Get an up-close encounter with Australia’s amazing wildlife on this Mary River wetlands cruise departing from Darwin. After traveling through the Outback town of Humpty Doo, climb aboard a high-powered speedboat for a 1.5-hour cruise through biodiverse waterways. Soak up the lush scenery as your expert guide points out native birdlife such as kingfishers, herons and kites. Keep an eye out for saltwater crocodiles lounging in the sun — the Mary River wetlands is the best place in Australia to spot the crocs in their native habitat! 

Highlights

  • Cruise the 'Top End' waterways of Mary River
  • See the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles at Corroboree Billabong
  • Spot herons, kites, sea eagles and other native birds
  • Drive through the outback town of Humpty Doo

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What You Can Expect

Mary River Wetlands Cruise from Darwin

Jabiru Stork

Located just an hour’s drive east of Darwin, the Mary River wetlands is biodiverse gem of the Northern Territory’s ‘Top End,’ or northernmost section. Board a comfortable air-conditioned coach in central Darwin in the morning, and enjoy the drive as your guide shares onboard commentary. Try your hand at kangaroo and wallaby spotting as you cruise through the bush and the Outback town of Humpty Doo. 

When you arrive at Corroboree Billabong, board a high-powered speedboat that will carry you through the verdant wetlands of the Mary River. The area is home to Australia’s largest population of saltwater crocodiles, so be sure to keep a lookout for the scaly creatures gliding just below the water lilies!

Learn about the area’s natural history from your guide as you wind through waterways and mangrove forests. Keep your camera handy for up-close views of wild birdlife spanning herons, kingfishers, kites, sea eagles and jabiru storks. 

After 1.5 hours on the water, climb back aboard the coach and relax on the return drive to your Darwin hotel. 

Itinerary

Hotel Pickup List:
06:50 - Adina Waterfront
07:00 - Air Raid Lodge
07:00 - Alatai Apartments
06:00 - Argus Apartments
07:00 - Bark Hut Inn
07:00 - Banyan View Motel
06:50 - Barramundi Lodge
06:50 - Botanic Gardens Apartments
06:50 - Casa on Gregory
06:50 - City Garden Apartments
07:00 - Darwin Central Hotel
07:00 - DoubleTree Hilton Darwin
07:00 - Elkes Backpackers
07:00 - Frogs Hollow Backpackers
07:00 - Frontier Darwin
07:00 - H Hotel
07:00 - Hilton Darwin
07:10 - Leprechaun Resort
07:00 - Mantra Pandanas
07:00 - Marrakai Apartments
07:00 - Mediterranean
07:00 - Novotel Atrium
07:00 - Palms City Resort
07:00 - Palms Motel
06:50 - Parap Village Apartments
06:50 - Paravista Motel
07:00 - Poinciana Inn
06:50 - Quest Parap
06:50 - SkyCity
06:50 - Steeles Bed & Breakfast
07:00 - Transit Centre
07:00 - Travelodge Mirambeena Resort
07:00 - Comfort Inn Vitina
06:50 - Vibe Waterfront
07:00 - YHA Globetrotters

Customer Reviews

Josie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great!

NOELENE L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

What a wonderful experience. Gliding along the water, seeing exotic birds, crocodiles resting on banks, wallabies by the water's edge and beautiful water lilies . Very pristine, unspoilt environment alive with wildlife. An unforgettable experience. Our guide on the boat was wonderful.

Barbara J Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Our day trip to Mary River Wetlands was a wonderful experience. It began when I asked about car parking in the city of Darwin for the duration of our package deal only to be told that we would be picked up and dropped off at our hotel. We could just relax and enjoy our time on the wetlands without worry. Our driver and guides were friendly and happy. All up it was a great day.

RoelZ Netherlands

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

good tour

Therese S

4 star rating: Recommended September 2013

Excellent loved the small boat and the tour guide

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