We spent the drive from Kakadu to Darwin wildlife watching on Arnhem Highway. The countryside surrounding the highway could well be a National Park, for the amount of wildlife that we saw along the drive.
And there are plenty of eco-lodges along the way that offer various wildlife watching opportunities.
Mary River cruise
Mary River is a great place to see Freshwater crocodiles and Azure kingfishers, as well as Great-billed heron and Australia’s biggest eagle – White-bellied Sea-eagle.
The lodge at Mary River operates boat cruises and it is also possible to hire a smaller boat for a few hours and explore the river at your own pace.
Other birds we spotted from the boat were: Lemon-bellied flycatcher, Varied thriller, Rainbow bee-eater and Yellow oriole.
Wildlife at Mary River Lodge
In the afternoon, just before the boat cruise, I watched a group of Agile wallabies grazing on the lawn in front of our tent. And as I watched them, two young males decided to practice their boxing skills giving me a few good photo opportunities.
We took a walk around the campsite in the morning and spotted a beautiful Green tree snake.
Wildlife watching on Arnhem Highway
Driving along Arnhem Highway the following day we came across a small wetland on the side of the road that was absolutely teaming with birdlife. I could not believe my eyes when I saw a few Jabirus there. We spent days searching for them in Kakadu and there they were – scraping in the mud on the side of the road!
Apart from the magnificent Jabirus, there were Pied herons, Great and Intermediate egrets, Gull-billed terns, and a few Magpie geese on a nearby tree.