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Multi-day Tours

Wonderful Chiltern Tour

  • Crimson Rosella

Runs all year round.

Cost $1270 for two persons twinshare

Cost for a single $1200

Summary

This tour explores Chiltern – Mount Pilot National Park, one of the best remaining examples of Box-ironbark Forest. The area is regarded as one of the best birding sites in the country and is home to some of the most exciting birds in Australia. Birds such as the stunningly beautiful Turquoise Parrot, the endangered Regent Honeyeater, Mistletoebird, White-browed Babbler, Speckled Warbler and Painted Honeyeater. As well as the birds you may also encounter mammals such as Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Black Wallaby and may be Koala. It is an area which we are sure you will love.

Features:

  • Birds which are Box-ironbark specialists
  • The chance of seeing some rarely encountered species
  • Naturalist birding guide
  • A spotlighting session to search for nocturnal species
  • Dinner at an Aussie pub
  • Travel in a spacious Toyota Landcruiser Prado

Day 1  5 am - You will be picked up at you city hotel at (later pickup times available) and we will travel 3 hours north of Melbourne to Chiltern – Mt Pilot National Park stopping on the way for breakfast. As soon as we arrive the birding will begin. The day will include birding along many of the tracks that intersect the park to maximise the number of species seen. We will also take the time to sit at various waterholes to see which species come in for a drink. A picnic lunch will be had in the park with the birds.

Dinner will be had at a local Pub. The nearby area is a wine-growing region so there will be plenty of local wines available to have with your meal.

Dinner will be followed by some spotlighting to search for some of the areas nocturnal species. Species we may see include Tawny Frogmouth, Boobook Owl, Barking Owl, Barn Owl and  Australian Owlet-nightjar.

You will then settle into your accommodation at the local motel.

Day 2  6 am - We will head out into the park early to experience the dawn chorus This is an experience you will never forget as the forests’ birds wake up and call at once, a combined sound that would rival the worlds best orchestras.

Following a hearty breakfast, we will head back into the park to search new areas. We will walk at several sites and continue birding until lunch at the local bakery. We will also visit the local wetlands to add to our list.

At 3 pm we will head back to Melbourne to arrive by 6.30pm

Tour is subject to accommodation availability and may need to be altered in the case of severe bushfire conditions.

