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Top End Wildlife & Nature Tour

This bespoke Northern Territory Wildlife Tour is for everyone who is keen to appreciate the diversity & beauty of the animals & environments of the Top End.
Darwin, Australia
Duration
Duration
11 hrs
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
6:00 am to 5:00 pm
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
10
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
8 years
Meals
Meals
Included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Darwin

What's Included

  • Get up to $30 cash back per person when you book with us
  • A full-day small-group wildlife, wetlands, & billabong tour of the Top End
  • Visit the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, a mecca for Northern Territory wildlife
  • A 1 hr 30 min wetland cruise at Corroboree Billabong to spot wildlife such as crocodiles 
  • An educational stroll along the East Point Mangrove boardwalk
  • Morning & afternoon tea of homemade snacks & refreshments
  • A delicious & healthy picnic lunch by the banks of Corroboree Billabong 
  • Services of a qualified & passionate local eco-friendly guide 
  • Transport onboard a spacious, air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinter for the ultimate driving comfort
  • Convenient return transfers from selected Darwin accommodation

What to Expect

Your Northern Territory wildlife tour begins with an early start to catch the magnificent outback sunrise on thefloodplains of the mighty Adelaide River. As the warm golden rays highlight the red tones of the landscape, you'll head south through open savanna woodlands.

 

Nearby is Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, where the diverse habitats of monsoonal forest, wetland and floodplain combine to provide the perfect place to observe the Top End's unique wildlife. The area boasts over 230 species of birds, as well as one of the largest snake populations in Australia to keep them company. 

 

Here you'll also begin your bushcraft journey of discovery by learning some of the bush foods and medicine plants of the Top End amidst nature at its finest. 

 

Fogg Dam is also the perfect place to snack on delicious homemade hot ham and cheese croissants and enjoy a hot brew or juice – it's breakfast with the birds, Top End style! Relax and admire the antics of the abundant wildlife that frolic, scamper and glide all around.

 

Leaving Fogg Dam and a short journey later, find yourself at Corroboree Billabong for an immersive wildlife cruise. Corroboree is linked to the expansive Mary River. As such, there is plenty to see on your 1 hr 30-minute adventure. Not only will you get up close to crocodiles in their natural state, but you will also learn of the broader wetland ecosystem. Monsoonal floods and drought-like winters dominate the ebb and floe lifecycle of the environments of the Top End.

 

After the cruise, savour a fresh homemade lunch by the billabong before a journey to the coast and an introduction to the mangroves.

 

The Northern Territory mangroves are the protectors of the coast and nurseries to local favourites such as mud crabs, prawns and Barramundi. Fortunately, the Northern Territory is blessed with healthy, vibrant examples of this type of ecosystem and has around 90% of all species of mangroves in the world represented along its coastline! During your short walk through the mangrove system (on an elevated boardwalk), there are plenty of opportunities to look closely at the intricate web of life found here before calling it a day.

 

The itinerary is flexible, and your guide will tailor your journey on the day to your preferences and the environmental conditions. 

 

Where we Visit:

  • Adelaide River
  • Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
  • Corroboree Billabong
  • East Point Mangrove boardwalk

Frequently Asked Questions

The adventures invariably are conducted in, on and around sites of traditional Aboriginal land tenure in the presence of Indigenous Australians. Where possible we have sought and received approval for access from the relevant indigenous management authority, Traditional Owners or caretaker group for those sites.

When thinking about aboriginal culture tours it needs to be appreciated that the Australian Aboriginal Society is the longest continuous civilisation on earth (80,000 years+). We believe it is impossible to do complete ‘cultural tours’. For how can you cram 1000s of years of endeavour into a 1, 3 or 5-day itinerary!

Recognising this we do however attempt to provide you with enough knowledge of pre-history and the landscape as we can as a starting point for you to begin your journey of understanding and appreciation for the people and their culture. Where possible we also include indigenous guides where appropriate.

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We don’t run a boot camp but we do want people to be able to actively & safely participate in whatever we get up to on tour. With this in mind, we figure that if you are able to ‘Skip’ for 5 metres then you are in fine shape and will have no worries with most of our trips. As standard, there are walks/hikes of low to medium difficulty, mild to hot days (25-45 C), swimming spots, stairs, sand, gorges and gullies. 

If you are signing up for a charter or speciality trip involving things such as rafting, kayaking, diving or such then specific medical and physical fitness criteria will be required to be met. Details for these will be made available for you at the time of enquiry for the particular adventure.

Unfortunately, if your fitness and agility are a little less than that which is required we will not in the interest of safety and enjoyment take you on the associated adventure.

