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Mary River Wetlands

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by FIONA (subscribe)
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Published September 16th 2012
Crocs, Brolgas and Lilies


A wildlife observers paradise, the Mary River wetlands are situated approx 2 hours drive east of Darwin. During the 'wet season' Mary River becomes an inland sea with flourishing wildlife. Cruises on the Mary River offer a unique opportunity to view what is possibly one of the most serene landscapes populated with what is claimed to be the largest concentration of Saltwater Crocodiles.



This is a must see destination for wildlife lovers with an astonishing array of fauna spotted living amongst the picturesque surrounds of the wetlands. This impressively massive list includes Crocodiles, both Saltwater and Freshwater, Jabirus, Wild Buffalo and Wallabies, some White Breasted Sea Eagle, Australian Pratincole, Brolga, Whistling Kite, Rufous Night-heron, Great Egret, Black kite Pied Heron, Little Egret, Blue Winged Kookaburra, Black Fronted Dotterel, Cattle Egret, Little Kingfisher Black, Flying Fox, Magpie Goose, Azure Kingfisher, Little Red Flying Fox, Royal Spoon Bill, White Gaped Honeyeater, Galah, Blue Faced Honeyeater, Water Rat, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Wild Pig, Red Tailed Black Cockatoo, Whistling Duck, Pelican, Pacific Black Duck, Radjah Shelduck, Australian Darter, Grey Teal, various Lizards and Monitors
Pied Cormorant, Glossy Ibis, various Snakes, Hoary-Headed Crebe Black-Winged Stilt and Green Tree Trog.





There are a number of different tours available, from hovercrafts, wildlife cruises, sky tours and fishing safaris. Take the opportunity to explore the flood plains in both the wet and dry seasons.





Ultimately, don't overlook the Mary River wetlands as many tourists do focus on getting to Kakadu. Take note of the Crocodile warning signs. There are many many Crocodiles at Mary River and it is advised to avoid venturing out without an experienced guide, as well as not cleaning fish by the waters edge.

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Why? Abundance of wildlife
When: All year around
Where: Mary River Northern Territory
Cost: Varies
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