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New South Wales

Blue Mountains
The famous Three Sisters in
the Blue Mountains

With diverse ecological habitats, New South Wales contains temperate rainforests on the east coast and Dividing Range, and drier eucalypt woodlands to semi-arid lands in the west. There are a number of areas where there is a cross-over of dry land birds and moist climate birds, making for excellent birding – and long lists! The rare Rockwarbler in NSW’s only endemic bird, and other specialties include Superb Lyrebird, the endangered Regent Honeyeater, Superb Fairy-wren, Barking and Powerful Owls, and Bush Stone-curlew. Further north, and close to the coast are Logrunner, Regent Bowerbird and Eastern Bristlebird, and woodland regions can produce Crested Bellbird, Hall’s Babbler and Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush.

 


Birdwatching Tours

Zebra Finch
Zebra Finch
Photo: Graham Stephinson

Full Day Best of Sydney Birding – ex Sydney

Depart Sydney city, cross the spectacular Sydney Harbour Bridge and onto Sydney Olympic Park/ Bicentennial Park with its important wetland ecosystem offering access to wetlands, saltmarsh and bird hides. Our ornithologist leader will offer a broad range of birding as we explore this rich area. Continue west and climb into the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. Enjoy morning tea deep in the Australian bush.

 

 

Zebra Finch
New Holland Honeyeater

Within the Blue Mountains, see wild kangaroos up close as well as excellent views of amazing parrots and cockatoos. The tour combines spectacular waterfalls and lookouts over breathtaking canyons with superb birding opportunities. Many forest and heathland species will be found in this rich area. The day will also include the famous Blue Mountains icon - the Three Sisters. Return to Sydney with life time memories of spectacular birding and Blue Mountains scenery.

 

Birding Highlights
Superb Lyrebird
Superb Lyrebird
Photo:Graham Stephinson

Sydney Olympic Park – Water-birds such as Chestnut and Grey Teal, Purple Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, Black-winged Stilt.

Euroka Clearing – Eastern Grey Kangaroos in the wild – Kookaburra, Australian Raven, Eastern Yellow Robin, Australian Magpie, Satin Bowerbird.

Kings Tableland – White-throated Treecreeper, New Holland Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Beautiful Firetail.

The Three Sisters – King Parrot, Crimson Rosella, Pied Currawong.

Govetts Leap – Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-browed Finch, Eastern Spinebill.


Tour Cost:
AUD $320.00 per person, minimum 2 people for tours departing each Monday. Pick Up from Sydney CBD Hotels. Tour includes luxury transportation, experienced birding guide, bird list, morning tea, lunch, National Park fees. Tour Departs 7.00am to 7.45am, returning 5.30pm-5.45pm. Private Tours available other days on request and subject to availability of Guide.
Private Tour Costs: AUD $868.00 per person for 2 people; AUD $465.00 per person for 4 people; AUD $330.00 per person for 6 people.

Tour Code: BS1SB

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Full Day Royal National Park Tour – ex Sydney

White-bellied Sea Eagle
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Photo:Graham Stephinson

A full day tour that includes four of Sydney’s best sites and incorporates subtropical, warm temperate and littoral (coastal) rainforest, wet eucalypt forests, grassy woodlands, heathlands and freshwater and saltwater wetlands. Depart from central Sydney with your ornithologist leader and receive an introduction to Australian birds in Centennial Park.

 

Continue to the Royal National Park which is the world’s second oldest national park - after Yellowstone in the USA. Regarded as a premium birding location, the Park offers excellent opportunities to view a wide variety of bird species in a range of habitats, from rainforest to heathland. With expert guiding and spectacular scenery, this is a very special day which should produce a good list of interesting species.

 

GReen Figbird
Green Figbird
Photo:Graham Stephinson
Gang Gang Cockatoo
Gang Gang Cockatoo
Photo:Graham Stephinson
Birding Highlights

Centennial Park – Tawny Frogmouth, Superb Fairy-wren, close views of water-birds including Australian Pelican and Black Swan.

Royal National Park – Lady Carrington Drive, Audley –Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Crimson Rosella, Kookaburra, Satin Bowerbird, Superb Lyrebird, Yellow-throated and White-browed Scrub-wrens, Azure Kingfisher, Eastern Spinebill, Variegated Fairy-wren.

Mt Bass – Heathland birds such as Tawny-crowned and New Holland Honeyeaters, Brush Wattlebird, Beautiful Firetail, Southern Emu-wren.

