Mamukala Wetlands, Sep 2021

[A stop on the Darwin and Kakadu Trip, Aug-Sep 2021 trip] Mamukala Wetlands is a birdlife haven 34km west of the township of Jabiru in Kakadu National Park. It features one of the best bird hides you’ll find anywhere, a perfect place to plonk and watch and photograph wetland birds. If you tire of that, there isContinue reading “Mamukala Wetlands, Sep 2021”

Ubirr Area, Sep 2021

[A stop on the Darwin and Kakadu Trip, Aug-Sep 2021 trip] The area around Ubirr is about as far east as you can go in Kakadu National Park without crossing over into Arnhem Land (which requires a permit). There are a few different things to do here including gazing in wonder at the ancient rock art, watchingContinue reading “Ubirr Area, Sep 2021”

Burrungkuy (Nourlangie), Sep 2021

[A stop on the Darwin and Kakadu Trip, Aug-Sep 2021 trip] Nourlangie is one of the more well-known locations in Kakadu National Park, known for rock art, great views, birds and bushwalking. There is no accommodation at the site, but there are two campgrounds a short drive away, and the settlements of Cooinda and Jabiru lie 23kmContinue reading “Burrungkuy (Nourlangie), Sep 2021”

Maguk Track, Sep 2021

[A stop on the Darwin and Kakadu Trip, Aug-Sep 2021 trip] Maguk is one of the pretty tracks in Kakadu National Park that leads to a waterfall… and a plunge pool! The trail follows a creek about 1km down a heavily forested gorge and we found it to be pretty reasonable in terms of birds. The carContinue reading “Maguk Track, Sep 2021”

Yellow Water and Cooinda, Aug 2021

[A stop on the Darwin and Kakadu Trip, Aug-Sep 2021 trip] Cooinda is a small settlement in the southern part of Kakadu National Park, notable for its excellent accommodation options and access to Yellow Water, one of the impressive wetlands of Kakadu and part of the South Alligator River floodplain. A boat cruise runs here that provedContinue reading “Yellow Water and Cooinda, Aug 2021”

Pine Creek, Aug 2021

[A stop on the Darwin and Kakadu Trip, Aug-Sep 2021 trip] Pine Creek is a small town 225km south of Darwin, 92km north of Katherine, and somewhere you might find yourself passing through on the way onto or from the Kakadu Highway, which starts just outside the town. Weirdly, none of the tourist websites for Pine CreekContinue reading “Pine Creek, Aug 2021”

Fogg Dam, Aug-Sep 2021

[A stop on the Darwin and Kakadu Trip, Aug-Sep 2021 trip] How good does a birding location have to be to be crowned the Northern Territory’s #1 hotspot? Pretty good, I’d say. Let’s see if Fogg Dam lives up to the hype. It’s quite easy to access: only 45 minutes or so east of Darwin, and noContinue reading “Fogg Dam, Aug-Sep 2021”

Holmes Jungle, Aug 2021

[A stop on the Darwin and Kakadu Trip, Aug-Sep 2021 trip] Holmes Jungle is a 250 hectare nature reserve on Darwin’s eastern fringes. Don’t let the name put you off: it’s not all jungle! There’s a range of different habitats and therefore many different bird species here. Entry is via a well-signed turn-off from Vanderlin Drive. OfficiallyContinue reading “Holmes Jungle, Aug 2021”

East Point, Darwin, Aug-Sep 2021

[A stop on the Darwin and Kakadu Trip, Aug-Sep 2021 trip] East Point is a massive (200 hectares) reserve poking out into the ocean on the edge of Darwin. It contains two playgrounds, a lake, exercise stations, public toilets, BBQ and picnic facilities, restaurants and cafes, and a resident population of wallabies. There is a military museumContinue reading “East Point, Darwin, Aug-Sep 2021”

George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Aug 2021

[A stop on the¬†Darwin and Kakadu Trip, Aug-Sep 2021¬†trip] The main Botanic Gardens in Darwin is 42 hectares in size and includes several showcase habitats, including rainforest, cycads and an African-Madagascar section. We visited twice, both times in the late afternoon, and each of those days was equally productive for bird sightings. On our firstContinue reading “George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Aug 2021”