13 Day Kakadu to Kununurra Adventure Tour and Workshop
with Dick Jenkin and Mark Rayner

Birds, Wildlife, Landscapes - Amazing Australian Outback Trek

Creating Adventure through Photography
When : Tuesday 13th July to Sunday 25th July 2021

Where : Kakadu, Darwin, Litchfield, Timber Creek, Wyndham, Kununurra

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 This photography adventure trek will have your shutters in overdrive as we take you across the top of Australia from one amazing location to another. Its really Darwin to Wyndham but Kakadu to Kununurra sounded much better.
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Join us as we take you over a land billions of years in the making.

Let your senses indulge the breathtaking wonder of this incredible photographer’s paradise.

You'll experience a journey of discovery as we traverse from Darwin in the Northern Territory across to Wyndham in Western Australia. You'll discover an incredibly diverse range of birds, wildlife and stunning landscapes from the comfort of an air-conditioned 4WD. We'll take you adventuring off-road to photograph wildlife and ancient landscapes in remote and unique locations.

We'll explore Darwin and the surrounding area, visiting all the birding hotspots before venturing off-road into Litchfield National Park. You'll be amazed by the huge magnetic termite mounds and the lost city limestone pillars will have you enthralled.

There will be tropical waterfalls and cascades and of course all the while, the birdlife will be calling.

A sunset cruise at the famous Yellow Waters will be a highlight of the tour but then we'll follow it up with a sunrise cruise to give you another go at the Jacanas, Jabirus and Jaws. Jaws of the huge estuarine crocodiles inhabiting the waterways.

We'll travel through remote areas and take you to areas renowned for having certain bird species, some not found anywhere else. We'll always be on the lookout for Gouldian Finch and Purple-crowned Fairywrens and many others.

You'll cruise Lake Argyle with its huge waterbird population and then a few days later cruise the mighty Ord River, teaming with birds and wildlife.

Come and join, bird masters Dick Jenkin and Mark Rayner for an amazing 13 day Photographic 4WD Journey through this incredible country.

Day-to-Day Program

Day 1

Arrive Darwin. Depending on everyone’s arrival times we hope to have a late afternoon visit to the Botanic Gardens in search of the imposing Rufous Owl. Barking Owl are also possible, and we should have our first encounter with Torresian Imperial-Pigeon and the relatively tame Orange-footed Scrubfowl.
Overnight: Darwin
Day 2

Today we will visit some localised birding spots around Darwin seeking out some of the area’s specialities such as: Red-headed Honeyeater, Green-backed Gerygone, Torresian Kingfisher, Rainbow Pitta and Bush Stone-curlew to mention but a few of the potential photography opportunities.
Overnight: Darwin
Day 3

Departing Darwin today we will have some early morning photography time on route to the Territory Wildlife Park. This is an awesome place to get an introduction to some of the unique birds and wildlife of The Top End, via a walk-through aviary and wild birds in a billabong and monsoonal forest habitat. A free flight raptor display will give you the opportunity to capture these magnificent creatures up close.
Overnight: Batchelor

Day 4

A full day to explore and capture some landscape images of the magnificent scenery of Litchfield National Park, taking in beautiful waterfalls and pools, the sandstone pillars of the Lost City and the iconic magnetic termite mounds. Oh, and of course the birds!
Overnight: Batchelor
Day 5

This morning we will continue our journey to Fogg Dam, a fantastic water resource for birds. Brolga, Jacana, Crimson Finches, Rainbow Bee-eaters, Black-necked Stork, flycatchers and kingfishers abound. Onwards from here, allowing some photography stops on the way with mangrove species and a variety of finches our priority, in time for the piece de resistance of Kakadu, the Yellow Waters sunset cruise. You will be in photographers’ heaven with up close opportunities for a variety of birds, water and bush, plus an abundance of crocodile and usually Water buffalo.
Overnight: Yellow Waters

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Day 6

We start the day where we left off yesterday with the morning light this time on our cruise, the crocodiles are less active so birds will be the main focus. After an enormous breakfast we will continue our travels towards Pine Creek, where there are many birds around town, Gouldian Finches, Hooded Parrots, Great Bowerbirds, Red-collared and Varied Lorikeets, and Grey-crowned Babbler will be in our sights.
Overnight: Pine Creek

