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Birding Tour Australia: from the Outback to the Wet Tropics 2018



Australia, the island continent, is a remote landmass that drifted away from Antarctica tens of millions of years ago. Without significant volcanic activity and other mountain-building forces, it is also the flattest continent with the world’s oldest soils. Despite its lack of topography, this incredible landmass is one of extremes. The Outback, the continent’s core, is a vast and hostile desert with unpredictable weather patterns that sometimes flush the landscape with green. Along the edges, more regular precipitation allows ancient rainforests, heathlands, and fire-resistant sclerophyll woodlands to grow. Due to its long isolation and harsh environments, Australia is now home to birds of a different feather, including eight endemic bird families and a further seven shared only with neighboring New Guinea. About 300 bird species are endemic to Australia, making it second only to Indonesia in this regard. Throughout this country’s every extreme, its amazing avifauna has shown the adaptability and resiliency to survive in even the most challenging environments. In addition, this avifauna is just dripping with charismatic species, from bowerbirds to parrots to fairywrens to kookaburras to cassowaries to lyrebirds. Throughout the course of this tour we sample habitats ranging from the arid plains north of Deniliquin to the wet rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands in search of as many of these wonderful birds as possible, while also appreciating the many other unique plants and animals along the way. This continent is a naturalist’s dream!

Our journey begins at the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne in southeast Australia, visiting coastal heathland for several localized habitat specialists such as Gang-gang Cockatoo and Beautiful Firetail. Further north and west towards the interior, arid Mallee vegetation and saline lakes provide habitat for the mound-building Malleefowl, the impossibly blue Splendid Fairywren, and the evocatively named Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo among a host of other species. On one evening we make a special effort to observe the monotypic Plains-wanderer in the dry plains north of Deniliquin, before swinging southeast through the sclerophyll forests of Chiltern and the temperate forests near Melbourne for targets such as Turquoise Parrot and Superb Lyrebird.

After an internal flight from Melbourne to Brisbane we drive up to the famous O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, nestled within a large tract of subtropical rainforest, for a totally new set of birds such as Regent Bowerbird and Australian Logrunner.

On the last leg of our journey we explore the wet tropics of far northern Queensland to explore one of the world’s most ancient rainforests for key species such as Southern Cassowary and Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher. We also take a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef, where the colors and diversity of the fish and corals rival those of the birds. Evening spotlighting sessions on many of these days should also produce a host of endearing and unusual nocturnal birds and mammals, which may include Tawny Frogmouth, green ringtail possum, and sugar glider.

For those wishing to continue exploring Australia, this tour can be combined with our Australia Pre-tour: Tasmania and the Orange-bellied Parrot 2018 (22 – 27 October 2018) tour, our Birding Tour Australia: Top End Birding Specialties 2018 (13 – 21 November 2018) tour, and our Birding Tour Australia: the Southwest 2018 (22 – 30 November 2018) tour, so that all four Australia tours could be combined. We can also arrange other extensions (e.g., sightseeing trips to Sydney, Uluru, etc., and pelagic trips).

Duration: 17 days

Limit (Group Size): 3 - 8

Spaces Available: 6

Date Start: October 28, 2018

Date End: November 12, 2018

Tour Start: Melbourne

Tour End: Cairns

Price: AU$9,154 per person sharing (7-8 participants), AU$11,090 per person sharing (5-6 participants), AU$12,440 (3-4 participants)

Single Supplement: AU$2,575

Price includes:
All reserve entry fees shown in the itinerary
Lodging
Meals
Expert bird guide during the entire trip
Private transportation during the tour
Transfers to and from the airports

Price excludes:
International airfare
Domestic flights within Australia
Gratuities
Items of a personal nature (e.g. drinks, snacks, alcoholic beverages, laundry, souvenirs, phone calls, internet access, etc.)

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Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: February 02, 2018
Date End: February 19, 2018
Price: NZ$9,228 per person sharing, assuming 8 participants; NZ$9754 per person sharing, assuming 6 – 7 participants; NZ$11,435 per person sharing, assuming 4 – 5 participants.
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Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 3 - 8
Spaces Available: 6
Date Start: November 13, 2018
Date End: November 21, 2018
Price: AU$ 7,137 per person sharing (7-8 participants), AU$ 8,470 per person sharing (5-6 participants), AU$ 12,155 per person sharing (3-4 participants)
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Limit (Group Size): 2 - 7
Spaces Available: 0
Date Start: November 16, 2017
Date End: November 24, 2017
Price: AU$ 5,124 per person sharing (6 – 7 participants), AU$ 6,204 per person sharing (4 – 5 participants), AU$ 10,126 per person sharing (2 – 3 participants)
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Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 3 - 8
Date Start: November 22, 2018
Date End: November 30, 2018
Price: AU$ 2,110 per person sharing (7-8 participants), AU$ 3,164 per person sharing (5-6 participants), AU$ 4,218 per person sharing (3-4 participants)
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Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 3 - 7
Spaces Available: 4
Date Start: November 29, 2017
Date End: December 07, 2017
Price: AU$1,917 per person sharing (6 – 7 participants), AU$2,876 per person sharing (4 – 5 participants), AU$3,835 per person sharing (3 participants)
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Australia and Barry Davies: When I found out it was Barry Davies that was leading the trip, I was thrilled as I had been in contact with him years ago when I was with Jaeger Tours, at the recommendations of a number of my friends that had travelled with him, so we knew each other! He was extraordinary – knew his stuff in and out about OZ and its flora and fauna and was great with the participants. We did Cairns & Darwin then an extension to Perth & Tasmania. Not sure how you would pick a favourite place from that. Each region is different and of course getting to see different parts of the country is something that I would have thought one would want to do if doing OZ. I would have loved to have seen more butterflies, mammals and reptiles than we did, but maybe that requires different locations and more time in the field. We did however get Platypus and Echidna. Butterflies are pretty much restricted to the north east. Timing for birds is tough as there is so much movement amongst them depending upon food sources, but I would have said we did pretty well. While obviously we wanted to see all we could, it was not the end of the world if we missed anything, and a huge list was not our goal. We were there in the dry season, I would hate to think what it would be like in the wet season, as a number of places/routes would have been under water, especially in the Darwin region. Accommodations on the whole were very good – I loved the different lodgings, many of which we had to do our own breakfast, with kitchen facilities in the cabins. The country is huge, and with very few people, less than SA!, so some of the locations there was little choices, especially for a large group, but Barry did great in getting what he did. At each region we had to get a bus, there were 14 of us – these varied between great to OK, as the on the extension we had to have one with a trailer.

Adrian Binns, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



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