Savannah Gliders, Top End Birds & Canoeing

4/5 days helping wild animals in Katherine-Nitmiluk NT

Nocturnal mammal and bird surveys on a private-access wilderness sanctuary, canoeing on the Katherine River.

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Prices & Details

Pricing and itinerary is currently being finalised. If you register interest we will contact you as soon as details are available.

ADULT  (Twin/Double rooming)






If you are not travelling with another person with whom you can share a room: add $tbc (note: we can try to find room-share partners of the same sex for single travellers, but we can’t promise)

Minimum age for this tour is 13 years. Parties with younger children may request a private tour.


Location: Katherine, Northern Territory

Duration: 4 or 5 Days tbc

Grade/Difficulty: easy

Group Size – Maximum 10 adults Minimum 4 adults

Departs: September 2020 (dates to be finalised). Private tours can be arranged anytime from July to end September.  Departure from Darwin NT. Other departures are planned for December 2020 and February 2021 but with different highlights.

Returns: to Darwin

Note: this conservation experience is run in partnership with local operators NT Immersions. We highly recommend this professional and conservation-minded operator, so even if you can’t join us on this one-off experience, please consider booking a canoeing or birding trip with them.



Top End Wildlife

The Top End is famous for it’s abundant wildlife, and the Katherine region is particularly rich.  Home to Gouldian Finches, Hooded Parrots, Agile Wallabies & Common Wallaroos, Mertens Water Monitors and Freshwater Crocodiles. read our latest blog about Top End wildlife.

On this tour we expect to see:

MAMMALS: Black & Little Red Flying-foxes, Dingoes, Agile Wallabies & Common Wallaroos.

REPTILES: Mertens Water Monitor, Freshwater Crocodiles, 

BIRDS: Great Bowerbirds, Pied Butcherbirds, Wedge-tailed Eagles, Hooded Parrots, Australian Bustards, Forest Kingfisher, Blue-winged Kookaburra, Long-tailed, Masked and (hopefully) Gouldian Finch.

More to come.




Conservation component

Nocturnal Mammal surveys: We hope to record the newly-described Savannah Glider on a private-access wilderness sanctuary near Nitmiluk National Park.  Gliders have been photographed on the property by remote cameras.  We intend to do at least two short nocturnal spotlight surveys on the sanctuary. 

Bird surveys on same wilderness sanctuary.  The area is home to a pair of Black-breasted Buzzards, among others.  This area is under-studied and all observations will be recorded for scientific access.  These surveys will be conducted during the daylight hours, possibly during or before some simple weed management.  

For the whole trip, you are helping wildlife – your Wildlife Guide records all species seen and uploads this data to online atlasses for wildlife conservation purposes. See below:


These activities are completely optional, no obligation and take up very little time. All guests who provide their email address will receive a certificate of thanks, and will be provided with use of all equipment necessary to perform the tasks.



What to bring:

Strong walking shoes or boots, outdoor clothing to suit variable weather conditions (please check weather forecast for accurate predictions), sun hat, rainproof coat, small torch (flashlight), insect repellent, min 15+ sunscreen, daypack and 1 litre re-usable water bottle. Camera and binoculars are recommended. You should also bring swimming gear.

As space is limited please keep luggage to 1 duffel bag OR 1 backpack OR 1 small suitcase per person.

Drinking Water: Tap water is completely safe and drinkable and available at the accommodation on this trip, and a large fresh storage is carried on board the vehicle each day. We recommend you bring a re-usable water bottle which we can refill during the day. If you don’t like to drink tap water we highly recommend you bring a filter to reduce plastic waste.



Full interpretation by an experienced Wildlife Guide, all transport, meals and accommodation as described below and entry fees.

Notes: Wildlife and natural history notes will be provided to guests at beginning of this tour

Expert Wildlife Guides: Echidna Walkabout’s Wildlife Guides are recognised as some of the best in Australia. Our Wildlife Guide training program ensures that all Guides have an in-depth knowledge of the wildlife and environments you will see.They are friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about wildlife – some of them have over 20 years experience working with wild animals, several are volunteer wildlife carers and rescuers and most have travelled extensively throughout Australia and the world.

Many hours of wildlife research work precede the tour to ensure that you see and learn about native wildlife in its natural environment. Guides carry mobile phones which link them to other Wildlife Guides and to emergency services. Guest safety is of paramount importance to us.

Accommodation: tbc. One night in a swag on a beach on the Katherine River. 

Meals on tour: All meals are included unless stated otherwise. NB Vegetarian, gluten-free, pork-free or other food preferences should be noted at the time of booking. Some meals are carried on board the vehicle, or ordered in advance. We can only cater for allergies and special food preferences that we are informed of in advance.

Easy walking & paddling: Although this tour is mostly vehicle based, most of the day is spent outside the vehicle on a number of easy, flat terrain, bushwalks so that you can get close to nature. Passengers must be able to walk unassisted at least 3km (2miles) on uneven dirt surfaces to ensure wildlife sightings. There may be up to 3 walks of this duration during each day. The canoeing days are easy, no canoeing experience is necessary. 

Transport: In our comfortable air conditioned vehicle.


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Our guest’s reviews …

Fantastic Experience

If you love wildlife and want to see the animals in their natural environment, this is a must-do if you are in Melbourne. It was one of the highlights of our tour. We are so glad we did it!

funtwotravel December 23, 2019