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Corroboree Billabong and Mary River Crocodile Stories

Submitted by paul on Sun, 29/07/2012 - 13:04

Corroboree Billabong, located in the Mary River Wetlands, has one of the highest concentrations of crocodiles in the world. The abundance of wildlife is hard to match anywhere else. Crocodiles are a protected species in the Northern Territory and, as you would expect on a croc-infested river, there are a few tales to tell about Coroboree billabong.
Notorious croc caught at Corroboree Billabong - in 2011 a crocodile notorious for threatening fisherman was relocated from Corroboree Billabong. The 4.25 metre dark-skinned croc was reported for acting aggressively around the boat ramp.
Tourists snap crocodile eating crocodile at Corroboree Billabong – a five metre plus crocodile decided to show a smaller reptile who’s top croc on Corroboree Billabong. A boat of six tourists came across the amazing wildlife scene.
Big crocs caught by rangers - a 4.83 metre saltwatee crocodile was reported to Parks and Wildlife after attacking the back of a boat in April 2012. Rangers took three hours to pull the male crocodile into the boat.
Crafty croc crashes fisho’s spot – a massive saltwater crocodile lunged out of nowhere to snap up a barramundi at a local fishing spot, about 110 kilometres east of Darwin.
Want to learn more about the local legends? Hop on a boat cruise with a knowledgeable guide who can help you get a closer look. Well, as close as you would dare!
 

Warning: Crocodiles roam this area!

Submitted by paul on Tue, 17/07/2012 - 22:20

  

Saltwater Crocodile
Saltwater Crocodile

Due to the number of different crocodile species found in the Northern Territory, you will see crocodile warning signs near most bodies of water. Like other locations found in the northern areas of Australia, the Northern Territory is home to some of the biggest, meanest crocs around. For adrenaline junkies, crocodile spotting is just as good as cage diving with sharks or bungee jumping. To book in for the ultimate Aussie adventure, and have your chance to get up close and personal with one of nature’s deadliest predators, ask your travel agent about holiday specials to the Top End today! During your Northern Territory holiday, keep your eyes peeled for some of these local legends.

Saltwater Crocodiles

Throughout the far northern reaches of Australia, there are more than 150, 000 saltwater crocodiles. When travelling in the Northern Territory, you should always be cautious and follow the directions of crocodile warning signs. Saltwater crocodiles have evolved over centuries, outliving dinosaurs and becoming one of the most dangerous predators in the world.

There is nearly a one to one ratio for humans to crocodiles in the Northern Territory, so if you choose to explore the Kakadu National Park or wander the banks of the Mary River, you are sure to come across one of nature’s most intriguing, prehistoric creatures. Saltwater crocodiles can grow up to a staggering 7 metres in length, however most are around 4 or 5 metres, and can live for more than 70 years. Australian saltwater crocodiles also have a reputation for being the largest reptile in the world, when comparing mass, enabling them to be an incredibly dangerous predator. While the diet of a saltwater croc mainly consists of fish, small reptiles, turtles and birds, they are highly capable of stalking and killing much larger prey.

Freshwater Crocodiles

More than 100, 000 freshwater crocodiles call the rivers of Northern Australia home. The Mary River has the highest density of freshwater crocodiles in Australia, accommodating around 15 crocodiles per kilometre, smashing the national average of around 5 crocodiles per kilometre, for freshwater breeds. Australian freshwater crocodiles are commonly found in the more mainland areas of rivers and billabongs and tend to steer clear of tidal breaks, as they are no competition for the aggressive and territorial saltwater crocodiles. As previously mentioned in this article, you should always obey the instructions of croc safety signs. Due to the high ratio of crocodiles living in the Northern Territory, you should always proceed with extreme caution when travelling the waterways.
If you do decide that you’d like to get up close and personal with one of nature’s most deadly predators, book in with a professional tour guide or check out the world famous Crocosaurus Cove, located right in the heart of Darwin. 

10 Facts about the Mary River

Submitted by paul on Tue, 17/07/2012 - 22:05

  

Jabiru on the banks of the Mary River
A Jabiru on the banks of the Mary River

The Mary River is home to some of the most spectacular wildlife found in the Top End of Australia. Never ending wetlands and waterways provide a haven for an abundance of bird species, crocodiles and the world’s best barramundi. When visiting the Northern Territory, be sure to experience the wonders of the Mary River.

