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Australian Tropical Savanna Wildlife ‘n’ Nature Tour, Northern Territory - 10 Days

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Australian Tropical Savanna Wildlife ‘n’ Nature Tour, Northern Territory
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Australian Tropical Savanna Wildlife and Scenery Tour

Drive/Fly: Road Trip - Darwin - Kakadu - Katherine - Victoria River Region - Kimberly (WA)

Return Flight Kununurra-Darwin

All inclusive of: Flights, Cruises, Meals and 10 nights motel/hotel accommodation (see inclusions and itinerary)

A 10-day Australian Tropical Savanna Wildlife Tour from the Tropical Port of Darwin the Northern Territory, through Kakadu and across the expanses of the Victoria River region to the famed 'Kimberley'. Suitable for Bird watching, other Wildlife and Scenery. Whether you passion is Birdwatching (Birding), Mammal spotting or experiencing vast landscapes, this tour may suit you. We also can offer alternative activities for your travelling partner.

TOP FIVE HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Enjoying the 'cool' of the tranquil tropical morning overlooking a mist-covered wetland alive with the gaggle, calls and song of the abundant birdlife. (Fogg Dam - Darwin and Yellow Water Billabong - Kakadu)
  2. Being 'dumbstruck' at you first glimpse of the purple, yellow, red and blue colours of a mature Gouldian Finch coming into drink with another 50-100 of its flock, (Katherine and Timber Creek), or the flash of iridescent coloured wingflash highlighted against the olive green wing of the Rainbow Pitta among the shaded thicket, (Darwin - Kakadu)
  3. The almost indescribable feeling of inspiration and wonder as you look out over vast, richly coloured sandstone escarpments and formations the Top End. (Kakadu, Nitmiluk, Victoria River and Kununurra)
  4. Seeing 250+ species  of bird, many of which are endemic to either Australia, Australia Savanna or the Northern Territory
  5. Being mesmerised by stark, vibrant and unforgettable tropical sunsets. (Darwin, Kakadu, Nitmiluk, Victoria River District and The Kimberly)

We will explore the diverse range of habitats from Coastal vine forests, into tropical wetlands, up into the stone-country outliers of the Arnhemland escarpment, along with tropical savanna river systems and across woodlands and plains.

In 10 days we will have the opportunity to see; 10 species of grass finches, including the, sought after 'Gouldian Finch', 5 Sandstone endemic birds, the monsoonal thicket 'Rainbow Pitta' plus over 300 more bird species.

The iconic 'Saltwater' Crocodile is present in our waterways and we will have more than one chance to view them, as well as its smaller cousin the freshwater crocodile and a host of other reptiles and frog species.

We will also find (both incidentally and targeted), North Australian Macropods (kangaroo/wallaby species), nocturnal marsupials such as the Northern Sugar-glider, and an array of attractive (and not so) insects such as butterflies.

All this wildlife will be viewed whilst making our way past stunning scenery from start to finish. all interpreted and explained by an experienced and knowledgeable guide.

Day 1
Day 1 - Meet and Greet | Darwin

We will meet you at your accommodation to begin your amazing expedition with us. Our first visit will be to the coastal fringes of Lee Point and Buffalo Creek, an international area of importance for seasonal shore-bird migration. The vine forest and mangroves of this region are home to our endemic Rainbow Pitta as well as specialist such as Chestnut Rail. Depending on the tides we will continue this habitat by visiting the thicker vine forest of East Pint Reserve and then the darwin Botanic Gardens aiming to see species such as Mangrove Golden Whistler, Red-headed Honeyeater and Rufous Owl.

Accom - Darwin

Day 2
Day 2 - Darwin to Kakadu (Jabiru)

An early morning and one of our sensational Top End sunrises will see us visit local wetlands at Knuckeys Lagoon and the waterbird hotspot Fogg Dam These areas are rich in birdlife and also a chance to see some Agile Wallabies, Water Goanas and Feral (but majestic) Water Buffalo. We will continue driving along the Arnhem Highway towards World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, stopping at a few sites covering off a diversity of habitat such as Savanna Woodland, Riperian and Flood plains. We will have a scout around at some local sites in the township of Jabiru for Top End specialist 'Partridge Pigeon' and perhaps a nocturnal scout-around for Brush-tail Possum, Northern Sugarglider and some herps.

Accom: Jabiru

Day 3
Day 3 - Kakadu - Sandstone Country (Jabiru to Cooinda)

Today is quite special in that we will be exploring the famous Sandstone 'Outliers' of Kakadu, home to some endemic species such as 'Wilkins' Rockwallaby', Black-banded Fruitdove, Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon and White-lined Honeyeater. Around Ubirr, Nourlangie and Nawarlanja lies extensive aboriginal rock-paintings and amazing scenery. We then travel to the upper South Alligator River and spend the night at Cooinda.