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Day 7

Continuing south today we will stake out some water holes early morning with the possibilities being Gouldian, Masked, Long-tailed, Crimson and Double-barred Finches plus Hooded Parrots. Peaceful and Bar-shouldered Doves, Banded and Rufous-throated Honeyeaters are all on our agenda. A visit to Edith Falls should also allow some great photographic opportunities for birds such as Lemon-Belied Flycatcher, Yellow-tinted Honeyeater, Little Woodswallow and Northern Fantail. Afterwards we will travel on via Victoria River, towards the WA border. We will search for the magnificent Purple-crowned Fairy-wren along the way.
An astro shoot with incredibly clear skies is on the cards tonight.
Overnight: Timber Creek
Day 8

This morning we will photograph around Timber Creek, focusing on finches, Star Finches and Yellow-rumped Mannikins should be more common now as well as many other birds such as Spinifex Pigeons, Australian Bustard and Black-faced Woodswallow.
Magnificent BoabTrees enhance the rugged landscape along the way.
Upon arrival into Kununurra we will check into our hotel then check out some local sites for Buff-sided Robin, White-browed Crake and many more.
Overnight: Kununurra
Day 9

An early start for the magnificent Lake Argyle dedicated bird cruise, whilst Yellow Chat will be our main photographic target, many other birds will be present, particularly as we pull in close to shore and have a substantial breakfast. We should also have close encounters with Short-eared Rock-wallaby.
An afternoon spent photographing around Kununurra.
Overnight: Kununurra

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About Dick Jenkin:

Dick is passionate about birds and has spent his entire life pursuing countless species all over the globe. More recently, having observed all but four regular Australian birds, he has decided to revisit his secret places with camera in hand. Dick is now a full-time photographer pursuing this new goal.

Together with his wife Lynn, also a passionate photographer, he is setting about making bird photography more accessible to everyone.

In short, if there is a bird in the bush, Dick knows what it is and how to find it. His knowledge will be invaluable as we take you to the top bird spots across the Top End.

Day 10

This morning we will photograph close to Kununurra with our main aims being to photograph; White-quilled Rock-Pigeon, Sandstone Shrikethrush and Short-eared Rock-wallaby.
In the afternoon we head out to Parry’s Lagoon near Wyndham. A tremendous water resource for a variety of water birds and a valuable drinking source for doves, parrots and finches. A bird hide provides us great opportunities for photographing the wildlife.
Overnight: Parry’s Farm

Day 11

Early morning around our lodgings to photograph birds coming in for their first drink of the day, Gouldian, Masked, Long-tailed Finches and many more. After breakfast we will have another visit to Parry’s Lagoon
Overnight: Hairy Dogs Fishing Camp - Ultimate Adventures

Day 12

A day on the water and around Hairy Dogs Fishing Camp. The
Ord River is a nature photographer’s paradise. We will spend a full day out on the river in purpose built dinghies photographing the tropical river-life. We capture abundant birdlife in its native habitat and it’s one of the few places in Australia where you can photograph freshwater and saltwater crocodiles side by side.
Overnight: Hairy Dogs Fishing Camp - Ultimate Adventures

Day 13

Our trip comes to an end with morning drop offs into Kununurra.
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This photo safari will fill up very quickly. Limited to a maximum of 9 photographers with 2 tutors you are assured of comfort (window seat always when travelling) and personal access to photography guidance.

Please get in quick and book your spot today.

Cost: $ 8300.00 per person based on Double Occupancy

$1400 single supplement

Includes :

  • Accommodation for 13 nights starting in Darwin and ending in Kununurra.
  • All Meals
  • Transportation in air-conditioned 4x4 (3 guests per vehicle, all with window seats)
  • Entrance fees to all Parks
  • Cruise on the Ord River
  • Cruise on Lake Argyle
  • Entry to Northern Territory Wildlife Park
  • Private Yellow Waters sunset charter cruise.
  • Yellow Waters sunrise cruise.

Exclusions :

  • Airfares to Darwin and from Kununurra
  • All incidental personal items.
  • Alcohol

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory and remains your responsibility.

This workshop is limited at 9 participants with 2 tutors to ensure a high level of comfort and a high student/tutor ratio.

The workshop requires a minimum 5 bookings to proceed

A $1000.00 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your position.

(please note a 2.9% handling fee applies to credit card payments)

Final payment must be paid 60 days prior to the workshop.

To book please call Mark on 0459 221678 or email

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