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Birding Victoria and Lake Mungo Tour, Australia - 8 Days

Birding Victoria and Lake Mungo Tour, Australia

Outback Birding Tour in Victoria and Lake Mungo, Australia

This 8-day Birding Victoria and Lake Mungo Tour is leisurely paced and available as a set departure. We cross the Great Dividing Range and travel deep into the outback of northwestern Victoria and Lake Mungo in search of the birds and wildlife that thrive in the arid central zones.

On this Birding Victoria tour you'll have a chance to explore the ancient granite outcrops, vast open plains, RAMSAR-listed ephemeral wetlands, outback rivers, salt lakes, Mallee woodlands, saltbush scrublands, undulating red dunes and ancient lakes of the Willandra World Heritage Area of the Lake Mungo Lunette.

Prime birding areas during the trip include Mount Korong Scenic Reserve, home to Wedge-tailed Eagles, Peregrine and Brown Falcons, White-browed Babblers, Gilbert's Whistler, Rainbow Bee-eaters, Southern Whitefaces and Diamond Firetails. Greater Bendigo National Park is a popular area with numerous types of Honeyeaters, Heathwrens, Brush Bronzewings and Brown Treecreepers. In Hattah Kulkyne National Park you can expect to see White-bellied Sea-eagles, numerous types of Parrot, Striated Grasswrens and Mallee Emu-wrens. Around the dry bed of Lake Mungo is a popular spot for Mulga Parrots, Mallee Ringnecks, Pink Cockatoos, Bluebonnets, Chestnut-crowned Babblers, Crested Bellbirds, Chestnut Quail-thrushes and Splendid, White-winged and Purple-backed Fairywrens.

While this Birding Victoria tour focuses on birds, you will also have ample time to observe Australia's unique mammals, reptiles and invertebrates. You will also find out about the rich heritage of Aboriginal culture stretching back 50,000 years.

All guests on the Birding Victoria adventure will be provided with species checklists to complete, which will be submitted to the appropriate online atlases as part of an  important ‘citizen science’ contribution to steer conservation efforts.

Birding Victoria Tour highlights include:

  • A chance to experience a wide variety of outback habitats, from dense forestland to arid desert areas
  • Explore the enormous Greater Bendigo National Park
  • Visit Lake Tyrell, Kerang Lakes and Mount Terrick National Park
  • A day in Hattah Kulkyne National Park
  • Explore Lake Mungo National Park for two days

Please note: this set-departure tour is also available as a private or custom tour on request. Please submit an enquiry with your preferred dates and group size.

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Alternative Tour Name: Mallee and Outback Birds of Victoria and Mungo
Day 1
Day 1 - Melbourne to Bendigo via Mount Korong Conservation Reserve

At 8 a.m., your hotel in Melbourne will be the first place you'll be picked up. Please tell us which hotel you are staying at so that we can set up a time to pick you up. You could also let our friendly staff help you find a place to stay in Melbourne.

From Melbourne city, we head north, crossing the end of the Great Dividing Range on our way to the Mt. Korong scenic reserve. Ancient granite hills rise above the plains around them, making for a beautiful view.

The reserve and the covenanted properties around it protect important habitat for woodland birds. These birds include raptors like the wedge-tailed eagle, peregrine falcon, and brown falcon, as well as the white-browed babbler, Gilbert's whistler, rainbow bee-eater, Southern whiteface, and diamond firetail.

The painted honeyeater, red-backed kingfisher, and white-backed swallow are some of the birds we sometimes see. Along with birds, you can see kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, and reptiles like the shingleback lizard, marbled gecko, and Jacky dragon in the reserve.

After a picnic lunch, we might go to Kooyoora State Park or Inglewood Conservation Reserve, which are both close by. In the late afternoon, we check into our hotel in the small city of Bendigo, where we will spend the next two nights.

This town used to be a boomtown because of the gold rush. Many of the buildings are from the Victorian era, and city parks are full of birds.

