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The Wildlife & Wetland Region encompasses Mary River National Park, Adelaide River, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve and Djukbinj National Park.

Must do:
•    Go back to nature and stay in a luxurious safari lodge
•    Take an exhilarating ride on a guided air boat over the wetlands
•    Enjoy a cruise on Corroboree Billabong, home to the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world and other abundant wildlife
•    Hire a boat and catch the elusive Barramundi at Shady Camp

 

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Many believe the vast wetlands of the Mary River are the most beautiful in the Top End – home to a vast variety of birdlife, some of the biggest barramundi and the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world. Lagoons, canals and billabongs make up the waterways of the wetlands of the Mary River, which runs both north and south of the Arnhem Highway.

Mary River National Park incorporates many destinations worthy of exploration – Rockhole, Couzens Lookout, Brian Creek Monsoon Forest Walk, Jimmy Creek Monsoon Forrest, Point Stuart Coastal Reserve, Shady Camp, Mistake Creek, Corroboree Billabong and Hardies Four Wheel Drive Track.

Touring the region

Exploring the region by two-wheel drive is a breeze, even on the unsealed roads, but during the wet season a four-wheel drive offers greater freedom to explore those less accessible areas. Tour companies operating out of Darwin and Mary River also provide a service, relieving the visitor of any concerns about self-driving.

The Mary River is an angler’s dream – popular fishing spots include Shady Camp within the national park, as well as Corroboree Billabong to the west of the national park. To book a fishing tour on the wetlands call Tourism Top End. For the independent traveller, small boats can be hired in Darwin, Point Stuart, Shady Camp, Corroboree Billabong and Mary River. Guided boat tours are available out of Corroboree Billabong, Point Stuart and Mary River – but remember, be sure to book early! Air boat tours and helicopter scenic flights are also available in the Mary River region.

Join a guided bush tucker tour and learn about the rich Aboriginal culture, history and amazing landscape.

The billabongs, paper bark and monsoon forests support breeding populations of brolgas, egrets, black-necked storks, sea eagles, magpie geese and many more bird species. Without a doubt, Mary River National Park is a magical place.

A wide variety of accommodation is available in the region including caravan and camping sites, cabins and luxurious safari style lodges.