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Mamukala Wetlands

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Published January 22nd 2018
Take in the serenity of Mamukala Wetlands
Take in the serenity of Mamukala Wetlands. Located just 30km from Jabiru, turn south off the Arnhem Highway, 7km east of the South Alligator River.

Mamukala Wetlands, wetlands, Kakadu, Northern Territory, free, bird spotting, nature
Billabong at Mamukala Wetlands


Mamukala Wetlands has an easy walk from the carpark to the bird hide (viewing platform). Stroll along on the raised wooden walkway, where you can see a lot of green vegetation surrounded by butterflies.

There are two walks to choose from that take you through Kakadu's fascinating wetlands; a 1km walking trail and a 3km walking trail. As you follow the walking trail, you will spot egrets, darters, herons and forest kingfishers. You can also see Paperbark trees and Pandanus trees, as well as pretty water lilies in various colours. Please check wet season access before you go.

Mamukala Wetlands, wetlands, Kakadu, Northern Territory, free, bird spotting, nature


Mamukala Wetlands, wetlands, Kakadu, Northern Territory, free, bird spotting, nature
An easy walk to the bird hide


Come in the morning, if possible before sunrise, to see an astonishing variety of bird life. You can use the bird hide, made of timber and located on the edge of the wetland billabong, to watch the wildlife. There's no glass in the way and there is plenty of space to set up a tripod or rest your camera on the wide edge of the window. There are long bench seats to sit and enjoy this relaxing space. You can also find some information on the back wall of the bird hide.

Mamukala Wetlands, wetlands, Kakadu, Northern Territory, free, bird spotting, nature
The viewing platform (bird hide)




Mamukala Wetlands is a bird lover's dream and beautiful all year but it is at it's most dramatic in the late dry season (September - October), when thousands of magpie geese congregate to feed - a must-see for avid photographers and birdwatchers. Mamukala Wetlands is open all year round and entry is free. Mamukala has wheelcahir access tracks but no toilets.

Mamukala Wetlands, wetlands, Kakadu, Northern Territory, free, bird spotting, nature


Mamukala Wetlands, wetlands, Kakadu, Northern Territory, free, bird spotting, nature


Magpie geese, kites, comb-crested jacanas, cormorants, willie wagtails, purple swamp hens, finches and kingfishers, plus if you are lucky, you may even spot an agile wallaby or the occasional crocodile loitering around the edge of the billabong. What are you waiting for? Pack up your binoculars and head off to Mamukala Wetlands for amazing bird spotting.

Mamukala Wetlands, wetlands, Kakadu, Northern Territory, free, bird spotting, nature
Picnic area near car park
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Why? Paradise for bird lovers
When: Any time
Phone: (08) 8938 1120
Where: Mamukala Wetlands South Alligator Region Kakadu
Cost: Free
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