We pick you up from your accommodation between 7-7.30am, Guides will call day before to confirm time, before heading to meet with Wulna Aboriginal elders for a traditional welcome to country; followed by morning tea, damper and a chance to
discuss culture, tradition or walk by the billabong. We then get off the sealed roads and travel east by 4WD along the old Jim Jim Road, passing some of the great wetlands such as Red Lily Billabong. In the afternoon, after checking into tour lodge at Cooinda in the heart of Kakadu we will experience a cruise on the nearby Yellow Water billabong, home to an astounding variety of wildlife. Here you may encounter brumbies, wallabies and goannas drinking from the waterside, salt water crocodile and thousands of birds including Magpie Geese, Brolgas, Cormorants, Pelicans and Jabiru, Australia’s largest flying bird. The flat-bottomed boat is guided by an expert wildlife guide.
NB: Jim Jim and Twin Falls can be still closed due to flooding from the monsoon, we may visit alternative waterfalls such as Gubara.
Wake up to the dawn chorus of the multitude of birds of the Savannah and wetlands. We drive to Jim Jim and Twin Falls along a bumpy old track, to Kakadu’s most famous waterfalls. Our visits to Jim Jim and Twin falls aim for an active experience, walking beyond the reach regular tourist groups. Keep in mind the thundering torrent usually depicted in the postcards is a phenomenon that only occurs during the wet season and this flow declines gradually through the dry season until it is a gentle trickle.
We return to Cooinda, and this evening enjoy a presentation by Peter as he discusses camera settings, pre-visualisation and composition, and image capture.
Today is a big day. Lots of area to cover but the rewards are immense as we will be visiting some exceptional areas in Kakadu. After and early Breakfast we head south to Maguk (Barramundi Falls), it is reached via a stunning short walk through the monsoon forest, opening out to deep plunge pool lined with blonde quartzite cliffs. Here you can get the chance ot have a swim and of course get some great photography as well.
In the far south of the park we reach Gunlom. This iconic waterfall and plunge pool is ringed by sandy beaches and pandanus palms, the perfect spot to relax.The sunset views from the swimming pool on top of the Gunlom Waterfall are some of the most published images of the NT. We will stay here for the sunset and some light entre before heading back to our lodge at Cooinda.
We head out of Cooinda this morning to explore the Nourlangie area of Kakadu. At this region we can climb part of the Arnhem Land Escarpments (dont worry only small climbs) to be able to gain views south of the escarpment. We can also explore the footings of the massif for rock art, flora and fauna. We will stay at Cooinda lodge, and in the evening, review your images with Peter as he demonstrates the simple steps he gs through in editing software to extract the most quality and impact from your favourite shots.
This Morning we will chekc out of Cooinda lodge and make tracks north to Ubirr Rock art site. Here we can view the rock art that is thousands of years old and then also take int he views of the east alligator river floodplains.
This afternoon we will check into the Croc motel in Jabiru and prepare ourselves and photos for a slide night.
Stay at Croc motel Jabiru, and enjoy a presentation of the best images taken from the trip.
After checking out this morning we will take a short driving tour around the ERA ranger mine site to show of its immense size before takingh the northern road out of Kakadu west toward Darwin. LAong the way we can stop to visit some iconic sites such as Mamukala wetrlands, Bark Hut, Window ion the wetlands and didgeridoo hut. We would hope to have you back to Darwin accomodation between 4-5pm