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Australia - Southern & Western

Southern & Western

25 October to 11 November 2017

Leaders: Nigel Jones and local guides

Maximum of nine clients.

2017 Cost: £7,299 single room supplement £790

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 tour combines the southern and western regions giving us a holiday with lots of variety. The west is one of the most florally rich areas in the world and, as we visit in the springtime, we should encounter great displays of wildflowers. This western region also supports many rare types of forest, and we shall visit examples of Jarrah, Karri and Wandoo, each with its own specific type of soil, and each supporting different bird populations in the east we visit the cooler temperate forests around Melbourne. The landscapes will be varied, from beautiful sandy beaches with blues seas, to stark granite outcrops, while the variety of birds will be fascinating, from Mallefowl to Emu, with a sprinkling of rare species, such as Western Bristlebird and Noisy Scrub-bird.

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, as well as combining it with our Eastern, Northern & Central Australia tour.


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Outline Itinerary
Day 1 Depart London
Day 2 In transit
Days 3-4 Melbourne
Day 5 Wentworth
Days 6-7 Berri
Day 8 Adelaide
Day 9 Perth
Day 10 Narrogin
Days 11-12 Stirling Ranges
Day 13 Cheynes Beach
Days 14-15 Pemberton
Day 16 Perth
Day 17 Depart Perth
Day 18 Arrive London