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Fogg Dam Conservation Area

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Published December 11th 2017
Paradise for bird lovers
Located on the Adelaide River floodplain, between Darwin and Kakadu, Fogg Dam is a paradise for bird lovers. This Territory treasure is filled with nearly 200 different bird species. It is also a haven for water pythons, freshwater turtles and other wildlife. You can find lots of lotus lilies here with beautiful pink flowers. The boardwalks will take you through the different landscapes and observation platforms to view a large number of resident wading birds.

Fogg Dam Conservation Area, Darwin, bird watching, free
Dam wall


You can visit Fogg Dam any time and any season of the year to experience spectacular wetlands and wildlife. You can see different species of birds depending on the time and season. You will see more birds if you start early in the morning and many will come out again later in the afternoon.

Fogg Dam Conservation Area, Darwin, bird watching, free


Fogg Dam Conservation Area, Darwin, bird watching, free


You can see waterbirds at any time of day. There are several walks through monsoon and floodplain habitats. The best time to see the birdlife is from the end of March until the start of October (during the Dry Season) when birds arrive to escape the winter in other parts of Australia.

Fogg Dam Conservation Area, Darwin, bird watching, free
Water lillies


Please note that dam wall is closed to people on foot walking due to the potential risk of a crocodile attack. You can stop your vehicle along the dam wall and observe the wildlife, or there are a couple of areas where vehicles can pull over to one side of dam wall to allow others to pass. Towards the west side of the dam wall, there is an extended gravel area on the floodplain side where cars can park for viewing. Along the dam wall, there are two viewing platforms which provide shelter and shade with seating plus interpretive information about birds of the area. Don't miss visiting the bird hides on the dam wall or Pandanus Knoll Lookout, which looks over the wetlands and is spectacular at sunrise and sunset.

Fogg Dam Conservation Area, Darwin, bird watching, free


Fogg Dam Conservation Area, Darwin, bird watching, free
Pandanus look out


You should take binoculars and a bird field guide if you go to Fogg Dam. Cameras are also important to capture nature and the wildlife. Don't forget to bring a water bottle with you are there are no drinking water fountains nearby. Hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are things that you also need while doing bird watching at the Fogg Dam. It's important not to startle the birds. Don't get too close to them or their nests. Move slowly and quietly along the trails. Wearing dull-coloured clothing also helps.

Fogg Dam Conservation Area, Darwin, bird watching, free


Entry is free and no park pass required. Fogg Dam is located on the traditional lands of the Limilngan-Wulna people. Before heading to Fogg Dam, you can check out if the Fogg Dam is open via the website. To find more about Fogg Dam, visit Friends of Fogg Dam Inc. website.
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Why? Paradise for bird lover
When: Any time
Phone: (08) 8988 8009
Where: Fogg Dam Conservation Area
Cost: Free
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