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7 Day North Australian Finch Frenzy Tour

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Day 1

We start the day by taking advantage of the early morning and scope out some of the best birding sites in Darwin. We look for species such as Rainbow Pitta, Rufous Owl, Torresian Kingfisher, Mangrove Robin and various shorebirds. After a hearty lunch we travel to Fogg Dam, a renowned wetland on the edge of the Adelaide River Floodplain home to Crimson Finch and a myriad of waterfowl. We end by making our way to our accommodation in the Mary River Region.

Day 2

The morning starts with a dawn cruise along the fresh water reaches of the paperbark lined Mary River. Search for species such as Black Bittern, Great-billed Heron and White-bellied Sea-Eagle. We continue our journey to the World Heritage Kakadu National Park, scanning the woodlands and floodplains for Silver-backed Butcherbird, Black-breasted Buzzard, Brolga and Radjah Shelduck. After lunch we make our way to ‘stone country’, home to impressive ancient Aboriginal rock art along with Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon, Wilkin’s Rock Wallaby and Sandstone Shrike-thrush. Our accommodation for the night is in the township of Jabiru.

Day 3

Today we rise before the sun to join the famous Yellow Water sunrise cruise. Yellow Water has Great-billed Heron, 6 species of kingfisher, Arafura Fantail, Buff-sided Robin, Black-necked Stork and Saltwater Crocodile. We’ll explore around the Burrungkuy region to take in some of the more spectacular scenery of World Heritage Kakadu National Park. Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) region is home to endemic and sandstone specialists such as Banded Fruit-Dove and Helmeted Friarbird, White-lined Honeyeater and elusive Black Wallaroo amongst the rock art. We’ll travel south to our accommodation in Pine Creek, home to the endemic and illustrious Hooded Parrot.

Day 4

Another big day beckons as we pack our bags and head for Leliyn/Edith Falls in the iconic Nitmiluk National Park. The region is a hot spot for finch species including the much sought after Gouldian, Masked, Long-tailed, Crimson and Double-barred. We also keep an eye out for Northern Rosella. Continuing south on the Stuart Highway we travel to Katherine then onwards to our destination for the night Victoria River Roadhouse. Getting closer we are welcomed with stunning views of various ranges.

Day 5

A short journey leads us to a rocky walk heading up the escarpment, looking for sandstone specialties including White-quilled Rock Pigeon, Sandstone Shrike-thrush and Short-eared Rock Wallaby. Admiring the amazing morning view from this 3km return moderate walk is well worth the effort. We continue west past the Victoria River to our next destination, Timber Creek. This outback town is great for finches such as Gouldian, Star and Zebra. Before retiring to our accommodation and enjoying a well-deserved meal.

Day 6

– Following an early morning bird watch around Timber Creek we depart this outback gem and travel back through the spectacular ranges and through the cattle stations, stopping along the way at watering holes where it is prime finch and parrot territory, keeping an eye out for Cockatiel, Yellow-rumped Mannikin (Munia), Budgerigar, Diamond Dove and Star Finch. Skirting around Katherine, we make our way to our destination for the night, Pine Creek.

Day 7

We wake in this Heritage Gold Mining town with a morning birding session followed by breakfast in a nearby parkland. Afterwards we travel north along the Stuart Highway, across the Adelaide River floodplain then back to the big smoke of Darwin, where we bid farewell.

Tour Inclusions & Exclusions

From the moment we pick you up from your hotel in Darwin, until we drop you off again.

  • Experienced and professional award-winning bird guide and tour operation
  • Excellence in guiding skill and local natural history knowledge
  • Private tailored itineraries or small groups (maximum 6 or 8 guests). Please enquire for larger group bookings.
  • All accommodation while on multi-day tours
  • All tours and cruises stated in itinerary
  • All meals on tour (please notify us of allergies at time of booking)
  • Cool water, tea and coffee (alcoholic beverages excluded)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Transport in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Take home bird list
  • Spotting scope, binoculars and 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
  • Airfares
  • Airport taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation (that is not specifically listed in the tour itinerary)
  • Internet charges
  • Phone calls
  • Laundry
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Food/drinks not stated on the itinerary
  • Evening meal drinks (incl. Alcoholic beverages)
  • Excess baggage and activities
  • Personal shopping
  • Gratuities
  • anything not specified in your itinerary are excluded from the price of the tour.
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NT Bird Specialists’ Scheduled Departures 2018
Tour DateDurationTour InterestTour NameGroup SizeAvailabilityPrice From (AUD)
18 Sep - 15 Nov
1 - 10 daysBirdwatching / PhotographyBirdwatching Tours or Nature/Bird Photography ToursNT / WA / Outback QLD1-10 GuestsYESEnsuite (twin share)$POA