Bird Watching Tours in Darwin, Northern Territory

“Imagine sitting by a waterhole in the outback, 800 Gouldian Finches swoop down, quickly drinking before taking off to make way for incoming Masked, Double-barred and Long-tailed Finches….
…. This may sound like a dream, but it can be your reality when joining NT Bird Specialists on an ‘9 Day Birding Frenzy’ tour.”

Gouldian Finch Red and Black-faced forms

Photographing Gouldian Finches in their hundreds -
Credit Sheau Torng Lim

Birding, Wildlife & Photography Tours –
Departs Darwin or Kakadu, Northern Territory, Australia.

There are different kinds of bird watchers, wildlife photographers and nature-lovers, and luckily, we can guide you all.
Each tour is designed to maximise your viewing opportunities in the best natural locations in the ‘Top End’ of the Northern Territory.
Tours can be tailored to suit your needs and t
he diverse range of photographic, wildlife and aboriginal cultural insights we offer across the Top End, means you don’t just have to love birds to enjoy our tours.
Rest assured with our award-winning team, as we combine over 22 years experience in the Northern Territory and Kimberley regions when packaging the best ecotours on offer, so you have more time to spot wildlife and soak in your surroundings in comfort.
Our services in special-interest nature tourism are amongst the best on offer. Come and experience it for yourself.

  • Bird watching tours
  • Wildlife tours
  • Photography tours (bird photography, wildlife photography, landscape photography)
  • Top End nature and culture highlights
  • NT, WA, QLD tours

Tour are limited so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

 

  • Chartered Tours

Prefer a private service? Let us arrange your personalised tour today.

Choose from our existing itineraries or let us tailor-make your perfect wildlife holiday.
Just select your desired number of days for birding/photography/wildlife and style of touring (luxury/standard/camping). We will do the rest.

Enquire for larger group bookings of up to 11 guests (subject to availability).

  • Group tours

Every year we promote a selection of our most popular and new products for groups of like-minded people to join.
You can also open your own group tours.
Minimum payments for departure apply, either two, three or four guests (depending on tour offer).
Single supplement rates apply. Enquire for luxury or standard rates.
Camping options in a stretcher tent includes hotel accommodation on night one.
(See tour details and inclusions below)

 

2017 GROUP TOURS SUMMARY

See 2017 group tours listed below on each tour.

Enquire for charters, alternative dates and itineraries
*All prices in Australian Dollars ($AUD)

 

2018 GROUP TOURS SUMMARY

Enquire for private charters, alternative dates and itineraries
See details on individual tours below.
*All prices in Australian Dollars ($AUD)

22 – 26 May 2018 – 5 Day “Top End Birds and Wildlife Photography” - Darwin, Kakadu & Pine Creek
$3,199 per person (En-suite twin share), S.Sup $479. Camping $2,949 per person, S.Sup $120 (night 1 hotel). Max 6 guests. Enquire for itinerary.

1 – 10 July 2018 – 10 Day “Ultimate Top End Birding Adventure” – Darwin, Mary River, Kakadu, Katherine, Pine Creek, Timber Creek, Lake Argyle and Kununurra Regions 
$5,299 per person (En-suite twin share), S.Sup $1,025. Camping $4,899 per person, S.Sup $120 (night 1 hotel). Max 8 guests. Enquire for itinerary.

19 – 27 July 2018 – 9 Day “Birding Frenzy” - Darwin, Mary River, Kakadu, Katherine, Pine Creek and Timber Creek Regions 
$4,999 per person (En-suite twin share), S.Sup $830. Camping $4,699 per person, S.Sup $120 (night 1 hotel). Max 8 guests. Enquire for itinerary.

9 – 13 August 2018 – “5 Day Top End Birding and Wildlife” - Darwin, Kakadu & Pine Creek
$2,899 per person (En-suite twin share), S.Sup $580. Camping $2,799 per person, S.Sup $120 (night 1 hotel). Max 8 guests. Enquire for itinerary.

