins
Flights from Perth to Darwin – 3 hrs 25 mins
Darwin is easily reached from any of Australia’s major cities, with Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tigerair, Jetstar and Virgin Australia all operating direct flights to Darwin. Darwin Airport services both domestic and international flights, with the most popular international destinations from Darwin being Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Darwin International Airport (DRW) is located 13km from the city centre. Once you are off your flight there is an air-conditioned airport shuttle bus which departs from the front of the terminal and runs between the airport and city accommodation. Taxis are situated in the taxi rank in front of the terminal building, the trip costs between $25 to $30 with an additional $3 airport toll.