Download PDF Possible Species Wonderful Chiltern

Common Name

Scientific Name

Plumed Whistling-Duck

Dendrocygna eytoni

Blue-billed Duck

Oxyura australis

Black Swan

Cygnus atratus

Australian Shelduck

Tadorna tadornoides

Australasian Shoveler

Spatula rhynchotis

Pacific Black Duck

Anas superciliosa

Northern Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

Grey Teal

Anas gracilis

Chestnut Teal

Anas castanea

Freckled Duck

Stictonetta naevosa

Musk Duck

Biziura lobata

Australian Wood Duck

Chenonetta jubata

Stubble Quail

Coturnix pectoralis

Brown Quail

Synoicus ypsilophora

Australasian Grebe

Tachybaptus novaehollandiae

Hoary-headed Grebe

Poliocephalus poliocephalus

Great Crested Grebe

Podiceps cristatus

Rock Dove

Columba livia

Spotted Dove

Streptopelia chinensis

Common Bronzewing

Phaps chalcoptera

Brush Bronzewing

Phaps elegans

Crested Pigeon

Ocyphaps lophotes

Diamond Dove

Geopelia cuneata

Peaceful Dove

Geopelia placida

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo

Chalcites basalis

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

Chalcites lucidus

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Cacomantis flabelliformis

Pallid Cuckoo

Heteroscenes pallidus

Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides

White-throated Nightjar

Eurostopodus mystacalis

Australian Owlet-nightjar

Aegotheles cristatus

White-throated Needletail

Hirundapus caudacutus

Fork-tailed Swift

Apus pacificus

Purple Swamphen

Porphyrio porphyrio

Dusky Moorhen

Gallinula tenebrosa

Black-tailed Native-hen

Tribonyx ventralis

Eurasian Coot

Fulica atra

Red-necked Avocet

Recurvirostra novaehollandiae

Black-winged Stilt

Himantopus leucocephalus

Red-capped Plover

Charadrius ruficapillus

Double-banded Plover

Charadrius bicinctus

Black-fronted Dotterel

Elseyornis melanops

Banded Lapwing

Vanellus tricolor

Masked Lapwing

Vanellus miles

Red-kneed Dotterel

Erythrogonys cinctus

Painted Button-quail

Turnix varius

Silver Gull

Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae

Whiskered Tern

Chlidonias hybrida

Australian Pelican

Pelecanus conspicillatus

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

White-necked Heron

Ardea pacifica

Great Egret

Ardea alba

Intermediate Egret

Ardea intermedia

White-faced Heron

Egretta novaehollandiae

Little Egret

Egretta garzetta

Australian White Ibis

Threskiornis moluccus

Straw-necked Ibis

Threskiornis spinicollis

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Platalea flavipes

Royal Spoonbill

Platalea regia

Glossy Ibis

Plegadis falcinellus

Little Pied Cormorant

Microcarbo melanoleucos

Great Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo

Little Black Cormorant

Phalacrocorax sulcirostris

Pied Cormorant

Phalacrocorax varius

Australasian Darter

Anhinga novaehollandiae

Black-shouldered Kite

Elanus axillaris

Square-tailed Kite

Lophoictinia isura

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Aquila audax

Little Eagle

Hieraaetus morphnoides

Swamp Harrier

Circus approximans

Spotted Harrier

Circus assimilis

Brown Goshawk

Accipiter fasciatus

Collared Sparrowhawk

Accipiter cirrocephalus

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

Haliaeetus leucogaster

Whistling Kite

Haliastur sphenurus

Black Kite

Milvus migrans

Barn Owl

Tyto alba

Powerful Owl

Ninox strenua

Barking Owl

Ninox connivens

Southern Boobook

Ninox boobook

Rainbow Bee-eater

Merops ornatus

Dollarbird

Eurystomus orientalis

Azure Kingfisher

Ceyx azureus

Sacred Kingfisher

Todiramphus sanctus

Laughing Kookaburra

Dacelo novaeguineae

Nankeen Kestrel

Falco cenchroides

Australian Hobby

Falco longipennis

Brown Falcon

Falco berigora

Black Falcon

Falco subniger

Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus

Gang-gang Cockatoo

Callocephalon fimbriatum

Galah

Eolophus roseicapilla

Long-billed Corella

Cacatua tenuirostris

Little Corella

Cacatua sanguinea

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Cacatua galerita

Australian King-Parrot

Alisterus scapularis

Red-rumped Parrot

Psephotus haematonotus

Crimson Rosella

Platycercus elegans

Eastern Rosella

Platycercus eximius

Swift Parrot

Lathamus discolor

Blue-winged Parrot

Neophema chrysostoma

Turquoise Parrot

Neophema pulchella

Musk Lorikeet

Glossopsitta concinna

Little Lorikeet

Glossopsitta pusilla

Purple-crowned Lorikeet

Glossopsitta porphyrocephala

Superb Lyrebird

Menura novaehollandiae

White-throated Treecreeper

Cormobates leucophaea

Brown Treecreeper

Climacteris picumnus

Superb Fairy-wren

Malurus cyaneus

Black Honeyeater

Sugomel niger

Painted Honeyeater

Grantiella picta

Noisy Friarbird

Philemon corniculatus

Little Friarbird

Philemon citreogularis

Brown Honeyeater

Lichmera indistincta

New Holland Honeyeater

Phylidonyris novaehollandiae

White-eared Honeyeater

Nesoptilotis leucotis

Blue-faced Honeyeater

Entomyzon cyanotis

Black-chinned Honeyeater

Melithreptus gularis

Brown-headed Honeyeater

Melithreptus brevirostris

White-naped Honeyeater

Melithreptus lunatus

Eastern Spinebill

Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris

White-fronted Chat

Epthianura albifrons

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

Acanthagenys rufogularis

Regent Honeyeater

Anthochaera phrygia

Red Wattlebird

Anthochaera carunculata

Yellow-plumed Honeyeater

Ptilotula ornata

Fuscous Honeyeater

Ptilotula fusca

White-plumed Honeyeater

Ptilotula penicillata

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

Caligavis chrysops

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

Lichenostomus melanops

Noisy Miner

Manorina melanocephala

Spotted Pardalote

Pardalotus punctatus

Striated Pardalote

Pardalotus striatus

White-throated Gerygone

Gerygone olivacea

Western Gerygone

Gerygone fusca

Weebill

Smicrornis brevirostris

Speckled Warbler

Pyrrholaemus sagittatus

Chestnut-rumped Heathwren

Calamanthus pyrrhopygius

White-browed Scrubwren

Sericornis frontalis

Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Acanthiza chrysorrhoa

Yellow Thornbill

Acanthiza nana

Striated Thornbill

Acanthiza lineata

Brown Thornbill

Acanthiza pusilla

Buff-rumped Thornbill

Acanthiza reguloides

Grey-crowned Babbler

Pomatostomus temporalis

White-browed Babbler

Pomatostomus superciliosus

Varied Sittella

Daphoenositta chrysoptera

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina novaehollandiae

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina papuensis

White-winged Triller

Lalage tricolor

Rufous Whistler

Pachycephala rufiventris

Golden Whistler

Pachycephala pectoralis

Grey Shrike-thrush

Colluricincla harmonica

Crested Shrike-tit

Falcunculus frontatus

Olive-backed Oriole

Oriolus sagittatus

Pied Currawong

Strepera graculina

Grey Currawong

Strepera versicolor

Australian Magpie

Gymnorhina tibicen

Grey Butcherbird

Cracticus torquatus

Masked Woodswallow

Artamus personatus

White-browed Woodswallow

Artamus superciliosus

Dusky Woodswallow

Artamus cyanopterus

Black-faced Woodswallow

Artamus cinereus

Willie Wagtail

Rhipidura leucophrys

Rufous Fantail

Rhipidura rufifrons

Grey Fantail

Rhipidura fuliginosa

Australian Raven

Corvus coronoides

Leaden Flycatcher

Myiagra rubecula

Satin Flycatcher

Myiagra cyanoleuca

Restless Flycatcher

Myiagra inquieta

Magpie-lark

Grallina cyanoleuca

White-winged Chough

Corcorax melanorhamphos

Rose Robin

Petroica rosea

Pink Robin

Petroica rodinogaster

Flame Robin

Petroica phoenicea

Scarlet Robin

Petroica multicolor

Red-capped Robin

Petroica goodenovii

Jacky Winter

Microeca fascinans

Eastern Yellow Robin

Eopsaltria australis

Mistletoebird

Dicaeum hirundinaceum

Diamond Firetail

Stagonopleura guttata

Red-browed Finch

Neochmia temporalis

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Australasian Pipit

Anthus novaeseelandiae

Common Greenfinch

Chloris chloris

European Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis

Horsfield's Bushlark

Mirafra javanica

Eurasian Skylark

Alauda arvensis

Brown Songlark

Cincloramphus cruralis

Rufous Songlark

Cincloramphus mathewsi

Little Grassbird

Poodytes gramineus

Australian Reed-Warbler

Acrocephalus australis

Fairy Martin

Petrochelidon ariel

Tree Martin

Petrochelidon nigricans

Welcome Swallow

Hirundo neoxena

Silvereye

Zosterops lateralis

Common Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Common Myna

Acridotheres tristis

Bassian Thrush

Zoothera lunulata

Common Blackbird

Turdus merula

 

What clothing/footwear do you recommend?

Sturdy walking boots are recommended however sneakers should be ok.

Which accommodation do we stay at?

We choose to stay at Chiltern Colonial Motor Inn

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation of the tour within 30 days of the tour date will result in a 50% loss of tour cost.

Cancellation of the tour with less than one week of the tour date will result in a 100% loss of the tour cost

TOUR ROUTES MAY BE ALTERED ON DAYS OF HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK

Can you cater for special diets?

Yes, absolutely, let us know which diet you prefer and we will provide the appropriate meals.

How much hiking is involved?

Our tour are not too strenuous. Much of the birding takes place near or from the vehicle. Our longest hikes are approximately 2km (1.25 miles) and we will travel at your pace.

 

Tour is subject to accommodation availability and may need to be altered in the case of severe bushfire conditions

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation of the tour within 30 days of the tour date will result in a 50% loss of tour cost.

Cancellation of the tour with less than one week of the tour date will result in a 100% loss of the tour cost

Great Ocean Road

Cost $1561 for 2 persons (minimum of 2 participants) Prices are valid until January 2018

Summary 

This tour takes place in one of the most scenic locations on earth. The focus of this tour is the bird life however you will be awestruck at every turn by the rugged coastlines, the pristine forests and the biodiversity that will reveal itself to you. We will slowly make our way toward Cape Otway, the southernmost point of the Australian mainland, stopping along the way to search for some of the special birds that occur here. Birds such as the Rufous Bristlebird, a much sought after bird even by local birders. We will attempt to see the Southern Emu Wren, Gang Gang Cockatoo and the impressive Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo. You will be given the best chance to see these species and more as we explore several different habitats on our way west to the award-winning Great Ocean Ecolodge, a social enterprise of the Conservation Ecology Centre. Along the way, you will see the birds, some mammals and learn about the area’s history.

Contact me for this special tour so that we can arrange everything for you.

Features

  • Rare and exciting birds
  • Ancient rainforests
  • Naturalist birding guide
  • Spectacular  scenery
  • An overnight stay at the Great Ocean Ecolodge
  • Travel in a spacious Toyota Landcruiser Prado

Itinerary

Day 1   You will be picked up at you Melbourne hotel at 7 am. We will travel south-west of Melbourne to the world famous Great Ocean Road. We will stop at various well-chosen sites along the way, each selected to maximise the number of species seen. As well as being wonderful for birding this area is one of the most scenic locations on earth. We will lunch at Lorne although we will still be birding as our bushland lunch location is also a wonderful opportunity to see bush birds. After lunch, we continue to Cape Otway and the internationally acclaimed Great Ocean Ecolodge. After setting in you will be led on an incredible walk around the property by one of the resident ecologists. You will also see wild kangaroos and koalas. Dinner will follow accompanied by local wine and beer.

Day 2   After a scrumptious breakfast we will head west and visit some great birding sites along the way. After visiting the iconic 12 Apostles we will head inland towards Melbourne stopping at a variety of habitats along the way including coastal heathland, wetlands, temperate rainforest and eucalyptus woodland. Birding will continue all the way back to Melbourne where you will be dropped off back to your hotel by 6 pm.

This very special tour is only available by inquiring by email as availability is limited. Please note that this tour has a minimum of 2 participants.

Tour is subject to accommodation availability and may need to be altered in the case of severe bushfire conditions

What clothing/footwear do you recommend?

Sturdy walking boots are recommended however sneakers should be ok.

Which accommodation do we stay at?

We stay at the award-winning Great Ocean Ecolodge, social enterprise of the Conservation Ecology Centre.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation of the tour within 30 days of the tour date will result in a 50% loss of tour cost.

Cancellation of the tour with less than one week of the tour date will result in a 100% loss of the tour cost

TOUR ROUTES MAY BE ALTERED ON DAYS OF HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK

Can you cater for special diets?

Yes, absolutely, let us know which diet you prefer and we will provide the appropriate meals.

How much hiking is involved?

Our tour are not too strenuous. Much of the birding takes place near or from the vehicle. Our longest hikes are approximately 2km (1.25 miles) and we will travel at your pace.

 

Tour is subject to accommodation availability and may need to be altered in the case of severe bushfire conditions

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation of the tour within 30 days of the tour date will result in a 50% loss of tour cost.

Cancellation of the tour with less than one week of the tour date will result in 100% of tour cost.

Mallee Birding Tour

Cost $4720 AUD for two people twin share.

Runs every day of the year (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) between 6am and 5pm

Summary

This tour has been designed to take in as many different habitats as possible to maximise the number of species. You will visit two of the best National Parks containing Mallee habitat, Murray Sunset National Park and Hattah-Kulkynne National Park. You will see and explore some of Victoria’s River Red Gum forests along Australia’s largest river, the Murray. At Chiltern you will see the best examples of Box-ironbark habitats in Australia and the wildlife that depend on it.

Features

  • Birds which are Mallee specialists.
  • The chance of seeing some rarely encountered species.
  • Naturalist birding guide.
  • Spotlighting sessions where possible.
  • Explore unique habitats.
  • Travel in a spacious Toyota Landcruiser Prado.

Day 1. Melbourne to Hattah Kulkyne National Park.

5 am Pick up.

We will drive from Melbourne to Hattah Kulkyne National Park stopping for breakfast at Wedderburn. We should arrive at the park at 11 am and we will spend the rest of the day birding there. Birds that we will be searching for include Mallee Emu-wren, Malleefowl, Chestnut Quail-thrush, Striped Honeyeater, Southern Scrub-robin, Striated Grasswren. Picnic lunch in the park.

Overnight at Mildura.

Dinner in Mildura.