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It is always a good idea to bring the following on any trip in Australia particularly if going into the bush: Hat, water bottle (at least 500ml), sunglasses, camera, comfortable walking shoes, any medicines you may need. However, you will not need to bring sunscreen or insect repellent as we provide you with environmentally friendly alternatives whilst you are with us. 

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Most people think that the Top End just has the two seasons … ‘The Wet’ and ‘The Dry’ and for most this is a good practical reflection of their understanding and interaction with the various aspects of the environment (but there are at least 6!).

The Wet tends to be very wet and sticky. Humidity in the 90′s and rainfall falling most days results in totals around 2000mm for the season. While The Dry is 5 months (May-September) of blue skies and sunshine as predictable as future tax increases but more importantly no humidity.

The Dry has a mild climate which allows you to get out and about markets, festivals, trips, marriages. Perfect for those with specific activities in mind or a dislike for humidity.

While the Wet features the awesome power of the low-pressure storms which characterise this time of year with lightning displays like nowhere else on earth! There’s a cacophony of sounds from the lush green woodlands and forests as the animals and plants revel in the abundance of water. Barra on the move, crabs on the march and waterfalls cascading of great heights. The Wet is a powerful world and definitely a bucket list experience!!!

So, when is the best time to come? Anytime is the best time to come!

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Hopefully No ! However here are some rough stats for Australia …

  1. In Australia between 1 & 4 deaths occur each year from between 500-3000 snake bites. In the NT between 1989 & 2003, there were 348 suspected snakebites of which 79 people were envenomed and required treatment.
  2. Between 1991-2000 the average croc attacks were around 2 a year. For 2001-2004 this number went to approximately 4. Apparently in response to increasing crocodile numbers and a decrease in croc habitat through human encroachment. 1971-2013 there were 62 attacks in the NT with 18 being fatal. 81% of attacks were whilst people were swimming with 95% of those attacked being locals or people visit the NT regularly … 75% were male!
  3. Stingers stinger season in the Top End runs from September to June… don’t swim in the ocean. July/Aug wear protective clothing when going into the water. Historically there have been 14 deaths in Australia from marine stingers in the 20th & 21st Centuries. Hundreds, however, have been stung.
  4. Drop bears … zero fatalities have been recorded throughout Australia, however, unconfirmed reports of attack are numerous.
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If you are going on a day trip you really only need those things we have already listed as ‘what to bring’.

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Service will depend on the tour you are undertaking. If you must have service please contact the operator prior to booking and we can let you know the situation.

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Although your children are angels, it is sometimes difficult to convince others that this is the case! Especially when they are being naughty in a confined space such as a plane or a tour vehicle. In the interest of fairness to others, we do not take children under 8 years old on our open tours. We do however offer family tours (as a private charter) which allow for all members of any age to hang out together and have fun.

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Policies

Terms & Conditions:

  • The minimum group number is 6 passengers
  • All travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for the child's behaviour whilst on tour. Children under 8 years of age are not be accepted for any set tours 
  • There is no upper limit for the adventures however due to the nature of the terrain and weather conditions The Operator reserves the right to refuse on the day any passenger deemed unable to fully and safely participate in that tours activities. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to skip for 5 metres continuously without undue stress
  • Due to the nature of the environment and location of these adventures The Operator may be required to alter the itinerary as previously represented with little or no prior notice being given to you. They will however attempt to inform you prior to departure as soon as is reasonably possible and offer to reschedule you on another trip or refund your payment if the changes are not to your liking
  • You acknowledge that the nature of the trip is adventurous and participation involves a degree of personal risk. You will be visiting places where the fauna, flora and geographical attributes present dangers and physical challenges greater than those present in our daily lives. However, it is also your own responsibility to acquaint yourself with all possible relevant travel information and safety-related information which will help you on your adventure with us. You acknowledge that your decision to travel is made in light of consideration of this information and you accept that you assume the personal risks attendant upon such travel

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds from cancelled trips will be paid out according to the policies below. The Operator reserves the right to take into account mitigating circumstances of your situation and may increase the refund amount where it deems appropriate

For tours of 1 day or less duration the following policies apply:

  • Greater than 48 hours notice – 100% refund
  • 48-24 hours notice – 50% refund
  • Less than 24 hours notice – zero refund

In all instances, the refund provided by The Operator will be that portion of the payment which they received. Any monies paid to third parties such as booking agents are not covered by this refund policy. It is your responsibility to pursue that refund from them directly subject to their Terms & Conditions


Pickup Locations

  • 27 Thornton St Moil
  • Adina Vibe
  • Argus Appartments
  • Argus Hotel
  • City Gardens Apartments
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