Hattah and north-western Victoria guided birding


One or two-days guided birding trip in and around Hattah-Kulkyne NP in north-western Victoria

The main attraction at Hattah is the beautiful, tiny and elusive Mallee Emu-wren. An inhabitant of the extensive mallee eucalypt scrub here, where spinifex covers the ground, many people have difficulty finding them. Why not spare yourself the hassle and take a guided trip? Birding in north-west Victoria can be very rewarding and while nothing is ever guaranteed, you will stand a very good chance of coming face-to-face with this range restricted species.

Located in the extreme nort-west of Victoria, halfway between Adelaide and Melbourne, the nearest towns are Mildura (4 hrs drive from Adelaide) and Ouyen, 4 hrs drive from Melbourne. Mildura is also served by regular Qantas and Virgin flights from Melbourne. Other good species to be found here include Major Mitchell's Cockatoo, Regent Parrot, Striated Grasswren, Chestnut Quail-thrush, Malleefowl, Rufous Fieldwren and many more.

A guided birding tour of the Hattah area is the best way to find most, if not all, of the area's sought-after species. Southern Birding Services can provide you with an expert guide and we have taken countless birdwatchers out there over many years.          Read their testimonials         

Still want to go to Hattah by yourself? Consider the following: (1) most times you need a 4WD vehicle; (2) most car rental companies don't allow their vehicles off official roads; (3) in this semi-arid environment, birds are always on the move, and where they were last year, or even last month, may not be where they are today; (4) you'll need a GPS or compass so you don't get lost; (5) there's no mobile/cell phone service out there if you do get lost; (6) we know where the birds are as we were there last week or even yesterday!

Article by a top British wildlife writer about a day's guided birding with Southern Birding Services

Hattah birding, l-r: Malleefowl, Mallee Emu-wren, Major Mitchell's Cockatoo, Striated Grasswren, Regent Parrot. All photos (c) P Waanders.

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Malleefowl (c) P Waanders Mallee Emu-wren (c) P Waanders Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (c) P Waanders Striated Grasswren (c) P Waanders



The tiny Mallee Emu-wren is famous for its long tail, composed of six filamentous feathers. The bird's total length is only about 15 cm, of which two-thirds is taken up by its tail. Their feeble, high-pitched call is inaudible to some observers, and their inconspicuous movements through dense fields of spiky spinifex grass make them difficult to find.

Southern Birding Services leads guided tours to Hattah and surrounds on request. We leave from Mildura or Ouyen very early in the morning so you're best to arrive there the night before, either by plane (Mildura only) or by car. We'll arrive at Hattah NP around sunrise. The next three or four hours is when Mallee Emu-wren is most active. While the sun rises over centuries-old mallee eucalypts and sand dunes covered in spinifex grass, we look for them and other good species such as Malleefowl, Striated Grasswren and Chestnut Quail-thrush. Other birds we may come across include Gilbert's Whistler, Hooded Robin, Southern Scrubrobin and Major Mitchell's Cockatoo.

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We have a break by the scenic lake where we have a good chance of coming across the beautiful Regent Parrot, in addition to many waterbirds.
Depending on the season we may visit an active Malleefowl mound. We check out the visitor centre and after our picnic lunch we head out further afield, to the plains and lakes surrounding the mallee scrub, where to look for Orange Chat and Rufous Fieldwren and depending on the season, Pied and/or Black Honeyeater and Crimson Chat.

As the afternoon progresses we can spend time looking for any species you still require, or outside the breeding season, look for Malleefowl as they emerge from the dense scrub to feed in surrounding stubble fields.

You can be dropped back at your accommodation or the airport around dusk. Our trips are individually guided and therefore flexible and can be tailored to your needs - simply      

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