Darwin: Mary River Wetlands Wildlife Cruise with Lunch

4.9 / 5

94 reviews

Activity provider: Wetland Cruises

Darwin: Mary River Wetlands Wildlife Cruise with Lunch

Activity provider: Wetland Cruises
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From US$ 133.43 per person

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Visit the Mary River Wetlands on this small-group tour - a nature lover's paradise! Visit Fogg Dam and the Window on the Wetlands Visitors Centre. Enjoy a 2.5-hour wetland cruise with lunch, and see an abundance of birds, crocodiles and wildlife species.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pick up is from the hotel in Darwin that you have selected when making the booking. Please wait out the front of the hotel or in the lobby.


  • Admire an abundance of wildlife in their natural wetland ecosystem
  • Get up close to the animals which include saltwater & freshwater crocodiles and a huge variety of bird species
  • Benefit from the more personal aspect of a small-group tour, giving you the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like
  • Learn about the local flora and fauna from local, experienced & knowledgeable guides
  • Enjoy the open air vessel allowing for ease of viewing and the capture of amazing photographs
Full description
Today starts with a pick-up from your Darwin accommodation at around 9:00 AM. Listen to interesting commentary about the region from your knowledgeable guide as you make your way to Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. Originally set up as a large scale rice growing project in the 1950s, this location is now a haven for many varieties of birds that you'll get a chance to admire. A short drive from there takes you to the “Window on the Wetlands” Information Centre, where you can enjoy a hands-on display explaining the wetlands and get a fantastic view over the Adelaide River floodplains from their upper viewing deck. Your highlight for the day is an amazing 2.5-hour cruise on the wetlands! See an abundance of birds, crocodiles and wildlife in their natural habitat on the Mary River Wetlands. Home to a huge variety of animals, birdlife and also boasting the largest concentration of Saltwater Crocodiles in the world, these pristine wetlands are a nature lover's paradise. Participants generally see about 30 different species of birds on these cruises! Enjoy a delicious cold lunch on the wetlands, surrounded by nature at its best, as you get up close and personal with plenty of local wildlife. Lunches are healthy and consist of individual pre-packed fresh salads with dressings. There will also be a selection of cold sliced meats and bread so you can make sandwiches if you wish. From here it is just under a 90-minute drive to return you to your Darwin accommodation at around 5:00 PM.
  • Pickup from your Darwin accommodation at 9:00 AM
  • Comfortable air-conditioned vehicle (max 20 passengers)
  • Interesting commentary about the region from experienced guides
  • Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
  • Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre
  • 2.5-hour cruise including lunch on the wetlands
  • Small group open air cruise vessel (maximum 29 passengers)
  • Lunch & iced water
  • Return transfer back to your Darwin accommodation around 5:00 PM
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 5 years
    • Wheelchair users
    • People over 309 lbs (140 kg)

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat
    • Camera
    • Sunscreen
    • Binoculars
    • Reusable water bottle

    Know before you go

    • Travel insurance is recommended
    • This tour is not recommended for children under 5 years old
    • This tour cannot accommodate wheelchairs
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 94 reviews

    Review summary

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    It was a great tour, with Evan as tour guide. His narrative during the trip and his breadth of knowledge is fantastic. The billabong was beautiful and Evan ensured that we got as close as safely possible to wildlife, including birds and crocodiles. He stressed the need to stay safe and not do anything risky. Very good.

    August 8, 2022

    We had a great time on the Mary River Wetland Cruise. The bus took us first to Fogg Dam for a view of the birds. We then had a short stop at the outback Corroboree Pub before heading to the Mary River. The boat tour takes about 2 hours and the guide knew all the birds and the best spots to see Crocodiles. The tour is small and personal and ends with time to have a cool drink at a local pub.

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    July 21, 2022

    Wonderful day out with an abundance of wildlife to see. Birds and crocs everywhere. Dani was so knowledgeable and told us lots of interesting local facts you would not find out any other way. Fogg Dam is a birders delight. The food on the boat was lovely and a great way to have lunch. Very well planned trip.

    June 12, 2022

    Product ID: 179651