Day 2. Murray Sunset National Park

All day birding Murray Sunset National Park. Target species include Purple-gaped Honeyeater, Gilbert’s Whistler, Red-lored Whistler and much more.?Overnight at Chaffey Motel, Mildura.?Picnic lunch in Murray Sunset National Park

Overnight at the Hillview Motel

Dinner at Ouyen Hotel

Day 3. Birding from Ouyen to Echuca

The day will be spent traveling south-east along the Murray Valley Highway with birding at Gunbower State Park and various other locations depending on recent sightings and conditions. Lunch at a cafe en route.? We will also explore Goschen Bushland Reserve near Swan Hill. This relatively small park can be a real gem in terms of the species that have been seen here. We might get lucky and see a Grey-crowned Babbler.

Dinner at a local pub in Echuca.

Overnight at Echuca.

Day 4. Echuca to Chiltern

This morning we will head into the Barmah National Park in search of the Superb Parrot. We will then drive to Chiltern where we will be birding for the rest of the day.

Overnight at Chiltern.

Dinner at the Chiltern Pub

Spotlighting session after dinner.

 Day 5. Chiltern to Melbourne.

This morning we will have breakfast in the park with the birds and continue birding in the south of the park for the rest of the day. At around 2 pm we will head to one last birding site at Wangaratta to pick up some extra species before heading back to Melbourne by 6.30pm.

Inclusions:

  • Guiding fee.
  • Fuel and vehicle costs.
  • All Meals.
  • All accommodation.

Non-Inclusions

  • Alcohol
  • Personal Items

What clothing/footwear do you recommend?

Sturdy walking boots are recommended however sneakers should be ok.

Which accommodation do we stay at?

We choose to stay at the Chaffey Motor Inn at Mildura, the Hilltop at Ouyen, the Pevensey at Echuca and the Chiltern Colonial Motor Inn at Chiltern.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation of the tour within 30 days of the tour date will result in a 50% loss of tour cost.

Cancellation of the tour with less than one week of the tour date will result in a 100% loss of the tour cost

TOUR ROUTES MAY BE ALTERED ON DAYS OF HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK

Can you cater for special diets?

Yes, absolutely, let us know which diet you prefer and we will provide the appropriate meals.

How much hiking is involved?

Our tour are not too strenuous. Much of the birding takes place near or from the vehicle. Our longest hikes are approximately 2km (1.25 miles) and we will travel at your pace.

 

Tour is subject to accommodation availability and may need to be altered in the case of severe bush fire conditions

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation of the tour within 30 days of the tour date will result in a 50% loss of tour cost.

Cancellation of the tour with less than one week of the tour date will result in a 100% loss of the tour cost

Boolcoomatta

Cost $1545 per person (minimum of two people).

Total  $3635 for two persons plus return airfares to Broken Hill.

Contact us directly to book this amazing tour and check out the Mallee extension which would increase the species count.

Summary

This tour will give you a taste of the Australian outback and the chance to see the amazing birds and mammals that specialize in this type of habitat. Boolcoomatta was a sheep station for over 100 years before it was purchased by Bush Heritage Australia. Bush Heritage now manage the property and have managers living on site. The property is a massive 63,000 hectares (155,000 acres) and has several distinct habitats which will increase the biodiversity. This will ensure that you will see a diverse range of species over the three days.

Target Species

Some of the target species are Cinnamon Quail-thrush, Orange Chat, Plains Wanderer, Ground Cuckoo-shrike, Rufous Fieldwren, Black-eared Cuckoo, Chirupping Wedgebill, Crested Bellbird, Redthroat, Elegant Parrot and Emu.

As well as birds should also see a variety of mammals and reptiles including Red Kangaroo, Common Wallaroo, Shingleback Lizard and the Bearded Dragon.

Transport

Transport will be in a late model air-conditioned Toyota Prado 4WD fully equipped with field guides, spotting scope, refrigerator, communications radio.

Accommodation

Our accommodation on the reserve is in the historic Singleman’s Quarters, which has been recently renovated and provides a comfortable home for our birding adventure. Two bedrooms with ensuites are next to the main living room and kitchen.

Meals

Breakfast will be had prior to setting out from accommodation. Breakfast will consist of a cooked breakfast, cereal, fresh fruit and coffee and tea.

Lunch will be had in the field amongst the birds consisting of sandwiches, fruit and nut bars, coffee, tea and cold water.

Dinner will be cooked and eaten in the dining area of our accommodation.

Dinners will consist of a main meal plus dessert.

Food provided will take into account the guests personal preferences and cater for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and any other dietary needs.

Inclusions

  • Private Birding guide
  • Food and refreshments, Accommodation
  • Pickup and drop off at Broken Hill Airport.
  • Field guides
  • Use of Swarovski spotting scope
  • Bushnell binoculars

Not included

  • Alcohol and personal drinks or snacks
  • Personal items
  • Airfares to/from Mildura & to/from Broken Hill, approximately $850

Luggage

Please leave the bulk of you luggage at your city hotel and bring along overnight bags or one large case.

Day 1

9.30am Pick up at Broken Hill Airport

You will be met by your guide and driven to Boolcoomatta Reserve.

2 hour drive to Boolcoomatta Reserve. Settle into accommodation and begin birding on nearby tracks for the rest of the day.

Dinner will be had back at the accommodation. A leisurely evening around camp with some star-gazing if we have clear skies.

Day 2

Birding all day at Boolcoomatta, following the established tracks on the reserve. Various types of habitat will be visited including open mulga woodlands and saltbush plains. Lunch will be had in the field amongst the birds. Dinner back at accommodation. We will have a spotlighting session after dinner and search for some of the nocturnal species including the Plains Wanderer.

Day 3

Half day birding in any areas that may have been missed to track down any extra species. We will then head to Broken Hill Airport for your flights to Melbourne or Sydney.

Mallee Birding

As an optional extra you could begin at Mildura airport and explore the Mallee Region of Victoria which includes Murray Sunset National Park and Hattah Kulkyne National Park. This region has some amazing flora and fauna. We will visit two of the best National Parks in the area, Murray-Sunset National Park and Hattah Kulkynne National Park. Here we will search for the mallee specialists, birds that depend on this type of habitat. Birds such as Mallee Emu-wren, Striated Grasswren, Blue Bonnet, Malleefowl and many more.

Target Species

Malleefowl, Mallee Emu-wren, Chestnut Quail-thrush, Regent Parrot, Striated Grasswren, Splendid Fairy-wren and Shy Heathwren.

Accommodation

Accommodation for two nights will be at the Chaffey Hotel in Mildura. This location is within easy reach of both parks and in well placed for the drive on day three to Boolcoomatta.

Itinerary

Day 1

9.30am Pickup at Mildura Airport. Another option would be a 5am pickup in Melbourne and a drive to Mildura with some birding along the way.

Birding in Murray Sunset National Park. Picnic lunch will be in the park so we can continue birding.

Dinner & Accommodation at the Chaffey Motel Restaurant

Day 2

6am departure from motel.

Breakfast in Hattah Kulkynne National Park. Birding all day in the park.

Dinner at local pub in Mildura.

Day 3

Drive to Boolcoomatta. (as per Day 1 Boolcoomatta)

Costing

2 Day Mallee Birding extension.

 $1720 for two people twinshare.

Total for 5 days

$5355 for two persons plus airfares.

What clothing/footwear do you recommend?

Sturdy walking boots are recommended however sneakers should be ok.

Which accommodation do we stay at?

Our accommodation on the reserve is in the historic Singleman’s Quarters, which has been recently renovated and provides a comfortable home for our birding adventure. Two bedrooms with en suites are next to the main living room and kitchen.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation of the tour within 30 days of the tour date will result in a 50% loss of tour cost.

Cancellation of the tour with less than one week of the tour date will result in a 100% loss of the tour cost

TOUR ROUTES MAY BE ALTERED ON DAYS OF HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK

Can you cater for special diets?

Yes, absolutely, let us know which diet you prefer and we will provide the appropriate meals.

How much hiking is involved?

Our tour are not too strenuous. Much of the birding takes place near or from the vehicle. Our longest hikes are approximately 2km (1.25 miles) and we will travel at your pace.

 

Tour is subject to accommodation availability and may need to be altered in the case of severe bush fire conditions

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation of the tour within 30 days of the tour date will result in a 50% loss of tour cost.

Cancellation of the tour with less than one week of the tour date will result in a 100% loss of the tour cost

South Western Australia

Runs  - Anytime with 3 months notice

Cost $5990AUD per person twin-share.

This amazing 10-day tour involves targeting the birdlife of south-western Australia as well as the breathtaking landscapes. We will explore some of the most beautiful National Parks in Australia with incredible biodiversity and an incredible array of wildflowers. We will visit the best birding sites that the south west has to offer on this non-stop birding adventure

Features:

  • Western Australian endemic species
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Highly sought after, hard to find species

Target species: Noisy Scrubbird, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Western Thornbill, Carnaby's Black Cockatoo, Western Bristlebird, Red-capped Parrot, Western Spinebill, Red-eared Firetail, Western Whistler, Gilberts Honeyeater, Western Rosella and much more.

