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

Should you visit Darwin or Byron Bay?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Darwin or Byron Bay, 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.

Byron Bay

South of Brisbane, off the Pacific Highway, is the coastal town of Byron Bay. It is close to Cape Byron, which is the easternmost point in mainland Australia. Byron Bay makes its way onto most traveler's itineraries because of its wonderful beach activities. The area is world famous for its waves, making it popular with surfers, but it also has incredible scuba diving, whale watching, and a generally relaxed atmosphere. The area continues to rise in popularity with travelers and as such, amenities and facilities are popping up everywhere.

Which city is cheaper, Byron Bay or Darwin?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Darwin is $102, while the average daily cost in Byron Bay is $124. 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 Byron Bay in more detail.



Accommodation

A hotel room in Darwin is about $114 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Byron Bay is $106. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Darwin $57
    Byron Bay $53
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Darwin $114
    Byron Bay $106

Food

Food in Darwin costs travelers about $34 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.

Byron Bay food costs typically run travelers around $49 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Darwin $34
    Byron Bay $49

Typical Food prices in Byron Bay

Some typical examples of dining costs in Byron Bay are as follows:


  • Dinner at Olivo (for 2)
    $67

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Byron Bay

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Byron Bay.

  • Mount Warning Sunrise Climb Including Overnight Camping and BBQ Dinner: $166
  • Byron Bay Kayaking with Dolphins and Mount Warning Sunrise Climb Including Overnight Camping and BBQ Dinner: $224
  • Byron Bay Surfing Lesson and Mount Warning Sunrise Climb Including Overnight Camping and BBQ Dinner: $224

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.

The average price of local transportation around Byron Bay is $22 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Darwin $11
    Byron Bay $22
Typical Local Transportation prices in Darwin

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


  • Shuttle to Train Station
    $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Darwin

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Darwin:

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Byron Bay

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Byron Bay:

  • Private Byron Bay Transfer to Gold Coast Airport 7am-6pm: $79

Entertainment

Darwin's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $14 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.

Byron Bay's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $40 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.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Darwin $14
    Byron Bay $40

Tours and Activities in Darwin

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

  • Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility: Two Iconic Territory Stories: $20
  • Darwin Self-Guided Audio Tour: $20
  • Crocosaurus Cove General Admission Ticket: $28
  • Darwin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: $30
  • Darwin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tickets: $33
  • Darwin City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Sunset Cruise: $52
  • Darwin City + Northern Beaches Tour: $56
  • Discover the City of Half-Day City Coach Tour: $77
  • Darwin Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour: $79
  • 1-Day Wildlife Park + Berry Springs experience: $81
  • Adelaide River Half-Day Jumping Crocs Cruise: $81
  • Jumping Crocs & Nature Adventure Cruise from Darwin: $94

Typical Entertainment prices in Byron Bay

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Byron Bay are as follows:


  • Buddha Gardens Spa (for 2)
    $142
  • Surf Lesson
    $49

Tours and Activities in Byron Bay

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

  • Scenic Sunset River Cruise: $47
  • Experience The Thrill Half Day Surf School in Byron Bay: $51
  • Grasshoppers Byron Bay - Nimbin Tour: $51
  • Kayaking with Dolphins in Byron Bay Guided Tour: $55
  • Sunset River Cruise near Byron Bay: $55
  • 3-Hour Dolphin Spotting Kayak Tour in Byron Bay: $56
  • 3-Hour Kayak with the Dolphins Tour: $56
  • Byron Stand Up Paddle Nature Tour: $59
  • 3-Hour Small-Group Byron Bay Tour: $67
  • Sea Turtle Snorkel Tour in Julian Rocks Reserve: $70
  • Hinterland Magic and Glow-Worm Experience: $71
  • Byron Bay Half-Day Tour: $72

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.

The average person spends about $7.69 on alcoholic beverages in Byron Bay per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Darwin $12
    Byron Bay $7.69
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
    $18
  • Glass of Wine
    $5.23

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

Sample the Local Flavors in Byron Bay

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

  • Afternoon session Brewery and Distillery tour in Byron Bay: $116
  • Full Barrel Brewery and Distillery tour: $141


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Darwin and Byron Bay, we can see that Byron Bay 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 Byron Bay would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Byron Bay than you might in Darwin.

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