While flying into Darwin from some of the country’s capital cities is a breeze, there are several jaw-droppingly scenic road trips to be considered if you’re visiting from the northern ends of Queensland and Western Australia. First and foremost, direct from capital city flights depart Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, and you can also fly direct from Alice Springs and Cairns.
Fancy the longer way round? Popular road trips include the 2600-kilometre journey along the eastern section of Savannah Way to Darwin from Cairns, plus the 2000-kilometre drive between Broome and Darwin along the western half of Savannah Way where you’ll rip right through the Kimberley.
Getting into Darwin quickly is an obvious choice but if you’ve got time on your side, road-tripping will provide glimpses into adorable townships, dips in stunning hot springs, national park hopping and further soul-stirring moments.
Best time to visit Darwin
While the wet season between November and April is renowned for its high humidity and ample rain, it is an indisputably magical time to see Darwin. Referred to as the city’s Tropical Summer, this period invites greener-than-ever national parks, overflowing waterfalls, astonishing lightning storms and even more natural wonders. The dry season runs from May to October and brings on long, warm days which sparks their own perks including outdoor events and sunset markets, resulting in more tourists. Whichever you pick, sensational sights come on tap.
Car hire in Darwin
If you’re staying in the city, public transport will get you mostly anywhere you want to be in Darwin. Securing your own set of wheels, however, is going to help you explore the city’s fascinating outskirts and surrounding hot spots with ease. As a bonus, it’s going to provide you with instant shelter if one of Darwin’s infamous storms suddenly strikes. The big guns including Europcar, AVIS, Hertz and Budget can all be found at Darwin Airport and many of them have outposts in the CBD along the Esplanade, Mitchell Street and Smith Street.