Arrival Suggestion and Flights to Sydney or

United, Qantas and Air New Zealand have daily flights to
Sydney Australia from the USA and participants “lose”
one day crossing the international dateline on their flight
  • We suggest that you arrive a day or two before the
    scheduled departure date to have time on your own
    in Sydney (Sydney Botanical Gardens for birds and
    Grey-headed Flying Fox or iconic attractions such
    as Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and many
  • Alternatively, Qantas now offers an LAX-Brisbane
    direct flight on most days of the week for clients
    joining this southern section in Brisbane.

Note on Flights:  You are always fine choosing the flight
plans which work best for you.  We know our clients
sometimes like to take advantage of using their miles
and/or have other vacation plans in mind and/or just want
the freedom to choose what works for them.  

Please call us if we can help provide advice on flights.

Day 1:   Arrival in Brisbane; Afternoon birding at      
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National

Participants will arrive in two different way to join this trip.
  1. Some participants will fly to Brisbane, arriving by
    mid-day at the latest.
  2. Other participants will have just completed the
    northern Australia birding trip, and they will then
    join this tour on Day 1 in Brisbane by mid-day as
    well.  For these participants continuing from Cairns
    and the northern part of the trip, they can catch a
    flight from the Cairns Airport to Brisbane.  

At the airport, the group will have the opportunity to meet
up with one another and to meet the trip guide.

After we have all arrived, we will then begin our northern
Australia birding adventure.  We will start with a drive of
about two hours  to O’Reilly’s as a group.  During the
drive, the dry eucalyptus changes to temperate
rainforest.  We may make one or two birding stops along
the way to pick up those first few South East Queensland

The birds at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, a world-
renowned birding destination, will be much more
worthwhile than any road stop; so we will press on to allow
some  late afternoon birding at O’Reilly’s.  

O’Reilly’s is situated southeast of Brisbane at an elevation
of 3000 feet on the Lamington plateau in Lamington
National Park.  Lamington is on the border of Queensland
and New South Wales.  We will arrive at O’Reilly’s around

After we check in, most participants will choose to get to
the birding, though you can choose to rest up this
afternoon (and enjoy the feeders).  Our guide will lead a
number of birding walks around the lodge and reserve
area in the late afternoon.

By about 6 PM, we will gather again as a group for a
welcome dinner in the on-site restaurant.

Overnight stay at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

Day 2:  Birding and Wildlife Watching at Lamington
National Park at O’Reilly’s, including Satin Bowerbird

This is a World Heritage Site, and we will be among a rich
mix of birds: seven species of pigeon and dove, eight
species in the parrot family, Noisy Pitta, Azure Kingfisher,
seven raptor species and more.

We will spend a full day birding around the lodge grounds
at O’Reilly’s in Lamington National Park, and we will
venture towards some nearby eucalypt forests.  Species
we can expect to see today include Regent Bowerbird,
Satin and  Green Catbird, Logrunner, Eastern Whipbird,
Yellow-throated Scrubwren, White-browed Scrubwren,
King Parrot, Crimson Rosella and Eastern Yellow Robin.
We will also be looking for more elusive species such as
Albert’s Lyrebird.  Birders will also enjoy Red-necked
Pademelons, which commonly graze in the grounds
around the cabins.  

At some point during the day, we will make time to view a
Satin Bowerbird at his bower with assorted blue

After supper at O'Reilly's restaurant,  we will continue with
our bird and wildlife viewing.  Mountain Brushtail Possums
(Bobuck) visit a fruit table adjoining the dining room just
after dark.  There will also be an optional evening
spotlighting walk for Tawny Frogmouth and nocturnal
marsupials such as Common Ringtail Possum (orange
subspecies pulcher).

Day 3:  From O’Reilly’s to Adelaide; Late PM St.
Kilda's Saltworks for Shorebirds

After an early breakfast we will leave by 8:00 AM, in order
to make good time back to Brisbane.  From Brisbane, we
will take a flight just before noon to Adelaide (with lunch
on the flight and arriving at about 2 PM).  

On arrival in Adelaide, we will transfer to our
accommodation in Adelaide.  We may be able to fit in a
visit to St. Kilda’s Saltworks  in the late afternoon noted
for its many shorebirds including Banded Stilt.

During dinner (at about 6:30 PM), we will complete our
daily bird checklist, enjoy a delicious meal together and
make plans for the morning.  We will also take a little to
clarify packing requirements for Kangaroo Island.

After dinner, everyone will want to prepare a small bag for
the two nights on Kangaroo Island.  You are welcome to
leave the rest of your luggage in safe storage at the hotel
while you are on Kangaroo Island.

We will overnight at the Grosvenor Hotel, Adelaide.

Days 4 and 5:  Birding and Wildlife Watching on
Kangaroo Island, including Flinders Chase National

After breakfast on Day 4, we will catch our flight to
Kangaroo Island.  Upon arrival, we will begin our
exploration of Kangaroo Island.

