Best known as the wet season, this is when Darwin gets a lot of rain for about six months of the year

Darwin is the Northern Territory’s capital city. The city is known for a lot of crocodiles, warm weathers all year round and cyclones. The wet season, or the rainy season, is when the weather gets a lot hotter, and the rain is more frequent. If you plan to visit Darwin during this time, be prepared for heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, and possible cyclones. This is also known as the Territory’s summer if you’re confused! The average temperature during the day can be anywhere from 30 to 32 degrees Celsius.

When does the wet season start?

The wet season starts from November and finishes around April. You can tell when the wet season is approaching. You start to see the massive rain clouds building up across the city and the humidity gets higher.

When can cyclones or tropical lows hit Darwin?

Cyclones can hit Darwin up to three times during the wet season. It can happen anytime from November to April with larger amounts of rain and wind when one occurs. A tropical low is weaker than a cyclone, but bigger than a storm. They first start building up in the ocean before turning into a cyclone.

What can I do when visiting Darwin during the wet season?

A lot of the outback attractions in the middle Northern Territory are closed during wet season. The attractions become too dangerous to drive through due to flooding. Luckily in Darwin and the surrounding suburbs, the top attractions are still open to visit. You can see Crocosaurus Cove and do the Cage of Death. This is when you are put in clear cage which then gets put in the same water as a saltwater crocodile. Or visit one of the Territory’s wildlife parks, Crocodylus Park. This park has a lot of crocodiles and other wildlife like lions, monkeys, emus and many more.

How much rain happens during the wet season?

When the wet season hits, October doesn’t get a lot of rain. November starts picking up with the rain getting about 142 millimetres. December gets over 100 millimetres more with 252 millimetres! January is known to be Darwin’s wettest month with the average rainfall being about 431 millimetres. Then February with about 369 millimetres of rain. March gets a little less and then the rain starts slowing down in April. But overall, the annual rainfall average is 1727 millimetres.

Rain or not, Darwin is always a great place to visit! When are you coming for a holiday?

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward began with a passion for travel and turned it into a thriving tourism business. He co-founded Sightseeing Tours Australia after starting out as a tour guide in Melbourne. Cameron delights in helping visitors get the most from their trip to Australia. Whether he's leading tours or writing about his favourite places, Cameron loves sharing his local insight with fellow travellers.

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