Accommodation: Best Western Cathedral Inn, Bendigo

Lunch and dinner provided.

Day 2
Day 2 - Greater Bendigo National Park

Today, we visit parts of the huge Greater Bendigo National Park, like the bird-filled Kamarooka and Whipstick sections. Large areas of heathland, grey box, and Mallee eucalyptus woodland are protected in these areas.

It's a place where honeyeaters from the north and south can meet because the flowering trees bring them there. As the day warms up, many different kinds of animals come to the nearby water holes.

In the afternoon, we go to the Bendigo sewage works, which has conservation ponds and red gum woodlands along the Bendigo creek.

This is a great place for waterfowl, raptors, and forest birds like the red-capped robin, shy heathwren, brush bronzewing, peaceful dove, white-fronted, fuscous, yellow-tufted, tawny-crowned, and purple-gaped honeyeaters, and brown treecreeper.

In the city center's leafy parks, we might be lucky enough to see grey-headed flying foxes in the evening.

Accommodation: Best Western Cathedral Inn, Bendigo

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided

Day 3
Day 3 - Bendigo to Ouyen via Mt Terrick NP, Kerang Lakes and Lake Tyrell

This morning, we head north to Mt. Terrick National Park. There, granite outcrops are surrounded by dry woodland, including one of Victoria's largest remaining stands of White Cypress Pine.

The area is great for birds that live in dry places, and it also has great views of the Northern Grassland plains of the Riverina region.

Then we keep going across the Riverina plains to get to the Kerang Lakes. We will go to some of the area's permanent and temporary lakes, depending on how much water is there and what kinds of birds are there. Some have big ibis nesting grounds, and others sometimes have a lot of waders, ducks, and terns.

Lake Tyrrell, which is one of the largest salt lakes in Australia, is where we go next. This is a large, shallow depression with a salt crust that sometimes has a thin layer of water (after good rains).

Great place to stretch your legs and take some pictures. The shrublands in the south are a good place for the rufous fieldwren, black-faced woodswallow, and white-winged fairy-wren to live.

In the late afternoon, we get to Ouyen, a small town in the Mallee. This is where we will stay.

Accommodation: Hilltop Motel, Ouyen

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

Day 4
Day 4 - Hattah Kulkyne National Park

We spend a full day in Hattah Kulkyne National Park, which has Mallee and Cypress pine woodlands, saltbush scrub, and a system of lakes that dry up when it rains.

The semi-permanent lakes here are listed by Ramsar as Wetlands of International Importance. In good years, they are home to many water birds, parrots, and raptors, like the white-bellied sea-eagle and the little eagle.

Many parrots nest in the hollows of large red gum and black box trees. We might see a regent parrot, mallee ringneck, yellow rosella, bluebonnet, crested bellbird, or peaceful dove. The picnic grounds are a great place to look for funny flocks of apostlebirds.

We spend time in the western part of the reserve looking for some of the smaller species that live in the Mallee-spinifex woodlands. The Mallee emu-wren, the striated grasswren, the shy heathwren, and the chestnut quail-thrush all live in areas with a lot of Mallee eucalyptus and spinifex grass.

We often see emus and keep an eye out for western grey kangaroos and reptiles like lace and sand goannas, shinglebacks, and bearded dragons.

Accommodation: Hilltop Motel, Ouyen

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.

Day 5
Day 5 - Ouyen to Lake Mungo via Private Conservation Reserve (Malleefowl)

We spend the morning with a local guide on a private property that is important for malleefowl and is protected by a conservation easement. The 6000-acre property has a mix of mallee woodland, areas that have just been replanted, and open spaces.

There are several malleefowl mounds, and we hope to see these amazing mound-builders as well as desert parrots and honeyeaters from carefully placed hides and at water points.

Malleefowl are listed as vulnerable and only live in a small part of their former range. To protect them, regional recovery teams, the government, and private landowners work together to keep predators in check and protect their remaining habitat from fires and land clearing.

