Experience the wonders of Kakadu
With your own personal tour guide
Experience the natural and cultural wonders of Kakadu National Park with Aboriginal owned and operated Ayal Aboriginal Tours Kakadu. Explore the East and South Alligator regions of Kakadu with a knowledgeable local Aboriginal guide Victor Cooper. Victor is a former park ranger and traditional owner who enjoys sharing stories about the spectacular Kakadu rock art and his knowledge of bush tucker and the floodplain country on his small group tours.
Ubirr Rock Art Tour
We will travel north across the Magela floodplains and past some of the spectacular escarpment outliers to Ubirr, one of Kakadu's major aboriginal rock art sites. Here Victor will guide you through the natural stone galleries and give you an insight into the culture associated with some of these intriguing works of art. The art here spans a vast period, from ancient times before the sea level rose to its present level right through to interaction between Aboriginal people and early European visitors. You will see paintings of spirit characters and the famous x-ray art depicting the internal structure of some of the animals of this country.
East Alligator River
Not far from Ubirr runs the East Alligator River, the border between Kakadu and Arnhem Land. Ginga, the Estuarine Crocodile is often seen in the river and many interesting birds inhabit the forest along its banks. A cool drink on the river bank will refresh you before we move south again.
Our journey takes us west from here to floodplains of the mighty South Alligator River. We'll visit the Mamukala wetlands where thousands of birds congregate in the drier months of the year. There is a bird hide that enables a good view across the entire floodplain but a guided walk around the edges will often reward us with sightings of the less common birds and other animals.
Bowali Visitor Centre
Our next stop will be at the Bowali Visitor Centre where you can learn more about the vast lands of Kakadu and how they are jointly managed by the Traditional Owners in partnership with the Australian Government. You will also have time to visit the Marrawuddi Gallery where there is a range of local art work for sale along with books and photographs of the region.
After some time exploring the edge of the floodplains we will return you to your accommodation at either South Alligator or Jabiru.
Tours run in the dry-season from May to October. The duration of the tour is around 6 hours and we can accommodate 12 passengers at a time.
Main pickup point:
Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Jabiru - Pick up 08:00 | Return 14:00
We also offer personalised and private tour options. Families or couples often request private tours with specific itineraries or timeframes. A popular personalised tour option is an afternoon visiting the rock art at Ubirr, followed by a trip down the East Alligator river, finished with watching the famous dry-season sunset from a nearby lookout.
We also provide a guiding service for bus tours, commercial operators and school groups.
What to Bring
lunch, water and morning tea are all provided, but here are some items you might like to bring with you:
- Solid walking shoes
- Insect repellent
"Great Trip with Superb guide"
Victor took the 2 of us on a great day tour of the Kakadu around Jabiru. Heavy rain the previous night had flooded a crossing to Ubir but Victor used his vast knowledge to take to other important sites and shared his deep love of his environment. He enlightened us how the traditional landowners care for and live off the natural resources using only what they need to live and not damage the bush for the future. Thoroughly recommended.
Visited April 2014