Accom: Cooinda

Day 4
Day 4 - Kakadu - Wetlands - Pine Ck

Another early rise to meet one of the highlights of the tour; the 'Yellow water cruise'. On the wetland billabong 'Ngurrungurrudjba' the wildlife is outstanding as is the atmosphere. The concentration of water is a collecting point for thousands of waterbirds and with them, the intimidating presence of the Estuarine (Salt-water) Crocodile and all the other aquatic life expected. A birders highlight is the chance to see the Australian Little Kingfisher, Great-billed Heron and Black Bittern, however the abundant presence of our Top End species such as Rainbow Bee-eater is exceptional. After a buffet breakfast, we will continue at a relaxed pace to the Southern Kakadu Region, stopping to check areas of monsoonal thicket and escarpment waterfalls where wildlife congregate in the 'Dry-season' due to the isolated ecostystems created by the geology and hydrology of this very special region.

Accom: Pine Creek

Day 5
Day 5 - Pine Ck to Katherine (Nitmiluk) Gorge

We are now in in a region where two of our 'TOP FIVE' bird species are centralised; The glorious Hooded Parrot and the mesmerising Gouldian Finch. We will arise and get to a local waterhole/feeding area to hopefully be greeted by the spectacle of these sought-after species. Our day will be spent visiting local sites in this area, catching up with a good number of the 240+ locally found bird species whilst making our way to the famous Nitmiluk Gorge. Here we will check-in to our accommodation, have a bit of a rest before going out to dinner on a dinner cruise especially set-up so that visitors can experience the calmness and changing colours of the Jawoyn country within the Gorge.

Accom: Nitmiluk National Park

Day 6
Day 6 - Katherine - Never Never - Katherine

Today we will remain in the local area and travel towards the town of Mataranka (home of the Never Never) and amazing thermal springs rising from the deep limestone aquifers of the region. Local woodland sites are home to more of our Top End Parrots, Northern Crested Shrike-tit and a variety of Honeyeaters (Myzomelas). A quick visit to a local cave will hopefully provide us with views of Tawny Frogmouth and Short-eared Rockwallaby. We will enjoy lunch at a 'bird-rich' homestead which will avail us an opportunity to take some close-up pictures of bird species, wallabies and the famous Top End Sportfish species the 'Barramundi'. For people interested in botany, this region boasts an endemic and abundant species of Livistona Palm (rigida) and is where a the phenomenon of the gathering of 1000's of Flying-foxes occurs; a species important to the local eucalypt and corymbia ecology.

Accom: Nitmiluk

Day 7
Day 7 - Katherine to Timber Creek

Another early morning and our journey across the expansive savanna begins; Travelling along the Victoria Highway, watch the scenery change from woodland to open grassland, fringed with distant Wardaman Dreamtime formations and features across to the stark deep red escarpment of the Victoria River onto Timber Creek. Stops today are largely roadside locations, known for opportunity to see Buttonqualis, Purple-crowned Fairywren, Grassfinches (including Mannikins), Parrots and Cockatoos as well as incidental sightings of Macropods (Kangaroo species) such as Antilopine Wallaroo and Common Wallaroo (Euro).

Accom: Timber Creek

Day 8
Day 8 - Timber Creek to Kununurra

This morning we travel to a local concentrated waterway where savanna woodland species come in to drink and feed. Often a highlight, in the cool of the morning, we wait to see the gradual arrival of Pictorella Mannikin, Yellow-rumped Mannikin, Staf Finches and of course Gouldian Finches as well as the chance to see Budgerigar, Spinifex pigeon and some more inland species of honeyeaters such as Golden-backed Honeyeater.

Recommencing our drive along the Victoria River we draw closer to the Northern Territory/Western Australia Border and the first glimpses of the ancient rock features known to be scattered throughout the famed Kimberly Region. We make camp atop the Carlton Gorge at Lake Argyle, to enjoy an unforgettable sunset.

Accom Lake Argyle

Day 9
Day 9 - Lake Argyle and Ord River

This is 'BIG Counrty'. The best way to become more intimate with it is to travel along the waterways/bodies which is situated within the Carboyd Range features. We board a cruise on the Ord River from Kununurra to Lake Argyle Dam and view Sea-eagles, waterbirds, Freshwater Crocodiles and Turtles as well as the inspiring scenery. Late in the afternoon, we change our craft and board above the dam of Lake Argyle to voyage out to Chat Island, home to the 'hard-to-find' Yellow Chat as well as White-quilled Rock Pigeon, White-browed Crake, Rock Wallabies and Wallaroos as well as probably the best sunset of the trip

Accom Lake Argyle

Day 10
Day 10 - Kununurra | Departure

An optional 'slow start' this morning as leave Lake Argyle and have a short drive to Kununurra (Capital of the Kimberley). We will have time to visit local sites such as Ivanhoe crossing (lower Ord River) and a last chance to catch up with some lovely species such as Buff-sided Robin and Crimson Finch.

