“At Bamurru Plains, it’s de rigueur to head out in their airboat on to the floodplains. The closer you get to the coast, the bigger the rivers get and the more crocodiles you’ll find. What I see most of, though, are the beautiful wings of magpie geese in flight as we career around this Irish-green, glassily still world. In the paperbark swamps that edge the floodplain, tranquillity reigns when you cut the engine – there is only the sound of wind in leaves, and the delicate plop of black-winged stilts walking on their long stilt legs. Then two buffalo bulls thunder past in the water, chasing each other.”
The floodplain wetlands of the Mary River catchment are the key natural feature of this area and some of the most important in the country, home to thousands of Magpie Geese, Plumed Whistling-Duck, Egrets, Ibis and a host of other birds. These beautiful birds will take flight as you zip across the floodplains on your airboat, flocks sometimes thousands of birds strong!
Our guides will provide you with a hands on demonstration of the many uses of the flora from the wetlands whilst floating amongst a forest of melaleuca trees or looking out for crocodiles slowly swimming amongst the grasses of the floodplain. A morning trip out on the floodplains in an airboat is utterly exhilarating and the only way to truly experience this environment.
“Surrounding the wetland is a flooded forest of paperbark trees, a primordial swamp through which the airboat slowly threads its way. Azure kingfishers torpedo from tree to tree, and the underwater specialist, the darter, fans its wings in the sun to dry. Crocodiles lurk here, too, trails of bubbles rising as they tread the lagoon floor”
Carolyn Beasley, South China Morning Post