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Wild Kakadu Nature & Landscape Photographic Expedition 2021

Day by Day Itinerary

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Tour Overview

During five full days of field workshops and tutorials, you can learn and trial creative photography techniques in remote World Heritage landscapes. Intimate knowledge and super-sharp eyes from your local guide, Luke Paterson, will ensure you’re positioned well to make the most of your time with Photographers Collective leader, Jay Collier.

Sunrise, sunset, landscape, wildlife and of course bird photography techniques will be covered. We tailor our sessions to suit all photography experience levels from beginners to advanced. This is the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded photographers and ask those tricky questions that can save you hours of research, trial and error, but best of all, take some incredible photos on your own camera set up on this remote Australian wildlife journey.

You’ll be immersed in endless wild photography opportunities aboard 3 exclusive private cruises, including on the famous Yellow Water Billabong and visit ancient Aboriginal cultural sites adorned with rock art, occupation sites and living cultural histories (dating back 65,000 years in the region). 

Wildlife highlights include specialty north Australian bird species (Rainbow Pitta, Little and Azure Kingfisher, Sandstone Shrikethrush, black-necked Stork, Comb-crested Jacana), Saltwater Crocodiles, Frill-necked Lizard, Little Red and Black Flying Fox, Wilkins Rock Wallaby.

Sign up today and join NT Bird Specialists, the Top End’s best birding and wildlife team, for a Wild Kakadu Nature & Landscape Photographic Expedition you’ll never forget.

Day 1

Pre tour – Arrive Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia by night before departure.

Day 1: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Pre-dawn departure from Darwin to embark on a Corroboree Billabong photography cruise on the Mary River system (two-storey 20 person boat). Warm up with your first of 3 private photography cruises.
  • Venture north to north east Kakadu to check into an safari camp on private aboriginal lands for two nights. Lap up private-access rock art sites, billabongs and Arnhem Land Escarpment photo shoots.
  • Overnight at the aboriginal-owned Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge (3 course dinner with breakfast)
Day 2

Day 2: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Sunrise shoot around the safari camp with escarpment and billabong views.
  • Immerse yourself in ancient and modern cultural landscapes today during a privately guided photography tour to Arnhem Land, accessing exclusive rock art and ancient landscape photo shoot locations.
  • Visit Injalak Arts aboriginal art centre for an authentic indigenous cultural art experience. *Please do not photograph the art and show respect by always asking people before taking any photos.
  • Overnight at the aboriginal-owned Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge (3 course dinner with breakfast)
Day 3

Day 3: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Rise early for a sunrise shoot around billabong and camp before exploring the East Alligator region’s rock art sites, monsoon forest and Cahills Crossing crocodile spectacular (pending tides).
  • Travel to Jabiru for photography tutorials by Jay Collier.
  • Spend the late afternoon capturing glowing sandstone escarpment and an abundance of crocodiles along the upstream freshwater reaches of the East Alligator river aboard our 1.45-hour private cultural photography cruise (20-seater boat).
  • Overnight at the aboriginal-owned Anbinik Kakadu Resort.
Day 4

Day 4: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Today brings a private Yellow Water dawn bird photography cruise (3-hours private hire, 50-seater boat). We’ll be focusing on bird, crocodile and wetland photography, plus sunrise and water reflections.
  • Optional 60-minute aerial photography shoot over in a chartered helicopter over Kakadu’s stone country and drying floodplains (maximum 2 guests, doors off) *tour leaders/guide will join.
  • Overnight at the aboriginal-owned Anbinik Kakadu Resort.
Day 5

Day 5: (Breakfast, Lunch)

  • We wind down our photographic expedition with a morning bird photography shoot in the South Alligator region before our return journey to Darwin.
  • Enjoy a final photoshoot at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens before dropping you at your hotel and bidding farewell.

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** Solo guests can be paired in shared twin rooms to remove single supplement charges.
*** We recommend guests fly out after 10pm or the following day.

Register today and please book early.

Tour Inclusions & Exclusions

This expedition includes:

• Photography tuition by professional Photographers Collective leader Jay Collier
• Multi award-winning tour operators and specialist guiding team with Luke Paterson, of NT Bird Specialists (28 years experience in northern Australia)
• Excellence in guiding skill and local natural history knowledge
• Exclusive itineraries
• All transport, tours and cruises stated in itinerary
• All meals on tour (please notify us of allergies at time of booking)
• En suite accommodation (safari tents or cabins)
• Cool water, tea and coffee (other beverages excluded)
• Hotel pick up and drop off
• Transport in spacious air-conditioned commercial 4WD Bus with modified 4WD trailer
• Field guides to share
• National Park permits and entry fees
• Emergency communications and first-aid kit
• Assurance of touring with an award-winning Australian Accredited Tourism Business and Licensed Commercial Tour Operator
• Genuine ecotourism, low impact tours that support the environment and local communities
• Excellent interpretation and customer services
• Travel to stunning remote natural landscapes, largely unpopulated by people
• Immerse in your surroundings while cruising rivers and wetlands
• Making the most out of daylight hours, optimising time spent in the field
• Experiencing ancient and modern aboriginal cultures, occupation and rock art sites
• Exploring World Heritage National Parks
• Birds! Birds! Birds! Birds!
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The per person rate excludes:

• Flights to/from Darwin and excess baggage
• Airport transfers
• Visas
• Pre and post tour meals and accommodation *enquire for optional extra
• Comprehensive travel insurance
• Scenic flights *enquire for optional extra
• Beverages, laundry, personal shopping, phone calls, gratuities and other items not stated in itinerary are excluded.

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NT Bird Specialists’ Scheduled Departures 2018
Tour DateDurationTour InterestTour NameGroup SizeAvailabilityPrice From (AUD)
1 Nov - 18 Dec
1 - 10 daysBirdwatching / PhotographyBirdwatching Tours or Nature/Bird Photography ToursNT / Outback QLD, Tourism Vouchers accepted1-10 GuestsYESEnsuite (twin share)TBATourism Vouchers accepted
19 - 19
1 dayBirdwatching and/or Bird Photography tour 1 Day Darwin Birdwatching Tour 'Sticky Beak'Seek & photograph Chestnut Rail, Rainbow Pitta, Rufous Owl and other Darwin favourites on our 1 day tour2-8 GuestsYESPer guest (group)$275Private 1-2 guests$695$229 extra guests