- Pick-up and drop-off from Darwin hotels
- Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle
- 2Hr 30Min hour lunch cruise through the wetlands
Darwin Wetland Experience
Get up close and personal with the unique wildlife and ecosystem of the wetlands, complete with a 2Hr 30Min cruise.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Discover the beautiful and exciting Corroboree Billabong and Mary River Wetlands with this trip from Darwin. Get picked up from your accommodation at 9 am for the drive to the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. Along the way, your experienced guide will provide insightful commentary about the area and its history. The Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve was originally set up as a large-scale rice growing project. Now, it's home to an incredible array of local and migratory waterbirds, as well as Australia's largest populations of snakes! You'll also be able to take photos of the beautiful Sacred Lotus and Native Lilies that call the wetlands home.
However, the highlight of the day is an amazing 2Hr 30 Min cruise through the waterways of the billabong. Explore the wetlands, getting up close and personal with the flora and fauna. It's home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world. View these prehistoric creatures in their natural environment, cruising beside the vessel or basking in the sun on the banks of the billabong. Bird lovers will appreciate the prolific populations of Sea Eagles, Jabirus, Jacanas, Darters, Herons, Ibis, Magpie Geese, Brolgas, Kingfishers, and more. Don't forget to bring your camera and binoculars! You'll also enjoy a delicious lunch on board, as you cruise through the tranquil waters. It's the ultimate dining with a view. Feel free to ask your experienced guide any questions – they're a wealth of knowledge and will ensure your day is filled with the best the billabong has to offer.
Once the cruise is finished, it's a 90-minute trip back to Darwin, returning to your accommodation around 5 pm.
This wetland experience operates during the dry season only, from May to October.
Where we visit:
- Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
- Corroboree Billabong
- Mary River Wetlands
Darwin Wetland Experience
|11:00AM - 12:00PM|
Monday, 29-04-2016 11:00 AM - 12:00PM
How many participants are there?
2 Adults + 2 Children:
What should I bring?
Bring a hat, binoculars (if you have some), camera, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, and your tour ticket
Is drinking water available on the boat?
Yes, there is cold water available for passengers during the cruises.
Are toilet facilities available at the cruise?
Yes, there is a public toilet available in the carpark area at Corroboree Billabong. There are no toilet facilities on the boat, so please allow time to use the public toilet before boarding the cruise.
Is there shade on the boat?
Yes, the boat has a full-length canopy so there is always some shade available. Depending on your cruise time and your seat on the boat though, there is a possibility that you may be in the sun at some stage. It's recommended to bring sunscreen on the 2.5-hour cruise.
Can we bring infants on the cruise?
Yes, but please consider other passengers as this is a nature-based cruise in peaceful surroundings. You know your infant best and whether or not they would be content for the duration of a cruise. We would generally suggest the shorter duration cruises to be the most suitable option.
What is for lunch on the 2Hr 30Min hour lunch cruise?
Lunches are healthy and consist of individual pre-packed fresh salads with dressings. There is also a selection of cold sliced meats and bread so people can make sandwiches if they wish. Vegetarian options are available, but you will need to advise us of your dietary needs when you make your booking.
Will we see crocodiles on the cruise?
Almost certainly! It's rare that the cruise does not see any crocodiles. The time of year and the time of day that you take a cruise will determine if the crocs are swimming in the water or sunning themselves on the bank.
Will we see many birds on the cruises?
Yes, definitely. We generally see about 30 different species of birds on our cruises.
Which cruises are best for birdlife?
Generally speaking the early morning or late afternoon cruises are best for birdlife. In saying that, we see just as much on the 2.5-hour midday cruise because there is time to cover a greater section of the wetlands than in the shorter duration cruises
What is the best time of year to visit?
These wetlands are only accessible from April to November. They are beautiful throughout this complete period with an abundance of water lilies, fantastic wildlife, and plenty of birds.
- Tour is subject to road and weather conditions, unforeseen circumstances, and mechanical failure, and the operator reserves the right to cancel departures
- The operator accepts no responsibility for the loss or damage of personal articles
- The operator will not be held responsible for any personal injury sustained by clients due to actions beyond our control
- The operator reserves the right to cancel a tour if the group numbers are not sufficient, in such cases full refunds will be given
- Any costs incurred by a client as a result of a delay or cancellation, including failure to make connections with any other service, are the responsibility of the passenger
In the event that a booking is canceled, the following fees will apply:
- Cancellations more than 14 days before departure: 10% of the total cost
- Cancellations between 8-14 days of departure: 25% of the total cost
- Cancellations between 4-7 days of departure: 50% of the total cost
- Cancellations within 72 hours of departure: 100% of the cost
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