Wetlands of Kakadu & Beyond
6 days / 6 nights | Kakadu photographic adventure embracing aboriginal cultures, landscapes & unique flora & fauna
Adventure to one of the most pristine and photogenic environments in Australia - Kakadu National Park. Amidst a kaleidoscope of rich colours, sweeping vistas, prolific wildlife and fascinating aboriginal culture, this photographic adventures is a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture Australia's nature and culture. This photographic safari combines hands on photographic tuition in Australia's wilderness wonderland.
tour dates: 6 Aug 2017
As far as World Heritage Areas go, Kakadu National Park is somewhat special in that it qualifies for WHA listing on the basis of both natural and cultural values. Exploring this part of Australia in small groups with an expert guide ensures a memorable and rewarding holiday. Surrounded by more than 20,000 years of Aboriginal heritage we observe Dreamtime rock art, we swim in remote gorges and cruise among the abundant wildlife of Yellow Waters.
This is followed by three tranquil days afloat on the magnificent Katherine River, gliding over some 20 kilometres of rarely seen crystal clear water. Throughout the trip there are many opportunities to walk, swim, take photos or just relax by a crystal clear rock pool. We camp in spacious two-person tents, and your guide will ensure the best in food and fun. The warm climate encourages early starts, which sometimes leaves time for a midday siesta. Most days we get the chance to cool off in a shady water hole. Kakadu is possibly the most exciting adventure destination in Australia. Combined with the Katherine River and the rich Aboriginal culture this itinerary is beyond comparison. Come exploring with us and experience the remote beauty of the Top End!
■ Spectacular wildlife
■ Expert photography advice
■ Aboriginal culture
■ Wilderness walking
■ 6 nights camping under the stars
■ Complete understanding of your DLSR, compact or film camera functions
■ Composition, light, viewpoint, angles, lens perspective. Shots in the local aboriginal communities
■ Aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, ISO setting, white balance, exposure compensation
■ Wildlife, portraiture, landscapes, macro, reportage, still life, action, motion, architecture, nature, flowers
■ Understanding exposure options and shutter speeds shooting campfire scenes
■ Wildlife photography techniques and equipment used throughout
■ Editing software and knowledge of the digital workflow.
■ Creation of a pdf coffee table book of our Kakadu adventure
■ An insight into photographing for personal, stock, editorial and commercial use
■ Increased confidence and creative vision.
■ DAY 1: arrive darwin, transfer to kakadu
Join Darwin, transfer to Kakadu, Ubirr, Gulyambi cruise. We pick you up from your accommodation between 7:00 and 7.30am, before heading to the renowned bird watching areas of Fogg Dam for coffee and a briefing on the trip ahead. We then get off the sealed roads and travel east on the Arnhem Highway. Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage area covering around 20 000 square kilometers so a short drive may be a couple of hours! An optional scenic flight from Jabiru airstrip (30 mins from $120 p.p.) provides a spectacular overview of the escarpment and wetlands. We will explore the extraordinary rock art of Ubirr as well expansive views across the flood plains at sunset before retiring to our campsite at nearby Merl.
■ DAY 2: To Oenpelli, Injalak Arts and Crafts
Heading south-west through Kakadu National Park, we will explore the rarely visited art sites of Nanguluwurr as well as the spectacular locations of Angbangbang and Nourlangie. This evening we will join the Yellow Waters wildlife cruise for a spectacular sunset and exceptional wildlife viewing. Saltwater and Freshwater Crocodiles, White Breasted Sea Eagles, Brolgas, Buffalo and huge flocks of Magpie Geese are commonly seen in this exceptional wetland. Camp at Mardugal.
■ DAY 3 Gubara and Nanguluwarr
Wake up to the call of hundreds of birds. After a leisurely breakfast, we head out to explore the vine forest of Gubara. A short walk through the savannah leads to a clear creek and Kakadu’s rainforest equivalent. In the afternoon we will visit the art site of Nangulwarr and the scenic lookout or Nowalandja. We return to our group camp-site at Mardugal.
■ Day 4 To Yurmikmik and Gunlom
Today we will travel in to Southern Kakadu and the spectacular South Alligator River Valley. A walk near Yurmikmik reveals stunning escarpment views and hidden waterfalls. We travel on to the idyllic waterfall and plunge pool of Gunlom. An afternoon of relaxing and exploring is followed by camping nearby.
■ Day 5 Katherine River.
Heading south on the Stuart Highway, we travel to the busy outback centre, Katherine and on to spectacular Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park. A number of short walks aim to gain access to spectacular viewpoints over the Gorge. Camp at Katherine Gorge.
■ Day 6 To Manyallaluk
Heading south from Katherine we travel to the Aboriginal community of Manyallaluk. An afternoon of aboriginal cultural experiences introduces us to Jawoyn culture. We camp nearby.
■ Day 7 To Darwin
This morning we have further opportunity to explore Katherine, we aim to return to town by mid morning and head back up the Stuart Highway to Darwin. We may enjoy a relaxing lunch beside the waterfall of Edith Falls or Adelaide River on the way north and expect to arrive back into Darwin around 5:00pm.
■ 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners
■ Professional photographer leader
■ Professional wilderness guide
■ All group camping equipment including tents, swags for sleeping, stoves, cooking and eating utensils
■ Wildlife cruise
■ All National Park and camping fees
■ Emergency communications and group first aid kit
■ 4WD transport from Darwin
■ Camera and all photographic equipment.
■ Travel insurance
■ Accommodation in Darwin before and after the trip
■ Alcoholic beverages
■ Sleeping Bag hire
dates & prices
Tour Dates: 6 Aug 2017
Tour Cost: $3,095 (ex Darwin) | Single supplement : $240 extra
Tour Style: We take you on a personal journey of discovery...where life and the traditional cultures remain relatively unspoilt, where the wildlife viewing is spectacular, where the scenery is breathtaking. These special tours reflect our fascination and love for interesting cultures and the natural world which we capture through inspirational, evocative photography.
These tours are not just for expert photographers. In fact, we attract an eclectic mix of people who blend other interests with photography - the lover of wildflowers, the birder, the naturalist, the antiquities buff, the painter, the wine and food lover - the normal traveller looking to expand their horizons. This Focus 10 photography tour is fully organised by World Expeditions, providing all of the logistics,transportation, accommodation, food; with Focus 10 in charge of the photographic component.
The adventure guide and photographic leaders work together to manage the flow of the tour, the pace, the itinerary - so we can take the best photographs, seek out the hidden gems, wait for the perfect dawn light or brolga at the waterhole, fully backed by the convenience, the security, the quality of World Expeditions tour operations.
During the trip you camp with swags and tents. You will be experiencing the Territorian style of camping, so your participation will be appreciated. The guide will prepare all the meals and run the camp, however you will be asked to contribute by putting up your own tents and rolling out swags. Participation around the camp will make for a more enjoyable experience for everybody. We supply swags to sleep on. A swag is comprised of a three-inch thick foam mattress with a canvas cover to keep it clean – they are very comfortable.
Tour Host: Andrew Thomasson and assistants
Operator: World Expeditions