Location

- Flowing through the Northern Territory, the Mary River travels along the Arnhem Highway and connects with the Adelaide River at the Adelaide & Mary River Flood Plains.

Mary River National Park

- Consisting of a number of small reserve areas, the Mary River National Park aims at protecting selected areas of the Mary River, abundant in native wildlife.

Adelaide & Mary River Flood Plains

- The most southern section of the Mary River occurs at the adjoining of the Adelaide & Mary River Flood Plains, roughly 50 kilometres east of Darwin.

Wetlands

- Many believe that the vast wetlands of the Mary River are some of the most beautiful in Australia. The wetlands are made up of a system of lagoons, canals and billabongs, which run in both a southerly and northerly direction along the Arnhem Highway.

Fishing

- Some of the best barramundi the world can be found swimming in the streams of the Mary River, so for the ultimate relaxing afternoon, grab your rod and head out to the banks.

Stay & Play

- When visiting the Mary River, one day is never enough. The Mary River Wilderness Retreat and Caravan Park provides the perfect accommodation, for travellers who simply can’t bear to leave the beauty of this natural habitat.

Rockhole

- Rockhole is one of the most popular starting points for people visiting the Mary River. Rockhole is a gateway to the waterways of the river, with boat ramp access, picnic facilities and toilets. Barramundi is also at its best around the waterways of Rockhole, so be sure to add this destination to your itinerary if you’re an avid fisherman.

Tours

- Organising a guided tour is one of the best ways to experience the Mary River. Escape Travel can organise and book your flights and tours, also arranging luxurious accommodation for your stay in the Top End.

Facilities

- There is a wide range of camping and picnicking areas along the banks of the Mary River, most within close proximity to toilets. A number of boat ramps can also be found along the Mary River, most commonly within the grounds of the Mary River National Park.

Visiting the Mary River

- If you’re planning a visit to the Mary River and the Mary River National Park, be ready to pack your bags during dry season, when conditions are at their best.

 

  Mary River System
 Snack Neck Darter and Baby on the banks of Mary River, Northern Territory.

Corroboree Billabong and Mary River Wetlands

Wetlands such as Corroboree Billabong are an important part of the Northern Territory’s eco system and provide a source of life for many plants and animals. The wetlands are where you find the richest diversity of wildlife within a natural area, particularly in the Top End of Australia.

Corroboree Billabong is a 90-minute drive from Darwin and is accessible for most of the year. As part of the Mary River Wetlands, the area has one of the highest concentrations of crocodiles in the world. The area is inhabitated by other wildlife including many species of birds and fish. Corroboree Billabong is a favourite for the locals!

A wetlands cruise is a great way to experience Corroboree Billabong and see the local wildlife in its natural environment. You can watch sea eagles soaring overhead and nesting in the trees, look out for crocodiles soaking up the sun shine on the banks of the river and admire the beauty of the water lilies and other flora while cruising along.

Fast Facts

  • Corroboree Billabong is one of Australia’s best fishing spots for wild barramundi.
  • It is part of the Mary River Wetlands, home to one of the highest concentration of crocodiles in the world.
  • The Mary River has a catchment that covers an area of 81,000 kilometres squared.
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  • Corroboree Billabong is home to many species of birds including
  • Visiting the Mary River Wetlands in the Northern Territory can involve guided birdwatching, wildlife photography, fishing or perhaps just relaxing in a picturesque setting.
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When to go to Darwin

Submitted by paul on Sun, 30/10/2011 - 19:35

 

  Darwin during the wet season
 Darwin during the wet season

Typically the best time to visit Darwin is during the Dry Season which falls between the months April and September. During this time Darwin comes alive with festivals, markets and outdoor events and there is no risk of tropical cyclones and floods. This is also the peak season for tourism in the Topend and with that come the crowds. During the Dry seasons Darwin's temperatures drop down a comfortable 25 degrees celsius during the day with low humidity.



If you are visiting Darwin during August, you’ll get to experience the Darwin Fringe Festival and the Festival of Darwin. Both are popular amongst locals and are a celebration of art and music. You can also be a part of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards which usually takes place between August-October. Those visiting in June will also get the chance to checkout the Darwin Blues Festival as well as participating in one of the regions most unique events; The Beer Can Regatta. Every year locals build boats out of beer cans and race them down on the beach.

