Kakadu prepares to host one of the greatest natural shows on earth

Posted On: September 12, 2018

Nature lovers from around the world are planning to flock to Kakadu Bird Week from 29 September to 7 October for what is regarded as one of the “greatest natural shows on earth”.

With the dry season at its peak and the wetlands receding in advance of the arrival of the monsoon rains, Kakadu's remarkably rich variety of birds and wildlife are at their most visible and active.

The region is home to over one third of Australia's bird species and whether it is graceful sea eagles 'fishing' on Yellow Water Billabong, the remarkable 'Jesus Bird' seemingly walking on water, or local favourites such as the Jabiru and the tiny, vividly beautiful, Kingfisher birds, Kakadu is Australia's most spectacular location for lovers of exotic birds.

Kakadu Bird Week is the perfect time for nature lovers to discover Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.

The Festival is being held from 29 September - 7 October and a packed itinerary of events is designed for both dedicated bird watchers and lovers of spectacular natural habitats.

A prime vantage point to view Kakadu's wildlife is on Yellow Water Billabong, at Cooinda.

Yellow Water Cruises and Kakadu Tourism will be offering visitors exceptional opportunities to get close to Kakadu's bird life during the special week. 

Massive flocks of noisy Magpie Geese cover the landscape, while crocodiles and other animals do battle for territory ahead of the rains.

Yellow Water Cruises will offer a series of cruises hosted by renowned naturalist, Luke 'hawk eyes' Paterson, from NT Bird Specialists, who will provide his expert insights on Kakadu's birdlife during sunrise cruises on Yellow Water Billabong. The sunset cruises will take place on Monday 1, Wednesday 3 and Saturday 6 October 2018.

Luke will also be hosting bird watching expeditions throughout Kakadu during Bird Week, taking nature lovers on tours of East Alligator River, South Alligator River, Nourlangie and Mary River to showcase both the regions and their bird life.

There will be a wide range of free events during the week at Bowali Visitors Centre, the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel and on site.

A special program for children has been designed to introduce them to the wonders of birding and the science of discovery.

Most family events are free.

Kakadu National Park rangers will provide free daily walks at many of Kakadu's major tourism sites, including Ubirr and Nourlangie.