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Darwin: Mary River Wetlands Wildlife Cruise with Lunch

4.9 / 5

49 reviews

Darwin: Mary River Wetlands Wildlife Cruise with Lunch

Activity provider: Wetland Cruises
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From US$ 135.07 per person

Visit the Mary River Wetlands on this small-group tour - a nature lover's paradise! Visit Fogg Dam and the Window on the Wetlands Visitors Centre. Enjoy a 2.5-hour wetland cruise with lunch, and see an abundance of birds, crocodiles and wildlife species.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pick up is from the hotel in Darwin that you have selected when making the booking. Please wait out the front of the hotel or in the lobby.

Experience

Highlights
  • Admire an abundance of wildlife in their natural wetland ecosystem
  • Get up close to the animals which include saltwater & freshwater crocodiles and a huge variety of bird species
  • Benefit from the more personal aspect of a small-group tour, giving you the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like
  • Learn about the local flora and fauna from local, experienced & knowledgeable guides
  • Enjoy the open air vessel allowing for ease of viewing and the capture of amazing photographs
Full description
Today starts with a pick-up from your Darwin accommodation at around 9:00 AM. Listen to interesting commentary about the region from your knowledgeable guide as you make your way to Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. Originally set up as a large scale rice growing project in the 1950s, this location is now a haven for many varieties of birds that you'll get a chance to admire. A short drive from there takes you 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! See an abundance of birds, crocodiles and wildlife in their natural habitat on the Mary River Wetlands. Home to a huge variety of animals, birdlife and also boasting the largest concentration of Saltwater Crocodiles in the world, these pristine wetlands are a nature lover's paradise. Participants generally see about 30 different species of birds on these cruises! Enjoy a delicious cold lunch on the wetlands, surrounded by nature at its best, as you get up close and personal with plenty of local wildlife. Lunches are healthy and consist of individual pre-packed fresh salads with dressings. There will also be a selection of cold sliced meats and bread so you can make sandwiches if you wish. From here it is just under a 90-minute drive to return you to your Darwin accommodation at around 5:00 PM.
Includes
  • Pickup from your Darwin accommodation at 9:00 AM
  • Comfortable air-conditioned vehicle (max 20 passengers)
  • Interesting commentary about the region from experienced guides
  • Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
  • Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre
  • 2.5-hour cruise including lunch on the wetlands
  • Small group open air cruise vessel (maximum 29 passengers)
  • Lunch & iced water
  • Return transfer back to your Darwin accommodation around 5:00 PM
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 5 years

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Travel insurance is recommended
    • Please bring a refillable water bottle, hat, sunscreen, a camera, binoculars (if you have some), and sunglasses
    • This tour is not recommended for children under 5 years old
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 49 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.9/5
    • Transportation
      4.7/5
    • Value for money
      4.8/5
    • Safety
      4.9/5

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    Wonderful relaxing day, with excellent commentary from Dani. Her knowledge about the areas we went to, animals & plants & local aboriginal knowledge was so good. She knew where all the new animals had hatched & we saw 6 week old Jacana birds, Jabiru’s in a nest with babies & crocs. The scenery was beautiful with water lilies & lotus just about finishing flowering. We also had a great group on the bus as well. No rushing & what a great lunch

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    May 7, 2022

    What an amazing experience- simple superb. The guide, Evan, so knowledgeable. So much to see; so up close to nature - the crocs, the birds, the flowers. Where else can u eat lunch within 5 metres of a salty (croc) while watching a Jabiru catch a Barra. Lunch was large. Fantastic trip & cannot recommend it highly enough. See nature at its tranquil best.

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    August 30, 2021

    Highly recommend!! Evan our guide for the day with Mary River Wetland Cruises could not have been better! He was a wealth of knowledge of everything Darwin including history, wildlife and fantastic recommendations of what to do during our stay. The tour was a lovey day out and a wonderful way to see crocodiles and a bounty of water birds in the Corroboree Billabong and Fogdam wetlands.

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    August 7, 2021

    Product ID: 179651