Seasonal Guide

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.

March / April

Wildman Wilderness Lodge will re-open after the wet season on 23rd 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.

Climate

  • Temperatures remain at summer highs, averaging 23°C - 34°C each day.
  • Rainfall in March can continue for up to 17 days, and drops back to approximately 6 days in April.

Tours

  • Home Billabong cruise operates daily at this time.
  • Airboats operate daily at this time. It is perfect conditions for getting out on the wetlands.
  • Conditions are excellent at this time for fishing tours.
  • Kakadu Day Tour operates with a slightly restricted itinerary as several tracks and sites do not open until later in the season.
  • Leichhardt Point Sundowners will typically commence sometime in April when the water starts to recede.
  • Culture Walks will be available but the content may vary depending on ground water in the area.

May / June

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.

Climate

  • Temperatures cool down slightly, averaging 19°C - 33°C each day.
  • Rainfall is typically only experienced 1-2 days each month. If at all.

Tours

  • Home Billabong cruise operates daily at this time.
  • Airboat tours generally continue through to the end of August or early September.
  • Fishing tours operate regularly at this time but must be booked in advance.
  • Mary River Rockhole cruise operates at this time.
  • Kakadu Day Tour operates regularly at this time. Access to some sites may remain restricted into May, depending on the impact of the last wet season.
  • Leichhardt Point Sundowners operates regularly at this time.
  • Culture Walks operate regularly at this time.

July / August / September

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.

Climate

  • Temperatures stay cooler in July and August, averaging 19°C - 33°C each day.
  • In September average temps warm up to 21°C - 36°C daily.
  • Rainfall remains limited to barely one day per month.

Tours

  • Home Billabong cruise operates daily at this time.
  • Airboat tours are likely to continue during this period and will depend on water levels.
  • Mary River Rockhole cruise operates regularly at this time.
  • Kakadu Day Tour operates regularly at this time. Access to all sites should be open.
  • Leichhardt Point Sundowners operates regularly at this time.
  • Culture Walks operate regularly at this time.

October / November

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.

Climate

  • Temperatures continue to warm up, averaging 24°C - 37°C each day.
  • Rainfall remains limited to barely two days in October but can build up to ten days in November.

Tours

  • Home Billabong cruise operates daily at this time.
  • Airboat tours bookings will depend on water levels and so you should check before booking.
  • Mary River Rockhole cruise operates regularly at this time, however may be affected in late November if heavy rain has arrived.
  • Kakadu Day Tour operates regularly at this time. Access to all sites should be open.
  • Leichhardt Point Sundowners operates regularly at this time.
  • Culture Walks operate regularly at this time.

December / January / February

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.

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