Corroboree Park is on the Arnhem Highway about 90 kms from Darwin, between Bark Hut and the Stuart Highway. The area is known for its great barra fishing and pristine wetlands.
The Corroboree Billabong, part of the Mary River Wetlands is just 18 kms from the Arnhem Highway on a well maintained unsealed road. The Billabong is famous as it has the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles per area in the world.
The birdlife here is prolific with a huge variety of species such as Jabiru, Ibis, Brolga, Egret, Kite, Sea Eagle, Magpie Geese, and many others.
Explorer John McDouall Stuart led an exploration party through this area, on route across Australia to the northern shores in 1862.
Mary River Park
The Mary River Park covers a huge area of some 8100 square kms with freshwater wetlands extending over roughly 1,300 square kms. Mary River is one of eight rivers in the Top End which have large floodplains in their catchments.
The Arnhem Highway crosses five of these eight rivers as you travel between Darwin and Jabiru. The billabongs, paperbark and monsoon forests support breeding populations of brolgas, egrets, black-necked storks, sea eagles, magpie geese and many more bird species.
Mary River is unique compared to other rivers in the Territory as it has no outlet to the sea. During some wet seasons the wetlands rise and cover the Arnhem Highway in places making it impassable, so the Highway closes for a time.