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Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Darwin (DRW)

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Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, or POLi. A fee applies for other payments. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines. We will do our best to get you where you want to be on time, but we don’t guarantee flight times or schedules and they aren’t part of our contract with you.

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Visiting Darwin

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Melbourne to Darwin travel information

Much more than just crocodile tours, Darwin is home to renowned national parks, magnificent sunset cruises and cosmopolitan festivals. Discover a unique tropical capital with an easy-going yet exciting atmosphere.

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When to visit

Best time to visit Darwin

Darwin has a 'wet' and a 'dry' season. The wet season is from November to April and is characterised by high humidity, monsoonal rains and storms. The dry season, from May to October, is filled with warm, dry sunny days and cool nights.

Flight information

Melbourne to Darwin flight information

The direct flight time from Melbourne to Darwin is approximately from 4 hours and 15 minutes.

How many direct flights go to Darwin from Melbourne on a daily basis?

There is 1 flight per day from Melbourne to Darwin, and a total of 8 flights per week.

What day of the week has more flights from Melbourne to Darwin?

Every day has the same number of daily flights from Melbourne to Darwin.

Departure information

Fly Melbourne to Darwin

We want your journey from Melbourne to Darwin to be as smooth as possible and the following information will help make that happen. 

What is the main airport called?

Melbourne Airport. Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic AirportOpens external site (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the state of Victoria. Qantas operates from two terminals in Melbourne T1 - domestic and T2 - international.

Baggage allowance

All passengers flying from Melbourne to Darwin are allocated checked baggage. If you need extra luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.

Checking in

Passengers travelling from Melbourne to Darwin can check-in online up to 24 hours in advance, at the kiosk or check-in at the airport terminal. 

Arrival information

What is the main airport called?

Darwin Airport. Located 13km from the city centre on Henry Wrigley Drive, Marrara, Darwin International AirportOpens external site in a new window (DRW) is the busiest and largest airport in the Northern Territory. Both domestic (QF400 and above) and international (QF1-QF399) services operate from the same airport.

Arriving in Darwin

The friendly staff at Darwin Airport will be waiting to greet you when you land. Once you collect your baggage, there are several transport options available to get you into town.

Getting into Darwin from Darwin Airport

Darwin Airport is in Marrara, a short 15-minute drive from the city. With taxis, Ubers, car rentals and buses available, getting to the city from the airport is easy. 

Getting around Darwin

Darwin has plenty of transport options including buses, car rentals, bicycle hire, and walkways. If you’d like to use the public bus network, purchase a Tap and Ride card as you board the bus (cash only) or from bus interchanges, or buy single tickets on board (cash only). 

Why Qantas

Reasons to fly Qantas

When you fly from Melbourne to Darwin, we strive to make you enjoy every moment of your journey, so you arrive feeling refreshed and ready to discover the city.

Seamless check-in

Get your trip to Darwin off to the right start with a check-in option that best suits your needs. Visit a kiosk or desk at Darwin Airport to check in on arrival or use our online and mobile check-in services to check-in for your flight up to 24 hours before departure. 

Included baggage

Baggage is included on your flight from Melbourne to Darwin. Visit our baggage calculator to find out more.

Can I cancel my flight booking from Melbourne to Darwin due to COVID-19?

If your flights were booked through a travel agency or third-party website, please contact them directly to discuss your options.

If your plans have changed or you no longer wish to travel, visit Manage Booking to change your travel dates or cancel your flight and request a flight credit to use towards a future flight. Please visit our Booking changes and other options page for more information.

If we’ve cancelled your Qantas flight, including your Classic Flight Reward booking, wait to hear from us before changing your booking. We’ll be contacting anyone whose flight has been impacted as soon as possible.

Important information

* Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, POLi or Qantas issued UATP. For other payment options a percentage based fee applies, capped at a maximum per passenger of $22 for Domestic or $120 for International travel. Prices are not guaranteed until payment is made. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines. Prices may fluctuate if taxes or foreign exchange rates change. Passengers booking Premium Economy may be seated in Economy on connecting flights. Check the fare rules for more details before booking. Inclusions vary between flights. All schedules subject to change, including last minute aircraft changes. QantasLink flights operated by Sunstate Airlines (Qld) Pty Ltd ABN 82 009 734 703, Eastern Australia Airlines Pty Ltd ABN 77 001 599 024, and National Jet Systems Pty Ltd ABN 11 008 279 203. Licence No per state: QLD - 407, NSW - 2TA000237, VIC - 30362, SA - TTA155, WA - 9TA52.

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 This offer applies to Qantas operated flights for the following dates: Australian Domestic: booked between 21 May 2020 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 12 June 2020 and 28 February 2022. Trans-Tasman: booked between 15 October 2020 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 16 October 2020 and 28 February 2022. International: booked between 25 February 2021 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 1 November 2021 and 31 December 2022. If you decide to change the date of your travel, we'll waive the change fee. You'll need to change your flight before your scheduled date of departure and select a new travel date within 12 months of your original booking date. When you're ready to rebook, you'll also need to cover any fare increase for your new flight, if applicable. For all changes, your applicable Fare Rules and the Qantas Conditions of Carriage apply.