The sun is setting casting a glorious pink hue over the water, crocodiles are peeking above the water line while Jabiru are flying overhead. This is a regular evening at the Corroboree Billabong.
This billabong forms part of the Mary River Wetlands. With the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in world, the Corroboree Billabong is the place to come when visiting Darwin.
The Corroboree Billabong Wetland Cruise
is the perfect way to explore this incredible wetland. Departing at 4.30pm, I took the 2 hour sunset cruise. This is generally the best time of day to spot the animals.
This billabong is a nature lovers' paradise. There were so many crocodiles. At this time of night, the crocodiles were on the move for a night of hunting.
A large array of birds call this pristine wilderness home including Brolga, Egrets, Herons, Kites, Sea Eagles, Swamp Hens, Spoonbills, Terns, Whistling Ducks, Cormorants, Kingfishers and Rainbow Bee-eaters. Birds were colouring the sky as they were catching their dinner and flying to roost.
The sunset over the floodplains was spectacular.
The sunset cruise departs daily between 1st April and 31st October. Boats carry a maximum of 29 passengers. Located approximately 90 minutes from Darwin, this cruise is an ideal day trip to see saltwater crocodiles in their natural habitat and an incredible array of birdlife.
A $5 return transfer service is available from the Corroboree Park Tavern and Campground if you prefer not to drive at night or on an unsealed road.
A number of cruises are available including a day tour from Darwin, a 1.5 hour sunrise cruise, a one hour morning cruise, a 1.5 hour morning cruise or a 2.5 hour lunch cruise.
The sunset cruise is popular so bookings are essential.