Wildlands Wetlands Safari

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Wildlands Safari runs unforgettable tours of the majestic Mary River wetlands. These world-class wetlands are a must-see experience for all visitors to the Northern Territory. The custom safari airboat and river boat packages offer a variety of tour options to ignite your inner explorer and nature lover. Get close to nature and encounter the best of the Territory with Wildlands Safari. Wildlands has a promise: “We take you where others can’t.” And it takes pride in living up to it.

The Mary River system is an easy, 80-minute drive east of Darwin along the famous Arnhem Highway. Wildlands Safari offers the nearest and most convenient option for touring Australia’s largest wetland system. The transfer options from Darwin include helicopters, self-drive and private tour operators for small or large group bookings. The right experience can be tailored for you and your group.

Gliding through the water lilies, you’ll discover an ecosystem teeming with wildlife that hosts the highest population of saltwater crocodiles in the world.

Living among the crocodiles is a huge variety of local wildlife, including wild boars, wallabies, brumbies, dingoes, water buffalos, freshwater turtles and native fish species. The Mary River’s barramundi are world-famous and, if you’re lucky, you may just see one cruising through the water!

Wildlands’ tours are a favourite among bird watchers, with keen birders from all over the globe considering Mary River wetlands an essential stopover. The expansive Mary River floodplains and permanent billabongs within the system provide a dry season refuge for an abundance of local and migratory bird species. The area’s biodiversity rivals Kakadu National Park and supports more than one percent of the East Asian-Australasian flyway population of waterbirds.

As the natural environment is ever-changing, each tour offers a unique experience. The best time to visit this beautiful ecosystem is between April and October, after the monsoon brings abundant life to the waterways. On our private tours, you have the chance to watch in awe as a white-bellied sea eagle expertly snatches a barramundi and returns to its imposing nest. Just around the next corner, you’ll be charmed by a comb-crested jacana, as it delicately ‘walks on water’ with its babies. Ahead, a massive water buffalo cools off in a waterhole before returning to graze on floodplain grasses.

Join the qualified and passionate guides on a connective journey that showcases Indigenous cultural insights and provides each guest with an intimate photographic opportunity of iconic Territory sights.

Contact Wetlands today to book your wetland safari via the website, by phone or email info@wildlands.com.au!

Wildlands received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2016.

“This is the thing to do in Darwin!” TripAdvisor review. “Only an hour-and-a-bit out of town… You get a fantastic, thrilling cruise along the Corroboree Billabong with some of the best tour guides in town. Spotting crocodiles and wildlife with the wind in your hair, this cruise will remind you how wonderful nature and life itself truly can be… embrace it… Do this cruise!”

Corroboree Billabong Road, Marrakai 0801

Tel: +618 8978 8980 or +614 8894 3002


Images courtesy of Wildlands Wetlands Safari

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