We have a picnic lunch and then cross the Murray River to get to Mungo Lodge. Along the way, we enter the huge, 2,400-square-kilometer Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area (WHA) and walk along an old, "fossilised" waterway that gave this huge lake system its name.

This is Willandra Creek, which has been dry for 18,000 years, just like the rest of the system. After we check in at the lodge, we go to Lake Mungo National Park and watch the sunset over the dry bed of Lake Mungo, which is a magical experience. We often see red kangaroos and desert parrots like mulga parrots and mallee ringnecks for the first time.

Accommodation: Mungo Lodge (three nights)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

Day 6
Days 6 & 7 - Lake Mungo National Park

We have two full days to explore this well-known national park, which has a lot of different ecosystems and a lot of history. Aboriginal people have lived near Lake Mungo, which is now dry, for at least 50,000 years.

The World Heritage Area was made because the dunes next to the lake have worn away, revealing the oldest place where people have lived on Earth. A unique layer of exposed megafauna bones tells of a cooler, wetter time in Australia when giant marsupials and Aboriginal people lived together next to a beautiful freshwater lake system. This is another reason why the area is a WHA.

We pass through a variety of habitats, such as dense mallee woodlands, cypress pine/buloke woodlands, mulga scrub, and large areas of saltbush. Huge white sand dunes rise high above the dry lake beds.

Some of the dunes have been worn away, making it possible for birds like the white-backed swallow to build their nests underground. We take our time to learn about the animals and plants in the different habitats and to find out more about the area's cultural history. We hope to see a lot of western grey and red kangaroos over these two days.

On the bird front, we will be looking for emus, pink cockatoos, mulga parrots, bluebonnets, chestnut-crowned babblers, crested bellbirds, splendid, white-winged, and purple-backed fairywrens, chestnut quail-thrushes, black-faced, masked, and white-browed woodswallows, white-backed swallows, orange chats, and zebra We might see a shingleback, a Bynoe's gecko, a bearded, painted, or mallee dragon, or a Bynoe's gecko.

Day 7
Day 8 - Mungo to Mildura Airport

After a possible early-morning walk to look for birds, we have breakfast and then head back to Wentworth. We go to where the well-known Murray and Darling rivers meet.

We watch for Caspian tern, Australasian darter, white-bellied sea-eagle, whistling kite, yellow rosella, and blue-faced honeyeater over the water and along the banks. The trip ends around noon at the Mildura airport (flights to other places are not included) or at your hotel in Mildura, if you're staying there. Why not stay longer and have more time to look around? Our helpful staff can give you ideas.

Breakfast provided.

Wildlife species expected to see:

King parrot, turquoise parrot, gang-gang cockatoo, glossy black cockatoo, white-naped honeyeater, sooty oystercatcher, azure and sacred kingfisher, yellow-tailed cockatoo, forty spotted pardalotes, tawny crowned honey eater, mallee fowl, mallee emu-wren, red-capped Robin, mallee ringneck, golden bosun, Abbott’s booby, Christmas Island Goshawk, Red-footed booby and more…

What is included?

  • Seven nights accommodation as per itinerary
  • Experienced wildlife guide(s) throughout days 1–8
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary by private, air-conditioned charter vehicle
  • Meals included: daily breakfast, 7 x lunches, 7 x dinners

What is not included?

  • Domestic or international airfares
  • Pre-registration, late check-out, or day use at hotels other than specified above
  • Guide services other than specified
  • Meals/beverages other than specified
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Optional tours/services
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary and "what is included"

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It is moderately difficult.

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minimum 4, maximum 6 guests

How is accommodation that is included in the price?

Accommodations for seven nights, per the itinerary

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Using a private, air-conditioned charter car to explore the sights as planned

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AUD5,427 / per person
Based on twin/double room
Single Supplement AUD 995
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Tour Facts

  • Victoria, Australia
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Birds
  • 1 to 6 pax
  • 8 Days
  • +15 Years
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English
  • Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport or Contact Us To Know
  • Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport or Contact Us To Know