The Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve lies about 70km east of Darwin along the picturesque Arnhem Highway. It is one of the only wetland systems in the region that is accessible to visitors throughout the year thanks to its collection of boardwalks that take you through different landscapes and to a variety of observation platforms.
To make the most of the wetlands, visit anytime from the end of March to the beginning of October. This is when the birdlife is at its most colourful, and you can take a number of walks to discover some of the rarer species. The path system is easy to navigate, taking in shady viewing platforms and lookouts, where you can really get a feel for the natural beauty of the area.
For exceptional views of the dam itself, make a beeline for the Pandanus Lookout, which is best experienced at sunset or sunrise. If you are feeling adventurous, pack a picnic to enjoy in the open air.
The Wildlife of Fogg Dam Conservation Project
It is the diverse selection of animal species that make the Fogg Dam Conservation Project appealing to visitors. It lies amongst the Adelaide and Mary River Floodplains, which are known for their abundance of bird species. The area itself attracts a diverse selection of local and migratory water birds, as well as other wildlife species.
Here, you’ll also find one of the largest snake populations in the whole of Australia. Keep your eyes peeled for the Water Python and the Death Adder.
You might also be able to catch a glimpse of some Saltwater Crocodiles which make their way to the Fogg Dam Conservation area during the wet season. They’re usually gone by the dry season in search of rivers and billabongs, but you might still be able to spot one or two if you visit out of season.
Walks at Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
There are plenty of walks that take you through the spectacular scenery of the reserve. The Woodlands to Waterlily Walk is a popular one, which takes visitors from the car park through the lush forests that line the sprawling floodplains. You can then join the boardwalks which take you straight to the dam. This 45-minute walk is ideal for beginner walkers, or those just looking to get a taste for the area.
Alternatively, for something a little longer, try the Monsoon Rainforest Walk, which begins by the toilet block and takes walkers through a variety of different landscapes, including paperbark forests, sprawling floodplains, and monsoon forests. It takes around 2 hours to complete.