Mary River Wetlands Cruise

The Rockhole Billabong is part of the largest permanent wetland area of the Mary River system. It joins Corroborree Billabong and forms one of the most diverse ecosystems in Australia. It gained its name from a natural rock ledge and deepwater hole. The term billabong comes from an Aboriginal term meaning ‘always water’.

The Top End ‘wet season’ transforms the Mary River Wetlands into an inland sea and replenishes the earth after the long dry. Fish, crocodiles and birds breed and flourish. As the flood waters subside, the ‘dry season’ creates an awesome spectacle for people to view huge numbers of birds and large crocodiles. It is a wildlife observer’s paradise…

“Home to the largest concentration of Saltwater Crocodiles”


Relax & enjoy the Mary River Wetlands aboard the 24 seaters ‘Azure I’ & ‘AzureII’ which depart the Rockhole for cruises along these unspoilt and captivating waterways. Many believe that the vast wetlands of the Mary River system are the most beautiful in the Top End.

You will experience the floodplains and paperbark forests which support breeding populations of Brolga, Egret, Jabiru, Sea eagle, Magpie geese and many more bird species .The Mary River Wetlands cruise is a must for all bird lovers. There are over 250 species of birds in the Mary River Region.

Spot saltwater crocodiles as well as fresh water crocodiles, wild buffalo & wallabies at the waters edge & plenty more wildlife as you cruise the wetlands.

The trained guides have tremendous knowledge of flora and fauna of this amazing area and will bring the experience to life for you…  See why the Mary River Wetlands is fast becoming recognized as the best place to view wildlife in the Northern Territory.


What to bring ?

Hat, Sunscreen, insect repellent, camera, raincoat in stormy weather.


Cold water available onboard.



Departure time

DEPARTS DAILY – AM & PM - Rockhole billabong – Mary River National Park

1.5 hour daily - $55 adult ($25 child)

2 hour daily - $65 Adult  ($25 child)

For scheduled cruise times & to reserve a seat - contact Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge

Private cruises avaialble on application

The rockhole is located 2 hours drive east of Darwin via the Armhem Hwy.
To reach the Rockhole requries driving on 18kms of unsealed road. (Maintained gravel road).
Transfers available from the Lodge. Fees apply



Cruise Gallery

click here to view photos from the cruises


Sightings of the following birds & wildlife are common on the Mary River Wetlands Cruise:

White Breasted Sea Eagle Australian Pratincole
Whistling kite
Rufous Night-heron
Great Egret
Brahminy Kite
White-necked Heron
Intermediate Egret
Black kite
Pied Heron
Little Egret
Blue winged Kookaburra
Black Fronted Dotterel
Cattle Egret
Little Kingfisher Black
Flying Fox
Magpie Goose

Azure Kingfisher
Little Red Flying Fox
Comb Crested Jacana
Pied Butcher Bird
Native fish
Royal spoon Bill
White Gaped Honeyeater
Straw Necked Ibis
Yellow Honeyeater
Brahman Cattle
Blue Faced Honeyeater
Water Rat
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Rainbow Bee Eater
Wild pig
Red Tailed Black Cockatoo
Whistling Duck

Water Buffalo
Pacific Black Duck
Agile Wallaby
Australian Bustard
Radjah Shelduck
Antilopine Wallaroo
Australian Darter
Grey Teal
Various lizards & monitors
Pied Cormorant
Glossy Ibis
Various snakes
Hoary-headed Crebe
Black-winged Stilt
Green Tree Trog
Wiskered Tern
Great Crested Crebe

Point Stuart