Kakadu National Park

Kakadu Bird Week 2021

25 September – 2 October 2021 — Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park is a bird lover’s paradise – home to more than a third of Australia’s bird species, Kakadu is the perfect place to discover and learn all about the unique species of birds living in this magical part of the world, which is dual World Heritage-listed for both its natural and cultural values.

During Bird Week, visitors and viewers are treated to specialist lectures, cultural events and some of Australia's best birdwatching.

Go birding in
a World Heritage area

Events

Red-tailed black-cockatoos. Credit: Venture North Safaris

Venture North Safaris

22–25 September 2021 — Darwin hotel pick-up

Join us on a 4 day birdwatching tour of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. This tour departs Darwin and takes a maximum of just 6 guests.

Read more
Burrungkuy region birding tour. Credit: Luke Paterson, NT Bird Specialists

Burrungkuy Region Sandstone Birding Tour

5–11.30 am, 25 September 2021 — Pick-up Jabiru hotels

Rise early for a flat 6 km return walk to a monsoonal vine forest, home to an array of endemic monsoon-dwellers. A moderate level of fitness is required for the hot conditions.

Read more
Black-necked stork

Birds of the Never Never

25 September to 2 October 2021 — Anbangbang Billabong and Mamukala Wetlands

Venture out into the Never Never, where the billabongs are lush and the birdlife is abundant.

Read more
Bird spotting on tour. Credit: Autopia Tours

Kakadu Wilderness Escape

25 September to 2 October 2021 — Darwin pick-up

This one day tour gives the perfect introduction to the lands of the Bininj and Mungguy, their joint management of this park in association with Parks Australia and why this region supports unparalleled birdlife throughout a diverse range of terrains.

Read more
Renowned artist Jacqueline Cahill

Traditional Painting Workshop

25 September to 2 October 2021 — Bowali Visitor Centre

Join renowned artist Jacqueline Cahill and explore the wonders of traditional painting. Gain insight into this cultural tradition practised for thousands of years as you attempt to bring your own painting to life.

Read more
Bird carvings. Credit: Marrawuddi Arts

Cockatoo wood carving & painting demonstration

10 am – 12 pm, 25 September 2021 — Marrawuddi Arts & Culture

Learn how renowned artists and sculptors, Irene Henry & Harold Goodman carve and paint their phenomenal cockatoos.

Read more
Private photography cruise on Yellow Water. Credit: Luke Paterson, NT Bird Specialists

Yellow Water Region Private Bird Photography Cruise

2.30–7.30 pm, 25 September 2021 — Pick-up Jabiru hotels

Join NT Bird Specialists’ guide Luke Paterson on a private 2.5-hour bird photography cruise with a maximum of just 7 guests.

Read more
Pied heron. Credit: Luke Paterson, NT Bird Specialists

Anbangbang Billabong Birding Tour

5.30–11 am, 26 September 2021 — Pick-up Jabiru hotels

Join Luke for a guided birding tour around the ever-changing and picturesque Anbangbang Billabong (up to 3 km flat loop walk). Make the most out of learning how to identify tricky little brown birds.

Read more
Yellow water sunrise boat cruise, credit parks australia.

Yellow Water Ultimate Bird Lovers Cruise

26–28 September 2021 — Yellow Water

Come down and join us for a dedicated 2.5 hour bird watching cruise from 4.15 pm to 6.45 pm.

Read more
Azure kingfisher. Credit: Luke Paterson, NT Bird Specialists

Yellow Water Birdwatching Cruise

3–7.30 pm, 26 September 2021 — Pick-up Jabiru hotels

Join Yellow Water Cruise’s guide and Luke Paterson on a 2.5-hour birdwatching cruise on Yellow Water Billabong.