*Feature Tour* 5 – 17 September 2018 – 13 Day “Birding and Wildlife in Tropical Australia”
*
Joint tour delivered by Inala Nature Tours (North Queensland) and NT Bird Specialists (Top End, Northern Territory) Australia
Cairns, Atherton Table Lands, Mareeba, Mt Molloy, Daintree Regions / Darwin, Mary River, Kakadu, Katherine, Pine Creek and Adelaide River Regions
$7,799 per person (En-suite twin share), S.sup $1,125. Max 8 guests. Enquire for itinerary.

21 – 29 September 2018 – 9 Day “Tropical Outback Bird Photography” - Darwin, Mary River, Kakadu, Katherine, Pine Creek and Timber Creek Regions 
$5,799  per person (En-suite twin share), S.sup $820. Camping $5,449 per person , S.Sup $120 (night 1 hotel). Max 6 guests. Enquire for itinerary.

6 – 10 October 2018 – 5 Day “Top End Birding and Wildlife” - Darwin, Kakadu & Pine Creek
$2,899 per person (En-suite twin share), S.Sup $580. Camping $2,799 per person, S.Sup $120 (night 1 hotel). Max 8 guests. Enquire for itinerary.

DON’T MISS OUT. BOOK TODAY. Email: info@ntbirdspecialists.com.au or phone: +61 (0) 421 651 122 / +61 (0) 455 921 092

Inclusions

from the moment we pick you up from your hotel in Darwin, until we drop you off again.

  • Experienced and professional award-winning bird guide and tour operation
  • Excellence in guiding skill and local natural history knowledge
  • Small groups (maximum 6 or 8 guests). Please enquire for larger group bookings.
  • All accommodation while on multi-day tours
  • All tours and cruises stated in itinerary
  • All meals on tour (please notify us of allergies at time of booking)
  • Cold water, tea and coffee (alcoholic beverages excluded)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Transport in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Take home bird list
  • Spotting scope, binoculars and field guides to share
  • National Park permits and entry fees
  • Emergency communications and kit
  • Assurance of travelling with an award-winning Australian Accredited Tourism Business and Licensed Commercial Tour Operator and Vehicle

 



Yellow Waters Credit: Don Fuchs

Yellow Waters Credit: Don Fuchs

KAKADU BIRD WEEK 1 – 7 October 2017

NT Bird Specialists KakaduBirdWeek2017 itineraries          

Kakadu Bird Week Program 2017

26 – 29 September 2017 – 4 Day / 3 Night – Birding Beyond Kakadu
Victoria River Region Specialities
Straight after Red Centre Bird Festival and right before Kakadu Bird Week

$2,435 per person (En-suite twin share), S.Sup $150 AUD. Enquire for camping prices.
Min 3 guests, max 8 guests.

1 – 7 October - Kakadu Bird Week
Half day tours, boat cruises, slideshow presentations and more (itineraries above).

9 October 2017 - 1 Day – Sticky-beaking Around Darwin Straight after Kakadu Bird Week $249 AUD per person

DON’T MISS OUT. BOOK TODAY.
Email: info@ntbirdspecialists.com.au or
phone: +61 (0) 421 651 122 / +61 (0) 455 921 092

 



 

photography cruise Kakadu

Private Kakadu wetland photography cruise

Photography and Filming Tours

All our itineraries can be tailored to your photographic and filming requirements and target species/landscapes. Group tours are limited to 6 guests. Portable hide use and private boat cruises available on most itineraries.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming photography workshops.

We can help you organise your commercial projects and documentary permits too.

Tour are limited so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

 

 

Bird photography at Fogg Dam Wetlands

Bird photography at Fogg Dam Wetlands

*2018 Group tours*

5 Day / 4 Night –
Top End Birds and Wildlife Photography Tour

Darwin, Kakadu & Pine Creek
22 – 26 May 2018
$3,199 per person (En-suite twin share), S.Sup $479.
Camping $2,949 per person, S.Sup $120 (night 1 hotel).
Max 6 guests. Enquire for itinerary.

