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This six-day Birdwatching Safari is an Australian Geographic Travel exclusive tour led by renowned specialist guide, Luke Paterson, holding over two decades of local knowledge and experience.
With a small private group you’ll explore all the major habitats of the Northern Territory’s Top End (Darwin, Kakadu National Park and Katherine) to seek specialty bird species including Gouldian finches, black-banded fruit dove and rainbow pitta. With more than 300 bird species in the region, it truly is a birdwatcher’s paradise.
You’ll get away from the crowds during a guided birdwatching cruise on Ramsar-listed World Heritage wetlands and visit several ancient Aboriginal rock art sites, making it a fascinating way to birdwatch. We practise ethical birdwatching guidelines to minimise our impact on the places we visit.
Your guide, Luke Paterson, has a celebrated reputation as one of Australia’s leading specialist bird guides. His multi-award-winning efforts enhance the guest experience through passionate sharing of the natural wonders of the Northern Territory, Luke’s guiding playground for the past 23 years. Luke’s ethical professionalism and great company in the field is admirable, along with his incredible birding skills and acute hearing and sight, earning him a reputation for having ‘hawk-eyes’. At the heart of it all, Luke is a top-notch birder with a keen interest in wildlife and landscape photography and looks forward to hosting and guiding you on Australian Geographic Travel adventures.
Darwin to Kakadu National Park
Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D), Hotel (H) Embark on an Australian Geographic special birdwatching tour of the Northern Territory’s Top End with your award-winning local specialist bird guide Luke Paterson. The tour starts early (pick ups from Darwin hotel at 6am) to travel to the heritage-listed Fogg Dam near the Adelaide River. Enjoy a stunning half day of birdwatching around this thriving wetland with bird hides and nature trails to explore. We’ll take a picnic breakfast and lunch with the birds. Species to look out for include: forest kingfisher, rose-crowned fruit dove, rainbow pitta, lemon-bellied flycatcher, barking owl. We then set off travelling through the savannah woodlands and head into the World Heritage Kakadu National Park. World famous, Kakadu is a place of undeniable and irreplaceable beauty and wonder. Kakadu, Australia’s largest terrestrial national park is dual world-heritage listed (for both natural and cultural features). It is home to one third of Australia’s bird species (280), ancient living Aboriginal cultures spanning 65,000 years in the region and 1.8–2.5 billion-year old geological features (half the age of the Earth!). We’ll visit the ever-changing Mamukala Wetland and bird hide on the Ramsar-listed South Alligator floodplains, a fantastic site of mixed habitat for bush and water birds including crimson finch, plumed and wandering whistling, magpie goose, glossy ibis and comb-crested jacana. The site is significant magpie geese on mass and migratory shorebirds including little curlew in the hotter parts of the year (September–November). For the next two nights you’ll stay in Australia’s first Aboriginal-owned township of Jabiru, originally built to service the closing uranium mine and now the community and park visitors. Overnight at the boutique Aboriginal-owned Anbinik Kakadu Resort – A/C rooms, private external bathrooms, dinner at local restaurant.
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park to Pine Creek
Pine Creek and Katherine regions
Pine Creek to Darwin
Darwin’s Urban Region