Bundeena – Eastern Rosella, Nankeen Night-heron, Australian White Ibis, White-faced Heron, Silver Gull, Crested Tern.

Osprey
Osprey
Photo:Graham Stephinson


Tour Cost: AUD $320.00 per person, minimum 2 people for tours departing First & Third Wednesday of each month. Pick Up from Sydney CBD Hotels.

 

Tour includes luxury transportation, experienced birding guide, bird list, morning tea, lunch, National Park fees. Tour Departs 7.00am to 7.45am, returning 5.30pm-5.45pm.

 

Private Tours available other days on request and subject to availability of Guide.

 

Private Tour Costs: AUD $868.00 per person for 2 people; AUD $465.00 per person for 4 people; AUD $330.00 per person for 6 people.

Tour Code: BS1RP

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2 Day Sydney & Blue Mountains Bird Tour – ex Sydney

Superb Fairy-wren

Superb Fairy-wren
Photo:Graham Stephinson

Day1: Depart your Sydney city hotel with your expert birding guide this morning. After crossing the spectacular Sydney Harbour Bridge, see Sydney Olympic Park and visit Bicentennial Park for a guided walk. Enjoy frequent birding stops including prolific birding areas at Mitchell Park, Scheyville and Pitt Town. Overnight at a farm stay, Bilpin Springs Lodge, and enjoy fresh mountain air from the balcony that overlooks the National Park. Bilpin is surrounded by the Blue Mountains National Park, part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The imposing sandstone escarpments, with their prickly hard-leaved shrubs, contrast with the tall forests and dense understorey of moisture-loving plants around Bilpin, providing a wide range of species.


Day 2: After breakfast at Bilpin Springs Lodge, travel to the vast area of wilderness of Newnes Plateau which offers excellent birding opportunities, together with a visit to the fascinating Glow Worm Tunnel.

 

155 species of birds have been recorded in the vicinity of Kings Tableland, our next destination – its heathlands and swamps supporting a number of uncommon and regionally significant species, such as the Beautiful Firetail. The day will provide superb birding opportunities as well as spectacular scenery of canyons, waterfalls and intriguing landforms – including the iconic Three Sisters. Return to Sydney late afternoon.

 

Birding Highlights

Sydney Olympic Park - Water-birds such as Chestnut and Grey Teal, Purple Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, Black-winged Stilt.

Laughing Kookaburra
Laughing Kookaburra
Dacelo novaeguinea

Mitchell Park – Kookaburra, Common Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon, Dollarbird, Satin Bowerbird, Bell Miner.

Scheyville - White-throated Gerygone, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Jacky Winter.

Pitt Town Lagoon – Australian Pelican, Black Swan, Royal Spoonbill (above right), ducks such as Pacific Black Duck, Hardhead, Australian Wood Duck.

Overnight Bilpin Springs Resort - Magpie-lark, Rufous Whistler (pictured top right), Australian Magpie.

Newnes Plateau and the Glow Worm Tunnel – Flame Robin, Spotted Quail-thrush, Red-browed Treecreeper, Rock Warbler

The Three Sisters - King Parrot, Crimson Rosella, Pied Currawong.

Kings Tablelands – Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos, White-throated Treecreeper, New Holland Honeyeater, Eastern Spinebill, Beautiful Firetail.


Tour Cost:
AUD $549.00 per person (twin share), minimum 2 people for tours departing First & Third Monday of each month. Pick Up from Sydney CBD Hotels.

Tour includes luxury transportation, experienced birding guide, bird list, 2x lunches & 1x breakfast, 3.5 star accommodation with private facilities, National Park fees. Tour depart at 7.30am, and return to Sydney at approximately 5.30pm on Day 02.

 

Private Tours available other week days (not Friday or Saturday) on request and subject to availability of Guide.

 

Private Tour Costs: AUD $1,440.00 per person, twin share for 2 people; AUD $970.00 per person, twin share for 4 people; AUD $800.00.00 per person, twin share for 6 people.

Tour Code: BS2BM

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3 Day Capertee Valley & Blue Mountains Private Birding Tour - ex Sydney

Day 01 Take a train from Sydney to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains - an area of breathtaking views and hidden natural wonders. A giant plateau dissected by deep canyons and gorges with many different habitats including lush rainforest gullies, eucalypt woodland and rocky heathland.