Includes: 1 Private Sunrise Yellow Water Cruise, 1 Private Mary River Cruise, 2 privately guided rock art sites, Territory Wildlife Park exclusive encounters

 

 

Little Kingfisher

Little Kingfisher


9 Day / 8 Night -

Tropical Outback Bird Photography Tour

Darwin, Mary River, Kakadu, Katherine, Pine Creek and Timber Creek Regions
21 – 29 September 2018 

$5,799  per person (En-suite twin share), S.sup $820.
Camping $5,449 per person, S.Sup $120 (night 1 hotel).
Max 6 guests. Enquire for itinerary.

Includes: 1 Private Sunrise Yellow Water Cruise, 1 Private Mary River Cruise

DON’T MISS OUT. BOOK TODAY. Email: info@ntbirdspecialists.com.au or
phone: +61 (0) 421 651 122 / +61 (0) 455 921 092

 



 

Wilkin's Short-eared Rock Wallaby

Wilkin’s Short-eared Rock Wallaby

Birding, Wildlife and Cultural Tours

All itineraries can be tailored to meet your personal requirements and target species OR book one of our unique Top End group tours.

Key experiences include: Bird, reptile and mammal watching, wildlife and landscape photography, target species lists, boat cruises (private hire when available), aboriginal rock art and occupation sites, scenic lookouts, bush walking, waterfalls and Arnhem Land Add-ons.

See our Naturalists Highlights page for more details and species lists.

 


5 Day / 4 Night – Top End Birding and Wildlife Tour

Darwin, Kakadu & Pine Creek

saltwater crocodile in Northern Territory

Saltwater Crocodile Crocodylus porosus

Our 5 day ‘Top End Birding & Wildlife Experience’ tour provides fantastic chances to view many Top End specialty birds and wildlife, including Rainbow Pitta, Banded-fruit Dove (endemic), Hooded Parrot (endemic), Gouldian Finch and many waterbirds. We also seek reptiles (Frill-neck Lizard, Saltwater and Freshwater Crocodiles, freshwater turtles, monitor species) and mammals (Agile and Wilkin’s Rock Wallaby, Antillopine and Black Wallaroo (endemic), Northern Brown Bandicoots, micro and fruit bat species).
Explore two Aboriginal rock art and occupation sites, home regional and endemic species and cruise
Ramsar-listed waterways to view abundant bird and reptile-life in lily-covered wetlands.
Embark on several short walks (easy to moderate grade, up to 6 km) in various tropical habitats in the huge and diverse World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, and enjoy urban birding in towns and nature reserves along the 1200km+ Top End circuit.
The brilliant photographic opportunities of birds, wildlife and landscapes are many and varied.
This tour explores the regions from Darwin – Fogg Dam – Mary River – World Heritage Kakadu National Park – Pine Creek – Nitmiluk National Park – Adelaide River and back to Darwin over 5 wildlife-filled days.

Includes: 1 Sunrise Yellow Water Cruise, 1 Private Mary River Cruise, 2 privately guided rock art sites

*2017 Group tours*

27 – 31 October 2017
$2,899 per person (En-suite twin share), S.Sup $580.
Camping $2,799 per person, S.Sup $120 (night 1 hotel). 
Max 8 guests. Enquire for itinerary.

*2018 Group tours*

9 – 13 August 2018

6 – 10 October 2018
$2,899 per person (En-suite twin share), S.Sup $580.
Camping $2,799 per person, S.Sup $120 (night 1 hotel). 
Max 8 guests. Enquire for itinerary.

