Ayal Aboriginal Tours Kakadu (Ayal) is owned and operated by Victor Cooper, a traditional owner and former park ranger of Kakadu National Park. Join Victor as he shares his stories about the spectacular rock art at Ubirr, his extensive knowledge of bush tucker and the Magela floodplains in the East Alligator region and floodplains of the mighty South Alligator region.
He is a local Aboriginal (Bininj) Traditional owner who specialises in interpreting and communicating the important stories associated with the ancient images in Kakadu National Park.
Ayal Aboriginal Tours takes you on an exclusive tour of a rarely seen area of Kakadu. Learn about the fascinating history of buffalo hunting and take a walk around the Gabarlgu Billabong and South Alligator mangrove forest to find out about the local wildlife, traditional bushfoods, and our special ancestral connection to this country.
Victor 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 these important cultural rock art sites in Kakadu. Victor provides interpretation from both a Bininj and a scientific perspective with respect to the geology and the land forms in the region.
When Kakadu National Park was declared in 1979. He was recruited along with six other Aboriginals as a trainee ranger. He worked all over Kakadu before settling down to work on the country of his mother’s father and uncles in the South Alligator district. He was awarded an APS Medallion for outstanding service before he left the government in 2007.
In 2008, he established Ayal as a way of sharing their living culture with visitors from Australia and all over the world. Ayal is family-owned and operated. They are Traditional Owners of Kakadu and they hold the Kakadu Knowledge for Tour Guides Accreditation.
Ayal provides guide services for commercial tour operators with small or large groups who require a qualified, local Indigenous guide to enhance their guests’ Kakadu National Park experience.