Whether it is graceful sea eagles ‘fishing’ on Yellow Water Billabong, or the remarkable ‘Jesus Bird’ seemingly walking on water, or local favourites such as the Jabiru and the tiny, but vividly beautiful, Kingfisher birds, Kakadu is Australia’s most spectacular location for lovers of exotic birds.
Kakadu Bird Week is one of the best weeks to discover Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. The festival is being held from 1 – 9 October and while you don’t need to be a ‘twitcher’ (the technical name for a bird watcher) to enjoy the spectacle, you probably will become one after a few days in Australia’s largest bird sanctuary.
The region is home to over one third of Australia’s bird species and October is the perfect time to see the full diversity of birds, as the wetlands retreat after six months of ‘dry’ and birds flock to the Top End in preparation for the next breeding season.
Yellow Water Cruises and Kakadu Tourism will be offering visitors exceptional opportunities to get close to Kakadu’s rich bird life during the special week.
Yellow Water Cruises will offer a series of cruises hosted by renowned naturalist, Luke ‘hawk eyes’ Paterson, from NT Bird Specialists, who will provide his expert insights on Kakadu’s birdlife during sunrise cruises on 2, 5 & 8 October. The three hour cruises on Yellow Water Billabong will depart from Cooinda at 6am and include transfers and breakfast. Seats are strictly limited, and available for $119 per person. Details and bookings: http://www.kakadutourism.com/k
Other Bird Week activities will include guided birding walks at Jabiru Lake, the famed Nourlangie art site, and at Gunlom. There will be regular birding talks and slideshows by Kakadu specialists Ian Morris and Mick Jerram at the Crocodile Hotel, photography and art sessions, and a special family-oriented World of Birds for Kakadu Kids. Many of the activities will be free.
Special Accommodation Rates
Kakadu Bird Week is expected to attract thousands of visitors from overseas and around Australia, so accommodation is limited. Kakadu Tourism offers the widest selection of accommodation options, including Cooinda Lodge, which is located next to one of the largest bird habitats in Kakadu – Yellow Water Billabong.
Cooinda Lodge is offering a special 30% discount off stays during Bird Week, with rates starting from $182 per room per night. Powered camping sites at Cooinda Camping Ground are available from $46 per night. Rates at the famous Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel are available from $159 bed and breakfast per night for up to two people. Guests will need to quote “Bird Week” to gain the discounts.