 

*Feature Tour*

Southern Cassowary Bob Lewis

Southern Cassowary Bob Lewis

13 Day / 12 Night – Birding and Wildlife in Tropical Australia Tour – CAIRNS (QLD) and TOP END (NT)

*Joint tour delivered by Inala Nature Tours (North Queensland) and NT Bird Specialists (Top End, Northern Territory) Australia*

Cairns, Atherton Table Lands, Mareeba, Mt Molloy, Daintree Regions /
Darwin, Mary River, Kakadu, Katherine, Pine Creek and Adelaide River Regions

Highlights include:
Birds: Southern Cassowary, Golden Bowerbird, Noisy Pitta, Chowchilla, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Spotted Cat Bird, Victoria’s Riflebird, Lesser Sooty Owl, Papuan Frogmouth, Rainbow Pitta, Great Bowerbird, Gouldian Finch, Hooded Parrot, Banded Fruitdove, Rufous Owl, Tawny Frogmouth.
Mammals: Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo,  Platypus, Spectacled Flying Fox, Striped, Lemuroid and Coppery-tailed Possums, Long-nosed Bandicoot, Mareeba Rock Wallaby, Wilkin’s Short-eared Rock Wallaby, Black Wallaroo, Antillopine Wallaroo, Rock Ringtail Possums, Northern Brown Bandicoot, Blackand Little Red Flying Foxes
Reptiles: Amethystine Python, Common Tree-snake, Boyd’s Forest Dragon, Estuarine Crocodile, Freshwater Crocodile, Merton’s Water Monitor, Frill-necked Lizard.

Includes: 1 Daintree River Cruise, 1 Sunrise Yellow Water Cruise, 1 Private Mary River Cruise, 2 privately guided rock art sites

5 – 17 September 2018
$7,799 per person (En-suite twin share), S.sup $1,125.
Max 8 guests. Price excludes flights.
Contact Us for full itinerary.

DON’T MISS OUT. BOOK TODAY. Email: info@ntbirdspecialists.com.au or phone: +61 (0) 421 651 122 / +61 (0) 455 921 092



 

Bird Watching Tours – Darwin and Beyond

All itineraries can be tailored to meet your requirements and target species OR book one of our unique Top End tours.

Tour are limited so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

 

1 Day Sticky-Beaking Around Darwin Tour

Forest Kingfisher on lily pod

Forest Kingfisher at Fogg Dam Darwin

Darwin, Fogg Dam and surrounds

Darwin’s urban landscapes retain an array of habitats for birds and wildlife to flourish in.
Come and “Sticky Beak” around Darwin’s mangroves, coastlines, tidal
flats, monsoon vine forests, lagoons, tropical woodlands and floodplains with our local and knowledgeable guide. A quick probe over Darwin’s bird life during a one day tour is a good way to wet your appetite for your next excursion with NT Bird Specialists.

Group tours
$249 AUD per person.

Chartered Tours
$615 AUD for 1-2 people
(additional guests in group $249 AUD per person)

*2017 Group tours*

12 September 2017
1 Day Photography Tour – targeting Gouldian Finch and Rainbow Pitta – Maximum 4 guests (3 seats remaining)

  • 2 guests – $399 AUD per person
  • 3-4 guests – $299 AUD per person

9 October 2017 
$249 AUD
per person Straight after Kakadu Bird Week

Contact Us for full itinerary 

 


 

1 Day Wild Kakadu – Wetlands and Stone Country Tour

1 Day Kakadu National Park tour

Rainbow Pitta in monsoon forest

Rainbow Pitta

This one day tour starts and finishes in the heart of the World Heritage Kakadu National Park. Join us to explore Ramsar-listed wetlands, bird hides, monsoon forest and ancient stone country habitats, home to endemic and regionally significant species of birds and other iconic wildlife species. The tour also includes a privately guided tour of aboriginal rock art sites. Half and full day options available. Pick up and drop off in Jabiru. Other locations subject to availability and request.

** Private charter itineraries can be amended on request and subject to availability e.g. add boat cruises, bush walks, additional sites and habitats, rock art sites, target species, waterfalls and Arnhem Land Add-ons.

Enquire for group rates.