Inclusions:

  • Guiding fee.
  • Fuel and vehicle costs.
  • All Meals.
  • All accommodation.

Non-Inclusions

  • Alcohol
  • Personal Items
  • Any flights

Day 1

Arrive Perth the evening before for an early departure.

Meet up and check in to hotel.

Introduction bird walk around Perth Gardens

Overnight at Pensione Hotel

 

Day 2
9am Leave Perth Dryandra (2hrs 16min drive)

Key species include Rufous Treecreeper, Crested Shriketit, Short-billed Black Cockatoo, Blue-breated Fairywren, Western Spinebill Western Wattlebird, Western Yellow Robin, Bush Stone-curlew, Painted Buttonquail.

Overnight at Albert Facey Motel Narrogin

 

Day 3

Birding in the morning at Dryandra. Leave at 1pm for Albany via Porongurup National Park to target Rufous Treecreeper if not seen already.

Overnight at Ibis Styles, Albany

Dinner at the Earl of Spencer Hotel

 

Day 3

Birding all day at Albany and Two Peoples Bay

Key species include Noisy Scrubbird, Western Bristlebird, Western Whipbird. Red-capped Parrot, Rock Parrot, Australasian Bittern, red-winged Fairywren, White-breasted Robin, Western Spinebill, Red-eared Firetail, Brush Bronzewing, Western Rosella, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Baudin’s Black Cockatoo and Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo.

Overnight at Cheynes Beach Cabins

 

Day 4

Birding at Cheyenne’s Beach. 

Key Species include Western Bristlebird, Noisy Scrubbird, Western Whipbird, Western Spinebill, Red-capped Parrot, Red-eared Firetail, White-breasted Robin, Brown Quail, Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo and Baudin’s Black Cockatoo.

Leave at 4pm for Bremer Bay. 

Overnight at Quaalup Homestead Wilderness Retreat  

 

Day 5.

Birding all day at Fitzgerald River National Park

Key species include Red-capped Parrot, Malleefowl, Square-tailed Kite, Hooded Plover, Painted Buttonquail, Elegant Parrot, Southern Emu-wren, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren, Purple-gaped Honeyeater, Gilbert’s Whistler, Shy Heathwren, Rufous Fieldwren Red-eared Firetail, Southern Scrub-robin

Overnight at Quaalup Homestead Wilderness Retreat

 

 Day 6

Drive to Stirling Range National Park

Overnight at Stirling Range Retreat

 

Day 7.

Birding all day at Stirling Range National Park.

Key species include Western Thornbill, Spotted Nightjar, Southern Boobook, Square-tailed Kite, Purple-gaped Honeyeater, Regent Parrot, Elegant Parrot.

Overnight at Stirling Range Retreat 

 

Day 8.

 An early 5am start

Birding all day at Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

Key species Rock Parrot, Southern Emu-wren, Bridled Tern, Red-tailed Tropicbird.

 

Day 9 Birding north via Geographe Bay, Margaret River and Lake McLarty

Overnight at Pensione Hotel

Last dinner in downtown Perth

Inclusions:

  • Guiding fee.
  • Fuel and vehicle costs.
  • All Meals.
  • All accommodation.

Non-Inclusions

  • Alcohol
  • Personal Items
  • Any flights

What clothing/footwear do you recommend?

Sturdy walking boots are recommended however sneakers should be ok.

Which accommodation do we stay at?

We choose to stay at

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation of the tour within 30 days of the tour date will result in a 50% loss of tour cost.

Cancellation of the tour with less than one week of the tour date will result in a 100% loss of the tour cost

TOUR ROUTES MAY BE ALTERED ON DAYS OF HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK

Can you cater for special diets?

Yes, absolutely, let us know which diet you prefer and we will provide the appropriate meals.

How much hiking is involved?

Our tour are not too strenuous. Much of the birding takes place near or from the vehicle. Our longest hikes are approximately 2km (1.25 miles) and we will travel at your pace.

 

Tour is subject to accommodation availability and may need to be altered in the case of severe bush fire conditions

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation of the tour within 30 days of the tour date will result in a 50% loss of tour cost.

Cancellation of the tour with less than one week of the tour date will result in a 100% loss of the tour cost

Mighty Tasmania

  • Beautiful Firetail

November - February with 3 months notice.

Cost: $5840AUD per person twin-share

This 9-day tour is designed to see all of the 13 Tasmanian endemics as well as a chance to see the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot.You will visit a range of habitats including some World Heritage listed wilderness areas. You will visit a range of habitats including some World Heritage listed wilderness areas. We will hike around Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain which has magnificently scenic. This tour will allow you to see the best that Tasmania has to offer.

Features:

  • A chance at all 13 Tasmanian endemics.
  • World Heritage listed National Parks.
  • Day trip on the Spirit of Tasmania (optional)
  • A day trip into the South West wilderness (weather dependent).
  • Some wonderful mammals as well as the birds.

Included:

  • Guiding fee.
  • Fuel and vehicle costs.
  • All Meals.
  • All accommodation.
  • Park fees

Not included:

  • Any flights
  • Personal snacks
  • Alcohol

Mighty Tasmania

This tour has been designed to see the 13 endemic species as well as visiting some of the scenic areas as well as experiencing true wilderness. Spotlighting sessions will occur when possible where we will target the nocturnal birds and mammals.

Overnight in Melbourne for preparation for morning sail to Devonport. Meet for dinner and chat at Southbank on the Yarra River

Itinerary

Day 1 Melbourne to Devonport. (Day sailing on Saturdays in Summer only)

Pick up at 7 am and drive to Port Melbourne for a day sail to Devonport. Much of the day will be spent on deck searching for seabirds and marine mammals. Spirit of Tasmania Depart Melbourne at 9 am and arrive in Devonport at 6 pm. Drive to Mountain Valley Wilderness Cabins. Here we will have the chance of seeing Tasmanian Devils, Tiger Quolls and Platypus as well as the many species of birds that are found on the property and surrounds. Dinner and wildlife viewing.

Overnight at Mountain Valley Wilderness Cabins

Day 2 Cradle Mountain

All day birding and hiking at Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake Dinner and after dark wildlife viewing

Overnight at Mountain Valley Wilderness Cabins

Day 3 Cradle Mountain to Hobart  

Afternoon at Waterworks Park. After dinner, we can also do some spotlighting at Waterworks Park to search for the Tasmanian Masked Owl.

Overnight in Hobart

Day 4. Birding around Hobart

We will visit Truganina Reserve and the Peter Murrell Conservation Area.

Overnight in Hobart

Day 5. Flight to Melaleuca

Today we will travel to Melaleuca situated in south west Tasmania. This day will be weather dependant and will give us the chance to see the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot and participate inday tour. $450pp This tour can be seen at http://paravion.com.au/flights/south-west-tasmania/a-day-in-the-wilderness-tour/

Overnight in Hobart

Day 6. Morning Ferry to Bruny Island

Bruny Island is where you can see all 13 of the endemic species which are Green Rosella, Tasmanian Native Hen, Morepork, Dusky Robin, Tasmanian Thornbill, Scrubtit, Tasmanian Scrubwren, Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Black-headed Honeyeater, Strong-billed Honeyeater, Black Currawong and Forty-spotted Pardalote. We will spend our first day birding on the northern section of the island and the second day birding on the southern section. Choice of accommodation dependant on availability.

Overnight on Bruny Island

Day 7. Birding South Bruny 

Overnight on Bruny Island

Day 8. Bruny Island to Hobart

We will spend the morning on Bruny Island before catching the ferry back to Hobart. In the afternoon we can visit Mt Wellington. Day 9 Flight Home After breakfast, you will be dropped at Hobart Airport for flights home.

Inclusions:

  • All meals
  • Accommodation
  • Guiding fees
  • Fuel and transport from Melbourne to Tasmania.

Not included:

  • Alcohol
  • Any flights, accommodation and dinner on first night in Melbourne.
  • Meals and drinks aboard the Spirit of Tasmania.

