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Andy Walker

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Senior Tour Leader and UK Office Manager

Andrew (Andy) Walker is Birding Ecotours’ UK representative and runs the Birding Ecotours UK office from his home in York, North Yorkshire, England. Andy has spent the last 30 years birding extensively across the world with a focus in the Oriental, Australasian, and Western Palearctic regions, where he leads/guides many of our tours, but he can also be found occasionally dipping into the biodiversity of the Afrotropical, Neotropical, and Nearctic regions in search of new and interesting birds and other wildlife.

A love of traveling came about after he spent two years living and studying (mainly birding!) in Kenya, followed by two years living in Costa Rica, where he worked as a bird guide and tour leader. Andy has recently led tours in Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, West Papua, Costa Rica, Australia, New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa, and he has scoped out numerous birding tour locations, including Taiwan, Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Colombia, Peru, USA, Uganda, and various European birding destinations (e.g. the UK, Iceland, France, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Sweden, Canary Islands, Israel, Latvia, and Poland). He gains great satisfaction from being able to show people new and exciting birds and help them learn about their behavior and biology. He enjoys putting in the hours for those secretive, yet highly rewarding forest skulkers, especially pittas, his favorite family.

Andy holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Countryside Management and Ornithology (Hull University), has over 10 years ornithological consultancy experience, and has managed a large team of ornithologists, working on a range of medium- and large-scale developments for a variety of sectors including renewable energy (wind, solar etc.), industrial, commercial, transport, and residential developments throughout the UK and South Africa. His involvement in ecological projects ranges from design and implementation of diurnal and nocturnal ornithological survey methodologies, consultation, report writing (e.g. Environmental Statement Chapters, Technical Baseline Reports, Monitoring Reports, Habitat/Environmental Management Plans, and Habitat Regulation Appraisals), and data analysis (including Collision Risk Modeling and Population Viability Analysis) to mitigation advice. This work gets Andy birding in some incredible environments and results in continued professional development and learning.

Andy’s enthusiasm is completely infectious, and like all our guides he’s excellent with people, which go hand-in-hand with his impeccable birding skills and knowledge. He loves giving presentations to bird clubs around the world to spread awareness of the incredible birds on our planet; recent talks he’s given include: Australia East Coast, Thailand Winter Birding, and Papua New Guinea Birds of Paradise.

Testimonials

We just returned from our trip to Thailand. It was wonderful. Thank you very much for arranging our tour with Andy Walker. He was the best guide we ever had. He is knowledgeable, easy going, hard working, and has all the qualities that people expect from a guide. We really enjoyed birding with him. We would be happy to go birding with him any time and would highly recommend him as a guide to any of our friends. Thanks again for giving us the opportunity to have him as our guide.

Our best Regards. Ahmad and Sue, Canada, March 2016

 

Andy is a superb guide with a wonderful knowledge of birds and where to find them. He is enthusiastic and keen, great company and a real pleasure to bird with. Our Australian trip was very successful in terms of sightings and also really enjoyable. Andy played a big part in that with his superb organisation, excellent birding skills, easy-going nature and positive attitude. I would happily join Andy on a birding trip again and hope to be able to do so later this year!

Janice, Kent, UK

 

I had an awesome two weeks’ trip in northern India in January 2016 with Andy Walker of Birding Ecotours. Total bird species seen by the group was 401. Highly recommended for life birds, “collecting” bird families and beautiful scenery. Some highlights included: Hill Partridge, Painted Spurfowl, Koklass and Cheer Pheasants, Black Bittern, Himalayan Vulture, Sarus Crane, Barred Buttonquail, Ibisbill, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Indian Courser, Painted Sandgrouse, Sirkeer Malkoha, Crested Treeswift, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Himalayan Flameback, Collared Falconet with prey (Cinereous Tit), Chestnut-headed Tesia, Striated Laughingthrush, White-rumped Shama, White-tailed Rubythroat, Golden Bush-Robin, Brown Dipper, Pink-browed Rose-finch, Crested Bunting and Altai Accentor. The group total also included 10 owls and 17 woodpeckers, all seen!

