Suggested months: May, June, July, August, September, October.
This journey combines incredible birding opportunities across outback and coastal environments combined with luxurious lodgings. Kakadu National Park is one of the best waterbird viewing areas in the world, with nesting Magpie Geese in abundance at this time along with herons, egrets, ibis, spoonbills and iconic Brolga, Comb-crested Jacana, and Jabiru.
Glossy-black Cockatoos, Scarlet Robins as well as numerous parrots, honeyeaters, waders and bushbirds are a feature on Kangaroo Island whilst outside Melbourne, you will gain access to one of Australia's top birding locations at the Western Treatment Plant, being especially rich in waders, waterfowl and raptors. The final leg is a stay at Arkaba, nestled within South Australia’s Ikara-Flinders Ranges, supporting nearly 300 species of birds.
Minimum Suggested Days: 14 days - 4 days Melbourne, 3 days Kangaroo Island, 1 night Adelaide, 3 days Arkaba/Flinders Ranges, 3 days Kakadu
Price Guideline: Typically, the budget for small group touring packages across Australia excluding flights is:
5-star: AUD $500 - $1,400+ per person per day (USD $350-$1,000+)
Type: Private Charter
Duration: 2 days/1 night - You Yangs & Western Plains
Tawny Frogmouths & Sandpipers: 2 day Birding Tour
Over two days, this birding tour showcases the rich birdlife of the Australian bush and coastal wetlands, including kookaburras, frogmouths, honeyeaters and cockatoos; ducks, waders and endemic geese. Visiting the beautiful You Yangs Regional park, best known for its beautiful granite ridges, grasslands and low woodlands, guests will have the opportunity to spot more than 200 bird species such as White-naped, White-plumed, New Holland and Brown-headed honeyeaters, Laughing Kookaburras, White-winged Choughs, Eastern Yellow Robins, as well as wild Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Koalas.
The second day focuses Western Treatment Plant, a RAMSAR listed Wetland of International Importance, regarded as one of Australia's top birding locations. It is a mosaic of lagoons, saltmarshes, waterways, swamps and both rocky and sandy shoreline. With this habitat diversity the region has an incredible bird list of over 280 species, being especially rich in waders, waterfowl and raptors.
About Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours: Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours was founded by Roger Smith and Janine Duffy in 1993, with the vision to bring people and wildlife together for mutual benefit. The award-winning team believes that observing and connecting with wildlife is a key element in enriching the lives for people of all backgrounds; whether this interaction is for pleasure, new experiences and learning, for connection to the land or the basic needs for humans to breathe clean air and drink clean water via healthy ecosystems.
When guests travel with Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours, part of the trip involves travellers contributing to a project that actively helps wildlife.
Tawny Frogmouths roosting, Short-tailed Shearwater migration, Honeyeaters abundant including Red and Little Wattlebirds, Eastern Spinebills, New Holland, Yellow-faced, Tawny-crowned and White-plumed Honeyaters, Black-chinned, White-naped , Spiny Cheeked, Yellow-tufted, Fuscous and Singing Honeyeaters possible, Rainbow, Musk and Purple-crowned Lorikeets.
Eastern Grey Kangaroo joeys discover the world outside, learn to hop, play and graze, Swamp Wallabies, Red-necked Wallabies, Koalas, Common Brushtail Possums at dusk and early evening.
Baby Koalas (joeys) come out of the pouch for the first time and will ride on their mother’s back late Spring, Common Brushtail and Common Ringtail Possums at dusk, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Swamp Wallabies, Red-necked Wallabies.
Type: Groups,Private Charter
Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Kangaroo Island Birding Tour
Kangaroo Island is a birdwatcher's paradise, with the opportunity to spot over 260 birds, almost one-third of Australia's bird count. Over 90% of the Island is mallee and woodland, with beautiful Eucalyptus groves, shrublands, fernlands and forests. The island is blessed with amazing protected coves and beaches through to rugged cliffs, providing abudant opportunities to spot seabirds, waterbirds and waders.
This three day birdwatching and wildlife tour is presented with an indicative itinerary. Opportunities vary throughout the year and each season is slightly different in terms of natural cycles. The experience delivered is customised according to the season and fine-tuned to meet the interests of guests once they arrive on the Island. Please note this tour is only available as a private charter.
About Exceptional Kangaroo Island: Craig and Janet Wickham and their enthusiastic team have been sharing Kangaroo Island's secrets with guests since 1990 and have won numerous national and international awards for their tours. The family-owned operator specialises in deluxe wildlife tours which create an atmosphere where guests find themselves treated as friends, with tours run as a conversation not a commentary, promising good food, good wine and wildlife in the wild.
Glossy Black Cockatoos nest in large hollows, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos aggregate post breeding (they breed in summer), Red Wattlebirds abundant, Black Swans, Royal Spoonbills, Crested Terns, Caspian Terns, Crimson Rosellas.
