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The Northern Territory is an outstanding birding destination comprising sandstone and woodland endemics in the North to some rewarding desert birding in the South.The Katherine region offers the opportunity to view over 230 species.

The tours are designed to observe as many species in the different habitats in the region in the timeframe allocated.  Mick Jerram is an experienced Bird Guide in the region (over 20 years) and is able to look for sought after target species.

Private Guiding in the Northern Territory
The Top End of the NT includes National Parks (both State and Commonwealth).  Professional guides must have appropriate permits and licenses to conduct commercial operations within these parks.  It is illegal to conduct a commercial tour in a vehicle not registered as an accepted ‘Tour Vehicle’, whether in a park or not.  These regulations are an insurance to visitors that a level of professionalism with regards to safety and insurance is assurred.

Our Private Guiding rate includes a Guide and a vehicle for a 10 hour day and 500km of travelling.  Extensions for the day (upto 2hours) are charged at $180 per hour and includes an extra 100km.  Maximum numbers in a vehicle are 4, however, a vehicle may ‘tag along’ for $660 per day.  In this case we reserve the right to waive responsibilty for damage and injury to the passengers and/or the vehicle.

Cost: From AUD$660.00 per day

General Information

The Area –  Katherine Region. Katherine is 324 kilometres south of Darwin, Northern Territory.

The walk is located within the boundaries of Kakadu National Park, following the Arnhemland Escarpment across to Twin Falls. The local Flora and Fauna is prolific and the scenery is varied and beautiful.  Koolpin Creek and Twin Falls Creek flow all year round and during the long ‘Dry’ season, become the only water sources for all manner of wildlife.

The Katherine Region is a terrific place to visit and base your Northern Territoryexperience from. We are close to The Kimberley, GregoryNational Park, ElseyNational Park, Manyallaluk, Kakadu Heritage Area and of course, right on our doorstep, is the magnificent Katherine/Flora/Daly River System.

Where We Stop

We are totally self sufficient giving us the luxury of being selective with our resting points, campsites however are designated due to the status of the National Park.  There’s plenty of time to relax, swim, bird watch, encounter wildlife and appreciate the scenery.  We regularly access these sites with group sizes of 2-8, ensuring that we have minimal impact on the environment.

How Far, How Long, When

The 5 day hike covers approx. 50km between the Koolpin Gorge Campground and Twin Falls.  Tours operate during the ‘TOP END’ dry season, April to October.  The temperature ranges from 24 C to 39 C, but the nights from June to August can be cool, dropping to 5 degrees Celsius.

Tour Accommodation

We are fully self-sustained while on the trail. While hiking we stop at designated camping sites.  If you require, we can supply you with:

A screen tent – for those who wish to sleep inside – you can still see the stars
A ¾ length ‘Thermarest’ self inflating mattress
A sleeping bag which can be fully opened
A liner (or sheet) and pillow, a torch, mosquito repellent
While we are on the hiking tour we forgo chairs and tables along with grills and camp ovens.  We cook with small fuel burning stoves allowing us to have hot meals and hot drinks throughout the tour.

 The Meals

Breakfasts consist of cereals/porridge/oatmeal
Dinners are typical light weight meals cooked on a fuel stove
Lunches are ‘sandwich’ or ‘wrap’ style (normally crisp breads)
Tea, Coffee and Hot chocolate are available at camp
The guide will do the washing up (unless you really want to help)
What You Need to Bring

We recommend that you pack lightly and limit the space required.  A packing list will be provided for you. You will only need minimal clothing – you can rinse items out daily.  Keep things as light and small as possible to allow you to carry food & water.

We provide a 75 litre backpack, (ruck sack), or you may wish to use your own.

 Group Size

We travel with no more than 10 people on tour including the Guide/s, (unless it is a specific group booking).

Getting back to Darwin:

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