Lisl van Deventer, South Africa

 

We spent three weeks with Andy in Thailand and enjoyed the trip thoroughly. Andy worked so hard to find the birds, and get us on them.  He was very patient and took the time we needed. He knew all the best places to go, knew what birds would be expected, identified them in an instant  and still managed to find some pretty good rarities along with the “known birds”, Himalayan Cutia anyone? And we spent literally hours getting great looks at Spoon-billed Sandpiper.  Andy got us very close without disturbing the birds or any other birders.  It was a highlight of the trip.  We are hoping to see Andy in York later this year for a days birding on his home patch!

Bob and Terrie, Idaho USA

 

The 2016 Northern India Birding Ecotours trip was everything I had hoped for and more. As a novice both when it came to Asian birds and Indian travel, the trip couldn’t have been better. Andy Walker, our guide, was brilliant at finding the expected birds and some amazing rarities and getting us good looks. I managed close to 400 lifers combined with Fatehpur Sikri, the Taj Mahal, some fascinating glimpses of rural India and a spectacular time in the Himalayan foothills. Our driver, van, train travel and hotels were all comfortable and worked like clockwork. Thanks for the trip of a lifetime.

Hume Martin, Toronto, Canada

 

Just wanted to tell you what a fantastic time I had on my custom Sri Lanka birding tour. Everything went flawlessly thanks to Andy’s preparation, and his knowledge and passion for the birds was infectious and made it great fun. Our local guide, Lester, was as passionate, and was expert in locating the birds and sharing his knowledge of the country. The food and lodging were great, and we became good friends as well as birding buddies, and I would recommend Sri Lanka as a, safe, friendly place to bird.  Andy’s trip report is on the website. Birding Ecotours ran a wonderful tour, and I will use their services again for our next trip.

Bill Fiero, New York

 

Our small group had a great trip birding Iceland with Andy Walker. Andy’s knowledge, tenacity, organizational skills, patience and fun personality allowed us to maximize this opportunity to see every possible bird within our range.
Because of Andy’s scientific knowledge as well as field skills I learned a great deal. His enthusiasm kept us going even when the weather attempted to dampen and freeze mine! Iceland is an awesome country and Ecotours did a great job of arranging an itinerary that provided excellent food and lodging along the way. Very well organized. I’d go with this company and guide again!

Claudia Flaiz, Oregon, USA, 28 June 2018

 

Tours Coming Up

Birding Tour West Papua: Arfak and Waigeo Birding Expedition 2020

Duration: 12 days
Date Start: August 03, 2020
Date End: August 14, 2020
Price: US$7,214 per person sharing, based on 4 - 8 participants
Details: New Guinea is a geographic, rather than political term that refers to the main island in the region. The western half of the island of New Guinea comprises the Indonesian provinces of West Papua (Papu

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Birding Tour West Papua: Arfak and Waigeo Birding Expedition 2019

Duration: 12 days
Date Start: August 03, 2019
Date End: August 14, 2019
Price: US$6,499 per person sharing, based on 4 - 8 participants
Details: New Guinea is a geographic, rather than political term that refers to the main island in the region. The western half of the island of New Guinea comprises the Indonesian provinces of West Papua (Papu

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Birding Tour West Papua: Arfak and Waigeo Birding Expedition 2018

Duration: 12 days
Date Start: November 16, 2018
Date End: November 27, 2018
Price: US$6499 per person sharing, based on 4 - 8 participants
Details: New Guinea is a geographic, rather than political term that refers to the main island in the region. The western half of the island of New Guinea comprises the Indonesian provinces of West Papua (Papu

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Birding Tour Thailand: Northern Thailand - Spectacular Resident and Migrant Birds 2020

Date Start: February 13, 2020
Date End: February 23, 2020
Price: US$3,850 per person sharing – based on 4-8 participants
Details: This short tour forms a circuit around Northern Thailand starting and ending in the northern capital city of Chiang Mai. This tour can also easily be combined with our Central Thailand tour which runs

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Birding Tour Thailand: Central Thailand - Shorebird Spectacle and Jungle Birding 2020

Duration: 10 days
Date Start: February 03, 2020
Date End: February 12, 2020
Price: US$3,660 per person sharing – based on 4-8 participants
Details: This short tour forms a circuit around central Thailand starting and ending in Bangkok. The tour can also easily be combined with our northern Thailand tour, which runs immediately after this one fini

