Corroboree Billabong Facts
The Corroboree Billabong is part of the Mary River Wetlands, and is one of the many attraction in the Kakadu National Park that cannot be missed. The Billabong access is open after the wet season has ended, when water receeds from the sea forming various billabongs, the Corroboree is the largest billabong of the Mary River system. It covers over 20km of navigable water and is home to a pristine wetland habitat, including australian native birds like Jabiru, Ibis, Brolga, Azure Kingfisher, Pelicans, Magpie Geese, white bellied Sea Eagle, Wisthling Ducks and many more.
The Corroboree Billabong is also estimated to have the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles to be found in Australia. Beautiful water lilies flowers and pandanus cover the waters of the Billabong creating a spectacular landscape scenario.
The Corroboree Billabong Cruise
The Corroboree Billabong Cruise was truly a memorable experience that I hope I can repeat one day. Being the Corroboree Billabong located in the northern part of the Mary River it’s only a 90 minute drive from Darwin, so a wetland cruise can also be part of a short Kakadu trip.
There are various wetland cruises options from 1 hour to 2,5 hours. With our small group tour we went on one hour cruise. It was a sunny, warm day with deep blue sky, the perfect weather for a cruise. The cruise was impressive, moving along the calm waters of the Billabong we could spot many unique Australian birds, as well as learning about the Mary River Wetlands from the cruise guide.
Here below you can see some photos of this beautiful natural environment.
Australian Native Birds
Jabiru, Azure Kingfisher, Herons, Egrets and more birds. On this boat cruise we had the chance of spotting many beautiful native birds of Australia, some of them can be seen only in this area. It was one of the best I ever had in Australia, because I could see birds that I had only seen on books.
Here below some of the photos I took.
Australian Saltwater Crocodiles
They are known as the most dangerous Australian Salties. Have you ever seen an Australian saltwater crocodile up close? I remember seeing one on the Daintree River Cruise, but the ones I have seen on the Corroboree Billabong Cruise were really impressive, they belong to the most dangerous crocodiles in the world. From the boat we could spot them and also take some good photos too.
The Mary River Wetlands Vegetation
This natural environment is a real canvas of colours and smells. The water lilies and the pandanus are truly spectacular. This pristine area encompasses an ecologically sustainable environment, a true paradise for birds, fish, crocodiles, wildlife and wildflowers that is nowhere to find.
The Highlights of this Corroboree Billabong Wetland Cruise
Spotting a Jabiru was the highlight of this cruise. We were not expecting it, but apparently that was a good day, and we saw one. And it made our day!