Northern Territory – Best time to go

Best time to visit Northern Territory

The best time of year to book a holiday in Northern Territory is May to October.

Maximum Daytime Temperature: 42°C

Minimum Night Time Temperature: 4°C

Average rainfall: 22mm per month 

Average daylight hours: 9

What’s the weather like in Northern Territory between May and October?

The climate remains warm and sunny, throughout most of the winter season. It can get cold at night from June to August, and at the end of the season, around October, the landscapes can become dry.

Reasons to visit Northern Territory from May to October

  •   September and October offer opportunities to see more wildlife, as animals gather around watering holes
  •  The weather is cooler, but remains warm, offering excellent opportunities for days on the beach
  • The clear skies and dry weather mean you can enjoy the majestic skies at night
  • Garrmalang Festival is held during the last weekend of April, and celebrates Indigenous culture
  • Darwin Festival is held every August and includes pop up food stalls and bars, as well as music, art, plays, shows and more 


The wet season runs from November to April, with cyclones and monsoons likely.

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