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The Corroboree Park Tavern is the ideal place to stay if you wish to explore the real Top End. With access to two major river systems, the amazing Mary River wetlands and diverse environments, there is always something to do!

The Corroboree Park Tavern alone is set on 300 acres of natural bushland. You are welcome to wander the tracks and enjoy the solitude (the block is fully fenced so you can’t get lost). This is a must for bird watchers!

We also play host to live entertainment most weekends throughout the dry, as well as a number of fishing competitions and other events. Check out our events page to find out more.


Within an hour’s drive from Corroboree Park Tavern, you have access to five boat ramps and many land based fishing spots, both fresh and salt water.

Please take care around the water courses, crocodiles do live here.

Take plenty of drinking water and always let someone know where you are going and around how long you will be away.

Check out our web links for charters or boat hire.


The Barra Hot Line Fishing Charters

08 89 811 939

Mary River Houseboat Hire

Hire a tinny for a day or a houseboat for a week
08 89 788 925

Hardies Lagoon

Boat Ramp – Camping

The Surrounds

As you leave Humpty Doo and travel east, you will notice the bushland changes continuously. From semi-open forest, to thick wetland scrub, onto vast flood plains. As you travel the Arnhem Highway, take your time and explore. If you want to explore and learn more about the local culture and surrounds, we recommend:


Aboriginal Cultural Tours
+61 (0) 89849282

Fogg Dam Conservation Area

Walking Tracks. Find The Rainbow Pitta

Window on the Wetlands

Interpretive Centre With An Amazing View

Spectacular Jumping Crocs

See some of the territory’s biggest crocs leap metres in the air
61+(0) 89789077

The  Adelaide River

Boat Ramp – Goat Island

Albatross Scenic Helicopter Flights
61+(0) 889789203

Djukbinj National Park

Off The Beaten Track.. 4 x 4 and Fishing

Corroboree Park Tavern

The best place to camp and explore the wetlands!

Wetland Cruises

A guided cruise on the amazing Corroboree Billabong
08 89 855 855

Corroboree Billabong

Boat Ramp – Camping – Awesome Water Birds

In Situ Wild Rice Conservation

Rock Carvings By Mitsuaki Tanabe – RIP

The Mary River

Boat Ramp – Day Picnic Area

The Mary River National Park

Boat Ramps – Camping

Purple Mango Cafe

Gourmet brekky and pizza; all home made
0407 739 738

 Bird Watching

The Top End has an amazing array of birds. The Mary River Wetlands are home to over 200 species alone, including Brolgas, Black Necked Storks/Jabiru, Kingfishers, Pratincoles, Flycatchers, Finches, Comb Crested Jacanas, Rainbow Bee Eaters and much more.

There are also a number of species of migratory birds that pop in throughout the year.

The acres of grassland in the area provides habitat for many finches, wrens, mannikins and other seed eating species – and let’s not get started on Parrots, Cockatoos and Lorikeets!

There are several ways to enjoy our birds. You could hire a leisure boat for the day on Corroboree Billabong; this waterway is part of the Mary River System and is one of the Top End’s best kept secrets. Spend the night on a house boat listening to the Barking Owls talk to each other and the Dawn Serenade of hundreds of birds waking and joining in song. Truly amazing. There are also many guided cruises on Corroboree Billabong, including air boat rides across the flood plains. Seeing the many thousands of birds that the flood plains sustain is a real eye opener.

NT Bird Specialists

Luke Paterson and Sarah Burgess
P: 04216 511 22 | P: 0455 921 095
Luke’s reputation precedes him.

Bird Billabong

Home To The Elusive Gouldian Finch – Great Walking Tracks

More information

For info on other areas or access to these areas check out Tourism Top End websites.

Tourism Top End

Find us at:

Arnhem Highway, Marrakai, 0836, Northern Territory, Australia.