Visitors to Darwin who arrive between the months of October and March will experience the famous wet season. It is at this time that the region experiences high temperatures and humidity. It is also a time of rain, thunder storms and cyclones. A upside to visiting Darwin during this time is reduced prices, Barramundi Fishing, amazing landscape and of course, no tourists.

Darwin NT

Submitted by paul on Sat, 24/09/2011 - 18:45

 

  Darwin Tours
 Darwin City 

Darwin is made up a people from all over the world. The capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin is closer to Jarkarta than it is to Sydney and closer to Singapore than it is to Melbourne, with Bali only an hour by plane away. Its no wonder that this tropical tourism highlight looks as much to asia as it does towards the rest of Australia in terms of style, lifestyle and atmosphere!

FAST FACTS:

  • Main Industry is Tourism
  • The populations is currently approx. 114, 364 residents with an increase of around 2.6 annually
  • Weather is broken up into two different seasons. The Dry season and the Wet season
  • Unemployment 5.3%
  • Was named after the father of the theory of evolution Charles Darwin and was founded in 1869
  • Has been destroyed twice! Once by Cyclone tracey in 1974 which completed flattened the town and again in 1942 during the bombing of Darwin in the pacific war when the japanese attempted to destroy the capital.

More Facts

  • Is the Captial City of the Northern Territory of Australia.
  • Situated on the Timor Sea.
  • Has a population of around 130,000 people.
  • It is the smallest and the most northerly of the all the Australian cities.
  • Darwin is closer to Bali than any of its interstate cities.
  • The city itself is built on a low cliff range overlooking the harbour.
  • Darwins climate is tropical consisting of two seasons; The Wet and the Dry.
  • The original inhabitants of the greater Darwin area are the Larrakia people.
  • John Clements Wickham named the region "Port Darwin" in honour of their former shipmate Charles Darwin.

What to do in Darwin

Submitted by paul on Thu, 11/08/2011 - 11:17

 

  What to do in Darwin
 Wetland Cruise's Corroborree Billabong Boat Cruise 

There are a lot of things that draw visitors to the north of Australia, and its not a surprise! Darwin is a melting pot of all things cultural.What to do in Darwin once you get here depends on your personal taste, but visitors quickly find that there is something for everyone.

CORROBOREE BILLABONG
Wetland Cruises offers scenic boat cruises along one of the Northern Territory's most pristine and untouched wetlands. Here visitors can experience thousands of native birds, crocodiles and marine life in their natural habitat. Only a short drive from Darwin, Corroborree is ideal for day trips and is perfect for nature enthusiasts.

MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY


If your travelling with a family, and your wondering what to do in darwin, then the museum is a good option.
The museum houses a large collection 
exhibitions showcasing the history of Darwin, natural wonders such as plant and wildlife, aboriginal and southeast asian culture, maritime history as well as various exhibitions that come and go!


Admission: FREE

CROCOSAURUS COVE


Located within Darwin's central business district, Crocosaurus Cove is zoo dedicated to reptiles, and most predominately, the saltwater crocodile.
Here you can get up close and personal with the worlds largest reptile.
Adults: $28 
Children: $16
 Concession: $22

MINDIL BEACH MARKETS


Operating every Sunday and Thursday, the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are a must.
The Markets house over 1200 different menu items, and an extensive array of handmade craft including crocodile products, indigenous art and jewellery. If your thinking about what to do in Darwin, then Mindil beach is one of Darwin's main attractions. Every week a variety of live entertainment is offered including live bands, street performers, cultural dance, acrobatics and fire shows.

AQUASCENE
If your interested in Marine biology, then Aquascene is a unique experience not to be missed. Here hundreds of Fish visit the shallows of Doctors Gully every hide tide looking for a free meal. You can feed and even touch fish species including milkfish, bream, catfish, mullet and barramundi among others. A family experience not to be missed with Adults and Children alike sharing in the action.


Adults: $8 
Children: $5
 Concession: $6

DECK CHAIR CINEMA


Run by the Film Society in Darwin, this outdoor cinema, set amoungst a tropical garden runs seven nights a week during the dry season. Screenings include moves from family favourites right through to foreign films. The atmosphere is very laid back and casual.
Cushions are supplied but it is recommend that people bring their own for extra comfort.

