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Day Tours

Banded Stilts

4 Habitats Tour

All Inclusive – Full Day Tour

1 – 4 people (inquire about larger groups)

Runs every day of the year (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) between 7am and 5pm

Cost

2 people or more $260 per person

Single person  $360  (If you book as a single and we take more bookings you will be refunded $100 on the day)

Private tours can be arranged. 

Features

  • Use of a Swarovski spotting scope.
  • Use of a selection of field guides.
  • A souvenir checklist of the species seen on the day.
  • An enthusiastic fully qualified guide.
  • Travel in a spacious Toyota Landcruiser Prado
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Flexibility
  • Fully catered

Description This tour is designed to see as many species in one day as possible. We will pass through four different habitats being Coastal, Wetland, Farmland and Forest. It is the perfect tour for the nature photographer and the serious birder. We will be visiting areas with a high density of species so there is no need to rush around. You will have time to see, photograph and learn about each bird.

Itinerary The tour begins when you are collected from your hotel.  7am is the best time to leave however later pick-up times may be arranged.  We travel 40 minutes to the south west of Melbourne to the magnificent You Yangs Regional Park.  The habitat here is classified as a dry eucalyptus forest and is very easy to walk through.  The park is filled with honeyeaters, parrots, cockatoos and whistlers.  As well as the birds there is also a chance of wallabies, kangaroos and koalas.

From here we travel across farmland to the Western Treatment Plant at Werribee.  This internationally recognised RAMSAR listed site is considered to be one of the best birding locations in Australia.  No matter what time of the year high numbers of species are found within the property.  It is a mecca for shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and seabirds. We will have lunch at the plant although the priority on the day will be the birds.  After lunch we will continue to explore the many ponds, wetlands and coastal stretches that quite often turn up rarely seen birds.  We will continue until 4pm (later finishing times available) and then head back to your accommodation in Melbourne.

Cancellation Policy

Tours cancelled within 7 days of tour result in 50% loss of tour cost

Tours cancelled within 48 hours of tour result in 100%loss of tour cost

TOUR ROUTES MAY BE ALTERED ON DAYS OF HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK

Superb Fairy-wren

South West Coastal Tour

All Inclusive- Full Day Tour

1 – 4 people (inquire about larger groups)

Runs every day of the year (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day) between 7am and 5pm

Cost

2 people or more $280 per person

Single person $390  (If you book as a single and we take more bookings you will be refunded $110 on the day)

Private tours can be arranged. 

Features:

  • Use of a Swarovski spotting scope.
  • Use of a selection of field guides.
  • A souvenir checklist of the species seen on the day.
  • An enthusiastic fully qualified guide.
  • Travel in a spacious Toyota Landcruiser Prado 
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Flexibility
  • Fully catered

 

Itinerary

The tour begins when you are collected from your hotel.  6am is the best time to leave however later pick-up times may be arranged.  We travel 70 minutes to the south west of Melbourne to the Point Addis at the start of the famous Great Ocean Road. The habitat and scenery here is absolutely spectacular and is home to some amazing birds. Our first target will be the Rufous Bristlebird. Other birds we may find here include Australasian Gannet, Black-browed Albatross, White-capped Albatross, Singing Honeyeater, Silvereye, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater and more. 

We will then head up the road to the Anglesea Heathland which is famous for its diverse vegetation yet also for some of the bird species which are heathland specialists.  Here we will walk and search for the very shy Southern Emu Wren. Other birds that we may encounter include the Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Gang Gang Cockatoo, Golden Whistler and Rufous Whistler.

From here we move into a nearby Ironbark forest where we may see Crimson Rosella, Crescent Honeyeater, White-eared Honeyeater, Sulphur-created Cockatoo, White-plumed Honeyeater just to name a few.

From here we travel across farmland to the Western Treatment Plant at Werribee.  This internationally recognised RAMSAR listed site is considered to be one of the best birding locations in Australia.  No matter what time of the year high numbers of species are found within the property.  It is a mecca for shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and seabirds.

