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Is Darwin good for a weekend trip?
Visitors with flights from Tauranga to Darwin can easily fill a weekend with a range of exciting activities, but only if you don’t want to venture far from the city. If you want to see more of the region surrounding Darwin, then you should book tickets to Darwin from Tauranga for a longer stay. This’ll give you a chance to explore incredible places such as Kakadu National Park, the Yellow Water Wetlands, and much more. However, if you’re planning a weekend trip, the city's compact size makes it possible to see most of the top attractions within two days.
- Darwin Waterfront. The Darwin Waterfront is home to some of the best places to eat in the city, such as Cullen Bay café, not to mention some spectacular sunsets.
- Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Despite what you might think, Mindil Beach is only 3 kilometres from the CBD, so if you are staying in the city centre, you can be sampling food at the famous stalls in Mindil in less than 10 minutes if you travel by car.
- The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. The museum is home to incredible Aboriginal art and various other artefacts ideal for history enthusiasts with flights to Darwin from Tauranga.
- Darwin’s Wave Lagoon. This crocodile-free wave pool is located alongside the Darwin Waterfront. A great place to visit for families with flights from Tauranga to Darwin, the kids can paddle, swim, and have fun jumping into the man-made waves in one of the most popular areas of the city.
- Darwin Festival. Held in August, the Darwin Festival is an eighteen-day event featuring musicians, actors and artists from around the world. Many of the events are outdoors so you’ll be able to enjoy the city’s warm, balmy evenings.
- Darwin Street Art Festival. Art and culture lovers with Tauranga to Darwin flights ought to visit the city in June when the Darwin Street Art Festival takes place.
- Darwin Botanical Gardens. The George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens are conveniently located right next to Mindil Beach, making them another great spot for visitors with only a couple of days in the city to explore.
- WWII tunnels. Underneath Darwin Waterfront are some incredibly well-preserved tunnels from WWII. If you want to, you can walk through the tunnels, which feature interesting information about Darwin’s role and involvement in WWII.
Should I visit Darwin in winter?
Visiting between May and October
Darwin is one of the best places in Australia to visit during the Southern Hemisphere’s winter. That’s because it’s not really winter in a traditional sense. Thanks to Darwin’s northern geographical location, the city experiences tropical weather, so winter is actually better known as the dry season. If you book flights anytime between May and October, you’ll find yourself in Darwin during the dry season. That means no rain, beautiful warm days and balmy evenings. It’s one of the few cities in Australia to experience such stunning weather at this time of year, which means it’s very popular with tourists from all over the world. If you book Tauranga to Darwin flights well in advance though, you may still be able to get tickets at affordable prices.
Visiting between November and April
For cheap flights to Darwin from Tauranga, your best bet is to visit during the city’s wet season. Don’t be put off by the prospect of rain though; many people’s favourite time of year in Darwin is right in the middle of the wet season. Not only are the best cafes and restaurants less crowded, the mornings are still often warm and sunny, with rain more likely to occur in the afternoon. If you want to experience the city’s spectacular lightning storms, the wet season is guaranteed to deliver as well. The longest hours of daylight are in December, so you can plan plenty of evening activities. Keep in mind that humidity is high, so you’ll need to stay hydrated and plan some indoor activities, such as visits to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Parliament House.
Transport options from Darwin Airport
Darwin Airport (DRW) is 11.4 kilometres from the city centre so all transportation options are relatively quick. Depending on your preference, there are several ways to get from Darwin Airport to the city.
Buslink buses can transport you into the centre of Darwin and cost between $3 and $7AUD ($3.22 to $7.50NZD) per person one-way. The bus takes approximately 60 to 90 minutes and departs from a stop that’s a 10 minute walk from the Darwin Airport terminal. Children under five years old can travel on Buslink buses for free.
Darwin Airport Shuttle Service
The Darwin Airport Shuttle Service can take you to and from Darwin Airport. It operates seven days a week and at all times of the day, making it a convenient option for late arrival or early morning Tauranga to Darwin flights. To use the shuttle service, you can book in advance or at the Darwin Airport Shuttle Service desk in the airport.
Taxi or Rideshare
For around $25 to $30AUD ($26 to $32NZD), you can get a taxi into Darwin’s city centre. The taxi stand is just outside the arrivals hall of the airport. Alternatively, you may want to hire a rental car – this can also be found just outside the airport – especially if you want to explore outside the city.