See the magnificent Corroboree Billabong and Mary River Wetlands on a Wildlands Early Birders Cruise. Wake up with the Wildlife!

Located approximately 100km, or a 90 minute drive from Darwin (on the way to Kakadu), the Wildlands Early Birders Cruise is an ALL NEW EXPERIENCE not to be missed. On our 1.5 hour morning Corroboree Billabong cruise you’ll discover a natural wonderland and get to wake up with the wildlife!

This cruise captures the peace and tranquility delivered by the reflections of the rising sun over the magical billabong waters – it is Mother Nature at its best. The Mary River Wetlands are home to a myriad of birds, animals and the world’s highest natural concentration of saltwater crocodiles.

Book an Early Birders Cruise online today! First 50 people to book get 20% off ticketed price – quote EARLYBIRD in promo box during booking process.



Wednesday, Friday 7:00am from Corroboree Billabong.


1.5 hours


  • $60 /Adult
  • $40 /Child
  • $195 /Family

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  • Corroboree Billabong
  • The Mary River Wetlands
  • The world’s highest natural population of Saltwater Crocodiles
  • Many birds – including jabiru, brolgas, kingfishers, magpie geese, jacanas, sea eagles and kites
  • Vast stands of lotus flowers


  • 1.5 hour Corroboree Billabong safari cruise
  • Experienced guides
  • Expert commentary on your surroundings

What To Bring

  • Comfortable shoes for walking in
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Water bottle that holds at least 1L of water
  • Light jacket in the cooler months (June-August)


06:45 – Arrive at Corroboree Billabong. To find out how to get there, visit our find us page. Please arrive before cruise is due to depart to allow yourself time to visit the bathroom and stretch your legs as there are no toilet facilities available on board the safari boats.

07:00 – Wildlands Early Birders Cruise will depart from the Wildlands pontoon. The Mary River Wetlands system is home to the world’s highest natural crocodile population and our Safari Cruises really do have something for everyone. On the cruise, your experienced, expert guides will take you through the winding corridors of Corroboree Billabong whose banks are bordered with thousands of lotus flowers. Peeking through the pandanus and native bamboo are the lotuses, and you will be able to see the vast Mary River floodplain system which serves as a breeding ground for some of the many bird species you may encounter on the tour. Your guides will be able to point out the nesting places of many birds including the jabiru, sea eagles and elusive jacanas. They also know the favourite haunts of some of the big crocs that inhabit the billabong and will do their best to find as many as possible and get you close enough to snap plenty of good photos to share with your friends and family.

08:30 – Early Birders Cruise returns to the Wildlands pontoon whereupon you can return to Darwin, or continue on your way to Kakadu National Park.