 

Possible Species Mighty Tasmania Tour.   Download list Possible Species Mighty Tasmania Tour

Common Name

Scientific Name

Blue-billed Duck

Oxyura australis

Pink-eared Duck

Malacorhynchus membranaceus

Black Swan

Cygnus atratus

Australian Shelduck

Tadorna tadornoides

Hardhead

Aythya australis

Australasian Shoveler

Spatula rhynchotis

Pacific Black Duck

Anas superciliosa

Northern Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

Grey Teal

Anas gracilis

Chestnut Teal

Anas castanea

Freckled Duck

Stictonetta naevosa

Musk Duck

Biziura lobata

Australian Wood Duck

Chenonetta jubata

Brown Quail

Synoicus ypsilophora

Australasian Grebe

Tachybaptus novaehollandiae

Hoary-headed Grebe

Poliocephalus poliocephalus

Great Crested Grebe

Podiceps cristatus

Rock Dove

Columba livia

Spotted Dove

Streptopelia chinensis

Common Bronzewing

Phaps chalcoptera

Brush Bronzewing

Phaps elegans

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo

Chalcites basalis

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

Chalcites lucidus

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Cacomantis flabelliformis

Pallid Cuckoo

Heteroscenes pallidus

Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides

Australian Owlet-nightjar

Aegotheles cristatus

White-throated Needletail

Hirundapus caudacutus

Fork-tailed Swift

Apus pacificus

Lewin's Rail

Lewinia pectoralis

Australian Spotted Crake

Porzana fluminea

Purple Swamphen

Porphyrio porphyrio

Dusky Moorhen

Gallinula tenebrosa

Tasmanian Native-hen

Tribonyx mortierii

Eurasian Coot

Fulica atra

Australian Pied Oystercatcher

Haematopus longirostris

Sooty Oystercatcher

Haematopus fuliginosus

Banded Stilt

Cladorhynchus leucocephalus

Pacific Golden Plover

Pluvialis fulva

Red-capped Plover

Charadrius ruficapillus

Double-banded Plover

Charadrius bicinctus

Black-fronted Dotterel

Elseyornis melanops

Banded Lapwing

Vanellus tricolor

Masked Lapwing

Vanellus miles

Whimbrel

Numenius phaeopus

Eastern Curlew

Numenius madagascariensis

Bar-tailed Godwit

Limosa lapponica

Red Knot

Calidris canutus

Curlew Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea

Red-necked Stint

Calidris ruficollis

Latham's Snipe

Gallinago hardwickii

Common Greenshank

Tringa nebularia

Silver Gull

Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae

Pacific Gull

Larus pacificus

Kelp Gull

Larus dominicanus

Caspian Tern

Hydroprogne caspia

White-fronted Tern

Sterna striata

Crested Tern

Thalasseus bergii

Little Penguin

Eudyptula minor

White-faced Storm-Petrel

Pelagodroma marina

Wandering Albatross

Diomedea exulans

Southern Royal Albatross

Diomedea epomophora

Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross

Thalassarche carteri

Black-browed Albatross

Thalassarche melanophris

Fluttering Shearwater

Puffinus gavia

Hutton's Shearwater

Puffinus huttoni

Australian Pelican

Pelecanus conspicillatus

Nankeen Night-Heron

Nycticorax caledonicus

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

White-necked Heron

Ardea pacifica

Great Egret

Ardea alba

White-faced Heron

Egretta novaehollandiae

Little Egret

Egretta garzetta

Royal Spoonbill

Platalea regia

Australasian Gannet

Morus serrator

Little Pied Cormorant

Microcarbo melanoleucos

Great Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo

Little Black Cormorant

Phalacrocorax sulcirostris

Black-faced Cormorant

Phalacrocorax fuscescens

Grey Goshawk

Accipiter novaehollandiae

Brown Goshawk

Accipiter fasciatus

Collared Sparrowhawk

Accipiter cirrocephalus

Tasmanian Boobook

Ninox leucopsis

Laughing Kookaburra

Dacelo novaeguineae

Nankeen Kestrel

Falco cenchroides

Australian Hobby

Falco longipennis

Brown Falcon

Falco berigora

Galah

Eolophus roseicapilla

Long-billed Corella

Cacatua tenuirostris

Little Corella

Cacatua sanguinea

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Cacatua galerita

Green Rosella

Platycercus caledonicus

Eastern Rosella

Platycercus eximius

Orange-bellied Parrot

Neophema chrysogaster

Blue-winged Parrot

Neophema chrysostoma

Musk Lorikeet

Glossopsitta concinna

Rainbow Lorikeet

Trichoglossus moluccanus

Superb Lyrebird

Menura novaehollandiae

Superb Fairy-wren

Malurus cyaneus

Crescent Honeyeater

Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus

New Holland Honeyeater

Phylidonyris novaehollandiae

Yellow-throated Honeyeater

Nesoptilotis flavicollis

Strong-billed Honeyeater

Melithreptus validirostris

Black-headed Honeyeater

Melithreptus affinis

Eastern Spinebill

Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris

White-fronted Chat

Epthianura albifrons

Little Wattlebird

Anthochaera chrysoptera

Yellow Wattlebird

Anthochaera paradoxa

Bell Miner

Manorina melanophrys

Noisy Miner

Manorina melanocephala

Spotted Pardalote

Pardalotus punctatus

Striated Pardalote

Pardalotus striatus

Striated Fieldwren

Calamanthus fuliginosus

Tasmanian Scrubwren

Sericornis humilis

Scrubtit

Acanthornis magna

Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Acanthiza chrysorrhoa

Tasmanian Thornbill

Acanthiza ewingii

Brown Thornbill

Acanthiza pusilla

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina novaehollandiae

Olive Whistler

Pachycephala olivacea

Golden Whistler

Pachycephala pectoralis

Grey Shrike-thrush

Colluricincla harmonica

Black Currawong

Strepera fuliginosa

Grey Currawong

Strepera versicolor

Australian Magpie

Gymnorhina tibicen

Grey Butcherbird

Cracticus torquatus

Dusky Woodswallow

Artamus cyanopterus

Grey Fantail

Rhipidura fuliginosa

Forest Raven

Corvus tasmanicus

Satin Flycatcher

Myiagra cyanoleuca

Pink Robin

Petroica rodinogaster

Flame Robin

Petroica phoenicea

Scarlet Robin

Petroica multicolor

Dusky Robin

Melanodryas vittata

Beautiful Firetail

Stagonopleura bella

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Australasian Pipit

Anthus novaeseelandiae

Common Greenfinch

Chloris chloris

European Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis

Eurasian Skylark

Alauda arvensis

Little Grassbird

Poodytes gramineus

Australian Reed-Warbler

Acrocephalus australis

Tree Martin

Petrochelidon nigricans

Welcome Swallow

Hirundo neoxena

Silvereye

Zosterops lateralis

Common Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Common Myna

Acridotheres tristis

Bassian Thrush

Zoothera lunulata

Common Blackbird

Turdus merula

 

What clothing/footwear do you recommend?

Sturdy walking boots are recommended however sneakers should be ok.

Which accommodation do we stay at?

We choose to stay at the

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation of the tour within 30 days of the tour date will result in a 50% loss of tour cost.

Cancellation of the tour with less than one week of the tour date will result in a 100% loss of the tour cost

TOUR ROUTES MAY BE ALTERED ON DAYS OF HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK

Can you cater for special diets?

Yes, absolutely, let us know which diet you prefer and we will provide the appropriate meals.

How much hiking is involved?

Our tour are not too strenuous. Much of the birding takes place near or from the vehicle. Our longest hikes are approximately 2km (1.25 miles) and we will travel at your pace.

 

Tour is subject to accommodation availability and may need to be altered in the case of severe bush fire conditions

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation of the tour within 30 days of the tour date will result in a 50% loss of tour cost.

Cancellation of the tour with less than one week of the tour date will result in a 100% loss of the tour cost

North Queensland

Anytime with 2 months notice.

Cost: $5990AUD per person
This 10-day tour of North Queensland will visit some of the best birding areas in the country. Staying at birder-dedicated lodges you will not have to go far to see some really special birds. We will visit Daintree National Park and the Atherton Tablelands to target some of the most sought-after species in Australia.

Target Species: Cassowary, Blue-faced Parrot Finch, Chowchilla, Golden Bowerbird, Victoria’s Riflebird, Spotted Catbird, Noisy Pitta, Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher (Summer only) Lesser Sooty Owl, Rufous Owl, Little Kingfisher, Great-billed Heron, Double-eyed Fig Parrot. Papuan Frogmouth.

Features:

  • Includes a day on the Great Barrier Reef and Michaelmas Cay for diving and birding.
  • Spotlighting sessions for Lesser Sooty Owl, Barn Owl, Rufous Owl and more.
  • A cruise on the Daintree River in search of Little Kingfisher Azure Kingfisher, Great-billed Heron and other amazing birds

Inclusions:

  • Guiding fees
  • Fuel and vehicle costs.
  • All Meals.
  • All accommodation.

Non-Inclusions

  • Alcohol
  • Personal Items
  • Any flights

Day 1

Meet at Cairns Airport. Drive to Mission Beach to search for Southern Cassowary. We will have other chances but this will give us a good chance to find the species quickly. Other species that we may find here include Orange-footed Scrubfowl,  Brahminy Kite, Osprey and Double-eyed Fig-Parrot.

Lunch at Mission Beach

Drive to Canopy Rainforest Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary. This will be our accommodation as we explore the Atherton Tablelands If we have time we can check out Malanda Falls for Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo.

