The Olgas at sunset

From arid desert in the south to tropical bushland in the north, weather and seasons in the Northern Territory vary quite greatly. To make it easy, the region typically ranges from warm and dry to hot and humid. Each season and region has its advantages but if you’re looking to see wildlife or running waterfalls, then some seasons are better than others. Below is a helpful guide for when to go to the Northern Territory.

Dry Season: May to October

The dry season is the ideal time to visit most of the Northern Territory. During this time temperatures in the Top End can still sit around 32°C but humidity is lower and rainfall is less common. In the Red Centre, winter and spring take place across the months with temperatures ranging from 3 to 20°C

Go for:

Uluru: Cooler temperatures and less rain makes this an ideal time to visit Uluru. Just be sure to pack layers as temperatures can drop to 0°C at night.

Wildlife watching in Kakadu National Park: With less water and vegetation, the dry season is a great time to see animals congregate by waterholes and rivers.

Katherine Gorge: Access to the park is easiest during the dry season and lower water levels makes the gorge all that more amazing to see.

Wet Season: September to May

After months of dry and cool days, tropical storms, monsoonal downpours and humidity hit the Top End during the west season. This time is also when the Red Centre experiences autumn and summer with temperatures rising to 35°C. If you plan to visit in this time be sure to avoid hiking during the middle of the day and drink plenty of water.

Go for:

Waterfalls at Litchfield National Park: With the Top End receiving around 1727.3 mm of rain each wet season, the region’s waterfalls look their best during September to May.

Fishing: If you’ve ever dreamt of catching a barramundi, the Northern Territory’s wet season is the time to do it as floods connect rivers with billabongs and waterholes.