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Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

How much does it cost to travel to Darwin?

You should plan to spend around $111 (AU$170) per day on your vacation in Darwin. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $37 (AU$57) on meals
  • $12 (AU$18) on local transportation
  • $123 (AU$190) on hotels

A one week trip to Darwin for two people costs, on average, $1,549 (AU$2,387). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Darwin cost?

A one week trip to Darwin usually costs around $774 (AU$1,193) for one person and $1,549 (AU$2,387) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Darwin on average costs around $1,549 (AU$2,387) for one person and $3,097 (AU$4,774) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Darwin will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Darwin on average costs around $3,319 (AU$5,115) for one person and $6,637 (AU$10,230) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Darwin has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Darwin expensive to visit?

Prices in Darwin are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within the Pacific, which is known to be an expensive region, Darwin is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Noosa Heads or Taupo.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Darwin Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Darwin?

The average Darwin trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Darwin travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) AU$190 ($123)
Local Transportation 1 AU$18 ($12)
Food 2 AU$57 ($37)
Entertainment 1 AU$24 ($15)
Alcohol 2 AU$10 - 29 ($6 - 19)
Accommodation Budget in Darwin
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Darwin is $62 (AU$95). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Darwin is $123 (AU$190). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Darwin

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Darwin based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $144. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Darwin
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Darwin is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $12 (AU$18) per person, per day, on local transportation in Darwin.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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What did other people spend on Transportation in Darwin?

Typical prices for Transportation in Darwin are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Darwin, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Shuttle to Train Station

Food Budget in Darwin
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Darwin can vary, the average cost of food in Darwin is $37 (AU$57) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Darwin should cost around $15 (AU$23) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Darwin is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Darwin
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Darwin typically cost an average of $15 (AU$24) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Darwin
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $13 (AU$20) on alcoholic beverages in Darwin per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

What did other people spend on Alcohol in Darwin?

Typical prices for Alcohol in Darwin are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Darwin, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Evening at a Bar
  • Glass of Wine

Darwin On a Budget
Darwin Darwin, Northern Territory (Tourism Australia)
Darwin is a tropical city set against the Timor Sea in north central Australia. It is also the capital city of the Northern Territory. Despite being a relatively small city, Darwin is very diverse with residents from all over the world. The city itself has a very relaxed vibe with plenty to do. Visitors can enjoy everything from traditionally Asian style markets to culturally diverse events such as concerts, festivals or art shows.

Darwin serves as a hub for trips to Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge. Tourism is the largest industry in the city and amenities for tourists are plentiful.

Because Darwin is set in a tropical climate, you'll find it has two seasons, a dry season between May and October, and a wet season between November and April. While rare, the city is occasionally struck by cyclones. Most visitors go to Darwin during the cooler dry season between the months of April and September. Temperatures are typically in the high 80s Fahrenheit and nights are cooler.
Darwin has many sights for visitors including cultural sights, historical landmarks, and natural settings. There are many parks both in and near the city. There are also several great museums and several historical attractions. Check out the suggestions below, or see this 3-day Darwin itinerary for more ideas.

Some of the most popular places to visit in Darwin include the Darwin Wharf Precinct, Fannie Bay Gaol, Burnett House at Myilly Point, and Adelaide River War Cemetery. Also be sure and visit Bicentennial Park, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Lake Alexander, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and Northern Territory Parliament House. There are some truly fascinating natural settings around the city and it's recommended, if you have access to a car, to take some day trips from town and explore the nearby parks and reserves. After all, much of the appeal of Australia is the country's unique environment and nature.
Darwin can be separated into the central business district and the newer northern suburbs. The central business district is bounded by Daly Street to the northwest, McMinn Street to the northeast, Mitchell Street to the southwest and Bennett Street to the southeast. Within the central business district, Stokes Hill wharf waterfront area has been the focus of much redevelopment. The city's industrial areas are along Stuart Highway toward Palmerston. Casuarina Square is the shopping precinct. Expensive residential areas are along the coast and include Larrakeyah and Brinkin.

Popular parks and nature areas near Darwin include Berry Springs Nature Park, Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Aquascene, Crocodylus Park, and the Territory Wildlife Park. Because Darwin is a gateway to the Northern Territory, many people also use it as a base to explore Kakadu National Park, Katherine, Litchfield National Park, and Tiwi Islands. In fact, all of these nearby destinations are on the list of the top 5 must do attractions in Darwin.

Because of the area's great multicultural heritage, there are some really wonderful markets where you can buy some locally made handicrafts. This is a great city to pick up some aboriginal souvenirs or one-of-a-kind works of art. Even if you're not shopping for something to buy, many of the markets are worth taking a stroll through just to look. Some of the more popular markets include the Tiwi Art Network, Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery, and Casuarina Square.
Food and Dining
There are a range of restaurants in Darwin's downtown area. Many of the more popular places to eat are located around Mitchell and Knuckey Streets where you'll find cafes, pubs, and fine dining. Lunch is a great time to eat out as options are plentiful and prices are cheaper. You can enjoy everything from sushi to tapas at a discount during lunch hours. If you're on a tight budget then your best options are pubs, Indian, Asian, and fast food restaurants. It's also possible to pick up some ingredients and prepare your own meals.

To truly take advantage of being in Darwin, you really need to have a car. Most of the destinations are spread out, and parking is readily available.

If you don't have access to a car, there is a bus system that will help you reach the attractions that are closer to the city. Some sights may be within walking distance, but without a car, you will miss many of the popular activities in Darwin. Walking around the city center can be hot and uncomfortable. Cycling is a good option as the area is generally flat and drivers are used to cyclists. If you don't have access to a car and want to get out of town it's possible to arrange a tour.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.