Things to do, Kakadu & Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia

Bird watching, Kakadu & Arnhem Land

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Forest Kingfisher, Kakadu National Park, Kakadu and Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia

The Kakadu and Arnhem Land region is home to one third of Australia's bird species, with at least 60 species found in the wetlands alone. Walking trails, platforms and bird hides are dotted throughout this diverse and ever-changing environment, offering quality birdwatching opportunities.

Yellow water walking

Visit the world-famous Yellow Water wetlands and experience an abundance of birdlife. The pristine river system that feeds this area is wholly contained within the World Heritage wilderness of Kakadu National Park, undisturbed by industry of any kind – a rare bird in itself.

Spot whistling kite, orange-footed scrubfowl, and azure kingfisher from the wetlands boardwalk, and when the waters recede, venture into the floodplains to see jacana, egrets and jabiru from the viewing platform on Home Billabong.

Mamu mia

Enjoy the spectacle of thousands of migratory magpie geese flocking to the Mamukala Wetlands as the floodplains recede during the dry season. Nestle in at one of the bird hides (viewing shelters) and experience your very own wildlife documentary. Take to the boardwalk and see white-browed robin, royal spoonbill and the magnificent white-bellied sea eagle.

Stone the pigeons

The East Alligator region of Kakadu is stone country and home to the ancient Aboriginal rock art of Ubirr. Spectacular views over vast floodplains await those on the Sandstone and River Bushwalk, as do sightings of the chestnut-quilled rock-pigeon and square-tailed kite.

The old brown falcon

Trek to the far north-east of Arnhem Land, in the Gove Peninsula, and you'll find the Gayngaru Wetlands. Located near the town of Nhulunbuy this coastal lagoon is an important site of Aboriginal cultural significance and home to over 200 species of bird.

Two separate viewing platforms and a bird hide offer intrepid birdwatchers an unforgettable experience. Registered sightings include the northern fantail, blue-faced honeyeater, white-bellied cuckoo-shrike and the brown falcon.

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