Kakadu National Park

Kakadu is a bird lover’s paradise – home to more than a third of Australia’s bird species.

This October, join traditional owners, Parks Australia and local birding specialists to celebrate the Top End’s diverse birdlife during Kakadu Bird Week 1–7 October 2017.

Kakadu was voted number one in bird watching destinations in Australia by Australian Geographic. Here’s your chance to engage in free bird activities, join expert-guided tours, cruises and special offers!

Join us in 2017 for an extraordinary bird-filled week of events.

Check out the program

What’s on

Saturday 30 September

A guide to the birds of Yellow Water Billabong – TALK
Join Luke Paterson of NT Bird Specialists to learn about birdlife at Yellow Waters – the perfect way to warm up for following morning’s Yellow Water sunrise birdwatching cruise and breakfast.
7.45–8.45 pm, Cooinda Lodge
Free – Book now

Sunday 1 October

Sunrise birdwatching cruise and breakfast – TOUR
Guided by Luke Paterson of NT Bird Specialists.
6–9 am, Yellow Water Region. Departs Cooinda Lodge.
Cost – $120 pp. Limit 20 people.
Book now

Mini-twitchathon and bird bingo – FOR KIDS
4.30–6.30 pm, Jabiru Lake
Free – Book now

What’s all the (Yellow) chat about – TALK
Join Robin Leppit of Charles Darwin University to find out more about Kakadu’s small sub-population of Yellow Chats and the research being conducted on it.
7.45–8.45 pm, Jim Jim Room, Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru
Free – Book now

Monday 2 October

South Alligator region birding tour (wetland and bush birds) – TOUR
Guided by Luke Paterson of NT Bird Specialists.
6 am – 12 pm, departs Jabiru and South Alligator hotels.
Cost – $130 adults/$80 child. Limit 11 people.
Book now

First aid for birds 101 – TALK
Hints and tips for native bird rescue with Kakadu Wildlife Carers.
12.15 pm, Bowali Visitor Centre
Free – Book now 

What’s all the (Yellow) chat about – TALK
Join Robin Leppit of Charles Darwin University to find out more about Kakadu’s small sub-population of Yellow Chats and the research being conducted on it.
1–2 pm, Bowali Visitor Centre
Free – Book now

Exploring the key biodiversity areas of Australia’s outback Northern Territory – TALK
Join Luke Paterson of NT Bird Specialists on a virtual tour of the inhabitants of the key biodiversity areas in the NT.
7.45–8.45 pm, Jim Jim Room, Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru
Free – Book now

Tuesday 3 October

East Alligator region birding tour (monsoon forest and sandstone birds) – TOUR
Guided by Luke Paterson of NT Bird Specialists.
6 am – 12 pm, departs Jabiru and South Alligator hotels.
Cost – $130 adults/$80 child. Limit 11 people.
Book now

Graham Badari’s ‘MayhmayhDifferent Birds’ – BOOK LAUNCH
10 am, Bowali Visitor Centre
Free – Book now

The Call of Kakadu – DOCUMENTARY
1–2 pm, Theatrette, Bowali Visitor Centre
Free – Book now

A guide to the birds of Yellow Water Billabong – TALK
Join Luke Paterson of NT Bird Specialists to learn about birdlife at Yellow Waters – the perfect way to warm up for following morning’s Yellow Water sunrise birdwatching cruise and breakfast.
7.45–8.45 pm, Cooinda Lodge
Free – Book now

Wednesday 4 October

Sunrise birdwatching cruise and breakfast – TOUR
Guided by Luke Paterson of NT Bird Specialists.
6–9 am, Yellow Water Region. Departs Cooinda Lodge.
Cost – $120 pp. Limit 20 people.
Book now

Bird craft, identifications and giveaways – FOR KIDS
10 am – 12.30 pm, Bowali Visitor Centre
Free – Book now

Territory Wildlife Park keepers and feathered friends – LIVE BIRD TALK
Come along to meet some of Territory Wildlife Park’s feathered stars and their carers and for your chance to win a family pass to the Wildlife Park!
1–2 pm, Bowali Visitor Centre
Free – Book now

Kakadu Ranger Panel Q&A – TALK
Meet some of Kakadu’s rangers working hard to protect the habitats and wildlife found in this World Heritage-listed National Park.
7.45–8.45 pm, Jim Jim Room, Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru
Free – Book now

Thursday 5 October

Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) region birding tour (sandstone endemics) – TOUR
Guided by Luke Paterson of NT Bird Specialists.
6 am – 12 pm, departs Jabiru hotels.
Cost – $130 adult/$80 child. Limit 11 people.
Book now

Traditional bird art – CULTURAL ACTIVITY
9.30 am –12.30 pm, Bowali Visitor Centre
Free – Book now

Magpie goose aerial surveys – TALK
Take to the skies and hear from NT Government Department of Natural Resource Management team, who conduct annual aerial surveys the iconic and culturally important populations of Magpie Goose.
1–2 pm, Bowali Visitor Centre
Free – Book now
7.45–8.45 pm, Jim Jim Room, Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru
Free – Book now

Friday 6 October

Mamukala dawn chorus – WALK
Guided by Mike Jarvis of Experience the Wild.
6.30–9 am, meet at Mamukala car park, South Alligator region
Free – Book now

Birdwatching basics – TALK
Presented by Mike Jarvis of Experience the Wild.
11 am, Bowali Visitor Centre
Free – Book now

Territory Wildlife Park keepers and feathered friends – LIVE BIRD TALK
Come along to meet some of Territory Wildlife Park’s feathered stars and their carers and for your chance to win a family pass to the Wildlife Park!
1–2 pm, Bowali Visitor Centre
Free – Book now

A guide to the birds of Yellow Water Billabong – TALK
Join Luke Paterson of NT Bird Specialists to learn about birdlife at Yellow Waters – the perfect way to warm up for following morning’s Yellow Water sunrise birdwatching cruise and breakfast.
7.45–8.45 pm, Cooinda Lodge
Free – Book now

Saturday 7 October

Sunrise birdwatching cruise and breakfast – TOUR
Guided by Luke Paterson of NT Bird Specialists.
6–9 am, Yellow Water Region. Departs Cooinda Lodge.
Cost – $120 pp. Limit 20 people.
Book now

Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) dawn chorus – WALK
Guided by Mike Jarvis of Experience the Wild.
6.30–9 am, meet at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) car park
Free – Book now

Why keep a list? – TALK
Presented by Mike Jarvis of Experience the Wild.
10 am, Jabiru Lake
Free – Book now

Brunch with the birds – BRUNCH
Hosted by Girl Guides Australia.
10.45 am, Jabiru Lake
Plate prices vary – Book now

Southern Kakadu naturalists tour (raptors and finches) – TOUR
Guided by Luke Paterson of NT Bird Specialists.
1–5 pm, departs Cooinda Lodge. Limit 11 people.
Cost – $130 adult/$80 child
Book now

Enquire for more details at: kakaduexperiences@environment.gov.au

Download the Kakadu birds app for iphone or android to see pictures, listen to bird calls and learn where to find them.

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Special offers

Take advantage of the special Kakadu Bird Week itineraries on offer through our local tour guides. 

NT Bird Specialists – Kakadu Bird Week 2017 itineraries

Sacred Earth Safaris – Kakadu and Katherine five day birdwatching tour

Bird Week – Flock to it!

When

1–7 October 2017

Where

Kakadu National Park

Bird Week – Flock to it!

Regions

East Alligator

Jabiru

Nourlangie

South Alligator

Yellow Water