BBQ Dinner 

Day 2

Morning at Crater Lakes National Park

Apart from the waterfowl we may see quite a few exciting birds here including Scarlet Myzomela, Dusky Myzomela, Chowchilla, Macleay’s Honeyeater, Victoria’s Riflebird, and Tooth-billed Catbird. 

BBQ Dinner.

Afternoon at Mount Hypipamee

Overnight at Canopy Rainforest Treehouses

Day 3

Hasties Swamp and Wongabel State Forest--Heritage Walk

Overnight at Canopy Rainforest Treehouses

Day 4

Drive to Kingfisher Park (1 ½ Hours )

On the way to Kingfisher Park we will visit Mareeba Wetlands and Big Mitchell

Creek. Search for birds such as Fairy Gerygone, Noisy Pitta, Papuan Frogmouth,

Emerald Pigeon, Orange-footed Scrubfowl

Day 5

Mt Lewis and the Julatten area

Today we will explore Mt Lewis and search for Golden Bowerbird, Tooth-billed Bowerbird. We will then bird in the local area and seek out Blue-faced Parrot-finch among others. 

Picnic Lunch & Dinner at Pub

Overnight at Kingfisher Park

Day 6.

Mt Molloy and Mt Carbine and Abbatoir Swamp.

Today we will search for Pacific Baza, Squatter Pigeon, Australian Bustard, Great Bowerbird and Red-winged Parrot.

Overnight at Kingfisher Park

Day 7.

Daintree River Cruise 

This morning we will leave the Julatten area and head north to the Daintree river.  We will go on a 3 hour river cruise with Ian “Sauce” Worcester. We will have the chance to see Little Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Brahminy Kite, White-bellied Sea Eagle.

Overnight at Daintree accommodation

Day 8

We will have all day to explore the birding sites around Cairns including;

  • Cairns cemetery
  • Cairns foreshore for waders.
  • Cairns botanical gardens for possible Rufous Owl

We can then head to Cape Tribulation for another chance to see Cassowary as well as Beach Stone-curlew and others.

We will then head to Cairns and check in to our accommodation. 

Dinner at local restaurant

Day 9.

Dive on Great Barrier Reef and birding at Michaelmas Cay 

We will spend the day  with Seastar Cruises, diving on

thr Great Barrier Reef and birding at Michaelmas Cay. Rufous Owl

There will be a chance to see Greater Frigatebird, Lesser

Frigatebird, Common Noddy, Black Noddy, Brown Noddy, Sooty Tern, Black-naped Tern

Overnight at Cairns accommodation

Day 10

Check out and head home!

Inclusions:

  • Guiding fee.
  • Fuel and vehicle costs.
  • All Meals.
  • All accommodation.

Non-Inclusions

  • Alcohol
  • Personal Items
  • Any flights

Possible Species North Queensland Tour  Download Possible Species North Queensland Tour

 

