Black-necked Stork (Jabiru)
Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights
Type: Private Charter.
Interests: Birds, Land Invertebrates, Land Mammals & Marsupials.
Combining the Mary River Catchment and Nitmiluk National Parks, this tour cover the spectacular landscapes with the premium lodgings in the area; Bamurru Plains and Cicada Lodge. Bamurru Plains is a birdwatchers paradise, with 236 recorded species including Magpie Geese, Plumed Whistling- Duck, Egrets, Ibis and Brolgas, but also teems with an amazing assortment of reptiles, marsupials and buffalo.
Skimming across the floodplains by airboat provides abundant opportunities to spot Saltwater Crocodiles and Agile Wallabies. The Nitmiluk National Park containts 13 immense gorges carved over the millenia by the Katherine River through the ancient stone country of the region with helicopter tours available to obtain a bird’s eye view of the spectacular landscapes and to allow access to remote gorges and waterfalls.
Upon leaving Darwin, guests will head to 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.
Guests will then venture to Bamurru Plains located on the magnificent Mary River floodplains. This safari-style camp boasts comfortable free-standing rooms that are spacious and expose guests to the sounds of the floodplains, a dining area with commanding views across the vast wetlands, a 10 metre wet edge pool and a library. The focus of your stay at Bamurru is the surrounding savannah woodland teeming with an amazing assortment of wildlife, reptiles and birds.
Spending the day at Bamarru, guests will have a choice of a variety of activities, from airboat rides to a four wheel drive safaris. A morning airboat ride across the floodplains of the Mary River catchments is an exhilarating way to see the the abundant wildlife such as Agile Wallabies, Saltwater Crocodiles, Jabirus, Brolgas, Magpie Geese, Great Billed Herons, Azure Kingfishers, Blue Winged Kookaburras, Red Tailed Black Cockatoos, Red Winged Parrots, lorikeets, honeyeaters, cuckoos, monitor lizards, Australian Bustard, curlews, falcons, Wedge-tailed eagles and Whistling Kites.
After departing Bamurru Plains after lunch, guests will venture to the beautiful Edith Falls, a series of cascading waterfalls and pools on the Edith River, before arriving at Cicada Lodge in Katherine. This private sanctuary is located at Katherine Gorge, within the iconic Nitmiluk National Park, and is centred around authentic Indigenous and natural experiences. Nitmiluk Gorge is the centrepiece of Nitmiluk National Park, and comprises a system of 13 immense gorges carved over the millenia by the Katherine River through the ancient stone country of the region.
More than a location of beautiful landscapes, the gorges hold great cultural value for the Jawoyn people who will share their knowledge of the local flora and fauna as well as the ancient stories of creation. Freshwater crocodiles, Agile Wallabies, Common Wallaroos, Antilopine Wallaroos, turtles and water monitors are common to this area, as are Red-tailed black cockatoos, Northern Rosellas, Red-winged Parrots, Red-collared Lorikeets, Great Bowerbirds and White-gaped honeyeaters. Near the water, Darters, Little Pied Cormorants, Fairy Martins, Peregrine Falcons, Red Goshawks, Azure and Forest Kingfishers can be spotted.
This day provides guests with the opportunity to take helicopter scenic flights within the spectacular Nitmiluk National Park. There are a variety of flights to choose from and all offer magnificent views from the air, with photo opportunities of Nitmiluk Gorge, the Arnhem Land escarpment and local wildlife.
Lords Kakadu and Arnhem Land Safaris is the only company permitted to land inside the National Park and offers a unique selection of breathtaking landing sites that are only accessible by helicopter including landing on remote rock escarpments, for a unique photo opportunity of the gorge below.
There are over 192 different species of birds that may be encountered in the region, including favourites such as the Red-collared Lorikeet, Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella and Blue-winged Kookaburra. Colonies of Little-red Flying Foxes, Freshwater Crocodiles, Agile Wallabies, Antilopine Wallaroos and Common Wallaroos can also be spotted around the gorges.
Later in the evening, guests will enjoy a very special dinner cruise, as the tranquil surroundings transport visitors into a spiritual world of the Jawoyn culture and history. Diners will discover the stories and ways of the Jawoyn people against the magnificent backdrop of Nitmiluk Gorge, that changes colour with the setting sun. Touring includes a three course candlelit dinner, featuring fresh, local Australian produce cooked on board, and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.
This morning guests will explore more of the area, with the option to take another scenic helicopter flight to visit gorges, tranquil waterfalls or swimming holes. Alternatively guests can visit remote rock art sites to see images painted thousands of years before by the Jawoyn people.