Read more
Rainbow pitta. Credit: Luke Paterson, NT Bird Specialists

East Alligator Region Birding Tour

5.30–11 am, 27 September 2021 — Pick-up Jabiru hotels

Rise early for a flat 6 km return walk to a monsoonal vine forest, home to an array of endemic monsoon-dwellers. A moderate level of fitness is required for the hot conditions.

Read more
Cultural weaving.

Cultural Weaving Activity

9.30 am – 2.30 pm, 27 September 2021 — Bowali Visitor Centre

Learn traditional string spinning by hand, using native tree bark and incorporating bird feathers.

Read more
Red goshawk. Credit: Luke Paterson, NT Bird Specialists

Private Birding Tours with Luke Paterson

27–29 September 2021 — Pick-up Jabiru hotels or Cooinda

Book private Kakadu birdwatching & bird photography tours with Luke Paterson to find your key species of interest.

Read more
Animal Tracks Safari. Credit: Animal Tracks Safari

Animal Tracks Safari - Culture and Birds, Birds, Birds!!

28 September to 1 October 2021 — Pick up - Gagudju Lodge Cooinda

The sight and sound at sunset, combined with this unique 7 hour cultural safari will connect you to Kakadu and country.

Read more
Sunset at Ubirr

Ubirr Rock Art and Sunset talk

4.30–6 pm, 28 September 2021 — Ubirr

Deepen your understanding of Indigenous culture and connect to the ancient history of the land at one of Kakadu’s most famous locations.

Read more
Birds take flight at Mamukala Wetlands

Mamukala Wetlands walk

7–9 am, 29 September 2021 — Mamukala Wetlands

Join Kakadu rangers for a guided bird walk through Kakadu's wetlands and woodlands.

Read more
Ranger-guided tour at Burrungkuy

Burrungkuy Rock Art Tour

8–9.30 am, 30 September 2021 — Burrungkuy

Journey back in time and discover some of the world’s oldest and most impressive rock art.

Read more
Anbangbang Billabong

Cultural Painting Activity

9–10.30 am, 30 September 2021 — Anbangbang Billabong

Join Selone in the shade where you will get the chance to create and take home your own painting.

Read more
Mamukala bird hide

Industry Night & Panel Discussion

6.30–8 pm, 30 September 2021 — Jim Jim Room - Croc Hotel

This is an opportunity for bird enthusiasts to ask questions and discuss all bird related research programs across the Kakadu National Park.

Read more
Anbangbang Billabong

Anbangbang Billabong walk

7–9 am, 1 October 2021 — Anbangbang Billabong

Join Kakadu rangers for a guided bird walk through one of Kakadu's incredible billabongs.

Read more
Rio (2011)

Bird Week Movie Night

6–8 pm, 1 October 2021 — Jabiru Town Centre

Chill out with a movie night after a day out bird watching in Kakadu.

Read more
Willis walkabouts.

Willis's Walkabouts

3–16 October 2021 — Kakadu National Park – Two week trip

A two week birdwatching and nature tour with the emphasis on taking time to observe the birds and the rest of nature around us. Not for those who simply want to tick off as many species as possible. Includes a five night bushwalk.

Read more

See birds from the wetlands to the stone country

Grab an accommodation deal from Kakadu Tourism

The 'Bed, Breakfast, Cruise & Wine Special Offer' includes one night's accommodation in Kakadu National Park’s Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (with a full buffet breakfast for two), a 2-hour Yellow Water Cruise for two & a complimentary bottle of house wine with your evening meal at the Escarpment Restaurant

If the Cooinda Lodge is more your style, the 'Fly, Cruise & Stay Special Offer' includes one night’s accommodation at the Cooinda Lodge Kakadu (with a full buffet breakfast for two), a 30-minute Scenic Flight over Kakadu National Park for two & a 9am Yellow Water Cruise for two, and the 'Bed, Breakfast & Cruise Special Offer' includes one night’s accommodation at the Cooinda Lodge Kakadu (with a full buffet breakfast for two) & a 9am Yellow Water Cruise for two.