Common Name

Scientific Name

Southern Cassowary

Casuarius casuarius

Emu

Dromaius novaehollandiae

Magpie Goose

Anseranas semipalmata

Spotted Whistling-Duck

Dendrocygna guttata

Plumed Whistling-Duck

Dendrocygna eytoni

Wandering Whistling-Duck

Dendrocygna arcuata

Pink-eared Duck

Malacorhynchus membranaceus

Black Swan

Cygnus atratus

Radjah Shelduck

Radjah radjah

Hardhead

Aythya australis

Australasian Shoveler

Spatula rhynchotis

Pacific Black Duck

Anas superciliosa

Northern Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

Grey Teal

Anas gracilis

Chestnut Teal

Anas castanea

Freckled Duck

Stictonetta naevosa

Australian Wood Duck

Chenonetta jubata

Cotton Pygmy-goose

Nettapus coromandelianus

Green Pygmy-goose

Nettapus pulchellus

Australian Brush-turkey

Alectura lathami

Orange-footed Scrubfowl

Megapodius reinwardt

Stubble Quail

Coturnix pectoralis

Brown Quail

Synoicus ypsilophora

Australasian Grebe

Tachybaptus novaehollandiae

Hoary-headed Grebe

Poliocephalus poliocephalus

Great Crested Grebe

Podiceps cristatus

Rock Dove

Columba livia

White-headed Pigeon

Columba leucomela

Spotted Dove

Streptopelia chinensis

Brown Cuckoo-Dove

Macropygia phasianella

Squatter Pigeon

Geophaps scripta

Common Bronzewing

Phaps chalcoptera

Crested Pigeon

Ocyphaps lophotes

Diamond Dove

Geopelia cuneata

Peaceful Dove

Geopelia placida

Bar-shouldered Dove

Geopelia humeralis

Torresian Imperial-Pigeon

Ducula spilorrhoa

Wompoo Fruit-Dove

Ptilinopus magnificus

Superb Fruit-Dove

Ptilinopus superbus

Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove

Ptilinopus regina

Topknot Pigeon

Lopholaimus antarcticus

Pheasant Coucal

Centropus phasianinus

Eastern Koel

Eudynamys orientalis

Channel-billed Cuckoo

Scythrops novaehollandiae

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo

Chalcites basalis

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

Chalcites lucidus

Little Bronze-Cuckoo

Chalcites minutillus

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Cacomantis flabelliformis

Brush Cuckoo

Cacomantis variolosus

Pallid Cuckoo

Heteroscenes pallidus

Oriental Cuckoo

Cuculus saturatus

Australian Bustard

Ardeotis australis

Papuan Frogmouth

Podargus papuensis

Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides

Spotted Nightjar

Eurostopodus argus

White-throated Nightjar

Eurostopodus mystacalis

Large-tailed Nightjar

Caprimulgus macrurus

Australian Owlet-nightjar

Aegotheles cristatus

White-throated Needletail

Hirundapus caudacutus

Australian Swiftlet

Aerodramus terraereginae

Fork-tailed Swift

Apus pacificus

Red-necked Crake

Rallina tricolor

Buff-banded Rail

Hypotaenidia philippensis

Spotless Crake

Zapornia tabuensis

Pale-vented Bush-hen

Amaurornis moluccana

White-browed Crake

Amaurornis cinerea

Purple Swamphen

Porphyrio porphyrio

Dusky Moorhen

Gallinula tenebrosa

Eurasian Coot

Fulica atra

Sarus Crane

Antigone antigone

Brolga

Antigone rubicunda

Bush Stone-curlew

Burhinus grallarius

Beach Stone-curlew

Esacus magnirostris

Australian Pied Oystercatcher

Haematopus longirostris

Sooty Oystercatcher

Haematopus fuliginosus

Red-necked Avocet

Recurvirostra novaehollandiae

Black-winged Stilt

Himantopus leucocephalus

Grey Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

Pacific Golden Plover

Pluvialis fulva

Red-capped Plover

Charadrius ruficapillus

Double-banded Plover

Charadrius bicinctus

Lesser Sand Plover

Charadrius mongolus

Greater Sand Plover

Charadrius leschenaultii

Oriental Plover

Charadrius veredus

Black-fronted Dotterel

Elseyornis melanops

Banded Lapwing

Vanellus tricolor

Masked Lapwing

Vanellus miles

Red-kneed Dotterel

Erythrogonys cinctus

Comb-crested Jacana

Irediparra gallinacea

Whimbrel

Numenius phaeopus

Little Curlew

Numenius minutus

Eastern Curlew

Numenius madagascariensis

Bar-tailed Godwit

Limosa lapponica

Black-tailed Godwit

Limosa limosa

Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres

Great Knot

Calidris tenuirostris

Red Knot

Calidris canutus

Ruff

Calidris pugnax

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Calidris falcinellus

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Calidris acuminata

Curlew Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea

Red-necked Stint

Calidris ruficollis

Sanderling

Calidris alba

Pectoral Sandpiper

Calidris melanotos

Latham's Snipe

Gallinago hardwickii

Terek Sandpiper

Xenus cinereus

Common Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos

Grey-tailed Tattler

Tringa brevipes

Wandering Tattler

Tringa incana

Common Greenshank

Tringa nebularia

Wood Sandpiper

Tringa glareola

Marsh Sandpiper

Tringa stagnatilis

Red-backed Button-quail

Turnix maculosus

Painted Button-quail

Turnix varius

Red-chested Button-quail

Turnix pyrrhothorax

Australian Pratincole

Stiltia isabella

Common Noddy

Anous stolidus

Black Noddy

Anous minutus

Silver Gull

Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae

Sooty Tern

Onychoprion fuscatus

Bridled Tern

Onychoprion anaethetus

Little Tern

Sternula albifrons

Australian Gull-billed Tern

Gelochelidon macrotarsa

Caspian Tern

Hydroprogne caspia

Whiskered Tern

Chlidonias hybrida

Roseate Tern

Sterna dougallii

Black-naped Tern

Sterna sumatrana

Common Tern

Sterna hirundo

Lesser Crested Tern

Thalasseus bengalensis

Crested Tern

Thalasseus bergii

Black-necked Stork

Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus

Australian Pelican

Pelecanus conspicillatus

Australian Little Bittern

Ixobrychus dubius

Black Bittern

Ixobrychus flavicollis

Nankeen Night-Heron

Nycticorax caledonicus

Striated Heron

Butorides striata

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

White-necked Heron

Ardea pacifica

Great-billed Heron

Ardea sumatrana

Great Egret

Ardea alba

Intermediate Egret

Ardea intermedia

Pied Heron

Egretta picata

White-faced Heron

Egretta novaehollandiae

Little Egret

Egretta garzetta

Eastern Reef Egret

Egretta sacra

Australian White Ibis

Threskiornis moluccus

Straw-necked Ibis

Threskiornis spinicollis

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Platalea flavipes

Royal Spoonbill

Platalea regia

Glossy Ibis

Plegadis falcinellus

Lesser Frigatebird

Fregata ariel

Great Frigatebird

Fregata minor

Red-footed Booby

Sula sula

Brown Booby

Sula leucogaster

Masked Booby

Sula dactylatra

Little Pied Cormorant

Microcarbo melanoleucos

Great Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo

Little Black Cormorant

Phalacrocorax sulcirostris

Pied Cormorant

Phalacrocorax varius

Australasian Darter

Anhinga novaehollandiae

Black-shouldered Kite

Elanus axillaris

Black-breasted Buzzard

Hamirostra melanosternon

Pacific Baza

Aviceda subcristata

Little Eagle

Hieraaetus morphnoides

Grey Goshawk

Accipiter novaehollandiae

Brown Goshawk

Accipiter fasciatus

Collared Sparrowhawk

Accipiter cirrocephalus

Whistling Kite

Haliastur sphenurus

Brahminy Kite

Haliastur indus

Black Kite

Milvus migrans

Eastern Grass Owl

Tyto longimembris

Lesser Sooty Owl

Tyto multipunctata

Barn Owl

Tyto alba

Rufous Owl

Ninox rufa

Southern Boobook

Ninox boobook

Rainbow Bee-eater

Merops ornatus

Dollarbird

Eurystomus orientalis

Little Kingfisher

Ceyx pusillus

Azure Kingfisher

Ceyx azureus

Forest Kingfisher

Todiramphus macleayii

Collared Kingfisher

Todiramphus chloris

Sacred Kingfisher

Todiramphus sanctus

Red-backed Kingfisher

Todiramphus pyrrhopygius

Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher

Tanysiptera sylvia

Laughing Kookaburra

Dacelo novaeguineae

Blue-winged Kookaburra

Dacelo leachii

Nankeen Kestrel

Falco cenchroides

Australian Hobby

Falco longipennis

Brown Falcon

Falco berigora

Black Falcon

Falco subniger

Galah

Eolophus roseicapilla

Little Corella

Cacatua sanguinea

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Cacatua galerita

Australian King-Parrot

Alisterus scapularis

Red-winged Parrot

Aprosmictus erythropterus

Crimson Rosella

Platycercus elegans

Pale-headed Rosella

Platycercus adscitus

Little Lorikeet

Glossopsitta pusilla

Rainbow Lorikeet

Trichoglossus moluccanus

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus

Budgerigar

Melopsittacus undulatus

Double-eyed Fig-Parrot

Cyclopsitta diophthalma

Noisy Pitta

Pitta versicolor

Spotted Catbird

Ailuroedus melanotis

Tooth-billed Bowerbird

Scenopoeetes dentirostris

Golden Bowerbird

Amblyornis newtonianus

Satin Bowerbird

Ptilonorhynchus violaceus

Spotted Bowerbird

Ptilonorhynchus maculatus

Great Bowerbird

Ptilonorhynchus nuchalis

White-throated Treecreeper

Cormobates leucophaea

Brown Treecreeper

Climacteris picumnus

Lovely Fairy-wren

Malurus amabilis

Red-backed Fairy-wren

Malurus melanocephalus

Dusky Honeyeater

Myzomela obscura

Scarlet Honeyeater

Myzomela sanguinolenta

Macleay's Honeyeater

Xanthotis macleayanus

Helmeted Friarbird

Philemon buceroides

Silver-crowned Friarbird

Philemon argenticeps

Noisy Friarbird

Philemon corniculatus

Little Friarbird

Philemon citreogularis

Banded Honeyeater

Cissomela pectoralis

Brown Honeyeater

Lichmera indistincta

White-cheeked Honeyeater

Phylidonyris niger

Blue-faced Honeyeater

Entomyzon cyanotis

Black-chinned Honeyeater

Melithreptus gularis

White-throated Honeyeater

Melithreptus albogularis

White-naped Honeyeater

Melithreptus lunatus

Eastern Spinebill

Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris

Rufous-throated Honeyeater

Conopophila rufogularis

Brown-backed Honeyeater

Ramsayornis modestus

Bar-breasted Honeyeater

Ramsayornis fasciatus

White-gaped Honeyeater

Stomiopera unicolor

Yellow Honeyeater

Stomiopera flava

Lewin's Honeyeater

Meliphaga lewinii

Yellow-spotted Honeyeater

Meliphaga notata

Graceful Honeyeater

Microptilotis gracilis

Bridled Honeyeater

Bolemoreus frenatus

Varied Honeyeater

Gavicalis versicolor

Fuscous Honeyeater

Ptilotula fusca

Yellow-tinted Honeyeater

Ptilotula flavescens

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

Caligavis chrysops

Noisy Miner

Manorina melanocephala

Yellow-throated Miner

Manorina flavigula

Spotted Pardalote

Pardalotus punctatus

Red-browed Pardalote

Pardalotus rubricatus

Striated Pardalote

Pardalotus striatus

Fernwren

Oreoscopus gutturalis

Brown Gerygone

Gerygone mouki

Fairy Gerygone

Gerygone palpebrosa

White-throated Gerygone

Gerygone olivacea

Large-billed Gerygone

Gerygone magnirostris

Mangrove Gerygone

Gerygone levigaster

Weebill

Smicrornis brevirostris

Yellow-throated Scrubwren

Sericornis citreogularis

Atherton Scrubwren

Sericornis keri

White-browed Scrubwren

Sericornis frontalis

Large-billed Scrubwren

Sericornis magnirostra

Yellow Thornbill

Acanthiza nana

Mountain Thornbill

Acanthiza katherina

Buff-rumped Thornbill

Acanthiza reguloides

Chowchilla

Orthonyx spaldingii

Grey-crowned Babbler

Pomatostomus temporalis

Varied Sittella

Daphoenositta chrysoptera

Barred Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina lineata

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina novaehollandiae

