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Cheap flights to Darwin, Australia

Popular in January High demand for flights, 4% potential price rise
Cheapest in July Best time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop
Average price $1,340 Average for round-trip flights in December 2020
Round-trip from $1,486 From New York to Darwin
Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.

Can I fly to Darwin right now?

There are currently restrictions on flights to Darwin along with the rest of Australia. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Entry restrictions

Australia has restricted the entry of all travelers, with the exception of Australian nationals and permanent residents and their immediate family members, New Zealand nationals residing in Australia, diplomats accredited to Australia and residing in Australia and their immediate family members, and airline crew. Australia has enacted temporary travel restrictions for flights to Melbourne due to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases.

Entry requirements

Travelers who are not Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members need to apply for an exemption to enter Australia.

Quarantine requirements

All international travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days at the first point of entry, unless they're granted an exemption upon request. Quarantines take place in state-designated facilities and fees depend on the state, ranging from $2500 for one adult in the Northern Territory to $3000 for one adult in New South Wales. International flights are currently being diverted away from Victoria. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next scheduled flight. For more information on quarantine rules in the Australian states, check the following websites: New South Wales, The Northern Territory, Western Australia.

Transiting rules

Foreign nationals may transit through Australia if the connecting flight is within 72 hours of the arriving flight. They must either have a transit visa or be nationals of a visa-exempt country. Transit passengers don’t need to apply for an exemption to travel restrictions if they are booked to depart on a connecting flight from the same airport within 72 hours and they are not going to leave the airport. Travelers who plan to leave the airport before boarding their connecting flight or who will be at the airport for longer than 72 hours need to apply for a travel exemption here and will be subject to quarantine until their departing flight. Travelers from New Zealand and Pacific Islanders may not need a travel exemption. More information on transiting Australia is available here.

All other info

Travelers planning to travel across Australian state borders should note that some Australian states also have domestic travel restrictions, border restrictions, and quarantine requirements in place. In the case of onward travel within Australia, travelers are advised to check in advance with their travel/accommodation provider.

. If you are looking to book a trip to Darwin and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about traveling during COVID-19.

Cheapest Prices for Darwin flights by month

January
$1,810
February
$1,290
March
$955
April
$994
May
$1,107
June
$1,224
July
$1,231
August
$1,251
September
$1,138
October
$1,192
November
$1,282
December
$1,674
Currently, March is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to Darwin. Flying to Darwin in January will prove the most costly. There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

When is the best time to fly to Darwin?

Choose a month below to see average flight price and weather conditions.
NYC - DRW
Price
$955 - $2,006
DRW
Temperature
87.8 - 93.2 °F
DRW
Rainfall
0.04 - 17.01 inches
The best time to fly to Darwin is during February, but great deals can be found at other times. If you are looking for warm weather when you arrive off of your flight to Darwin then October is statistically the hottest. January is historically the period with most rainfall.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Darwin?

The cheapest flights to Darwin are usually found when departing on a Sunday. The departure day with the highest cost at present is Monday.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Darwin?

Darwin flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight in the morning. Booking a flight in the evening will likely mean higher prices.

Darwin is a fast-growing city that is full of history, which 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. Travel to Darwin during the wet season and nature puts on its own show. Watching the sky turn indigo as storms roll in over the harbor, basking under the flaming gold skies at sunset, oohing at the spectacular lightning shows or listening to 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. 

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Darwin climate

For people planning to visit Darwin, heat and humidity are the defining characteristics of this part of the Northern Territory’s tropical climate. The average year-round temperature is 90 F and 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.

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Best Time to Fly to Darwin

Peak Season:

The dry season – April/May through September/October – is when most people visit Darwin. The middle of the dry season is particularly busy. This is when schools are out and families vacation in the region. 

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 hurricanes and floods. However, many consider this the best time to see 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.

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Getting around Darwin

There are several car rental companies represented at Darwin International. A Shuttle Bus travels between the airport and hotels in Darwin city and bus/coach charters are also available. Visitors to Darwin can pick up a taxi from the taxi stand in front of the Terminal building.

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 (however, we don’t recommend trying that). Visitors to Darwin will discover that much of it is small enough to walk or bike around. Driving around Darwin 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.

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Darwin Travel Information

  • Do you enjoy markets? Darwin has several. Markets are the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or a snack. Nightcliff Market in the Nightcliff Shopping Center is open on Sundays along with Rapid Creek Sunday Market, Darwin’s oldest market, and The Parap Village Market. 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 visiting Darwin during the dry season leave a night free to watch a movie. Deckchair Cinema is Darwin’s only 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 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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