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Made up of various small reserves that protect the catchment area and floodplain, Mary River National Park has billabongs and forests that offer excellent wildlife watching, bushwalking and photography.

In the dry season (May to September) most areas are accessible to all vehicles, however many roads are unsealed. During the wet season (October to April), however, flooding can cause road closures. Despite this, commercial tours and accommodation are available all year round, although the most comfortable time to visit is during the dry season.

This region of Northern Territory supports a wide diversity of native animals, from insects and reptiles through to marsupials and mammals. Some of these are threatened as a result of changes to natural conditions (deforestation, burning regimes, disturbance, etc.), as well as competition with exotic animals, and loss of habitat. Other native animals may be considered to be a nuisance because they smell, bite or make lots of noise; nonetheless, these animals still have an important place in the natural environment.

In addition to its native animals, Northern Territory also supports a large number of exotic animals – including terrestrial vertebrates (horses, donkeys and camels), invertebrates (ants, snails, spiders, cockroaches), as well as aquatic and marine animals.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: saltwater crocodile, magpie goose, black-necked stork, white-bellied sea eagle, water buffalo
  • Where: Northern Territory, Australia

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Crocodile & Jabiru Self-drive

This self-drive trip covers the best of the Top End, visiting four national parks: Mary River, Kakadu, Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) and Litchfield. Various excursions designed to showcase these iconic locations are included, but there’s still time to do your own thing and arrange activities locally .

  • When to go: Apr-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Kakadu Wildlife Bonanza

This special journey through Australia’s tropical Outback – the Top End – is for curious adventurers with a taste for wilderness and wildlife. During your stay in Arnhem Land at Kakadu and Mary River National Parks you’ll walk and visit rock art sites, and learn about the Top End’s remarkable fauna.

  • When to go: Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Wildman Wilderness Lodge

Situated in the Mary River Wetlands area with its teeming wildlife, halfway between Darwin and Kakadu National Park, amidst the lush wilderness of the breathtaking Top End, Wildman Wilderness Lodge is a small-scale, high-quality operation that offers an extraordinary wetland safari experience.