During the two days at Kangaroo Island, we will cover a
range of habitats while birding and wildlife viewing.
Possible waterbirds here include Musk Duck, Australian
Shelduck, Pacific Black Duck, Australasian Shoveler,
Chestnut Teal, Hoary-headed Grebe, Australasian Grebe,
White-faced Heron, Purple Swamphen, Australian Pelican
and Black Swan.  Bush birds include Brown-headed
Honeyeater, Crescent Honeyeater, New Holland
Honeyeater, Superb Fairy Wren, Striated Pardalote, and
Rainbow Lorikeet.  We should also find the endangered
Kangaroo Island subspecies of the Glossy Black

We will also visit Flinders Chase National Park, which
covers the entire west end of the island. Here, we will view
a breeding site for Cape Barren Goose.   We will also add
a stop at Cape du Couedic for New Zealand Fur Seal.  

Flinders Island is also famous for an abundance of Koalas
(which have been introduced to the island) and Kangaroo
Island subspecies of Western Grey Kangaroo. Tammar
Wallaby, which is extinct on the adjacent South Australian
mainland, and Short-beaked Echidna can also be found

Accommodation: 2 nights at Kangaroo Island Lodge,
Kangaroo Island.

Day 6:  Adelaide to Hobart, Tasmania; Late PM

In the morning, we will catch an early flight back to
Adelaide and then an afternoon flight to Hobart in

Tasmania has over a dozen endemic bird species and a
number of rare mammals. Tasmania is overlooked by
some birding tour groups, but is a worthwhile destination
for several days.

We should have time for some birding on our arrival in
Hobart. We might find some new trip birds such as Yellow-
throated Honeyeater and Yellow Wattlebird before we
have supper at the hotel about 6 PM.

Overnight at Lenna of Hobart.

Day 7:  AM Birding Mount Wellington and
Surrounding Areas; PM Birding to Bruny Island

Today, we start early for Mount Wellington which is just a
10 km drive from our hotel. We should add several new
species such as Scrubtit, Tasmanian Thornbill, Pink
Robin and Bassian Thrush. The high elevation views as
we hike through the fern glade and giant tree ferns can
be spectacular.

We will also visit some of the surrounding areas and try
several key birding spots. Some of these sites will provide
opportunities for species such as Flame Robin, Dusky
Robin, Green Rosella, Strong-billed Honeyeater and
Forest Raven.

In the afternoon, we then have a short drive to Bruny
Island which entails a 20 minute ferry crossing from
Kettering.  Black-faced Cormorant is often seen on this

Accommodation: Bruny Island (2BR cabins with each
couple or single having their own room).

Day 8: Inala Reserve and Bruny Island, Focusing on
Tasmanian Endemics and More

This morning, we will take an early bird walk at the Inala
Reserve, Tonia’s privately owned 500 acre wildlife
reserve on south Bruny Island. This refuge is home to a
number of threatened birds and all of the Tasmanian
endemic birds. Bird species you are likely to see here
include endemics such as the endangered Forty-spotted
Pardalote, Strong-billed Honeyeater, Black-headed
Honeyeater, Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Tasmanian
Native-Hen and possibly Swift Parrot.

This afternoon, we will visit Bruny’s southern coastline to
view the second oldest lighthouse in Australia and search
for species such as Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Olive
Whistler and Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo. We may also
have a chance to see the Tasmanian subspecies of Short-
beaked Echidna.

Tonight after dinner, we will visit the Little Penguin and
Short-tailed Shearwater rookery to view these species at
their burrows.

Overnight accommodations at the cottages of Bruny

Day 9: Birding and Wildlife Cruise, and PM Birding
Coastline to Rainforest Habitat; Late PM (optional)
for Nocturnal Birds and Marsupials

We will do some early morning birding at the reserve and
then make our way to the dock for a bit more birding.

About one hour before noon, we will start a three hour
birding and wildlife watching cruise. On the cruise, we will
visit an Australian Fur Seal haul-out. This trip also
provides opportunities to see some spectacular coastline
and a range of seabirds including a chance of albatross
(usually Shy Albatross at this time of year), and possibly
dolphins or whales.

This afternoon we’ll explore a number of different
habitats, from coastal beaches to rainforest. We hope to
find Hooded Plover, Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty
Oystercatcher and Kelp Gull.  

In the rainforest areas, we will search for Scrubtit and
Tasmanian Thornbill. There is also a good chance of
seeing some interesting flora, including Tasmanian
endemic species and Gondwana relics.

After dinner, we will have another night for those desiring
some additional birding and a chance to see a range of
Tasmania’s nocturnal marsupials. These marsupials
include Eastern Quoll and Tasmanian Pademelon (both of
which occur only in Tasmania), Bennett’s Wallaby and
Common Brushtail Possum (each of which also occurs
rarely as almost albino morphs on Bruny Island) and
perhaps Long-nosed Potoroo. Night birds occurring in this
area include Tawny Frogmouth and Southern Boobook.

