Window on the Wetlands is located at Beatrice Hill (Ludawei), one of the highest points on the Adelaide River floodplain.
Beautiful view from the top of Beatrice Hill
When you arrive at this visitor centre, there is a steep walk from the carpark to the entrance, or you can use a drop-off area near the entrance. If you keen to walk, your efforts will be paid off with lush green vegetation along the walking path to the centre and beautiful butterflies will accompany you. At the front wall of the building, you can see a picture representing Turtle Dreaming or Lulak in the Limilngan-Wulna language.
Walking path from car park
Beautiful butterflies will accompany your walk to the centre
This two-storey building provides an introduction to the northern coastal wetlands formed by big floodplains of Adelaide River, one of eight rivers in the Top End. Interactive displays with touchscreen computers give you detailed information about the ecological processes that occur in the wetlands, seasonal changes and the problems of feral animals and weeds around this area. There is also local Aboriginal (the Limilngan-Wulna) and European history.
The top floor of the centre has 270-degree views of the wetlands below. The observation deck has binoculars so you can see great views over the Adelaide River floodplain and study the waterbirds on Lake Beatrice, especially during the early morning or late afternoon.
Window on the Wetlands is staffed by Limilgan-Wulna people and they aspire to create a place where the people feel welcome. At the top floor of the visitor's centre, it has artwork from the Limilgan-Wulna people which is available for purchase. Free nature walks are available on Saturday and Sunday from May to October at 9.30am and 2.30pm. The Visitor Centre is open every day from 8.00am to 7.00pm and entry is free.
Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre also provides details of places to visit, local tours, attractions and road conditions. This centre has toilet and picnic facilities with ample parking. A visit to Window on the Wetlands can be combined with a visit to Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve and the Mary River National Park.