[29th July – 8th August 2019]
This 8 day birding tour takes you to the dry interior of western Queensland offers a good range of dry country species including three grasswrens! During the dry season when there is little standing water in the bush, the dry country birds are drawn to any water which is generally limited to the dams put in for cattle. It is possible to see large flocks of parrots including Budgerigars, Little Corellas, Galahs and a variety of finches coming in to drink and also roosting in the nearby trees. Starting in Mt Isa where you will continue the journey by road giving you an excellent chance to view the wide open spaces of the Queensland cattle country.
Accommodation is in comfortable, en suite, motel style rooms in Outback towns along the way.
This is not a difficult tour and is suitable for anyone with moderate standard of fitness. Daytime temperatures can be very hot but it is a dry heat and your vehicle will be air conditioned.
- 7 nights accommodation
- Meals as itinerary (check PDF itinerary)
- Transport including fuel, site fees
- Guide services
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Flights (Domestic & International)
- Items of a personal nature
Day 1 - Arrive Mt Isa
Meet your guide in Mt Isa and spend the balance of the day birding the spinifex areas around the town.
Day 2 - Carpentarian & Kalkadoon Grasswrens
This day is set aside for looking for the Carpentarian and Kalkadoon Grasswrens to the north of Mt Isa.
Day 3 - Boulia
Today we drive south to Boulia. This is a great area for budgies and some years flocks of thousands can be seen coming to drink in the dams around the town. 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 as it can get very hot in the middle of the day.
Day 4 - Opalton & Rusty Grasswren
After spending the morning around Boulia we will drive to Opalton where we will look for the Rusty Grasswren.
Day 5 - Rusty Grasswren & more
The early morning gives us a second chance for the Rusty Grasswren before we drive the short distance north to Winton where we will bird the local area Rufous-crowned Emuwren, Cloncurry Ringneck and Spotted Bowerbird can be found locally.
Day 6 - Bladensberg National Park
Today we spend a full day in the Winton area visiting the nearby Bladensberg National Park where the fossilised footprints of a dinossaur stampede can be seen.
Day 7 - Drive back to Mt Isa
Today we drive slowly back to Mt Isa birding on the way.
Day 8 - Onward Flights
Transfer to airport and take onward flights.