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Birding Tour Thailand: Central and Northern Thailand 2019

Duration: 23 days
Date Start: January 27, 2019
Date End: February 18, 2019
Price: US$6,924 per person sharing – based on 4-8 people, US$7,754 per person sharing – based on 3 people, US$10,258 per person sharing – based on 2 people.
Details: This three-week tour includes a circuit around central Thailand, starting and ending in Bangkok, and then another circuit around northern Thailand, starting and ending in Chiang Mai. This tour has bee

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Birding Tour Taiwan: Birding Extravaganza 2020

Duration: 12 days
Date Start: April 29, 2020
Date End: May 10, 2020
Price: US$4410 per person sharing
Details: Taiwan not only has great avifauna but also a host of other winning points that make it a wonderful destination for a comfortable birding trip. With 27 endemics, many endemic subspecies that could be

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Birding Tour Taiwan: Birding Extravaganza 2019

Duration: 12 days
Date Start: April 29, 2019
Date End: May 10, 2019
Price: US$4200 per person sharing
Details: Taiwan not only has great avifauna but also a host of other winning points that make it a wonderful destination for a comfortable ‘Birding Tour Taiwan’ adventure. With about 30 endemics, m

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Birding Tour New Caledonia: Kagu and Other Endemics 2020

Duration: 6 days
Date Start: December 06, 2020
Date End: December 11, 2020
Price: US$3,835 per person sharing, based on 4-8 participants
Details: Tour Summary This tour visits Grande Terre, New Caledonia, and focuses on the many exciting endemic birds found across the island. Grande Terre is part of an ancient archipelago of Gondwanan (continen

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Birding Tour New Caledonia: Kagu and Other Endemics 2019

Duration: 6 days
Date Start: December 10, 2019
Date End: December 15, 2019
Price: US$3,305 per person sharing, based on 4-8 participants
Details: Tour Summary This tour visits Grande Terre, New Caledonia, and focuses on the many exciting endemic birds found across the island. Grande Terre is part of an ancient archipelago of Gondwanan (continen

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Birding Tour New Caledonia 2018

Duration: 6 days
Date Start: December 10, 2018
Date End: December 15, 2018
Price: US$7,298 per person based on 1 participant, US$4,678 per person based on 2-3 participants sharing, US$3,324 per person based on 4 participants sharing, US$3,091 per person based on 5-8 participants sharing
Details: This tour visits Grande Terre, New Caledonia, and focuses on the many exciting endemic birds found across the island. Grande Terre is part of an ancient archipelago of Gondwanan (continental) origin.

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Birding Tour Malaysia: Peninsular Malaysia 2020

Duration: 13 days
Date Start: September 14, 2020
Date End: September 26, 2020
Price: US$5,540 per person sharing – based on a minimum of 4 people
Details: This tour will cover several key birding sites in peninsular Malaysia, visiting various habitats from the coastal mangrove forests to the highlands of the Titiwangsa Range. The Titiwangsa Range runs s

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Birding Tour Malaysia: Peninsular Malaysia 2019

Duration: 13 days
Date Start: September 10, 2019
Date End: September 22, 2019
Price: US$5,035 per person sharing – based on a minimum of 4 people
Details: This tour will cover several key birding sites in peninsular Malaysia, visiting various habitats from the coastal mangrove forests to the highlands of the Titiwangsa Range. The Titiwangsa Range runs s

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Birding Tour Malaysia: Peninsular Malaysia 2018

Duration: 8 days
Date Start: September 09, 2018
Date End: September 16, 2018
Price: Main tour: US$4563 per person sharing. extension: US$1521 per person sharing
Details: Our tour to Peninsular Malaysia will cover the two most important birding venues of Peninsular Malaysia, Fraser’s Hill and Taman Negara National Park. A total of 689 species of birds have been recor

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Birding Tour Iceland: Viking Birding 2020

Duration: 9 days
Date Start: June 10, 2020
Date End: June 18, 2020
Price: £4,202 per person sharing (Iceland hotel prices have been increasing dramatically, so there is a small chance prices may increase closer to the time.)
Details: Iceland, thanks to its remote location and harsh winters, has a relatively small population, leaving vast parts of this island nation untouched. Some amazing scenery of glaciers, volcanic peaks, steep