After a Riverside farewell lunch we will say goodbye at the airport as you board your flight returning to Darwin. When you arrive at Darwin we will have arranged a transfer to your Darwin accommodation and a reservation at one of our favourite places for a final dinner.

Accom Darwin - End Trip

Some of the wildlife we expect to see are:

Key Birds: Rainbow Pitta, Gouldian Finch, Long-tailed Finch, Masked Finch, Crimson Finch, Double-barred Finch, Zebra Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Yellow-rumped Mannikin, Pictorella Mannikin, Hooded Parrot, Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella, Red-collared Lorikeet, Varied Lorikeet, Purple-crowned Fairywren, Red-backed Fairywren, Varigated Fairywren, Black-necked Stork, Brolga, Great Egret, White-faced Heron, Nankeen Night Heron, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Galah, Cockatiel, Northern Fantail, Arafura Fantail, Willie Wagtail, Shining Flycatcher, Paperbark Flycatcher, Leaden Flycatcher, Broad-billed Flycatcher, Tawny Grassbird, Golden-headed Cisticola, Horsefelds Bushlark, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Black-breasted Buzzard, Red Goshawk, Brown Goshawk, Grey Goshawk, Collared Sparrowhawk, Rufous-throated Honeyeater, White-gaped Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater, Spangled Drongo, White-throated Gerygone, Red-backed Fairywren, Golden-headed Cisticola, Jacky Winter, White-winged Triller, Varied Triller,

Mammals:  Agile Wallaby, Common Wallaroo, Antilopine Wallaroo, Wilkins’ Rock-wallaby, Short-eared Rock-wallaby, Sugar Glider, Little-red Flying Fox, Black Flying Fox, Asian Water Buffalo, Wild Donkey

Reptiles and Frogs: Estuarine (Saltwater Crocodile), Freshwater Crocodile, Rocket Frog, Roths Tree Frog, Northern Dwarf Tree Frog, Green Tree Frog, Cane Toad, Freshwater Snake (Keelback), Slaty Grey, Black Whip Snake, Olive Python, Water Python, Brown tree Snake, Golden Tree Snake, Mertens Water Monitor, Mitchells Monitor, Goulds Monitor, Two-lined Dragon, Gilberts Dragon, Ridge-tailed Dragon

Insects: Scarlet Percher Dragonfly, Blue Damselfly, Tiger-wing Butterfly

What is included?

  • 10 days fully Driver/Guided
  • Pick up from Darwin accommodation (or airport if requested) Day 1
  • Transfer from Darwin airport to darwin Accommodation Day 10
  • 10 Nights Motel Accommodation
  • All meals commencing Lunch Day and ending Lunch day 10
  • Cold water whilst touring
  • Yellow Water Wildlife Cruise (Kakadu)
  • Dinner Cruise (Nitmiluk)
  • Ord River Cruise (Kununurra)
  • Lake Argyle Yellow Chat and Sunset Cruise (Lake Argyle)
  • Return Flight to darwin (Ex Kununurra)
  • Spotting Scope
  • Spare Binoculars (If Required)

What is not included?

  • Travel Insurance
  • Insect repellant and Sunscreen
  • Others drinks (eg soft drinks) during the day
  • Alcohol with meals
  • Photographic equipment
  • Breakfast Day 1 - Dinner Day 10
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
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  1. Epic 10 days
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    From the unforgettable scenery to the abundant wildlife this is an adventure not to be missed! With our amazing guide we covered Kakadu through Katherine to the Kimberly with everything catered for. If you enjoy small group touring with that personal touch and knowledge a quality guide provides this trip is for you.

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Why book with NT Immersions?

We are a LOCALLY BASED, highly accredited and award winning company, proud to have lived and operated in the region for 25+ years. We have a high standard of guiding and often train and support other operators. We are a very personable operation which really focuses on our GUESTS experience in fine detail. We cater to those who wish to really experience the Top End, to get out there and get up close to nature. We are a local Katherine Tour Operator with an intimate knowledge of Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine, Victoria River and Kimberley Regions and beyond, having lead guided tour programs across the entire Northern Territory. We maintain Savannah Guide and Ecotourism Australia Accreditations in order to guarantee quality interpretation, sustainable operations and the capacity to update and develop our range of knowledge.

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Tour Facts

  • Top End, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Set Departure
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 2 to 12 px
  • 10 Days, 10 Nights
  • April to September
  • Moderate
  • +15 years
  • English
  • Darwin International Airport
  • Darwin International Airport