Region Four – Australia’s Top End

DARWIN – KAKADU AND BEYOND

Day Thirteen October 19 Monday
After saying so long to Brisbane and the rugged dry areas of outback Queensland, we will board a morning flight bound for Australia’s Top End in the Northern Territory and the city of Darwin. Having arrived in Darwin and after a bit of lunch and a brief rest, we will board our vehicle and head for the little village of Pine Creek a little over 2 hours south. Along the way we'll keep our eyes peeled for such beautiful iconic species as Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos and other parrots. Night at Pine Creek.

Day Fourteen October 20 Tuesday

We’ll spend the first part of our morning searching for Hooded parrots around Pine Creek.  While not easy to spot in some regions, Pine Creek is unique in that they can sometimes be observed in open areas opposite to our accomodation! Then we head east and travel into the interior for approximately 2 hours towards Kakadu National Park.  Enroute we will keep an eye out for Northern Rosellas and Varied Lorikeets and other parrot species.  With a well-deserved break, we sit down for lunch and a refreshing swim at Edith Falls in Nitmuluk National Park.  Along the way we may encounter the stunning brilliant red and green Red-winged parrot as we continue on into Kakadu National Park.  We arrive to spend the Night in Cooinda

Day Fifteen October 21 Wednesday

Morning time and it’s time to embark on a relaxing 2-hour wetland cruise where we’ll enjoy the natural history of this iconic region and search for the legendary Salt Water Crocodile and no end to water birds!  We may spot several parrot species as we explore this beautiful and unique aquatic region, including flocks of Little Corellas and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos.  Then it’s off to view some beautiful aboriginal rock paintings before we make the trek to Mary River Wilderness Retreat about 2 hours away.  Night at Mary River Wilderness Retreat

Day Sixteen October 22 Thursday

We’ll have a casual morning at Mary River where we can relax and chat about our trip and explore the gorgeous grounds at Mary River Retreat. Not just parrots, we can observe and photograph classic animals such as the Agile Wallaby and possibly even spot some Blue-winged Kookaburras.  After lunch we will head back to Darwin, a 2-hr journey.  In Darwin we will visit scenic spots and search for the often difficult to find Northern Rosella and other species we may still need to find to enjoy!   Night in Darwin.

Day Seventeen October 23 Friday
After breakfast in Darwin we will say our goodbyes to new friends as we take morning flights out and head for home or continue to other destinations.

Total Species for Region Four
1 Commonly Seen
2 Highly probable sighting
3 Possible sighting

1 Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
1 Red-collared Lorikeet (Rainbow Lorikeet subspecies)
3 Varied Lorikeet
1 Red-winged Parrot
3 Budgerigar
3 Northern Rosella
2 Hooded Parrot
2 Little Corella