Tour overview

[14th – 17th October 2019]

A short 4 day birdwatching tour into the Outback of Western Queensland. During the dry season when there is little standing water in the bush, the dry country birds are drawn to the dams which have been put in for cattle. It is possible to see large flocks of parrots including BudgerigarsLittle CorellasGalahs, and a variety of Finches coming in to drink and also roosting in the trees around the town of Boulia.

Originating in Cairns you will fly with Skytrans over to Mt Isa where you will continue the journey to Boulia by road going you an excellent chance to view the wide open spaces of the Queensland cattle country.

Tour Accommodation

Accommodation is in comfortable motel style units throughout the tour.

Tour Difficulty

This is an easy tour which can be managed by anyone with only a moderate level of fitness. It will be very hot at this time of year but hotel rooms and vehicles are air conditioned and most birding will be done in the cooler parts of the day.

2019 Tour Cost:


2019 Single Supplement:



  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Meals as itinerary (check PDF itinerary)
  • Transport including fuel
  • Entry fees
  • Guide services of the tour leader

Not Included

  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Flights (Domestic or International)
  • Drinks & Snacks
  • Laundry
  • Items of a personal nature

Day 1 - Arrive Mt Isa & travel to Boulia

Fly Cairns to Mt Isa and then continue the journey by road over to Boulia. Late afternoon check out the roost sites around the town. Flocks of several thousand Budgies can be seen if the season is good and Cockatiels and Galahs are also common in this area.

Day 2 - Budgies & Boulia area birding (1)

Birding the Boulia area. As well as visiting the dams we will explore the surrounding bush. Specialities of the area include Australian Bustard, Cockatiel, Spinifex Pigeon, Varied Fairywren and Red-browed Pardalote. Dusk and dawn are the best times for birding here and the middle of the day can be spent exploring the local area, visiting the town museum or relaxing by the motel pool.

Day 3 - Boulia area birding (2)

A second day in the Boulia area.

Day 4 - Travel to Mt Isa & take onward flight home

Travel back to Mt Isa birding along the way and take the flight back to Cairns.

Please note the itinerary will vary slightly depending on the start day because of flight schedules. Local Cairns area birding can be arranged at either end of this tour if required.