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina papuensis

Cicadabird

Edolisoma tenuirostris

White-winged Triller

Lalage tricolor

Varied Triller

Lalage leucomela

Grey Whistler

Pachycephala simplex

Rufous Whistler

Pachycephala rufiventris

Golden Whistler

Pachycephala pectoralis

Mangrove Golden Whistler

Pachycephala melanura

Little Shrike-thrush

Colluricincla megarhyncha

Bower's Shrike-thrush

Colluricincla boweri

Grey Shrike-thrush

Colluricincla harmonica

Eastern Whipbird

Psophodes olivaceus

Australasian Figbird

Sphecotheres vieilloti

Olive-backed Oriole

Oriolus sagittatus

Yellow Oriole

Oriolus flavocinctus

Yellow-breasted Boatbill

Machaerirhynchus flaviventer

Pied Currawong

Strepera graculina

Black Butcherbird

Melloria quoyi

Australian Magpie

Gymnorhina tibicen

Pied Butcherbird

Cracticus nigrogularis

Grey Butcherbird

Cracticus torquatus

Masked Woodswallow

Artamus personatus

White-browed Woodswallow

Artamus superciliosus

Dusky Woodswallow

Artamus cyanopterus

Black-faced Woodswallow

Artamus cinereus

Little Woodswallow

Artamus minor

White-breasted Woodswallow

Artamus leucorynchus

Spangled Drongo

Dicrurus bracteatus

Northern Fantail

Rhipidura rufiventris

Willie Wagtail

Rhipidura leucophrys

Rufous Fantail

Rhipidura rufifrons

Grey Fantail

Rhipidura fuliginosa

Torresian Crow

Corvus orru

Leaden Flycatcher

Myiagra rubecula

Broad-billed Flycatcher

Myiagra ruficollis

Satin Flycatcher

Myiagra cyanoleuca

Shining Flycatcher

Myiagra alecto

Restless Flycatcher

Myiagra inquieta

Pied Monarch

Arses kaupi

Magpie-lark

Grallina cyanoleuca

Spectacled Monarch

Symposiarchus trivirgatus

White-eared Monarch

Carterornis leucotis

Black-faced Monarch

Monarcha melanopsis

Apostlebird

Struthidea cinerea

Victoria's Riflebird

Lophorina victoriae

Lemon-bellied Flycatcher

Microeca flavigaster

Jacky Winter

Microeca fascinans

White-browed Robin

Poecilodryas superciliosa

Grey-headed Robin

Heteromyias albispecularis

Eastern Yellow Robin

Eopsaltria australis

White-faced Robin

Tregellasia leucops

Pale-yellow Robin

Tregellasia capito

Mangrove Robin

Peneothello pulverulenta

Mistletoebird

Dicaeum hirundinaceum

Olive-backed Sunbird

Cinnyris jugularis

Nutmeg Mannikin

Lonchura punctulata

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin

Lonchura castaneothorax

Red-browed Finch

Neochmia temporalis

Crimson Finch

Neochmia phaeton

Double-barred Finch

Taeniopygia bichenovii

Blue-faced Parrot-Finch

Erythrura trichroa

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Australasian Pipit

Anthus novaeseelandiae

Horsfield's Bushlark

Mirafra javanica

Zitting Cisticola

Cisticola juncidis

Golden-headed Cisticola

Cisticola exilis

Brown Songlark

Cincloramphus cruralis

Rufous Songlark

Cincloramphus mathewsi

Tawny Grassbird

Cincloramphus timoriensis

Little Grassbird

Poodytes gramineus

Australian Reed-Warbler

Acrocephalus australis

Fairy Martin

Petrochelidon ariel

Tree Martin

Petrochelidon nigricans

Welcome Swallow

Hirundo neoxena

Silvereye

Zosterops lateralis

Common Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Common Myna

Acridotheres tristis

Metallic Starling

Aplonis metallica

Bassian Thrush

Zoothera lunulata

What clothing/footwear do you recommend?

Sturdy walking boots are recommended however sneakers should be ok.

Which accommodation do we stay at?

We choose to stay at

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation of the tour within 30 days of the tour date will result in a 50% loss of tour cost.

Cancellation of the tour with less than one week of the tour date will result in a 100% loss of the tour cost

TOUR ROUTES MAY BE ALTERED ON DAYS OF HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK

Can you cater for special diets?

Yes, absolutely, let us know which diet you prefer and we will provide the appropriate meals.

How much hiking is involved?

Our tour are not too strenuous. Much of the birding takes place near or from the vehicle. Our longest hikes are approximately 2km (1.25 miles) and we will travel at your pace.

 

Tour is subject to accommodation availability and may need to be altered in the case of severe bush fire conditions

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation of the tour within 30 days of the tour date will result in a 50% loss of tour cost.

Cancellation of the tour with less than one week of the tour date will result in a 100% loss of the tour cost

8 Day Victoria Tour

Cost: $5160AUD per person twin-share.

Explore a wide range of habitats in this fantastic 8 day tour in the state of Victoria.

We will visit semi-desert, cool temperate rainforests, ocean beaches and everything in between to maximise the number of species we will see.

Features:

  • Visit the amazing Western Treatment Plant
  • A chance to see the Superb Lyrebird.
  • Dine in authentic Aussie Pubs
  • Some great mammals as well
  • See Mallee specialist species  

8 Day Victorian Birding Extravaganza $5160AUD per person twin share.

Minimum group size: 2 people Maximum group size: 10

Summary:

This will be an 8-day tour taking in Little Desert National Park, Wyperfeld National Park, Murray Sunset National Park, Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, Terrick Terrick National Park, Greater Bendigo National Park and Gunbower National Park. Day 7 will be a full day at the wonderful Western Treatment Plant including a visit to You Yangs Regional Park. Day 8 will target the Superb Lyrebird, considered by some to be the greatest songbird in the world.

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation for 10 nights
  • Expert guide
  • Park Fees
  • Use of a Swarovski spotting scope
  • A checklist booklet for all sites

Exclusions:

  • Any flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcohol or personal snacks
  • Dinners while at city hotel
  • Any room service or extra hotel services
  • Airport transfers

The night prior to the tour you will arrive in Melbourne and stay the night at the Crown Promenade Hotel. 

Day 1 Little Desert National Park

5 am Pick up at Crown Promenade

Birding on the way to Little Desert National Park. Stopping for any birds we see on the way. Birding within the park for the day.

Target Species: Emu, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Hooded Robin, Red-capped Robin, Australian Bustard, Southern Scrub Robin, Elegant Parrot, Malleefowl, Redthroat and Purple-gaped Honeyeater.

Overnight at Little Desert Nature Lodge

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

Day 2 Birding at Wyperfeld National Park

All day birding at Wyperfeld National Park.

Target Species: Mulga Parrot, Southern Whiteface, Mallee Ringneck, Splendid

Fairy-wren, Striped Honeyeater, Inland Thornbill, Chestnut Quail-thrush, Southern Scrub-robin, Bluebonnet.

Overnight at the Hilltop Motel Ouyen.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

Day 3 Murray Sunset

All day birding Murray Sunset National Park.

Target Species: Purple-gaped Honeyeater, Gilbert’s Whistler, Red-lored Whistler and much more.

Overnight at the Chaffey Motor Inn, Mildura.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

Day 4 Hattah Kulkyne National Park.

We will spend the day exploring Hattah Kulkyne National Park.

Target Species: Mallefowl, Mallee Emu-wren, Southern Scrub-robin, Striated Grasswren

Overnight at the Chaffey Motor Inn, Mildura.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

Day 5 Murray River, Gunbower Forest, Goschen Bushland Reserve

The day will be spent travelling south-east along the Murray Valley Highway with birding at Gunbower State Park and various other locations depending on recent sightings and conditions.

Target Species: Emu, Pied Butcherbird, Grey-crowned Babbler, Budgerigar, Cockatiel, Regent Parrot.

Overnight at Pevensey Motel, Echuca.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

Day 6 Birding on the way to Melbourne.

Early start to see try for the Superb Parrot at Barmah State Forest.

We will then head south to Greater Bendigo National Park and also explore the adjoining Whipstick and Kamarooka parks.

Target Species: Superb Parrot, Shy Heathwren, White-fronted Honeyeater, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Variegated Fairy-wren

Overnight at Crown Promenade, Melbourne.

Included meals: Breakfast and Lunch. Dinner at own expense.

 

Day 7. A full day birding at the Western Treatment Plant and You Yangs Regional Park.

With a 7 am pickup from your city hotel we will head for You Yangs Regional Park where we will search for any bush birds that we have not yet seen.

Overnight at Crown Promenade, Melbourne.

Included meals: Breakfast and Lunch. Dinner at own expense.

Target Species: White-winged Chough, Eastern Rosella, White-plumed Honeyeater, Tawny Frogmouth, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Rainbow Bee-eater, Common Bronzewing, Brown Goshawk.

Overnight at Crown Promenade, Melbourne.

Included meals: Breakfast and Lunch. Dinner at own expense.

 

Day 8. Rainforest Tour

Today we will visit Dandenong Ranges National Park and Bunyip State Park in search of the wonderful Superb Lyrebird. This incredible bird is an expert mimic and experts now suggest that it may be related to the original passerine and that all passerines may have originated in Australia.

Target Species: Superb Lyrebird, Crimson Rosella, Rose Robin, Eastern Yellow Robin, Satin Bowerbird.

 

At the end of the day, you will be dropped back at Crown Promenade. This concludes your tour.

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch. Dinner at own expense.

 

Cancellation Policy                                                                    

Cancellation of the tour within 30 days of the tour date will result in a 50% loss of tour cost.

Cancellation of the tour with less than one week of the tour date will result in a 100% loss of the tour cost.

What clothing/footwear do you recommend?

Sturdy walking boots are recommended however sneakers should be ok.

Which accommodation do we stay at?

We choose to stay at the

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation of the tour within 30 days of the tour date will result in a 50% loss of tour cost.

Cancellation of the tour with less than one week of the tour date will result in a 100% loss of the tour cost

TOUR ROUTES MAY BE ALTERED ON DAYS OF HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK

Can you cater for special diets?

Yes, absolutely, let us know which diet you prefer and we will provide the appropriate meals.

How much hiking is involved?

Our tour are not too strenuous. Much of the birding takes place near or from the vehicle. Our longest hikes are approximately 2km (1.25 miles) and we will travel at your pace.

 

Tour is subject to accommodation availability and may need to be altered in the case of severe bush fire conditions

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation of the tour within 30 days of the tour date will result in a 50% loss of tour cost.

Cancellation of the tour with less than one week of the tour date will result in a 100% loss of the tour cost