Great Southern 12-day tour

The Ultimate Birding Tour! Adelaide - Melbourne - Hobart. 300+ species! tour brochure

The Great Southern Tour concentrates on the many specialties of the southern coastal region of Australia and the South Australian outback. No need to choose between birding in South Australia or birding in Victoria: combine the two and throw in a few days birding in Tasmania as well!

Departing in Adelaide, we bird along the coast to the outback deserts and dry watercourses, with birds such as Cinnamon Quail-thrush, Thick-billed Grasswren and Chestnut-breasted Whiteface. The Flinders Ranges, with its rugged escarpments and deep gorges provide rich birdlife including the elusive Short-tailed Grasswren.

We visit Birds Australia’s splendid Gluepot reserve, home to Malleefowl, Striated Grasswren, the endangered Black-eared Miner, Chestnut Quail-thrush, Southern Scrub-robin and the very rare Red-lored Whistler. The Murray River will provide us with plenty of excitement with Freckled Duck, Yellow Rosella, Regent and Superb Parrot. Heading east we search for Major Mitchell's Cockatoo and the tiny Mallee Emu-wren while on the grassy plains we spotlight the endemic and very rare Plains-wanderer. Along the Great Ocean Road we pick up Rufous Bristlebird and Gang-gang Cockatoo; we marvel at the masses of waterbirds in Werribee and visit the tall, wet hill forests near Melbourne, home to Superb Lyrebird, Powerful Owl and many other forest birds.

We then fly to Tasmania where we bird ancient mountain forests for all 12 endemic bird species while in the evening we spotlight for Little Penguins. An optional 1-day extension takes you to one of the worlds rarest birds, the Orange-bellied Parrot. This itinerary provides a perfect balance between maximising the species count - expect around 300 species - and the number of days we will be on the road.

  • Sunday 9 November 2014

  • Any other time as a private tour

  • Departs from Adelaide, South Australia

  • Finishes in Hobart, Tasmania

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  • Featured birds:

    Expect over 300 species, 68 families! Some highly sought-after birds include:

  • Malleefowl, Musk Duck, Freckled Duck
  • Plains Wanderer, Superb Lyrebird
  • Gilberts, Rufous, Olive and Red-lored Whistler
  • Rufous Bristlebird, Black-eared Miner
  • Spotted, Striated and Forty-spotted Pardalote
  • Shy Heathwren, Rufous Fieldwren
  • Striated and Short-tailed Grasswren
  • Southern and Mallee Emu-wren
  • Chestnut and Cinnamon Quail-Thrush
  • Tasmanian endemics including Forty-spotted     Pardalote, Scrubtit, Tasmanian Scrubwren
  • 8 species of Parrot including Elegant, Superb,     Swift, Orange-bellied and Regent Parrot
  • 15 species of Honeyeater, 7 species of Robin

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    Cost for tour: AU$5999 per person, including:
    accommodation and all meals, transport, expert guiding, entry fees, taxes.

    Price based on double or twin-share occupancy. Single occupancy attracts a surcharge.

    Not included: drinks, personal expenses, tips, pre- and post-tour accommodation/meals.

    Earlybird discount of $99 applies for bookings received up to 6 months prior to departure.

    Min. 3, max. 8 participants. Leader: Peter Waanders.

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    Malleefowl (c) P Waanders. Plains Wanderer (c) H Kieskamp. Orange-bellied Parrot (c) P Waanders. Brown Goshawk (c) P Waanders.
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