Contact Us for full itinerary

DON’T MISS OUT. BOOK TODAY. Email: info@ntbirdspecialists.com.au or phone: +61 (0) 421 651 122 / +61 (0) 455 921 092

 


 

2 Day / 1 Night – Parrot and Finch Paradise Tour

Darwin and Pine Creek Region

Hooded parrot male) feeding on grass seeds

Ten species of parrots, including the locally endemic Hooded Parrot, Cockatiel, Northern Rosella and Red-winged Parrot, rightfully makes the historic gold mining and railway township of Pine Creek the ‘Top End’s home of parrots’. With five common finch species breeding in the region, including the spectacular Gouldian Finch, it’s no wonder why guests love coming to see these inland bursts of colour on this two day bird watching tour.
Let NT Bird Specialists highlight the vivid contrasts in landscape and bird life the coast to inland country has to offer when exploring the “Parrot and Finch Paradise” of the Darwin and Pine Creek regions.

Group Tours
$1,379 AUD per person (En-suite twin share).
Minimum 2, maximum 8 guests.

Enquire for camping prices.

Chartered Tours (1-2 guests)

Contact Us for full itinerary and rates

 


 

 3 Day / 2 Night – Ragul Run Tour

Darwin to Kakadu National Park

Partridge Pigeon (red-eye form)

Partridge Pigeon

For those with a less time to visit the Top End, our 3 Day “Ragul Run” Tour presents the bird watching highlights, heading east from Darwin, to the remarkable World Heritage Kakadu National Park. We’ll be searching this biodiversity hotspot for endemic and sought-after species such as White-lined Honeyeater, Banded Fruit-dove, Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon, Black Wallaroo (Barrk) and the newly split Wilkin’s (Eastern) Rock Wallaby (Badbong). The ancient and culturally-rich landscapes of Kakadu are also home to the Partridge Pigeon (Ragul), another iconic regional species we will be targeting on our 3 day adventure.

Includes: 1 Sunrise Yellow Water Cruise, 2 privately guided rock art sites.

Group Tours
$2,419 AUD per person (Standard twin share).
Minimum 2, maximum 8 guests.

Enquire for camping prices.

Chartered Tours (1-2 guests)

Contact Us for full itinerary and rates

DON’T MISS OUT. BOOK TODAY. Email: info@ntbirdspecialists.com.au or phone: +61 (0) 421 651 122 / +61 (0) 455 921 092

 



4 Day / 3 Night – Kakadu Djagarna Jaunt Tour

Darwin, Mary River, Kakadu and Pine Creek Regions

Black-necked Stork

Black-necked Stork

Our four day “Djagarna Jaunt” tour explores a 1100 kilometre circuit along the Arnhem, Kakadu and Stuart Highways, in the Top End of the Northern Territory, the ‘gateway’ to biodiverse habitats across the region. We’ll explore the homes of popular target birds such as Rainbow Pitta, Hooded Parrots, Gouldian Finch, Black Bittern, Little Kingfisher and Banded Fruit-dove. There is plenty of other wildlife to see along the way too, including over five species of macropod and two crocodilians, living in and around ancient and modern Aboriginal cultural sites. ‘Djagarna’ is a traditional Aboriginal language name for the Black-necked Stork. This bird is an iconic part of the Ramsar listed wetlands covering roughly one third of Kakadu National Park and an impressive sight to see any time of the day.

Includes: 1 Sunrise Yellow Water Cruise, 1 sunrise Mary River Cruise, 2 privately guided rock art sites.

Group Tours
$3,199 AUD per person (Ensuite twin share).
Camping  $2,999 per person, S.Sup $120 (night 1 hotel).
Minimum 2, maximum 8 guests.


Chartered Tours (1-2 guests)

Contact Us for full itinerary and rates

 


 

4 Day / 3 Night – Finch Frenzy Tour

Gouldian Finch, Northern Territory, Black-faced form

Gouldian Finch, Northern Territory, Black-faced form

Darwin, Pine Creek, Victoria River, Timber Creek Regions

Don’t have much time but want to chase the big ones? We’ll guide you through some of the stunning and more remote outback sites of the Top End, in the Victoria River region, usually visited on our 9 and 10 days tours. Search for Purple-crowned Fairy-wren, Star Finch, Pictorella and Yellow-rumped Mannikins, along with some of our favourites including Gouldian Finch and locally endemic Hooded Parrot.

