- Black-banded Fruit-dove (endemic)
- Rainbow Pitta
- White-lined Honeyeater (endemic)
- Partridge Pigeon
- Little Kingfisher
- Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon (endemic)
- Black Bittern
- Arafura Shrike-thrush
- Yellow Water birdwatching cruises
- Birdwatching focus
- Wildlife focus
- Photography focus
- Culture focus
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- easy | moderate
- Number of boat cruises
- Sleeping options
Tour notes & Add-ons
Join renowned Australian bird guide Luke Paterson on guided birding tours of Kakadu at special event rates during Kakadu Bird Week. Private tours available on request. Please book early, spaces limited.
Watch this space for 2022 tours and updates.
2021 Kakadu Bird Week Program tours guided by NT Bird Specialists:
Saturday 25 September – Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Region Sandstone Birding Tour:
Rise early for a flat 6 km return walk to a monsoonal vine forest, home to an array of endemic monsoon-dwellers: Black-banded Fruit-Dove, White-lined Honeyeater, Rainbow Pitta, Arafura and Sandstone Shrike-thrush & other specialities like Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon & Helmeted Friarbird (sandstone race). A moderate level of fitness is required for the hot conditions & you need to carry at least 2 litres of your own water & morning tea (provided). Other wildlife may include: Leichhardt’s Grasshopper & Black Wallaroo (Barrk).
Sunday 26 September – Anbangbang Billabong Birding Tour:
Join Luke for a guided birding tour around the ever-changing & picturesque Anbangbang Billabong (up to 3km flat loop walk). Search wetlands & paperbark forest for shorebirds & bush birds including Little Curlew, Peregrine Falcon, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Partridge Pigeon & cuckoo species. Plus make the most out of learning how to identify tricky little brown birds.
Monday 27 September – East Alligator Region Birding Tour:
Venture to north-east Kakadu to explore sandstone country & riverine monsoon forests searching for: Rainbow Pitta, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon, Pacific Baza, Arafura Fantail & Sandstone Shrike-thrush. Other wildlife includes Saltwater Crocodiles & Black Flying Foxes. Up to 3km walk, mostly flat with a small rocky section.
Private Birding Tours – 27-28 Sept – Enquire for rates and availability
Book private Kakadu birdwatching & bird photography tours with Luke Paterson to find your key species of interest from 27-28 Sept 2021. Search for key birds, (Kakadu endemics, Red Goshawk, Rainbow Pitta, finches and more). Please book early. Email Luke for bookings.
1 Day Darwin Birdwatching Tours – 23 September & 1 October 2021 – $295
Special Bird Week event – Join Luke to explore some of Darwin’s hidden birds and wildlife on a great day out in the modern tropical city of Darwin.
Friday 24 & Saturday 25 September – Yellow Water Region Private Bird Photography Cruise (with Jabiru hotel transfers): 2:30-7:45pm, $295
Join NT Bird Specialists’ guide Luke Paterson on a private 2.5-hour bird photography cruise with a maximum of just 7 guests. Capture a range of up close photos of key species inhabiting the internationally-significant Yellow Water wetlands. A range of key birds to photograph include include Little Kingfisher, Broad-billed Flycatcher, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Azure Kingfisher, Great-billed Heron, Barking Owl and many more. Other wildlife may include: Saltwater Crocodile & Golden Tree Snake. 2-way transfers included from Jabiru hotels.
*Additional departures subject to demand.
Sunday 26 – Tuesday 28 September – Yellow Water Birdwatching Cruise: Enquire for dates, times and prices
Join Cooinda Lodge’s boat guide and Luke Paterson on a 2-hour birdwatching cruise on Yellow Water Billabong. Explore the wetlands at sunset to find Black-necked Stork, White-bellied Sea-eagle, a plethora of ducks and Magpie Geese, and of course intriguing Comb-crested Jacanas. Shorebirds, finches and kingfishers are also highlights here.
Can’t make it in person this year? Watch our 2020 Birdwatching in Kakadu with Luke Paterson film here. leave a comment and let us know what you think.
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- *Special Kakadu Bird Week tour rates*
- *Covid-Safety Plan
- *Pick ups/drop off from Jabiru accommodation on all tours.
- *Professional bird guiding with Luke Paterson, transport in commercial tour vehicle, morning tea, drinking water, Kakadu bird list, communal spotting scope, boat cruise on selected tours
- *Tours exclude: Other meals, accommodation, Cooinda transfers, BYO breakfast and Kakadu Park Pass
- *Please bring: Binoculars, camera, wide hat, walking shoes/boots, backpack, repellent, sunscreen, 1L drink bottle, long sleeved clothing, personal medications and your Kakadu Park Pass
- *Minimum numbers for departure apply.
- *Hotel specials and locals rates at Mercure Crocodile Hotel Jabiru – call to enquire
Do your bit and submit valuable data to BirdData and E-Bird during the week and Make Your Birding Count.
- Burrungkuy (Nourlangie)
- Yellow Water