Likely Sighting Chance: Black Swans nesting and cygnets abundant, Cape Barren Geese nest keeping an eye out for predatory Australian Ravens, Wedge-tailed Eagles, Scarlet Robins, Beautiful Firetails, Red-browed Finches, Striated Pardalote, Hooded Plover, Yellow-tailed Cockatoo and Crimson Rosellas.
Moderate Sighting Chance: Red-browed Finches, Swamp Harrier, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Royal Spoonbill, Australasian Gannets, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Osprey.
Occasional Sighting Chance: Southern Emu-wren, in late winter the incessant calls of Western Whipbirds are heard, Southern Stone Curlew, Peregrine Falcons, Yellow-nosed Albatross with strong winds,
Short-tailed Shearwaters migrate to the area, Superb Fairy-wrens breed and the spectacular blue males are a stunning splash of colour, New Holland, White-eared Honeyeaters, Eastern Spinebills. Rainbow Lorikeets, Purple-crowned Lorikeets. Chestnut-breasted Shelducks, Yellow-billed Spoonbills, Australian White Ibis and White-headed Stilts abundant.
Type: Private Charter,Shared
Duration: 3 days/ 2 nights - Ikara-Flinders Ranges, South Australia
3 day Birds of Arkaba Experience
Arkaba’s beautifully restored 1850s homestead, welcoming just ten guests at a time, is surrounded by 60,000 acres of privately-owned and carefully protected outback. Nestled within South Australia’s Ikara-Flinders Ranges, a five-hour drive or 1 hour flight from Adelaide, the unusual blend of semi-arid and temperate habitats supports 1,200 plant species and nearly 300 species of birds.
Against the dramatic backdrop of the Elder Range and Wilpena Pound, ancient sea beds and salt lakes have given way to spectacular rock formations, cypress pines and river red gums; this is an incredibly old landscape supporting a varied population of spectacular birds.
This three day experience is presented as an indicative itinerary and is typically adjusted throughout the year and by season to cater to the interests of guests and seasonal birding opportunities.
Black-eared Cuckoos and Brown Songlark migration, Grey-shrike Thrush, Rufous Whistlers, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes, Galahs, Australian Ringnecks, Red-rumped Parrots, Emus preparing for the breeding season.
Emus begin laying their enormous eggs, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Pallid Cuckoo Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo migrate to the area, Galahs, Elegant Parrots and Mulga Parrots.
Striped Emu chicks following their fathers, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Little Eagle, Black Kite and Brown Goshawk fledging, Rainbow Bee-eaters and Sacred Kingfishers arrive to breed.
Type: Private Charter
Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Kakadu Birding Tour
The World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park is one of the most pristine environments left on the planet and the combination of soil floodplains, paper bark swamps, savannah woodlands, monsoonal rainforests and river mangroves make this one of the world’s great birdwatching sites. There is an immense concentration of birds, with over 280 species found across the region.
This outstanding three day birding itinerary showcases sighting opportunities across various habitats, covering iconic species such as the Brolga, Black Necked Stork (Jabiru), Magpie Goose, Whistling Duck, Great Egret, Royal Spoonbill, Comb-crested Jacana, Radjah Shelduck, Green Pygmy-Goose, Great Bowerbird, Azure Kingfisher, Forest Kingfisher, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Great-billed Heron, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo and Pheasant Coucal.
About Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris: Lords Kakadu and Arnhemland Safaris has been connecting guests to the Top End’s remarkable natural beauty and indigenous culture for over 25 years. Consummate bushman and owner, Sab Lord leads the team of advocates, active in protecting and preserving Kakadu & Arnhem Land, one of the most cherished ecosystems and untouched wilderness areas of Australia. The team’s passion for the region is infectious as is the connection with the land and the indigenous communities that call the area home.
This relationship formed over many decades, allows access to a range of culturally significant sites. Combined with the vast unpopulated pristine landscapes, guests can not helped being moved and reinvigorated by this World Heritage Listed area.
Red-winged Parrots, Double-barred, Star, Crimson and Long-tailed Finches, Red-tailed Cockatoos, Pheasant Coucal, White-bellied and Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes, Bar-shouldered and Peaceful Doves.
Mass flocks of Magpie Geese nesting, White-bellied Sea Eagles, Brahminy and Whistling Kites, Great Billed Herons, Azure Kingfishers, Plumed Whistling, Wandering Whistling and Spotted Whistling Ducks, Royal Spoonbills and Glossy Ibis.
High concentration of waterbirds, Brolga courtship dance, Great Egrets, Royal Spoonbills, Black-winged Stilts, Black-necked Storks (Jabirus), Comb-crested Jacana, Blue-winged Kookaburras.