*This tour is a great private photography, general wildlife and landscapes tour option too.

Chartered Tours (1-2 guests)

Contact Us for full itinerary and rates

DON’T MISS OUT. BOOK TODAY. Email: info@ntbirdspecialists.com.au or phone: +61 (0) 421 651 122 / +61 (0) 455 921 092

 


 

9 Day / 8 night – Birding Frenzy Tour

Female Red Goshawk Kakadu

Red Goshawk (female)

Darwin, Mary River, Kakadu, Pine Creek, Katherine and Timber Creek Regions

Join NT Bird Specialists on a “Birding Frenzy” of the best finch, raptor and waterbird viewing sites spanning the Top End starting and finishing in Darwin. Scour the countryside for over 10 species of finches, including the fantastic and colourful Gouldian, Long-tailed, Masked and Star finches, as well as Yellow-rumped and Pictorella Mannikins. Seek locally endemic parrots, bush birds, sandstone specialists and a plethora of geese, ducks and other waterbirds that call this part of the country home.

Includes: 1 Sunrise Yellow Water Cruise, 1 sunrise Mary River Cruise, 2 privately guided rock art sites.

*This tour is a great private photography, general wildlife and landscapes tour option too.

Chartered Tours (1-2 guests)
Enquire for rates

Contact Us for full itinerary and rates

*2018 group tours*

19 – 27 July 2018
$4,999 per person (En-suite twin share), S.Sup $830.
Camping $4,699 per person, S.Sup $120 (night 1 hotel).
Max 8 guests. Enquire for itinerary.


 

10 Day / 9 Night – Ultimate Top End Birding Adventure Tour

Darwin, Mary River, Kakadu, Katherine, Pine Creek, Timber Creek, Lake Argyle and Kununurra Regions 

**This tour starts in Darwin, Northern Territory and finish in Kununurra, Western Australia. We can assist with organising a short flight to either Darwin or Broome after the tour or an express transfer by road returning to Darwin.

Yellow-Chat-web

Yellow Chat

NT Bird Specialists’ “Ultimate Top End Birding Adventure” tour discovers some of the most remote and impressive landscapes and targeted bird and wildlife species in one fowl swoop! This one way tour departs Darwin, Northern Territory. We travel through the Mary River, Kakadu, Pine Creek, Katherine, Mataranka, Victoria River, Judbarra (Gregory), Timber Creek, Keep River and Lake Argyle regions ending in Kununurra, Western Australia. Mouth-watering birds include: Rainbow Pitta, Chestnut Rail, Rufous Owl, Gouldian Finch, Red Goshawk, Yellow Chat, Banded Fruit-dove, White-lined Honeyeater, Chestnut and White-quilled Rock Pigeons, Spinifex Pigeon, Hooded Parrot and Purple-crowned Fairy-wren.

Includes: 1 Sunrise Yellow Water Cruise, 1 sunrise Mary River Cruise, 1 morning Lake Argyle Cruise, 2 privately guided rock art sites.

*This tour is a great private photography, general wildlife and landscapes tour option too.

Chartered Tours (1-2 guests)

Contact Us for full itinerary and rates

*2018 group tours*

1 – 10 July 2018
$5,299 per person (En-suite twin share), S.Sup $1,025.
Camping $4,899 per person, S.Sup $120 (night 1 hotel).
Max 8 guests. Enquire for itinerary.

DON’T MISS OUT. BOOK TODAY. Email: info@ntbirdspecialists.com.au or phone: +61 (0) 421 651 122 / +61 (0) 455 921 092



Caring For Our Nature and Culture

NT Bird Specialists respects our natural and cultural assets found in the environment we are lucky enough to operate in. We aim to minimise food packaging, rubbish and waste and we support local and indigenous-owned businesses. Our tours follow minimal impact principles, including ethical bird watching and photography guidelines.

Purple-crowned Fairywren

Purple-crowned Fairy-wren

Choose NT Bird Specialists for your next birding adventure