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Astute Surveying
Certified Level 1 Hydrographic Surveyor
Certified Level 1 Hydrographic Surveyor


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Hydrographically Surveying the Adelaide River, Northern Territory, Australia.

Astute Surveying was contracted to hydrographically survey The Adelaide River some 160km from the river mouth to the furthest reaches our survey vessel could travel. Undertaking this type of survey was quite different to our regular surveys and logistically difficult! Also this River is famous for the number of Crocs living in its waters

The main challenge with undertaking this type of survey is the remoteness of the site. The mouth of the Adelaide River is located 90km from Darwin (by boat) with no launching ramps or accommodation close by. As such we decided to hire a live-aboard vessel and utilise this vessel as our mother ship. The mother ship was used to travel to site with our survey vessel in tow. The mother ship worked out great as we could survey from start to finish with little or no back tracking. Also there was a great benefit in having our meals prepared and ice cold beverages once we tied up for the night . . .

This trip turned out to an experience of the “real Northern Territory”, 2/3 of the way down the river was a small island called Goat Island (an Adelaide River oasis). The island had a bar/restaurant called Casey’s Bar with accommodation (the bar was named after Casey the wild/pet croc that lives in the river). Very friendly hospitality and a nice change to sleeping on the boat with an interesting menu board.

Astute Surveying conducts hydrographic surveys Australia wide, worldwide. Please contact us if you have a hydrographic project we can assist with.

Ben Gray
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