Cheap Flights to Darwin

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When is the best time to fly to Darwin?

Peak season

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.

Off Season

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.

When is the best time to book a flight to Darwin?

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.

How long is the flight to Darwin?

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

Which airlines operate flights to Darwin?

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.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

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.  

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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. Many people also fly to Darwin to take part in the Darwin festival which takes place in August.
  • 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.

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3 course meal for 2
$ 80.22
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 8.52
Cheap meal
$ 22.56
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 8.02
Large bottle of water
$ 1.10
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 5.52
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 3.90
How much does transport cost in Darwin?
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 4
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 3
1 km taxi journey
$ 2
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 1

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