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Coastal & Outback Birding Adventure (Luxury Vacation)

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.

  • Visiting the RAMSAR listed Western Treatment Plant home to an incredible 280 species
  • Birdwatching across Kangaroo Island's Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks, Admiral's Arch and Lathami, including the Glossy Black Cockatoo, one of 14 birds with a Kangaroo Island sub-species
  • Close-up parrot and bushbird viewing at the Arkaba private wildlife hide, whilst staying in a five-room luxury homestead on a 60,000-acre private wildlife conservancy
  • Enjoying the immense concentration of birds across World Heritage Kakadu National Park, with over 280 species found across the region including the Brolga, Comb-crested Jacana, Jabiru and the Azure Kingfisher

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+)

Kakadu & Arnhem Land Kangaroo Island You Yangs & Great Ocean Road
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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.

Seasonal highlights

Winter: Jun-Aug - Birds

Echidna Walkabout Seasonal Viewing Calendar

Spring: Sep-Nov - Birds

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.

Autumn: Mar-May - Land Mammals & Marsupials

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.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Land Mammals & Marsupials

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.

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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. 

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Seasonal highlights

Autumn: Mar-May - Birds

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.

Winter: Jun-Aug - Birds

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, 

 

Spring: Sep-Nov - Birds

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.

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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.

Seasonal highlights

Autumn: Mar-May - Birds

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.

Winter: Jun-Aug - Birds

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.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Birds

High concentration of waterbirds, Brolga courtship dance, Great Egrets, Royal Spoonbills, Black-winged Stilts, Black-necked Storks (Jabirus), Comb-crested Jacana, Blue-winged Kookaburras.

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