Best Time to Visit Northern Territory

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Northern Territory. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Alice Springs, Ayers Rock – Uluru und Darwin. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Northern Territory for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 4 °C to 39 °C
Waves Symbol 25 °C to 28 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.0816.14 in (0 – 20 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 21 °C (Alice Springs) and 27.6 °C (Darwin)
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Geography and General

The Northern Territory in Australia extends from the border to South Australia to the uppermost north to the Timor Sea.

The least populated state on the whole continent includes Darwin (in the top end) and Alice Springs in the centre as the main gateway to the Australian outback.

Colloquially, the entire Northern Territory is often referred to as Outback Australia, which does the tropical-green national parks in the north – above all Litchfield and Kakadu National Park – something wrong.

Popular travel routes through the Northern Territory lead from the top end by rental car or camper to the Red Centre and thus include all important sights of the region up to Kings Canyon and the world-famous Ayer’s Rock (Ulu?u).

Alternatively, the Ulu?u-Kata-Tju?a National Park in the Red Centre can also be reached directly by plane via its own Connellan Airport near Yulara. Connections are mainly via Cairns, Melbourne and Sydney.

Climate in Northern Territory

Ayers Rock Uluru (Alexander Mirschel)  Copyright 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The Australian Northern Territory can be divided into two very different climate zones. The centre of the country around the popular Ayer’s Rock area is dominated by a typical desert climate. The summer months are extremely hot, but it can get quite cold in winter.

Both in Alice Springs and deeper in the Red Centre, the temperatures between day and night are usually around 15 °C. Even hot days cool down after sunset. There is no real rainy season in the Red Centre, please also note the exact amounts of precipitation in our diagrams:

While Alice Springs receives an average of 40.0.31 in of rain in the wettest month of December, Darwin and the Top End easily reach ten times this amount. The entire tropical north is afflicted by a strong rainy season. Especially between mid-December and the end of March, strong monsoon rains threaten every year.

Best Time to Visit Northern Territory: Overview

JanuaryJan
Bad time to traveltime
very hot in the outback, very rainy in the northextreme heat in red centre, heavy rain in the north
FebruaryFeb
Bad time to traveltime
very hot in the outback, very rainy in the northextreme heat in red centre, heavy rain in the north
MarchMar
Bad time to traveltime
very hot in the outback, very rainy in the northextreme heat in red centre, heavy rain in the north
AprilApr
Suitable time to traveltime
End of Rainy Season, pleasant after mid-monthEnd of Rainy Season
MayMay
Good time to traveltime
dry, fresher, perfect on most daysdry, fresher and mostly optimal
JuneJun
Best time to traveltime
dry, fresher and hence perfect for round tripsdry, fresher and hence perfect
JulyJul
Best time to traveltime
dry, fresher and hence perfect for round tripsdry, fresher and hence perfect
AugustAug
Best time to traveltime
dry, fresher and hence perfect for round tripsdry, fresher and hence perfect
SeptemberSep
Best time to traveltime
dry, fresher and hence perfect for round tripsdry, fresher and hence perfect
OctoberOct
Suitable time to traveltime
hot in Centre but endurablehot but endurable
NovemberNov
Beginning of Rainy SeasonRainy Season
very hot in the outback, wet in the northextreme heat in red centre, wet in the north
DecemberDec
Bad time to traveltime
very hot in the outback, very rainy in the northextreme heat in red centre, heavy rain in the north

When is the best time to travel in the Northern Territory?


Since there is no real rainy season in the centre, the world-famous Ayer’s Rock (Ulu?u) can theoretically be visited all year round. However, the extreme heat during the Australian summer makes a visitor to the outback very strenuous and exhausting.

Between November and March, the 40 °C mark is often cracked even in the shade. At the same time, heavy monsoon rains pour down over the tropical north, making many roads and national parks impassable. Fortunately, these two weather extremes fall almost in the same period.