INDO PACIFIC MARINE


Another goodie for those wondering what to do in Darwin.
A tour of this exhibit will enlighten you on the amazing natural eco-system of the coral reefs of the Darwin Harbour. Showcasing displays of living coral ecosystems and the diversity of animals associated with coral reefs , such as sea horses, clown fish and butterfly fish.

EAST POINT
Close to Darwin's CBD, East Point is a little nature reserve that offers all year round swimming in Lake Alexander, tons of barbecue areas and picnic areas, heaps of military history that stretches back to world war 2 and a small bustling community of remote control plan enthusiasts.

In Darwin there is plenty of attractions for anyone wondering what to do in Darwin.
Everything from nature to modern marvels can be found, and most of it is free. If your coming to Darwin we hope you have a great time and enjoy our lovely city.

Where is the Northern Territory

Submitted by paul on Thu, 11/08/2011 - 09:49

 

  Where is the Northern Territory
 Where is the Northern Territory 

Because of the vague nature of its name, people tend to wonder, “where is the Northern Territory”. Located in the central northern regions of Australia, the Northern Territory ( or NT ) is a federal territory of Australia. The NT shares borders with Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland.

To the north, the territory is bordered by the Timor Sea, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Despite the size of the NT—over 1,349,129km sq, the territory is sparsely populated with approx. 229,675 residents. This makes it the least populous of Australia’s eight states and territories. The majority of the Northern Territory Population reside in its capital city Darwin. Residents of the Northern Territory are often known simply as 'Territorians'.

The Northern Territory was first discovered by Europeans back in the mid 17th century. Namely the British whose first attempts at settling in the coastal regions in the 19th century failed until the establishment of Port Darwin in 1869.

Today the economy is based on tourism, especially Kakadu National Park in the Top End and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock) in central Australia, and mining.
Although the British were the first Europeans to have laid eyes on the Northern Territory, the archeological history of the area begins over 40,000 years ago with Indigenous Australians who settled here at that time. Extensive seasonal trade links existed between them and the people of Indonesia for at least five centuries.

Where is the Northern Territory of Australia, a question no longer shrouded in mystery! This area of Australia is also where travelers can find Corroborree Billabong and the amazing array of wildlife and natural wetlands can be found.

Comments Page

Submitted by paul on Tue, 02/11/2010 - 18:55

 

What passengers are saying about us


Hi, yesterday we did the 3 hr cruise with Sean as our guide.  We were returning customers having done the same cruise last year. We had a visitor up from down south and in terms of value for money, amount of wildlife seen, and expert commentary and knowledge, this is by far the best cruise available in the NT. Sean really took care of us and stopped at every opportunity to show us what was on offer. Would recommend it to all locals and visitors alike.

Elisabeth Crocker - Northern Territory 

This cruise was the best part of our holiday in Darwin, the most natural,relaxing 3 hours,  the tour guide kept us informed about everything we saw from the time we got on the boat, we were seeing everything as natural as could be, crocodiles, birds, flowers & one of the staff on his day off  fishing  showing us his Barramundi he had just caught. To top it all off a BIG lunch which was eaten in the most tranquil place on earth not a sound apart from the wildlife.This is a must do when in Darwin.

Frank Dean - NSW 

Hi,on the 15th of May did your tour [4 of us] with guide Tony.thoroughly enjoyed it particularly lunch with the saltie.Tony spent a lot of time making sure every one got their monies worth.A great guy.Lunch was also great,fresh and plenty of it.Will have no hesitation pointing our mates in  your direction.                                                               
Cheers Thompsons,golden&Allen. 

This is the best cruise we have ever done. It came recommended to us from heaps of people while we were travelling. I now understand why they told us not to miss it, it was amazing. Great wetlands, birds, crocs, lilies and the guide was fantastic. Thanks for a wonderful experience.

Nikki & Dean Bennett, Cairns Qld

Saw plenty ofcrocs and just thoroughly enjoyed the picturesque wetlands. It was amazing.

Jasmine Miles, Mildura Vic 

We did a cruise at Yellow Water in Kakadu and the cruise at Corroboree Billabong was not only better but it was also much cheaper. Dont change a thing. Thankyou.

