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About Darwin Airboat Tours
Created by Matt Wright, National Geographic's Outback Wrangler, this fun-filled experience is the NEWEST and HOTTEST tour in town and everyone is raving about it. Operating from Darwin City, the tour takes you out across DARWIN HARBOUR and around the city's beautiful mangroves and shoreline, all on our custom built V8 AIRBOAT!
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from USD 131.72
USD 138.65
Adrenaline junkies won’t want to miss this high-energy Top End adventure: an airboat tour of Darwin Harbour and the mangroves, departing right from the heart of the city. Feel the adrenaline rush as the V8 aircraft engine roars into life and the craft races across the water on a fast lap, then immerse in the Northern Territory’s epic landscape, home to sea birds, saltwater crocodiles, and more.
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cindyk19762021 wrote a review 12 Apr
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We enjoyed this experience. Great way to see Darwin from the water. Lucky was a wonderful guide with exceptional local knowledge.
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Date of experience: April 2021
Kayva wrote a review 9 Apr
Perth, Australia35 contributions9 helpful votes
We too were really pleased our tour at the end of March went ahead despite the difficulty of getting on and off at the Dinah Ramp instead of the easier town mooring. As the least agile of the passengers, it was a challenge for me but a giggle, with lots of help and so worth it when we skimmed over the mudflats to view Darwin from the other side and cruise through the mangroves. Lucky was a great skipper, providing diverse information from WWII stories to environmental news. Fascinating to drift around the crocodile trap and an abandoned pearl trawler. And yes, the 360 degree spins are fun even with a bit of mud splatter thrown in. (The white t-shirt washed up beautifully!)
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Adam M wrote a review 6 Apr
Sydney, Australia105 contributions95 helpful votes
This was simply the best morning in Darwin. Yes the price was high but it’s worth it. The tour at 8am was just perfect as we left when the water was still and the waterfront quiet. Our guide ‘Lucky’ was awesome! Great balance of fun, tourist views, speed and spins. Enjoyed the vistas of the harbour, mangroves, wildlife and history. Loved it!
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RozElk wrote a review Mar 2021
Darwin, Australia152 contributions47 helpful votes
Our driver Lucky had made a great effort to allow our tour to go ahead in pretty windy weather at low tide, by bringing the previous tour in at a different boat ramp (Dinah Beach) and organising for us to board there. The office staff (2 or 3 ladies I dealt with) were really professional and diligent whenever confirming and adjusting details over the phone, and made sure we got there ok. This meant that the previous group did have to Wade through quite a bit of muddy slick harbour water to get out, since the boat was full and the sides are quite high (though there is a ramp for when they use the regular wharf I believe). So their clothing and shoes would be soaking in buckets right now! We were so grateful that our trip could still go ahead though - thanks, Lucky - but some people couldn’t make it onboard (or knew they wouldn’t get off!) so they went for the ‘full refund or rescheduled date’ offered in the brochure. Disappointing, but you can’t predict Darwin’s weather, especially in March! As others have said, we motored along nearer the city to keep the engine noise down, but Lucky really gunned it across the mud flats, and we explored various creeks and mangrove areas. We stopped regularly to learn about flora and fauna and the whole industry of croc trapping and egg-collecting, plus the conservation of all the many types of mangroves in the wider harbour area. We certainly are so fortunate to have that on our doorstep, and we should be careful to appreciate and maintain it in partnership with the traditional owners and custodians. The 360s on the way back were so much fun: certainly a different view of Darwin than we get from our balcony! You DO get sprayed with harbour water, and sometimes with mud or even having to get out elsewhere as we found at the start, so don’t wear white/light/expensive clothes, or longer pants/valuable shoes. You may need to wash or soak some things afterwards! Knowing that, and by reading reviews that lots of people will want the adrenaline elements of the tour as well as the views and boating aspects so they’ll be disappointed if some people make the driver ‘tone it down’ for them, choose wisely and if this is for you, dress appropriately, bring plenty of water, non-blow-away-hat and strong sunscreen, and you’ll have a ball!
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Response from MWExploreTheWild, Front Office Manager at Darwin Airboat Tours
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Roz, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful and honest review, we do really appreciate it. All the best!
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as88206 wrote a review Mar 2021
Katherine, Australia1 contribution
Amazing time very friendly staff would definitely do it again the guide made it extremely fun for the kids as well as an abundance of local knowledge
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Date of experience: March 2021