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Birding Tour Iceland: Viking Birding 2019

Duration: 9 days
Date Start: June 10, 2019
Date End: June 18, 2019
Price: £3,964 per person sharing
Details: Iceland, thanks to its remote location and harsh winters, has a relatively small population, leaving vast parts of this island nation untouched. Some amazing scenery of glaciers, volcanic peaks, steep

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Birding Tour Iceland: Viking Birding 2018

Duration: 9 days
Date Start: June 10, 2018
Date End: June 18, 2018
Price: £3,740 per person sharing
Details: This tour is now closed for booking. Please consider our Birding Tour Iceland: Viking Birding 2019. Iceland, thanks to its remote location and harsh winters, has a relatively small population, leavi

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Birding Tour China: 9-day Yunnan Pre-tour 2020

Duration: 9 days
Date Start: May 13, 2020
Date End: May 21, 2020
Price: US$4,227 per person sharing, assuming 4-8 participants
Details: Yunnan is China’s most diverse province, biologically as well as culturally. The province contains snow-capped mountains and true tropical environments, thus supporting a wide range of habitats and

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Birding Tour China: 9-day Yunnan Pre-tour 2019

Duration: 9 days
Date Start: May 13, 2019
Date End: May 21, 2019
Price: US$3,950 per person sharing, assuming 4-8 participants
Details: Yunnan is China’s most diverse province, biologically as well as culturally. The province contains snow-capped mountains and true tropical environments, thus supporting a wide range of habitats and

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Birding Tour China: 18-day Sichuan 2020

Duration: 18 days
Date Start: May 21, 2020
Date End: June 07, 2020
Price: US$7,416 per person sharing, assuming 4-8 participants
Details: Sichuan offers an excellent introduction to birdwatching in China with large numbers of endemic and specialty species, set in some seriously stunning mountain landscapes. The huge, mountainous provinc

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Birding Tour China: 18-day Sichuan 2019

Duration: 18 days
Date Start: May 21, 2019
Date End: June 07, 2019
Price: US$6,931 per person sharing, assuming 4-8 participants
Details: Sichuan offers an excellent introduction to birdwatching in China with large numbers of endemic and specialty species, set in some seriously stunning mountain landscapes. The huge, mountainous provinc

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Birding Tour China: 15-day Qinghai Extension 2020

Duration: 15 days
Date Start: June 07, 2020
Date End: June 21, 2020
Price: US$6,754 per person sharing, assuming 4-8 participants.
Details: This tour focuses on the northwestern Chinese province of Qinghai, the fourth-largest province in China, but with the third-smallest population in the country. Known as the ‘roof of the world’, mu

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Birding Tour China: 15-day Qinghai Extension 2019

Duration: 15 days
Date Start: June 07, 2019
Date End: June 21, 2019
Price: US$6,312 per person sharing, assuming 4-8 participants.
Details: This tour focuses on the northwestern Chinese province of Qinghai, the fourth-largest province in China, but with the third-smallest population in the country. Known as the ‘roof of the world’, mu

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Birding Tour China: 12-day Qinghai Extension 2018

Duration: 12 days
Date Start: June 07, 2018
Date End: June 18, 2018
Price: US$5135 per person sharing, assuming 4-8 participants. Airfare estimate (Chengdu to Xining) US$193
Details: Welcome to our next ‘Birding Tour China’ adventure. Qinghai is a province of the People’s Republic of China located in the northwest of the country. The province is home to nearly 40

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Birding Tour Borneo: Spectacular Birds and Other Wildlife 2019

Duration: 15 days
Date Start: August 26, 2019
Date End: September 09, 2019
Price: MYR27,989 per person sharing
Details: Birding Borneo is quite something as it is the third-largest island in the world and is awash with avian riches. With over 50 endemics and pristine dipterocarp forests, montane cloudforests, riverine

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Birding Tour Borneo: Spectacular Birds and Other Wildlife 2018

Duration: 15 days
Date Start: August 26, 2018
Date End: September 09, 2018
Price: MYR26,158 per person sharing
Details: Birding Borneo is quite something as it is the third-largest island in the world and is awash with avian riches. With over 50 endemics and pristine Dipterocarp forests, montane cloudforests, riverine