John & Joan Dimock, Perth W.A 

Great cruise and fantastic guide. Saw heaps of birds and crocs. Just awesome.

Andrew Blackwood, Barossa Valley S.A 

Excellent cruise, guide was great. Very interesting, not only for birds and crocodiles but also the plants. The lilies were beautiful.

Claire & Damien U.K  

The pink lilies were amazing, thousands of them. Cruise was fantastic with birds, crocs and plenty of room on the boat.

Sarah Dunn, Scotland 

What a bloody awesome cruise, thanks for a great day. How wonderful it was to have such a passionate tour guide to show us this beautiful land. Thankyou.

Tamara & Brett 

We saw heaps of crocs and other wildlife, thanks a lot it was fantastic.

Lyndall Hutton, Bedfordshire U.K 

Fabulous Experience, Lots of Lilies, birds and crocs. Highly recommended. The guide was great, very informative. We loved the sights.

Renae Clarke, Geelong Vic 

Wonderful Trip. More birds than i have ever seen.

Jill More, ACT 

A fantastic cruise, enthusiastic guide, fabulous wildlife.

George, Riverland S.A 

Fantastic!!! Informative, Interesting and saw heaps of birds and crocs.

Ivor & Jenny Stratford, Buderim Qld 

Fabulous cruise. Perhaps what we enjoyed the most was how deeply attached the guide was to the wetlands.

Bob Warner & Isabel Downs 

Best trip/tour ever - absolutely beautiful.

Brian & Kerry Lawrence 

We had an amazing 3 hour trip. 20+ crocs, Jabiru, Brolga,Jacana, Whistling Ducks. Oh, What a trip!

Barrie & Sandi Smith, Bribie Island Qld 

Absolutely the best billabong cruise. Guide was very informative. Will recommend AAA

David & Nerine Edmonds, Albany W.A 

Best thing we have done in the NT. Loved Ted as our guide.

Mark & Sue walters, Mornington Peninsular Vic 

Most wonderful day, new adventure. Dont miss it!

Jans,Chris & Melle 

The best tour we have done in 3 years of travel.

Dianne & Geoff, S.A 

Fabulous, informative, beautiful - Nature at its best.

Deb Windsor 

Best Value for money wetland cruise. Lunch fantastic.

Keving & Trudy 

Just Magic, Great Value

Lexie & Bob Schofield 

Bloody Grouse!!! thanks.

Daryl & Diane Harris, Warragul Vic 

Best money we have spent in a long time, we thoroughly enjoyed our time with you.

Malcolm & Kathleen Argus, Albany W.A 

Best hour we have spent on our whole trip, thanks guys.

David Meldrum & Mary Brown, Paynesville U.K 

Fantastic 3 hour wetlands trip - "Gold Star".

Jo and Mal Murday, Adelaide 

Great birdlife, lunch, crocs - excellent.

Dell, Ipswitch 

Magic wetlands and cruise. Dont miss this experience.

Judy & Barry Lanbridge, Hobart Tas 

Excellent cruise. Lots of birds, crocs, great guide, delicious lunch.

Margaret & John Hurst 

Fantastic!! The guides love of animals/environment shone through. Wonderful.

Carol & John Tait, Vic 

Best cruise yet, fabulous. We have told everyone about you.

Judy & Mal Howchin, NSW 

Greatest trip of my 12 month holiday.

Burt Chapman, Port Macquarie NSW 

Wonderful!! Loved all the birdlife. Great lunch too.

Sam & Mel Nugteren, Kingston, Tasmania 

A truly magical experience on so many levels, awesome guide, great tour, more than your monies worth. Thank you.

Elijah James 

I will be recommending this place to everyone, unbelievable experience.                 

Elena Rowland, Perth W.A  

The best excursion we have had in 3 weeks here, fantastic!!

John and Rosa Fowler,Coffs Harbour NSW                                                 

It was just beautiful, amazing birdlife and a very informative guide. You are doing a great job, thankyou.

Yvonne Watson, Darwin N.T 

Just got off the boat! Great trip and thank you for all the amazing photos! 

Michael Kilpatrick Ireland                       

Thanks for a great trip! Just wanted to say that I had a great time on this boat cruise last Monday. Amazing amount of birds, crocodiles and wildlife! Was definitely one of my highlights in Australia. 

Bob Smith .U.K