Today starts with a pick-up from your Darwin accommodation at
around 9am. Listen to interesting commentary about the region from our
knowledgeable guide as we make our way to Fogg Dam Nature Reserve. Originally
set up as a large scale rice growing project in the 1950`s, this
location is now a haven for many varieties of birds that we get a chance to
admire. A short drive from here takes us to the “Window on the Wetlands”
Information Centre, where you can enjoy a hands on display explaining the
wetlands and get a fantastic view over the Adelaide River floodplains from
their upper viewing deck.
Your highlight for the day is an amazing 2.5 hour
cruise on the wetlands, viewing an abundance of birds, crocodiles and wildlife
in their natural habitat. Enjoy a delicious cold lunch on the wetlands,
surrounded by nature at its best, as we get “up close and personal” with plenty
of local wildlife. From here it is just under 90 minutes drive to return you to
your Darwin accommodation around 5pm.
No minimum height
No maximum height
No maximum weight
Indoor - N/A
This experience is not suitable for spectators
No Animals Allowed
No minimum age
Disclaimer/ Indemnity - Wetland Cruises accept no responsibility for the loss or damage of personal articles. Wetland Cruises will not be held responsible for any personal injury sustained by clients due to actions beyond our control. Subject To road and weather conditions, unforeseen circumstances and mechanical failure, Wetland Cruises reserves the right to cancel departures. Wetland Cruises also reserve 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. We strongly recommend that all passengers have their own travel insurance to cover losses. If Indigenous guides are not available due to cultural reasons or actions beyond our control, cruises will still be operated and refunds will not be provided. Cancellation fees are 10% charge outside 14 days, 25% charge from 14 –8 days, 50% charge from 7—4 days and 100% charge within 72 hours of departure.
..........OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU MAY WISH TO KNOW.......
What you need to Bring - Hat, Binoculars (if you have some), Camera, plenty of film, Mosquito Repellent on sunrise and sunset cruises, sunscreen, tour ticket or correct change if paying on the day.
Is drinking water available on the boat - yes, we always have cold water available for passengers during the cruises.
Are toilet facilities available at the cruise - yes, there is a public toilet available in the car park 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. We would definitely recommend bringing sunscreen on the 2.5 hour cruise.
How long does it take to drive from Darwin to Corroboree Park Tavern - We recommend people allow a minimum of 75 minutes to drive the 84 km from Darwin to Corroboree Park Tavern. This distance can be completed in 60 minutes on a good day at 120 km/hr but if you get caught behind a road train on the highway you will need extra time.Please note - There is still 10 km of unsealed road to drive from Corroboree Park Tavern to the cruise departure point at Corroboree Billabong.
What is the condition of the unsealed road from Corroboree Park Tavern to the cruise - there is 10 km of unsealed road to reach the cruise. This road is graded every 4 - 6 weeks and the condition is generally pretty good. The first 10km from the Arnhem Highway to Marrakai cattle station is a sealed road, the next 10km of the road that only goes to Corroboree Billabong is unsealed.
What if i do not want to drive my vehicle on the unsealed road - If you do not wish to drive on the unsealed road, we operate a shuttle from Corroboree Park Tavern that departs 30 minutes before the cruise times. The shuttle operates from May - December inclusive and costs $5 return per person. Bookings are essential.
Is there anywhere i can leave my caravan before driving on the unsealed road - yes, it is possible to leave your caravan at Corroboree Park Tavern. They have plenty of room available and are happy to offer this facility. Please ask for more details when making your reservation.
What age does the child rate apply to - the child rate is available for children between the ages of 4 & 15 years inclusive. Infants/toddlers less than 4 years old are able to travel free of charge on cruises (not applicable for 1/2 day tour with 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 2.5 hour lunch cruise - lunches are healthy and consist of individual pre-packed fresh salads with dressings. They also have a selection of cold sliced meats and bread so people can make sandwiches if they wish.
Do you cater for vegetarians - yes, 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, we rarely operate a cruise that 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 in the swimming in the water or sunning themselves on the bank.
Will we see many birds on the cruises - yes, definitey. 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 as much on our 2.5 hour midday cruise because we have time to cover a greater section of the wetlands than we can cover in the shorter duration cruises.
What is the best time of year to visit - These wetlands are only accessible from April to December. They are beautiful throughout this complete period with an abundance of water lilies, fantastic wildlife and plenty of birds.
Corroboree Billabong is part of the Mary River Wetlands which are teaming with birds and also have the largest concentration of Saltwater Crocodiles in the world. The Wetlands are approximately a 75 minute drive from Darwin ( 105km ) and our cruise on Corroboree Billabong is the closest wetland cruise available from Darwin. We are the original operator on these wetlands and have been cruising here since 2001.
We operate a 1 day tour from Darwin which includes hotel pick up, return air-conditioned transport to the cruise plus a 2.5 hour cruise with lunch on the picturesque wetlands. We also offer a variety of 1.0, 1.5 & 2.5 hour scenic cruises for the self drive market.
Over time the wildlife here has become accustomed to seeing our boat, now allowing us to get extremely close for fantastic photo opportunities. Passengers are able to take amazing pictures as we get up very close to a huge variety of birds, crocodiles and other wildlife in their natural environment. These Pristine wetlands are a "Must See" destination as part of any visit to the Northern Territory.