Darwin Weather Guide

Tropical Darwin experiences distinct wet and dry seasons where the average maximum temperature is remarkably similar all year round. The coolest months are June and July when the daily temperature may dip down to 14 degrees Celsius but very rarely lower. Climatically speaking, Darwin has more in common with Manila than Sydney – that’s the tropics for you!

Season and Clothing

Wet Season: October to April

The wet season equals tropical cyclones and monsoonal rains. The most extreme cyclone to ever hit Darwin was Cyclone Tracy, which left the city devastated on Christmas Day in 1974, thankfully the city is yet to experience another so severe. The majority of rainfall occurs between December and March when thunderstorms are common and humidity averages over 70 percent. The steamiest month of the year is November, just before the onset of the major rainy season. Due to the rain, there aren’t many festivals around during this time, however the waterfalls are full, the billabongs are green and just because it's called the wet season doesn't mean it’s wet all day every day. Besides, watching the night sky light up during an electrical storm has to be one of the greatest free shows on Earth.

Average temperatures: 25 – 32 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Short and t-shirts, lightweight summer clothes.
Don’t forget: A hat, SPF 50+ sunscreen, umbrella and a raincoat.

Dry Season: May to September

The dry season is the optimal time to visit Darwin. The city experiences ideal weather during these months with clear blue skies, balmy nights and warm days. Pick your dates wisely as the beginning and the end of the season experiences the hottest temperatures. BASSINTHEGRASS music festival has been going strong for over a decade bringing the hottest music acts to town every mid to late May. The Darwin Beer Can Regatta, held every August since 1974, celebrates the city's love affair with beer as contestants race boats made exclusively of beer cans.

Average temperatures: 20 – 30 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Shorts and t-shirts, clothes for layering.
Don’t forget: A hat, SPF 50+ sunscreen and a light jacket for possible crisp mornings.