Exploring Corroboree Billabong

Exploring Corroboree Billabong

Don’t miss out on this incredible landscape when visiting Kakadu National Park!

The Kakadu region of Australia is home to unique landscapes and a rich ancient history. Here, you can marvel at centuries-old landmarks as well as beautiful natural scenes. The Corroboree Billabong is one of the most picturesque parts of the region, making up a section of the Mary River Wetlands.

The billabong is perhaps best known for its huge collection of saltwater crocodiles, as it has the largest concentration in the world. It draws in visitors from far and wide who want to see these magnificent prehistoric creatures up close, while admiring the unique backdrop.

As well as crocodiles, the Billabong is home to a vast selection of other native wildlife. There are plenty of river cruises you can jump aboard to take in the surroundings from a unique perspective.

The Flora and Fauna of the Corroboree Billabong

The billabong and the sprawling wetlands that surround it make up a vital part of the Northern Territory’s ecosystem. Together they serve as one of the most expansive breeding grounds for Magpie geese in the world.

Today, more than 280 different bird species reside in the area. This means it’s the ideal hotspot for bird watching as well as a major photography pitstop.

When it comes to plant life, the Corroboree Billabong does not disappoint. Its pretty banks are flanked by rows of colourful lotus flowers and water lilies. Both of which form an incredibly vibrant backdrop to the surroundings.

Additionally, both the Corroboree Billabong and the nearby rock hole are popular Barramundi fishing hotspots. This destination is highly-coveted by animal and plant lovers!

How to Get to Corroboree Billabong

From Darwin, travel south out of the city for around 35 kilometres along the main Stuart Highway. After that, you’ll come to an intersection. Here, you need to turn east onto the famous Arnhem Highway for another 55 kilometres. All together, this drive takes around three hours to complete.

Just before you arrive at the Corroboree park tavern, you’ll need to swing a left onto the aptly named Corroboree Billabong road. At the end, turn right and drive for another 10 kilometres along an unpaved dirt road. You’ll eventually reach the Corroboree Billabong boat ramp and car park!

Things to do at Corroboree Billabong

Now that you’ve made it to the billabong, let’s discover the best things to do here.

  • Take a wildlife cruise

One of the top thighs to do here is to watch the saltwater crocodiles. The most common way to do this is by taking a cruise through the billabong. You’ll get to learn all about the crocs from your knowledgeable captain. There are an abundance of saltwater crocodiles here, so you’re guaranteed to see quite a few!a

  • Marvel at the birds

As we said before, there is a large variety of bird pieces here. You’ll be able to see a wide range of birds from both land and the boat. You can even snap some stunning photos from the open air boats.

Other billabongs in Kakadu National Park

The Corroboree Billabong isn’t the only billabong in Kakadu National Park. There are others, though the Yellow Water Billabong is probably the most famous.

The Yellow Water Billabong is another billabong that is a great spot to visit. It is packed with saltwater crocodiles and other wildlife. This is another spot to take a wildlife cruise and spot the crocs. From the cruise, you’ll be able to admire the surrounding landscape and spot colourful birds too. Another great way to spot wildlife is by fishing. There are heaps of fish that live in this billabong, including barramundis.

The region is well worth a visit if you fancy escaping the city and exploring the magnificent wetlands that surround Darwin. Spot incredible bird species and keep your eyes peeled for the prehistoric crocs as you go!

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