The best time to travel to the Northern Territory and Outback is from mid-April to early November. Especially the Australian winter months of June, July, August and September are perfect for round trips. Those who like it a little warmer will find very good conditions in May and October.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Northern Territory) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
Alice SpringsFebruary, March, April, October, November, and December
Ayers Rock – UluruMarch, April, September, October, and November
DarwinMay, June, July, August, and September

Climate Charts Northern Territory

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Alice Springs

Climate Chart Alice Springs
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Ayers Rock – Uluru

Climate Chart Ayers Rock - Uluru
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Darwin

Climate Chart Darwin
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Northern Territory

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Northern Territory, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Alice Springs (Northern Territory)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature36°35°33°28°23°20°20°23°27°31°34°35°
Night Temperature22°21°18°13°10°15°18°20°
Precipitation (inch)1.531.741.280.650.740.550.60.370.330.851.141.46
Rainy days553233322566
Hours of Sunshine101010109891010101010
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Alice Springs is 21 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: January (29 °C)
Coldest month: July (11.9 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 11.24 inch on 45 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: June, and July

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, October is the sunniest month with an average of 10.1 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 9.6 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation in Ayers Rock – Uluru (Northern Territory)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature39°37°34°30°24°20°21°24°29°32°35°36°
Night Temperature23°22°19°14°11°15°18°21°
Precipitation (inch)1.041.591.410.50.470.780.830.20.340.961.361.65
Rainy days553232313466
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Ayers Rock – Uluru is 22 °C.

Warmest month: January (30.7 °C)
Coldest month: July (12.6 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 11.13 inch on 43 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: July

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Darwin (Northern Territory)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature32°31°32°33°32°31°30°31°32°33°33°33°
Night Temperature25°25°24°24°22°20°19°21°23°25°25°25°
Water Temperature28°28°28°28°28°26°25°25°27°27°28°28°
Precipitation (inch)16.1414.1711.894.650.940.080.080.120.473.235.358.78
Rainy days2018177200126913
Hours of Sunshine667910101010101097
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Darwin is 27.6 °C.

Warmest month: November (29.4 °C)
Coldest month: July (24.8 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Darwin is 28 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all months

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 65.91 inch on 95 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): January, February, March, and December
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 50.98 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Darwin.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, August is the sunniest month with an average of 10.2 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.5 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Sights and Highlights


The Northern Territory is often simply referred to as Australia’s outback. This means regions far away from civilization with partly untouched nature and endless expanses. This is true, but it neglects the indescribable diversity of the Northern Territory.

In any case, we recommend a round trip to be able to absorb the many different aspects of this region with all senses.

The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, Mindil Beach in Darwin, Kakadu National Park with the holy Ubirr, the impressive Kings Canyon, Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge as well as the classics Uluru and Kata Tjuta (Olgas) are among the most popular sights in the Northern Territory.

More information about the best things to do: Australia

Popular Activities

More attractions

Tiwi Islands Cultural Day Tour from Darwin by Ferry | Uluru 15-Minute Helicopter Experience | Uluru and Kata Tjuta Tour with Base Walk and Sunset BBQ | From Uluru: Uluru Base Segway Tour | From Ayers Rock to Alice Springs: 3-Day Camping Tour | Tiwi Islands Ferry from Darwin | Darwin: 3-Hour Harbor Sunset Cruise |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Alice Springs
broken clouds     broken clouds, 26 °C
Clouds: 51 %       Wind: 16 mph SSO
Air Pressure: 1019 hPa       Humidity: 26 %
Last updated: 12th Dec 2019, 04:48 pm
The next days …
13th Dec 201914th Dec 201915th Dec 201916th Dec 201917th Dec 201918th Dec 2019
few clouds20 °C to 34 °Csky is clear21 °C to 35 °Csky is clear23 °C to 37 °Csky is clear25 °C to 39 °Covercast clouds28 °C to 41 °Clight rain27 °C to 39 °C
20 °C to 34 °C21 °C to 35 °C23 °C to 37 °C25 °C to 39 °C28 °C to 41 °C27 °C to 39 °C
Clouds: 13 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 85 %Clouds: 100 %
No PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo Precipitation0.1 in of rain
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Australia: Regions

Northern Territory is part of the holiday destination Australia. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Northern Territory: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 1 reviews for Northern Territory holiday already. Average rating is 3 of 5 stars.
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    Sebastian, 37 years old was there in May

    Actually May is a great travel time for the north of Australia, we were told in advance and confirmed our research. Not too hot, not too damp, not too much rain. Clearly in Darwin the high humidity of the tropical north caught us at first with full force, but the days in the Kakadu National Park and surroundings were wonderful. We continued to Alice Springs, where an incredible rain front accompanied us on the drive to the Red Center. So at the world famous Uluru (“Ayers Rock”) there were actually waterfalls and small torrents to see. Back in Alice Springs so much rain had fallen in the meantime that even the dried Todd River began to flow again after years. The climate sometimes goes crazy. Nevertheless, we had countless great experiences, unforgettable encounters and will live on this dream trip for years to come.

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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