Western Australia, covering the entire western third of the country, is made up mostly of the arid Outback. Its population is concentrated in its fertile southwest corner, home to the Margaret River wine region and the riverside capital, Perth. In the far north, the Kimberley region is home to ancient Aboriginal rock art, the Bungle sandstone domes and Broome, with Cable Beach camels and a pearling industry. Our tour actually starts in Adelaide, South Australia, where we visit the Adelaide Hills and the wonderful Gluepot Preserve, for birds such as Red-lored and Gilbert’s Whistlers. We then fly to Perth to explore the amazing birdlife in the southwest corner. Some of our targets around Cheynes Beach are Western Bristlebird, Western Whipbird and Noisy Scrub-bird, before we continue up the coast to Broome- surely one of the wader hot-spots of the world. From Broome we fly to Kunnunura in the far NE corner of the state to search for some of Australia’s unique finches, as well as a boat trip on Lake Argyle. Timber Creek is just across the state line in the Northern Territories. We will spend the remainder of the tour exploring the wide-open spaces of Australia’s far north. From the coastal mangroves, freshwater wetlands, arid interior to Kakadu National Park (Australia’s largest) the birdlife is prolific. We will also have the opportunity to learn of the life and culture of the traditional Aboriginal owners of Kakadu National Park. Scattered throughout the rock shelters are paintings done by Aboriginal people and thought to be over twenty thousand years old. Our town finishes in Darwin, where we can either spend more time or fly home after our Australian adventure.
Some of the Birds We Hope to See
Freckled Duck, Australian Pratincole, Azure Kingfisher, Great-billed and Pied Herons, Black Bittern, Green Pygmy-goose, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Brolga, Black-necked Stork, Cape Barren Goose, Malleefowl, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Western Ringneck, Adelaide Rosella, Hooded Parrot, Carnaby's (Short-billed) Black-cockatoo, Blue-breasted, Splendid and Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens, Southern Scrub-robin, Red-lored and Gilbert’s Whistlers, Chestnut Quail-thrush, Crested Bellbird, Red-capped & Hooded Robins, Crested Shrike-tit, Rufous Treecreeper, Spotted Scrubwren, Southern Emu-wren, Western Spinebill, White-breasted Whistler, and many, many more.