Corroboree Billabong Wetlands Experience

Exploring the Corroboree Billabong wetlands is a once in a lifetime experience.  Encounter saltwater crocodiles and exotic birds in their natural habitat on your wildlife adventure.

Corroboree Billabong is part of the Mary River Wetlands and National Park, home to the largest number of saltwater crocodiles in the world.  This ecologically sustainable wetland habitat is a paradise for birds, fish, crocodiles and other wildlife.

A visit to the Northern Territory would not be complete without this wildlife experience in a landscape that has not changed for thousands of years.

First light is the perfect time to start your adventure

Corroboree Billabong

The fog was thick over the billabong but the birds were already out sunning themselves in the early morning sunshine.

The Darwin branch of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) set up an informal photography shoot on Corroboree Billabong. A flat-bottomed boat was chartered for the day to allow us to get up close to the wildlife and allow vantage-point photo moments as we cruised around this wildlife habitat.

Photographers with a mixture of skills and plenty of enthusiasm joined together for a fun day out.  It was an opportunity for more experienced to mentor others during the day.

The solitude of the morning on Corroboree Billabong

An Australasian Darter

It wasn’t long before there were sightings of Jabiru (Black-necked stork), Ibis, Jacana, Egrets, Herons, Kites, Sea Eagles, Shell Ducks, Swamp Hens, Darters, Fly Catchers, Kingfishers and many others.

The Jacana darting across the Lily pads

Jacana
Jacana walking on lily pads at Corroboree Billabong

Jacana

Jacana

Jacana

The Saltwater Crocodile

Saltwater Crocodile

It wasn’t long before we encountered our first saltwater crocodile of the day, however it was our next crocodile sighting that was the most shocking.

A ‘Saltie’ had taken down a pig and had dragged it into the water to eat it.   The crocodile was about 3.5 metres long (smallish in size) but another smaller crocodile waited nearby for left-overs.

Saltwater Crocodile devouring a wild pig
Saltwater Crocodile guarding his kill, a wild pig in Corroboree Billabong
Saltwater Crocodile devouring a wild pig
Saltwater Crocodile devouring a wild pig

Saltwater Crocodile devouring a wild pigSaltwater Crocodile devouring a wild pig

Saltwater Crocodile devouring a wild pig

Gory but fascinating.  The crocodile rolled and thrashed – just like in the movies!

He took several hours to consume the pig but ended up leaving very little.  It was only when that he crawled slowly up onto the bank (I suspect too stuffed to eat any more) that the smaller crocodile moved in to feed.

The Jabiru (Black Necked Stork)

Jabiru - Black necked stork at Corroboree Billabong
Jabiru – Black necked stork at Corroboree Billabong

The Jabiru (Black necked stork) is my absolute favourite bird.  The Jabiru’s natural habitat is in tropical wetland areas and is thought to mate for life.   A magnificent bird with a six + foot wide wing span.  The Jabiru has a beautiful peacock coloured long neck and the male is bird identifiable by black eyes, and the female by yellow eyes.

Jabiru - Black necked stork at Corroboree Billabong

Jabiru - Black necked stork at Corroboree Billabong

Azure Kingfisher

Azure Kingfisher at Corroboree Billabong
The tiny Azure Kingfisher

Azure Kingfisher

Lotus Waterlilies

Lotus Lillies at Corroboree Billabong

Pied Heron

Pied Heron

The Australasian Darter

The Australasian Darter

Black Kite

Kite

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Where to stay

Darwin or Jabiru, accommodation can be booked here.  There are accommodation options to stay nearby at Mary River also.


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How to get to Corroboree Billabong

From Darwin

  • To drive to Corroboree Billabong takes approximately 90 minutes from Darwin
  • Travel along the Arnhem Highway to Corroboree Park Tavern – 85km from Darwin
  • From here it only takes 20 minutes to reach the Corroboree Billabong.

From Jabiru

  • The drive to Corroboree Billabong takes approximately 2 hours from Jabiru
  • Travel along the Arnhem Highway to Corroboree Park Tavern – 167km from Jabiru
  • From here it only takes 20 minutes to reach the Corroboree Billabong.

The road into Corroboree Billabong is unsealed.  If you have a hire car that is not permitted to travel on an unsealed road you may need to find an alternate option.

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When visiting the Top End, make sure you take time to explore the Corroboree Billabong wetlands.  It is an amazing experience.

It really is an extraordinary experience.  You will encounter saltwater crocodiles and an abundance of exotic birds in their natural habitat.  Have you visited this amazing billabong yet?