Visit Kakadu National Park and take shelter in the bird hide to watch bird life undisturbed across the waters of Mamukala wetlands, located on the Arnhem Highway about two hours drive from Darwin.
Mamukala is beautiful all year but at its most dramatic in the late dry season (September – October) when thousands of magpie geese congregate to feed – a must-see for avid photographers and birdwatchers. An observation platform allows you to view the birdlife and a mural illustrates the seasonal changes that occur through the year.
There is a three kilometre walk adjacent to the wetlands, allowing you to spot up close egrets, darters, herons and forest kingfishers. Paperbark trees and Pandanus line the wetland perimeter, and keep an eye out for the pretty water lilies in various colours. The walks vary in length from one to four kilometres, and allow one to two hours for the full walk. The Gu-ngarre Walk is only accessible during the drier months, check wet season access.
An entry fee of AUD40.00 per person over the age of 16 years is required to enter Kakadu National Park.