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17 Day Northern Australia Outback Birding Tour, Darwin (NT) to Cairns (QLD) via Mount Isa

New & limited in 2021!

Day by Day Itinerary

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Itinerary overview

Be a part of this new birdwatching opportunity, witnessing dramatic changes in avifauna and breathtaking country crossing 4,500km through the Northern Territory’s tropical Top End in Darwin and Pine Creek, exploring the vast arid zones of Tennant Creek, Barkly Tablelands and outback Queensland at Mt Isa, before traversing the tropical savannahs of Lawn Hill and the Gulf of Carpentaria on route to tropical north Queensland’s coastal forests in Atherton Tablelands and Cairns.

We’ll show you an incredible diversity of Australia’s birds and showcase the beauty of our remote NT and QLD outback biding locations. Our tour brings multiple benefits to birds and conservation programs, birdwatchers, remote communities and sustainable tour operators over vast distances. This rare collaboration between two local birding tour operators working together in remote Australia ensures guests receive the best local knowledge available from the local birding ‘experts’ within their regions.

Guests who join this tour will get to see some birds that see very few people. We will explore 7 Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) in 17 days, seeking some of Australia’s most important birds, who’s presence indicates the health of the ecosystems they inhabit. We’ll conduct a few KBA BirdData surveys during the tour in sites few birders get to go. Your tour payments will provide additional benefits with a donation being made to a Birdlife Australia KBA programs.

Please note: A/C ensuite motel rooms or cabins used throughout. Accommodation standards vary in remote areas and we have long days in the field. Moderate fitness levels are required.

We encourage  Birdlife Australia’s Ethical Birding Guidelines and the  Australian Birdlife’s Photographers’ Code of Ethics during our tours.

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Key bird species:

Chestnut Rail, Beach Stone-curlew, Green-backed Gerygone, Rainbow Pitta, Helmeted Friarbird, Grey Goshawk, Silver-backed Butcherbird, Rufous-banded Honeyeater, Red-winged Parrot, Little Eagle, Arafura Fantail, Nankeen Night Heron, Weebill, Red-backed Fairywren, Plumed Whistling Duck, Varied Lorikeet, Gouldian Finch, Masked Finch,

Painted Finch, Long-tailed Finch, Crimson Finch, Double-barred Finch, Northern Rosella, White-throated Gerygone, Bush Stone-curlew, Hooded Parrot, Northern Shrike-tit, Yellow-tinted Honeyeater, Banded Honeyeater, Rufous-throated Honeyeater, Varied Sittella (race leucoptera), Red-browed Pardalote, Cockatiel, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Whistling

Kite, Black Kite, Collared Sparrowhawk, Grey Falcon, Flock Bronzewing, Black Falcon, Yellow Chat, Rufous Owl, Lovely Fairywren, Papuan Frogmouth, Carpentarian Grasswren, Dusky Grasswren, Crested Bellbird, Black-tailed Treecreeper, Crimson Chat, Kalkadoon Grasswren, Australian Ringneck (Cloncurry Parrot), Spotted Bowerbird,

Apostlebird, Sandstone Shrike-thrush, Little Woodswallow, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Purple-crowned Fairywren, Barking Owl, Buff-sided Robin, Budgerigar, Black-breasted Buzzard, Mangrove Robin, Red-headed Honeyeater, Mangrove Golden Whistler, Yellow White-eye, Mangrove Grey Fantail, Eastern Osprey, White-breasted Whistler, Brolga,

Sarus Crane, Australian Bustard, Black-necked Stork, Cotton Pygmy-goose, Masked Finch (sub species Leucotis or White-eared), Black-throated Finch, Plum-headed Finch, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Spotted Cat Bird, Squatter Pigeon, Victoria’s Riflebird, Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Golden Bowerbird, Chowchilla, Fernwren, Pied Monarch, Macleay’s
Honeyeater, Bridled Honeyeater, Grey-headed Robin and more.

  • Seeking endemic, rare and iconic birds and wildlife in a diverse range of tropical habitats (over 400 bird species in the region)
  • Safety and comfort from our experienced and professional team
  • Numerous opportunities to capture brilliant photographic moments
  • Enjoying excellent interpretation and customer services
  • Travelling to stunning remote natural landscapes, largely unpopulated by people
  • Immersing in your surroundings while cruising rivers, wetlands and lakes
  • Experiencing ancient and modern aboriginal cultures, occupation and rock art sites
  • Exploring World Heritage National Parks
  • Enjoying flexibility during private tours
  • Making the most out of daylight hours, optimising time spent in the outback
  • Birds! Birds! Birds! Birds! Birds!
  • Genuine small group touring
  • Assurance of touring with an award-winning Australian Accredited Tourism Business and Licensed Commercial Tour Operator
  • *Contact us for pre and post-tour activities and accommodation
Covid-19 update

We have amended our payment requirements for this tour to help birders adapt to Covid-19 challenges:

  • A 10% deposits will be required to confirm your booking (usually 20%)
  • Full payment is not due until 60 days prior to departure (26 May 2021) and can be paid in installments
  • Deposits will be converted to a tour credit if travel is interrupted due to Covid-19
  • Contactless payment methods by credit card or bank transfer
  • Full health and hygiene standards applied during tour

*Conditions apply

Tour Inclusions & Exclusions

1 Experienced and professional award-winning bird guide and tour operation from NT Bird Specialists

1 Experienced and professional bird guide and tour operation from Great Northern Birdwatching Tours

Excellence in guiding skill and local natural history knowledge

Small groups (minimum 3, maximum 4 guests per vehicle). Please enquire for private or larger group bookings.

16 nights ensuite air-conditioned accommodation

All meals (breakfast, lunch dinner) *please notify us of allergies at time of booking

Cool water, tea and coffee

Hotel pick up and drop off

Transport in luxury 4WD Land Cruisers with 4WD trailers

Trip bird list

Spotting scope, binoculars and digital and printed field guides to share

National Park permits and entry fees

Emergency communications and first-aid kit

Assurance of travelling with an award-winning Australian Accredited Tourism Business and Licensed Commercial Tour Operator and Vehicle

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Airport taxes

Airport transfers

Internet charges

Phone calls


Passport and visa fees

Food/drinks/alcoholic beverages not stated on the itinerary

Evening meal drinks (incl. Alcoholic beverages)

Excess baggage and activities

Personal shopping


Anything not specified in your itinerary are excluded from the price of the tour

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