True Territory Tour

THE EXPERIENCE

We’ve called on our mates for this one – travelling by private charter helicopter and partnering with the best in the business to bring you 3 of the Top Ends most iconic, must-do experiences

  1. Wetlands Airboat Adventure
  2. Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise
  3. Rockstar landing at the iconic Noonamah Tavern for an Aussie pub lunch

We call it the True Territory Tour or the ‘Triple-T” because Aussies abbreviate everything, right?

STOP 1 – WETLANDS AIRBOAT ADVENTURE

A fascinating 30 minute scenic flight west of Darwin is the Corroboree Billabong, a wildlife lovers paradise, in the heart of the famous Mary River Wetlands.

Travelling by scenic helicopter provides a unique aerial perspective highlighting the lay of the land and allowing a clearer understanding of the seasonal dynamics at play. Through periods of heavy rain and long dry spells, this is an ever-changing but always intriguing landscape.

We join the team from Wildlands Wetlands Safaris on an exhilarating 45-minute Airboat Adventure while discovering the flora and fauna of Australia’s largest wetland system, home to an abundance of wild crocodiles, native birdlife and various land mammals including wallabies, buffalo, jabiru, sea eagles, kites, kingfishers, brolgas and jacanas.

Please note: minimum age for the airboat tour is 4 years.

STOP 2 – SPECTACULAR JUMPING CROCODILE CRUISE

Back in the chopper, our next stop is an exhilarating and educational 1 hour cruise with the team at Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruises.

This stretch of the Adelaide River is literally heaving with crocodiles! When combined with sections of the nearby Mary River this region has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles anywhere in the world ranging from 5 up to a staggering 15 crocodiles per kilometre of river and your experienced guide knows many of them by name!

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

Grab a front row seat as these opportunistic, hyper-carnivorous apex predators demonstrate their explosive power and natural jumping ability, used at other times to capture birds and bats along the river banks.

The crocodile’s strong tail propels it out of the water to snare its catch, its jaws snapping shut with nearly 2 tonnes of closing pressure (almost twice that of an American alligator) producing an eerie drum-like sound before swallowing it’s catch whole and exhaling noisily as it disappears from view.

During the cruise you will also learn about the floodplain ecosystem, it’s history and other wildlife including white-bellied sea eagles, whistling kites, bull sharks and flying-foxes. The Adelaide River is also habitat for the endangered speartooth shark and critically endangered large tooth sawfish.

FUN FACT:  The largest crocodile ever recorded in the Northern Territory was in the 1980s measuring an incredible 6.2 m long and was estimated to weigh well over 1000kg! 

STOP 3 – LUNCH AT “THE NOONIE”

Our final scenic flight of the day ends with a rockstar arrival directly in front of legendary Noonamah Tavern.  Relax and refresh over a hearty pub meal and a cold beverage or two before a transfer back to your accommodation. Lunch and beverages are at your own expense.

WHAT TO BRING

Camera, sun-smart clothing including hat, sunglasses and sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended).

Please note: actual flight path may differ on the day due to adverse weather conditions and/or air traffic control.