This is one of our most popular tours and most years we’re offering 2 departures to cater for the demand, a ‘standard’ tour and a slower-paced ‘comfortable tour’:
The standard 12-day tour is one we have been running twice per year for the last 8 years. Since 2019 we’ve also been offering a slower-paced version of the same tour, taking it easy by adding an extra 4 days to the standard itinerary.
Either tour can be described as one of Australia’s epic outback birding adventures. We’ll search for nine of Australia’s 13 Grasswren species: Striated, Short-tailed, Western, Thick-billed, Eyrean, Grey, Kalkadoon, Carpentarian and Rusty Grasswren. We explore the vast expanses of Mallee scrub in the Vic-SA border region, the scenic Flinders Ranges, travel the entire Birdsville track through the outback, visit the stark country around Boulia-Winton and the rocky ranges around Mt Isa. This trip is a real adventure (yet fully accommodated), taking us through the heart of the outback during the Australian winter season, generally a great time to go birding. During these tours we expect to see some 200 species, and besides the Grasswrens we have a good chance of sought-after birds like Red-lored Whistler, Banded Whiteface, Chestnut, Cinnamon and Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush, Gibberbird, Yellow Chat, Inland Dotterel, Flock Bronzewing, Hall’s Babbler, Mallee & Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, Spinifex Pigeon, Painted Finch and much more, including the enigmatic Grey Falcon. During this time of year the weather is generally quite pleasant. The rewards are some of Australia’s hardest to find, yet most sought-after outback species!
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