National Parks / Natural World

Bird Billabong Arnhem Highway

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Bird Billabong
Mary River National Park
150 kilometres east of Darwin
Arnhem Highway
Tel: 8 8999 4555

Where are we going today?

The Northern Territory is home to the highest number of waterbirds in Australia as well as some of the most beautiful and rare bird species. The aptly-named Bird Billabong is located in the Mary River National Park between the Mount Bundy Hills and the Mary River channel, and is teeming with many of them.

Take the pleasant 2 kilometre stroll to the billabong through scenic surroundings. Stand on the viewing platform at the water's edge a while, it's designed to give panoramic views over the billabong, which is a permanent fresh water swamp surrounded by paperbark forests. Bring your camera, there's so much to see: Magpie geese, ducks, jabirus, herons, ibis and other waterbirds are known to frequent the landlocked billabong. Many species such as Radjah Shelducks breed in the billabong as waters recede on the wetlands. The shallow depth of the billabong results in vast changes to the area between seasons, from fully flooded (February/March) to parched dry (usually by October).

Other features here include an Interpretive Centre with facilities, and use of the self guided wlaking trails.

Please note that the Sat Nav coordinates given for this attraction are the nearest accepted ones to the attraction, it will not put you precisely there, so please plan your journey independently.

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When can we go?

Year round daily access.

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