Black-necked Stork (Jabiru)
Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
Type: Private Charter.
Interests: Birds, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Reptiles & Amphibians.
This epic tailored adventure across the World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land winds across stunning floodplains and escarpments in search of the formidable Saltwater Crocodile, many of the region’s 280 bird species, adorable marsupials and mammals and incredible flora.
The pristine beauty of Fogg Dam, Adelaide River, the iconic Yellow Water Cruise and the tranquillity of the natural plunge pool at Maguk are highlights for nature enthusiasts. Aside from the rich wilderness offerings, guests will visit Injalak to observe the breathtaking rock art galleries and learn about the intriguing traditional culture of the Kunwinjku people.
Guests will venture towards the World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park via the magnificent Fogg Dam Reserve. These wetlands fringed by rainforest are a birdwatchers paradise, with year round water coverage assuring its position as an important feeding and roosting site for over 200 different bird species, water pythons and freshwater turtles. Forest Kingfishers, egrets, ibis, herons, Whistling Kites, Brown Falcons, Green Pygmy Geese, cormorants and monitor lizards are common sightings.
Next stop is the Adelaide River, home to jumping Saltwater Crocodiles, where guests will have the opportunity to see the incredible power of this two hundred million years apex predator. Before lunch, visitors will stop off at the beautiful Leaning Tree Lagoon, prolific with Blue Lilies flowering in their hundred of thousands.
The last stop for the day is at Cooinda to experience one of Kakadu’s icons; a Yellow Water Cruise. This pristine environment supports a truly wonderful variety of plants, birds, crocodiles and Top End wildlife. The immense concentration of birds, especially in the dry season including Magpie Geese, Whistling Ducks, Great Egrets, Royal Spoonbills, Black-winged Stilts, Comb-crested Jacanas, Azure Kingfishers, Sacred Kingfishers, White Bellied Sea-Eagles, Brahminy Kites, Plumed Whistling Ducks, Nankeen Night-Heron and Little Bitterns make this one of the world’s greatest birdwatching sites.
Departing the Northern region of Kakadu National Park, guests will cross the East Alligator River and enter Arnhem Land. The scenic drive to the Gunbalanya Aboriginal community provides some of the best driving views in the Top End with floodplains, billabongs & the Arnhem Land escarpment. Upon arrival at Gunbalanya guests will visit the Injalak Arts and Craft Centre to meet and watch traditional local artists in action.
A traditional Aboriginal guide will show guests excellent examples of rock art on Injalak Hill documented as having some of the best rock art examples in Western Arnhem Land, up to 8,000 years old.
Across the sandstone escarpments, visitors may spot the Brolga, Black Necked Stork (Jabirus), honeyeaters, Sandstone Thrush, Black Wallaroo, Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon, Short-eared Rock Wallaby, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Pheasant Coucal and the Red tailed skink.
Venturing out to the Southern end of Kakadu, visitors will enjoy one of the most beautiful and pristine waterfalls in the park named Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). A short walk through sub-monsoon rainforests of Paperbarks and a Pandanus lined creek leads to the base of a stunning plunge pool.
Located in stone country, water seeping from surrounding rock walls and alluvial soils provide an important micro-environment for plants and animals. Many animals rely on these areas for refuge during the drier months such as the Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon, Short-eared Rock Wallaby, Black Wallaroo, and Merten's Water Monitor.