Epic Australian Outback Birdwatching Adventure
The Comfortable Nine Grasswren tour (16 Days) can be described as a true Australian birding adventure. We’ll search for nine of Australia’s 15 Grasswren species: Striated, Short-tailed, Western, Thick-billed, Eyrean, Grey, Kalkadoon, Carpentarian and Opalton Grasswren. We explore the vast expanses of Mallee scrub in the Vic-SA border region, the scenic Flinders Ranges, travel the entire Birdsville track through the outback, visit the stark country around Boulia-Winton and the rocky ranges around Mt Isa.
This trip is a real Australian birding adventure (yet fully accommodated), taking us through the heart of the outback during the Australian winter season, generally, a great time to go birding. Taking a slowish pace in comparison with our standard Grasswren tours, during these tours we expect to see some 200 species, and besides the Grasswrens, we have a good chance of sought-after birds like Red-lored Whistler, Banded Whiteface, Chestnut, Cinnamon and Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush, Gibberbird, Yellow Chat, Inland Dotterel, Flock Bronzewing, Hall’s Babbler, Mallee & Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, Spinifex Pigeon, Painted Finch and much more, including the enigmatic Grey Falcon. During this time of year, the weather is generally quite pleasant. The rewards are some of Australia’s hardest to find, yet most sought-after outback species!
This is a slow-paced version of our flagship Nine Grasswren tour, another epic Australian birding adventure. From the northern outback town of Mount Isa we’ll follow the early spring south across vast expanses of outback scenery. We travel the length of the Birdsville track, visit the stark country around Boulia-Winton, the scenic Flinders Ranges and finish in the Mallee scrub oftheVic-SA border region. Timed to travel through the heart of the outback during the early Australian spring season, a great time to go birding, we will have plenty of opportunity during these 16 days to see over 200 species!
Top 5 highlights:
- Cross the Australian continent from south to north on little-travelled outback roads while observing a fantastic range of outback bird species
- Grasswrens evoke a sense of the Australian outback: their plumage embodies the colours of the rocks and soil, and they frequent some of the most isolated and at times desolate parts of the country
- Emerging from a dark crevice in a spinifex-clad slope of a rocky escarpment in remote Australia, Grasswrens give a burst of song from an exposed branch of a bush, they reveal a subtle yet striking beauty
- Marvel at huge flocks of Budgerigars wheeling through the outback sky chased by the enigmatic Grey Falcon while secretive Grasswrens run about the sand dunes and the stately Brolga Crane struts about in the outback
- Experience the real outback: quirky pubs, eccentric and charismatic locals, raw-edged yet super-friendly bush characters, stunning landscapes, endless skies, sunsets like you’ve never seen before…
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Alternative Tour Name: Comfortable Nine Grasswren Tour