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Australia’s tropical outback – The Top End – is a wild land where brolgas fly across the sunset, huge crocodiles laze on riverbanks and sandstone shimmers with the world’s oldest art. But even here wildlife faces threats. Shorebirds (waders) fly to Australia’s Top End from Siberia and the Arctic, encountering disappearing habitats and shrinking food resources. Our conservation mission on this trip is to help protect them while they are in the Top End.
Feel the timeless peace of a landscape full of animals and very few people. Wake to the manic calls of flying-foxes and cockatoos, look out across a billabong filled with water-lilies, walk on rocks created 600 million years ago.
Get to know Kakadu and Mary River national parks including some of the lesser-known walks and rock-art sites. In Darwin, help us count shorebirds at regular roost and feeding sites. These long-distance world travellers are threatened by human disturbance, so our conservation mission is to help grow awareness amongst the community.
Welcome to Darwin and the Top End
Today’s activities depend on the tides. You will be informed of timing well in advance. Your wildlife guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you out to an important shorebird (wader) site to help count and record these threatened birds. Darwin is home to intertidal zones (mudflats, beaches, estuaries, mangroves) that are critical to a wide variety of birds that migrate along the East Asian-Australasian flyway every year. Some of our shorebird sites are highly used by the public, and disturbance from humans and dogs is the biggest threat to these birds. We take the opportunity to count and discuss shorebirds and their challenges. We may also visit some of the other wildlife highlights of Darwin, including the Darwin Botanical Gardens and East Point. Potential wildlife sightings today: Migratory and local waders, finches, owls, pigeons and doves, bowerbirds, thick-knees, agile wallabies. Accommodation: your first night in Darwin is at your own expense (or we can help you to arrange accommodation at an extra cost). No meals are included today.
Darwin to Kakadu/Jabiru via Fogg Dam and Mamukala Wetlands
Mary River National Park
Mary River by river and road
The wonders of Bird Billabong – Point Stuart to Darwin