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“Take a tour with Victor”

Ayal Aboriginal Tours Kakadu
Ranked #10 of 16 things to do in Jabiru
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Ayal Aboriginal Tours Kakadu (Ayal) was created in 2008 to share traditional Indigenous culture with visitors to Kakadu National Park (Kakadu). Ayal provides guests with an authentic, cultural experience delivered by a local Indigenous guide who lives in Kakadu. Ayal is family owned and operated. Our guests are hosted by Victor Cooper an experienced elder of Kakadu who has deep knowledge of the cultural and historical significance of the areas that we visit on our tours. Tour Products & Services: Guests can join Ayal on one of our day tours that visit the world famous rock art sites in Kakadu, provide unique insights into the Indigenous and European history of Kakadu, experience the rivers, billabongs, wetlands and the magnificent wildlife of the National Park. Private charter tours can be arranged within Kakadu and west Arnhemland with a specifically designed itinerary to suit your needs. Ayal provides ‘Step on Guide’ services for commercial tour operators who require a qualified, local Indigenous guide to enhance their Kakadu experience. Victor Cooper is also available for consultancy services such as cultural talks and presentations; tourism mentoring and training of tour guides in Kakadu National Park. The Ayal tourist vehicles and driver can be privately chartered for transport of guests throughout Kakadu when and where needed. Experience & Expertise: Victor is a Traditional Owner of Kakadu and holds the Kakadu Knowledge for Tour Guides Accreditation. As a Minitja man, Victor has the Indigenous credentials to tell and interpret the stories that are attached to the sites visited on the Ayal tours. Victor’s experience is firstly field-based as one of the first Indigenous rangers for Kakadu National Park looking after the country and then later he was based in management at Park Headquarters. Victor’s other roles in the community, past & present, include member of the Kakadu Board of Management representing the Minitja clan group. Currently Victor is acting Chair of the Kakadu Tourism Consultative Committee.
Sydney
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39 reviews
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“Take a tour with Victor”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

We had a private afternoon tour with Victor to Ubirr and Cahill's Crossing. The tour was interesting and informative, and Victor was very courteous and shared his great knoweledge of the area and its history. We would recommend taking one of his tours, and we will be back to take another tour with him soon.

Visited November 2013
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“Wonderful”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

We spent the day with Victor in June 2010 and had an amazing time... The sights we saw were incredible and to have Victor share the perspective of the indigenous land owners was a privilege. Our visit to Kakadu and particularly the insight we gained from spending a day with Victor has remained a fond memory, we hope to return one day with our children and share the experience with them.

Visited June 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Kakadu with Victor”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

We spent a day in the Stone Country and elsewhere in Kakadu with Victor Cooper. He was an informative guide who took us to rock painting sites here and there. We covered Ubirr, the Alligator Rivers county, and more. We learned about the social and geological history of the areas and the impact of mining. When we visited one site a woman was reading a brochure as we approached. We exchanged words and she said she had brought along and was reading a brochure she got when she first visited the site 27 years ago. Victor asked to see it, and then said 'That's me, twenty-seven years ago,' pointing to a young man with a lot of hair in the picture. That was serendipity. Proof, were it needed, of his long association with these sites. We saw a rainbow serpent painting for the first time. Remarkable. We ascended rocks to see sweeping views of the low country.

Visited August 2013
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Ballarat Australia
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“An amazing experience”
Reviewed August 1, 2012

We were lucky enough to spend a day with Victor Cooper. It was an amazing experience that we both thoroughly enjoyed. Victor's knowledge and understanding of the area, its history and his Aboriginal perspective were the difference between seeing the sites and understanding what we saw. The visit to Ubirr was fantastic - the rock paintings and views unbelievable. All our many questions were answered with competence and understanding as we drove around for the day. It was such a personalized experience of Kakadu and a great introduction to try and understand the area , its history and people. Make sure you go on a tour with Victor - his professionalism and knowledge will be your reward!

Visited July 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“The breadth and depth of Victor's knowledge is extraordinary!”
Reviewed October 18, 2011

We took Victor's trip to Ubirr, East Alligator and South Alligator Rivers, Mamukala Bird Hide and finally Jabiru Township itself. It is a full day and at Ubirr you'll be climbing rocks but the Paintings and views are just extraordinary.
Victor can talk to you about Uranium mines, Plants, Animals, Dreamtime and everything in between...
My friends were from France, one English speaker, one (almost) English speaker, one Francophone... all were impressed by Victor's manner and patience!
Highly, highly recommended.

Visited September 2011
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