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Birding Tour Australia: Top End Birding 2020

Duration: 9 days
Date Start: November 16, 2020
Date End: November 24, 2020
Price: AU$11,900 per person sharing (4-8 participants)
Details: The ‘Top End Birding’ tour provides fantastic chances of viewing many of the Northern Territory’s specialty bird species during November and December, including Rainbow Pitta, Banded Fruit D

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Birding Tour Australia: Top End Birding 2019

Duration: 9 days
Date Start: November 29, 2019
Date End: December 07, 2019
Price: AU$10,820 per person sharing (4-8 participants)
Details: The ‘Top End Birding’ tour provides fantastic chances of viewing many of the Northern Territory’s specialty bird species during November and December, including Rainbow Pitta, Banded Fruit D

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Birding Tour Australia: the Southwest 2018

Duration: 9 days
Date Start: November 29, 2018
Date End: December 07, 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)
Details: Due to geographic isolation and diverse habitats, the south of Western Australia boasts several endemic species and subspecies. This nine-day Birding Tour Australia: the Southwest Extension will focus

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Birding Tour Australia: Tasmania and the Orange-bellied Parrot Pre-tour 2018

Duration: 6 days
Date Start: October 22, 2018
Date End: October 27, 2018
Price: AU$2,752 per person sharing (7-8 participants), AU$2,995 per person sharing (5-6 participants), AU$3,458 per person sharing (3-4 participants)
Details: Adjoined to the mainland until the end of the last glacial period about ten thousand years ago, Tasmania is both geographically and genetically isolated from Australia. Through the millennia this isla

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Birding Tour Australia: Tasmania and the Orange-bellied Parrot 2020

Duration: 6 days
Date Start: October 24, 2020
Date End: October 29, 2020
Price: AU$4,170 per person sharing (4-8 participants)
Details: Adjoined to the mainland until the end of the last glacial period about ten thousand years ago, Tasmania is both geographically and genetically isolated from Australia. Through the millennia this isla

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Birding Tour Australia: Tasmania and the Orange-bellied Parrot 2019

Duration: 6 days
Date Start: November 23, 2019
Date End: November 28, 2019
Price: AU$3,790 per person sharing (4-8 participants)
Details: Adjoined to the mainland until the end of the last glacial period about ten thousand years ago, Tasmania is both geographically and genetically isolated from Australia. Through the millennia this isla

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Birding Tour Australia: Southwest Specialties 2020

Duration: 9 days
Date Start: November 25, 2020
Date End: December 03, 2020
Price: AU$4,940 per person sharing (4-8 participants)
Details: Due to geographic isolation and diverse habitats, the southwest of the state of Western Australia boasts several endemic species and subspecies. This nine-day tour will focus on finding as many of the

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Birding Tour Australia: Southwest Specialties 2019

Duration: 9 days
Date Start: December 08, 2019
Date End: December 16, 2019
Price: AU$4,490 per person sharing (4-8 participants)
Details: Due to geographic isolation and diverse habitats, the southwest of the state of Western Australia boasts several endemic species and subspecies. This nine-day tour will focus on finding as many of the

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

Duration: 17 days
Date Start: October 04, 2018
Date End: October 20, 2018
Price: AU$9,154 per person sharing (7-8 people); AU$11,090 per person sharing (5-6 people); AU$12,440 per person sharing (3-4 people)
Details: This tour is fully booked. Please consider our Birding Tour Australia: from the Outback to the Wet Tropics 2018. Australia, the island continent, is a remote landmass that drifted away from Antarcti

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Birding Tour Australia: from the Outback to the Wet Tropics 2020

Duration: 17 days
Date Start: October 30, 2020
Date End: November 15, 2020
Price: AU$11,615 per person sharing (4-8 participants)
Details: 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 al

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Birding Tour Australia: from the Outback to the Wet Tropics 2019

Duration: 17 days
Date Start: November 06, 2019
Date End: November 22, 2019
Price: AU$10,560 per person sharing (4-8 participants)
Details: 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 al

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

Duration: 17 days
Date Start: October 28, 2018
Date End: November 12, 2018
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)
Details: 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 a

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