ACCOMODATION: Cooinda Lodge (1 Night)
Day 1: Wildlife and bird spotting
The first stop of the tour is Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, a vast, open wetland area that is home to large numbers of colourful birds during our Top End dry season (May – September). After crossing the Marrakai plains and Adelaide River the tour will head to the Purple Mango Café for a morning tea stop. Next, you will join a small group scenic cruise around the picturesque Corroboree billabong, viewing a large variety of wetland birds including Jabiru, Ibis, Brolga, Jacana, Egrets, Herons, Kites, Sea Eagles and Whistling ducks. Since the billabong is part of the Mary River wetlands system, you will also be able to spot saltwater crocodiles in their natural habitat. After the cruise, the tour will lead into Kakadu National Park, where you will have ample opportunity to view bird and wildlife at numerous waterholes along the way. This tour is a must for keen wildlife and bird photographers, so make sure your camera is charged!
DAY 1 (M,L)
Day 2: Rock art and plunge pools
On the second day, the tour starts at Nanguluwur rock art and Aboriginal occupation sites. The Nanguluwur site is a hidden gem away from tourist crowds and has some excellent examples of rock art, including the rare and ancient ‘dynamic figures’, ‘x-ray’ style art and the so-called ‘contact period’ art which came to be when Aboriginal people had first contact with white man. In the afternoon the tour will head to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). At the end of a monsoonal forest walk, you can enjoy a swim in a refreshing, natural plunge pool with a beautiful, perennial waterfall cascading above you.
Your guide collects you from your Darwin accommodation at 8AM, in our luxury, fully-equipped, air conditioned 4WD. Arrival back in Darwin is around 5.30PM where all guests will be dropped off at their accommodation.