Wildman Wilderness Lodge is located in the diverse and spectacular Mary River Wetlands region of Australia’s Northern Territory.
Located approximately half way between Darwin and Kakadu National Park, the region experiences distinct seasons due to the annual monsoon cycle. Locals refer to it as the “wet” (October to March) and the “dry” (April to September). The indigenous people of the area have a far more complex view of the seasons which are also characterised by changes in flora and fauna and defined as six different seasons. Learn more
The Mary River Wetlands are teeming with wildlife featuring a vast variety of birdlife. The billabongs, paperbark and monsoon forests support breeding populations of brolgas, egrets, black necked storks, sea eagles, magpie geese and many more bird species.
The flood plains rise and recede with the seasons with freshwater waterways and billabongs providing a natural habitat for some of the largest salt water crocodiles in Australia and copious barramundi.
When planning your stay at Wildman Wilderness Lodge the time of year will dictate the best tours available and the wildlife you will see. To assist, we have compiled a seasonal planning calendar to help visitors create their ideal holiday itinerary. Just click on the month below when you plan to travel and learn more about the climate conditions to expect during your stay, the wildlife activity, and the most favourable tour options to pre-book.
Wildman Wilderness Lodge will re-open after the wet season on Good Friday 29th March 2016. As the heavy rains begin to ease, the rivers subside but the fish population remains plentiful. This is considered the prime fishing time for anglers. It is also perfect conditions for touring the wetlands.
Relatively cool weather arrives in May. During this period nights are crisp and mornings can be misty. The skies are clear and the wildlife is active. The water recedes further as the landscape dries out. This is a perfect time for touring.
Birds in their millions converge on waterholes and rivers during this period as the reduction in rainfall forces waterholes to contract. This is a wonderful time of year for bird watchers as up to a third of Australia’s bird species are congregated in one place.
The build up to the wet begins around this time. Dark clouds roll across the sky, but rarely deliver rain. This is the season of spectacular electrical storms providing a show for locals and visitors alike. This is also when the termites are most active building their nests which appear around the area seemingly overnight.
Wildman Wilderness Lodge closes at the peak of the wet season. Although this is a spectacular time of year, access to touring is very limited. We use this time to complete maintenance on the property and give our hard working team a good break.