The ‘Call of the Wild’: Kakadu tour programmes for 2015
The ‘Call of the Wild’: Indigenous star gazing and inspiring photography experiences headline Kakadu tour programmes for 2015
Kakadu Tourism announced today an exciting range of programmes for Kakadu’s peak season in 2015, which will give visitors a unique perspective of the landscape through the eyes of local Indigenous guides and through the lens of celebrated Northern Territory photographer, Paul Arnold.
Visitors to Kakadu will also be able to get an authentic ‘taste’ of the region through fishing cruises on Yellow Water Billabong, with the legendary barramundi firmly on the menu.
Cooinda – which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – will be the central base for the Kakadu experiences, with accommodation available in a variety of styles – hotel, lodge and camping – to suit all budgets.
With Kakadu Tourism an Indigenous-owned business, the emphasis is on providing visitors with a view of the World Heritage area through their eyes.
The Algohgarrng Experience takes place on Yellow Water Billabong at night. The 90 minute cruise is hosted by an expert Indigenous guide who identifies the myriad of star systems visible and provides a narrative based on generations old Dreamtime stories.
Using only minimum light and a laser pen to spotlight the constellations, The Algohgarrng Experience captures how Kakadu fits into the solar system, providing visitors with the opportunity to appreciate the landscape’s spiritual and cultural dimensions.
The Algohgarrng Experience departs five nights a week (from Friday – Tuesday) beginning in May, and costs $90 per person or $60 for a child..
To best appreciate Yellow Water billabong by day, Kakadu Tourism has teamed up with legendary NT outback photographer, Paul Arnold, to offer visitors to Kakadu an opportunity to capture Kakadu’s evocative landscape on camera, while honing their photographic skills. Paul is a passionate bushman and remote outback traveller, and on this tour he promotes photographic art with a story, “Find it. Learn it. Shoot it”.
The photographic cruises will run from April throughout the dry season until November during selected periods. The three-hour cruise is restricted to just seven people per session (sunrise and sunset cruises) and Paul will conduct pre-cruise sessions with participants. Cost is $250 per person.
Full itinerary at www.kakadutourism.com
Fishing experiences will be available from April to October. Two trips will depart daily and the three hour fishing trips will offer anglers the opportunity to catch – and then have cooked – their prize fish, including the mighty barramundi. The fishing trips are available for $150 per person.
4WD guided tours in 2015 will include the Spirit of Kakadu Adventure tour, starting in April, which features the spectacular waterfalls, swimming holes and escarpments of Kakadu. Costs - $205 per adult and $150 per child.
Footprints of the Past tours will start from June and offers a highly inspirational tour which allows visitors to see Kakadu’s most scenic parts as well as travelling through time, exploring the historical wonders of Kakadu. The informative tour focuses on the Indigenous, European, mining and pastoral history of the region, concluding with a spectacular finale: sundowners at an exclusive private billabong. The full day tour costs $205 per adult and $150 per child, and includes pick-up and drop-off to guests staying at Cooinda and Jabiru.
Kakadu Cooinda Lodge provides the ideal base to explore Kakadu National Park and offers a range of accommodation styles suitable for all budgets and requirements – from comfortable lodge room with private courtyard through to budget accommodation with camp kitchen and camping sites for caravans and tents. All guests have access to the two swimming pools and two restaurants, which includes Mimi’s, a one-hatted restaurant that showcases the cuisine and flavours of the Top End.
Indigenous owned Cooinda Lodge is central to major Kakadu National Park attractions including Nourlangie Rock Art Site, Jim Jim & Twin Falls, Yellow Water Cruises and Warradjan Cultural Centre.
Transfers also operate to and from the Kakadu Crocodile Hotel in Jabiru.
Cooinda is two and half hours’ drive from Darwin.
BOOKINGS AND FURTHER INFORMATION: 1800 500 401 or www.kakadutourism.com
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Following many reader requests Mature Traveller is planning to return to Kakadu in May, so look forward to our full coverage of all the wonderful things in this very special part of the world.