We will have lunch at the plant although the priority on the day will be the birds.  After lunch we will continue to explore the many ponds, wetlands and coastal stretches that quite often turn up rarely seen birds.  We will continue until 5pm (later finishing times available) and then head back to your accommodation in Melbourne.

Cancellation Policy

Tours cancelled within 7 days of tour result in 50% loss of tour cost

Tours cancelled within 48 hours of tour result in 100%loss of tour cost

 TOUR ROUTES MAY BE ALTERED ON DAYS OF HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK

Forest to the Sea Tour

Superb Lyrebird

All Inclusive – Full Day Tour

1 – 4 people (inquire about Available every day of the year (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day) between 6am and 5pm

Cost

2 people or more $280 per person

Single person $390 (If you book as a single and we take more bookings you will be refunded $110 on the day)

Private tours can be arranged. 

Features

  • Use of a Swarovski spotting scope.
  • Use of a selection of field guides.  
  • A souvenir checklist of the species seen on the day.
  • An enthusiastic fully qualified guide.
  • Travel in a spacious Toyota Landcruiser Prado                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Flexibility
  • Fully catered

Description

This tour is a non-stop birding extravaganza combining the best of our tours into one big day’s birding. You will be amazed at the diversity of the species you encounter. If you thrive on long days and birding for 12 hours then this is the tour for you.

Itinerary

This tour begins at 6am when we you are collected from your accommodation. It is an early start however it will ensure that we see the Dandenong Ranges at its best. We will spend the morning searching for birds such as the secretive Superb Lyrebird, the Eastern Whipbird, parrots such as Eastern Rosella, Crimson Rosella, Galah, King Parrot, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo and the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.

We will then collect lunch at one of the gourmet cafes to have later in the day,(lunch is included in the price of the tour)

We will then travel to the Western Treatment Plant where 100 species can be seen at this one site alone. Birding will commence upon arrival and continue non-stop until 5pm. A later finish is possible if the birding is too good to stop and light allows. We will see ducks. egrets, herons, raptors, crakes, rails, honeyeaters, woodswallows and much much more.

Cancellation Policy

Tours cancelled within 7 days of tour result in 50% loss of tour cost

Tours cancelled within 48 hours of tour result in 100%loss of tour cost

 TOUR ROUTES MAY BE ALTERED ON DAYS OF HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK

Rainforest Tour

All Inclusive – Full Day Tour

1 – 4 people (inquire about larger groups)                                 

Runs every day of the year (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day) between 7am and 3pm

Cost

2 people or more $260 per person

Single person $360 (If you book as a single and we take more bookings you will be refunded $100 on the day)

Private tours can be arranged. 

Features

  • Use of a Swarovski spotting scope
  • Use of a selection of field guides
  • A souvenir checklist of the species seen on the day
  • An enthusiastic fully qualified guide
  • Travel in a spacious Toyota Landcruiser Prado
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Flexibility
  • Fully catered

Description  This tour will take you deep into the wonderful Dandenongs National Park.  You will gaze up in awe at the height of the tallest flowering plants in the world, the incredible Mountain Ash.  Dandenongs National Park is the place to go if you want to see parrots, robins, cockatoos and the chance of the amazing Superb Lyrebird.  We will do several nature walks searching the whole day for the birds of the temperate rainforest.

Itinerary

The tour begins at 6am when you are collected from your hotel. We then drive east of Melbourne for 40 minutes when we begin to enter Dandenongs National Park.  Once there the search begins.  We will do a series of nature walks listening for the many birds that inhabit the majestic forest.  We will then head to Bunyip State Forest where we will have lunch in one of the picnic grounds literally surrounded by birds. Following lunch we will take several walks in a variety of habitats before heading back to Melbourne by 5.30pm.

 

Cancellation Policy

Tours cancelled within 7 days of tour result in 50% loss of tour cost

Tours cancelled within 48 hours of tour result in 100%loss of tour cost

TOUR ROUTES MAY BE ALTERED ON DAYS OF HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK OR HIGH WIND RISK