A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Darwin vs. Brisbane

Should you visit Darwin or Brisbane?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Darwin or Brisbane, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Darwin

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.

Brisbane

Although Brisbane is often overlooked as a travel destination in Australia, it is the capital of the state of Queensland, and is the third largest city in Australia. It's a very young and vibrant city with an active nightlife and a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. It's a modern and economically thriving city and, if you do have time to visit, it actually has a lot to offer travelers. It has some beautiful scenery, a wonderful warm climate all year long, and is actually one of the fastest growing cities in Australia.

Which city is cheaper, Brisbane or Darwin?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Darwin is $105, while the average daily cost in Brisbane is $123. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Darwin and Brisbane in more detail.




Accommodation

A hotel room in Darwin is about $118 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $152 in Brisbane For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Darwin $59
    Brisbane $76
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Darwin $118
    Brisbane $152


Food

Food in Darwin costs travelers about $35 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.

On average, meal and food prices in Brisbane cost around $29 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $12.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Darwin $35
    Brisbane $29

Typical Food prices in Brisbane

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Brisbane:


  • Hamburger Lunch
    $6.17
  • Cup of Coffee
    $2.31
  • Chinese Food Lunch
    $9.64
  • Ice cream
    $4.24
  • Japanese Meal
    $16
  • Smoothie
    $5.01
  • Japanese Soup
    $8.87
  • Coffee & Muffin
    $5.40
  • Morning Mint Tea
    $2.70
  • Veggie Burger & Chips
    $11
  • Bread
    $2.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Brisbane

For Brisbane, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Brisbane Food Tour: A Taste of Queensland: $202
  • 3-Course Progressive Dinner Experience in Brisbane: $237
  • Queensland Food Tour: Farm-to-Table Indulgence: $375


Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Darwin is $11 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

Brisbane's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $17 per person, per day on transportation in Brisbane.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Darwin $11
    Brisbane $17
Typical Local Transportation prices in Darwin

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Darwin:


  • Shuttle to Train Station
    $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Darwin

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Darwin:

  • Wildman Fishing Tours - Fishing + Scenic Flight Transfer: $1,146
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Darwin Airport to Hotel: $142
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Darwin Airport: $142

Typical Local Transportation prices in Brisbane

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Brisbane:


  • Airtrain to the City
    $12
  • Go Card
    $19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Brisbane

Also for Brisbane, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Sunshine Coast Airport Arrival transfer to Hotels: $14
  • Brisbane Arrival Transfer Shuttle from Brisbane Airport to Hotel: $16
  • Brisbane Departure Transfer Shuttle from Hotel to Brisbane Airport: $16
  • Brisbane Airport Private Transfer to or from Brisbane CBD Maxmium 10 Person: $29
  • Brisbane Airport to Brisbane City Round-trip Shuttle Transfer: $32
  • Brisbane Airport Private Transfer to or from Brisbane CBD Maxmium 10 Person: $33
  • Brisbane Private Chauffeured Airport Transfer: $37
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Brisbane Airport to Hotel: $40
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Brisbane Airport: $40
  • Brisbane Airport Arrival Shuttle Transfer to the Sunshine Coast Hotels/addresses: $41
  • Brisbane Airport Arrival transfer to Gold Coast shared shuttle: $43
  • Luxurious Brisbane International or domestic airport Private transfer max10: $45


Entertainment

Darwin's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $15 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Brisbane can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $22 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Darwin $15
    Brisbane $22

Tours and Activities in Darwin

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Darwin are as follows:

  • 1-Day Wetlands + Wildlife Adventure: $114
  • 1-Day Wildlife Park + Berry Springs experience: $81
  • 11-day Darwin to Cairns tour: $1,580
  • 2-Day Kakadu and Arnhem Land Tour from Darwin: $753
  • 3-Day Kakadu & Litchfield 4WD Glamping Tour: $688
  • 3-Day Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land Explorer Tour from Darwin: $1,028
  • 4-Day Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield 4WD Glamping Tour: $1,030
  • 5 Day Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land Tour: $2,837
  • 9 Day Darwin to Broome Adventure: $1,779
  • 9-Day Kimberley Offroad Adventure from Darwin to Broome: $1,580
  • Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruise with Roundtrip Helicopter from Darwin: $545
  • Arnhem Land Injalak Hill Full-Day Tour from Darwin: $213

Typical Entertainment prices in Brisbane

For Brisbane, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Concert Tickets
    $15

Tours and Activities in Brisbane

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Brisbane.

  • Sirromet Sensory Winery Experience: $8.14
  • Newstead House General Entry Ticket: $9.48
  • Green Cabs Brisbane Tours: $16
  • Brisbane Self-Guided Audio Tour: $20
  • Afternoon River Sightseeing Cruise: $21
  • Winery Tour & Tasting followed by Cellar Door Lunch: $31
  • River Cruise with Lunch: $44
  • Winery Tour & Tasting followed by Tuscan Terrace Lunch: $53
  • Brisbane to Moreton Island Return Ferry & Adventure Day Pass: $72
  • Byron Bay Day Tour: $78
  • Byron Bay Full-Day Coach Tour from Gold Coast: $90
  • Whale Watching Cruise with Gourmet Lunch: $98


Alcohol

The average person spends about $12 on alcoholic beverages in Darwin per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Brisbane, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $48.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Darwin $12
    Brisbane $48
Typical Alcohol prices in Darwin

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Darwin from other travelers:


  • Evening at a Bar
    $19
  • Glass of Wine
    $5.40

Sample the Local Flavors in Darwin

Also in Darwin, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Heli Pub Crawl – 4 Pubs: $782

Typical Alcohol prices in Brisbane

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Brisbane:


  • Evening at the Bar
    $12
  • Sixpack of Beer
    $11
  • Guiness Beer
    $6.55
  • Sixpack of Beer
    $10

Sample the Local Flavors in Brisbane

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Brisbane:

  • Deluxe Wine Tasting Tour Mt Tamborine Includes 2 course Lunch: $94
  • From Tamborine Afternoon Wine Tour: $97
  • Morning or Afternoon Brisbane Half-Day Brewery Tour: $111
  • Mt Tamborine Wine Tour: $119
  • Brisbane Half-Day Private Brewery Tour: $119
  • Hinterland Heritage Wine Tour: $119
  • Northern Rivers food & Wine Tour from Brisbane: $119
  • Two Day xxxx Brewery and Tamborine Winery Tour: $198
  • Private Full Day Wine Tour from Brisbane to Tamborine Mountain: $474



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Darwin and Brisbane, we can see that Brisbane is more expensive. And not only is Darwin much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Darwin would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Darwin and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Brisbane would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Brisbane than you might in Darwin.

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