Darwin airport

Darwin International Airport (DRW)Opens external site in a new window is the busiest and largest airport in the Northern Territory. It's located 13km from the city centre on Henry Wrigley Drive, Marrara.

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Both domestic (QF400 and above) and international (QF1-QF399) services operate from the same airport.



Ensure you check-in for your flight before you arrive at the airport. Check-in for domestic flights opens 24 hours before departure and closes 30 minutes before departure. 

There are four easy options to complete check-in:  ​

Download your digital boarding pass after checking in online and you’re ready to go.  

Customers who require special assistance, unaccompanied minors or large groups, please make yourself known to our friendly customer service agents who will be able to assist you with the check-in process.

Note: For Qantas codeshare flights, customers may need to check in with the operating carrier rather than with Qantas. Ask airport staff for more detail.

Our domestic airports have gone cashless. The purchase of tickets, additional baggage and other Qantas flight related products can be made at qantas.com. Excess baggage payments can still be made by credit card at our self-serve bag tag kiosks.

Body scanners

International and transit passengers at Darwin International Airport will be subject to body scanner screening, which will be conducted on a random and continuous basis.

Seat selection

Complimentary seat selection is available online for all domestic flights from the moment you book your flight. If you haven’t selected a seat before you complete your online check-in, you will be assigned a seat. You can change your seat online up to 30 minutes before your flight departure.

Checked baggage

Don’t forget, if you’re travelling with checked bags, you need to drop them off at least 30 minutes before departure for domestic flights. Use your digital boarding pass at our self-serve bag tag kiosks to print your baggage tags before proceeding to the self-serve bag drop. If you’re a Qantas Frequent Flyer with a Q Bag Tag, you can head straight to bag drop and use this to tag any baggage you may want to check-in when flying within Australia.  

Need to bring a bit extra? Pre-purchase an additional baggage allowance online and save on airport prices.  

Note: For Qantas codeshare flights, customers may need to check in with the operating carrier rather than with Qantas.

Flight status

View our real time flight status page for up-to-the-minute departure information.


Baggage carousels are located in the arrivals hall (ground floor). Information monitors display flight carousel numbers.

Baggage Services counter is located the check-in area on the ground floor.

Flight status

View our real time flight status page for up-to-the-minute arrival information.


Find out more about lounge features, operating hours and access to the Darwin Qantas Club, located in the Domestic Terminal.


Table showing transport options from Darwin airport
Transport Details
Car parking The airport is approximaely a 20 minute drive from the city centre.
Visit the Darwin AirportOpens external site in a new window for current car parking rates.
Taxis Approximately A$25 to A$30 one way to the city centre.

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Important information

Information correct as of March 2013. Times and prices quoted are a guide only.