Overnight accommodations at the cottages of Bruny

Day 10: Mount Field National Park

This morning we will leave Bruny Island after breakfast
and travel towards Mount Field National Park. The
journey will take around 3 hours, and we will take lunch at
a café in the National Park.

The National Park area provides the chance to see a
range of habitats, from fern gullies with waterfalls, to cool
temperate rainforest and an alpine environment which
has been carved by glaciation. We have a good chance
to see the endemic Yellow Wattlebird as well as Crescent
Honeyeater, in addition to a chance of seeing Platypus.

Overnight accommodations at nice Bed and Breakfast
near Mount Field National Park.

Day 11: Mount Field to Cradle Mountain National
Park for Tasmanian Devils and More Birds and

Today will find us leaving Mount Field and traveling
towards Cradle Mountain National Park. We will stop en
route to take a private tour of a wildlife rehabilitation and
research center which specializes in research on
Tasmanian Devils. This is a good chance to see a range
of Tasmanian wildlife "up close and personal" and learn
more about the Facial Tumor Disease that is threatening
the Tasmanian Devil population.

This is a long day of travel but we should have a chance
to see Brown Falcon, the Tasmanian subspecies of
Wedge-tailed Eagle and waterfowl such as Australian
Shelduck, Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe,
Musk Duck, Chestnut Teal, Grey Teal, Dusky Moorhen
and Hardhead.

After visiting the research center we’ll travel to your
accommodation at a Wilderness Lodge in the late
afternoon where wild Tasmanian Devils and Spotted-
tailed Quolls come to the veranda at night to feed.  
Besides great looks at these creatures, this will provide a
good chance for photographing these elusive creatures
as well.

Day 12: Birding and Wildlife Watching at Cradle
Mountain National Park

Today, we will spend the entire day exploring the Cradle
Mountain National Park. Options include a walk around a
glacial lake to see some ancient rainforest species and
Gondwana relics, and a visit to the information center. We
will also have an opportunity to visit the replica of
“Waldheim”, the home of the Austrian Gustav Weindorfer,
whose love of the area inspired the establishment of the
National Park.

There are some amazing Tasmanian endemic plants and
Gondwana relics in this area, such as Pencil and King
Billy pines, Myrtle and the famous Fagus (Nothofagus
gunnii) which is Tasmania’s only deciduous tree. We will
include a visit to various sites to see a variety of these
plants. This is also a good area to view wombats and the
endemic Black Currawong and another chance to see
Pink Robin, Scrubtit, Tasmanian Thornbill and Tasmanian

Overnight accommodations at cabins near Cradle

Day 13:  Cradle Mountain to Narawntapu National

We will leave the Cradle Mountain area after breakfast
and travel north for the chance to see more of
Tasmania's wildlife, including Common Wombat and
Forester Kangaroo (Tasmanian subspecies of the
Eastern Grey Kangaroo) in the wild. At Narawntapu
National Park, we should be able to find these species
during the late afternoon.

Accommodation: En-suite room at Hawley House, a B&B
near the National Park (or a smaller B&B nearby if the
group size is small enough).

Day 14: Depart Launceston and Start Return Flights

We will travel to Launceston this morning after breakfast,
visiting some wetlands en route. The wetlands will give us
a chance to view a number of waterbirds and other
wetland species such as Little Grassbird and possibly
Australian Reed-Warbler. Other species we should see
here includes Black Swan, Black-fronted Dotterel,
'Australasian' Great Egret, White-faced Heron, Little Black
Cormorant, Little Pied Cormorant and Swamp Harrier.      

Flight departures from Launceston airport should be
arranged from 2 PM onwards.
Detailed Itinerary
14 Days Birding and Enjoying Wildlife in
Southern Australia
O'Reilly's Rainforest Reserve, Kangaroo
Island, Inala Nature Reserve and Tasmania and
Southern Australia Birding and Wildlife
Trip Details
Photo by Chris Tzaros.
Photo by Chris Tzaros.
Photo by Chris Tzaros.
Photo by Chris Tzaros.
Photo by Bob Lewis.
Photo by Chris Tzaros.
Photo by Bob Lewis.
Photo by Bob Lewis.
Photo by Bob Lewis.
Photo by Bob Lewis.
Photo by Bob Lewis.
Photo by Chris Tzaros.
Photo by Chris Tzaros.
Photo by Chris Tzaros.
Photo by Chris Tzaros.
Photo by Chris Tzaros.
Photo by Bob Lewis.
Photo by Bob Lewis.
Photo by Chris Tzaros.
Photo by Chris Tzaros.
Photo by Bob Lewis.
Photo by Bob Lewis.
Photo by Bob Lewis.
Photo by Bob Lewis.
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