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Australia - Eastern, Northern & Central

Eastern, Northern & Central

10 October to 27 October 2017

Leaders: Nigel Jones and local guides

Maximum of nine clients.

2017 Cost: £7,999 single room supplement £990

Australia is a vast country and the choice of suitable and rewarding itineraries for visiting birdwatchers and naturalists is accordingly wide-ranging. For 2017 we are offering three different itineraries, where two of them will focus on the parrots of Australia. The continent boasts over 50 species of parrot and we shall concentrate our attention on around 40 of them. However, while seeking out this noisy and colourful group, we shall also be watching a great supporting cast of honeyeaters, bowerbirds, fairy-wrens, kingfishers, raptors, shorebirds and, of course, marsupials.

This itinerary has been arranged to cover four major areas – Sydney, Cairns, Darwin and Alice Springs. Within each region there is a great diversity of country, such as the clear blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef, the rainforest 1,000m up on the Atherton Tablelands, the wetlands of Kakadu and the escarpment country of the Arnhem Land Plateau. On this tour there are three very different boat trips – on the Great Barrier Reef, the Yellow Waters at Kakadu and a sunrise cruise on the Daintree River, all relaxing ways of viewing the wildlife and offering great photographic opportunities. Besides seeing around 300 species of birds, we will be seeking out those restricted endemics that make birdwatching so exciting, such as the stunning Golden Bowerbird with its elaborate bower and the enormous Southern Cassowary.

Throughout the holiday Nigel will use a network of knowledgeable local guides, who will not only be showing us their local wildlife, but also informing us about the native culture, as well as plants, trees, reptiles and insects. We shall of course be sampling some fine Australian food and wines! It will also be possible to make various stopovers or extensions to this holiday. It can also be combined with either of our other Australian tours – Southern & Western or Tasmania & Southern Victoria.


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Outline Itinerary
Day 1 Depart London
Day 2 In transit
Days 3-5 Sydney
Days 6-7 Cairns
Days 8-9 Atherton Tablelands
Day 10 Daintree
Day 11 Darwin
Day 12 Pine Creek
Day 13 Kakadu
Day 14 Darwin
Days 15-16 Alice Springs
Day 17 Depart Alice Springs
Day 18 Arrive London