 

Variegated Fairy-wren
Variegated Fairy-wren
Malurus lamberti

At Katoomba, join your expert birding guide for two full days of the private birdwatching.

 

From Katoomba, travel north-west to the Capertee Valley, a large enclosed valley with broad river flats flanked by rolling hills and covered with a mosaic of grassy fields and eucalyptus woodland. There is a remarkable diversity of birds and is home to the beautiful and endangered Regent Honeyeater. More than 235 bird species have been recorded in the Valley, including 18 threatened species.

 

Common species which can be found throughout the valley include Redrumped Parrots, Fuscous and White-plumed Honeyeaters, Brown Treecreeper, Superb Fairy-wren, Jacky Winter, Mistletoebird, Diamond Firetail, Restless Flycatcher, to name a few, and in the summer months you would also be likely to see Rufous Whistler, White-winged Triller, Rufous Songlark, Rainbow Bee-eater, Dusky Woodswallow and, in some years, large numbers of White-browed Woodswallows.

 

One reason for the valley's popularity with birders is that it's the closest point to Sydney where many of the more typically inland birds can be found relatively easily. These include birds such as Southern Whiteface, Painted Honeyeater, Red-capped Robin, White-browed Babbler, Plum-headed Finch, White-backed Swallow and Brown Songlark. If you're really lucky you could also see Budgerigar, Diamond Dove, Black-eared Cuckoo, Spinycheeked Honeyeater or Gilbert's Whistler, which are all rare this far east and normally associated with drier inland areas.

 

It can also be a great place to see birds of prey with 17 species having been recorded. Wedge-tailed Eagle, Little Eagle, Brown Falcon, Australian Hobby, Black-shouldered Kite, Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Goshawk and Collared Sparrowhawk are all reasonably common, and with a bit of luck you could see less common raptors such as the Square-tailed Kite, Black Falcon and the beautiful Spotted Harrier.

 

Overnight in the Capertee Valley.


Day 02 Continue birding this morning in Capertee Valley before returning to the Blue Mountains in the early afternoon.

 

More than 250 species of birds have been recorded in the central Blue Mountains area. Here you’ll find many different habitats in close proximity – it’s possible to visit lush rainforest gullies and eucalypt woodland within minutes of walking on a windswept rocky heathland.

 

White-faced Heron
White-faced Heron
Egretta (Ardea) novaehollandiae

With more than 250 species recorded, the Blue Mountains include many colourful parrots, abundant honeyeaters and such wonders of the bird world as the Superb Lyrebird and Satin Bowerbird. Whistlers, fantails, treecreepers, thornbills and scrubwrens are among the most common birds here. Other specialities of the area include the Gang-gang Cockatoo, Yellow-tailed and Glossy Black-Cockatoos, Flame and Scarlet Robins, Satin Flycatcher, Beautiful Firetail, Pilotbird and Red-browed Treecreeper. And the Blue Mountains is possibly the best place in the world to see the locally endemic - and very charming - Rockwarbler.

 

Overnight in delightful Leura.

 

Australian King Parrot
Australian King Parrot

Day 03 More birding in the Blue Mountains this morning, with opportunities to view some of the iconic vistas which make the Blue Mountains a very special place.

 

Your guide will then take you to Katoomba where you will join your train at 1.00pm to return to Sydney.


Tour Cost:
AUD $1,273.00 p/p twin share with 2 people travelling; AUD $897.00 p/p twin share with 4 people travelling; Includes 2 breakfasts & 1 dinner. Tour departs on request, subject to availability of guide.

Tour Code: BS3CB

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5 Day Hawkesbury Valley, Capertee Valley & Blue Mountains Private Birding Tour
– ex Sydney

A great opportunity to visit some of the best birding sites in the Sydney region. This tour takes in a large variety of habitats, from rainforest to heathland, from eucalyptus forest and woodland to wetlands and rocky escarpments. By concentrating on the World Heritage areas west of the city we have the best opportunity to see the many Sydney specials such as the Rockwarbler, Pilotbird and Superb Lyrebird as well as the colourful parrots, cockatoos and honeyeaters the area is famous for.

 

The legendary Capertee Valley will be a highlight of your visit with a number of threatened species featured here. This tour also offers spectacular scenery and the chance to see a selection of other fauna and flora.

 

Day 1 SYDNEY TO HAWKESBURY VALLEY

You will depart Sydney this morning and head west. Our first stop is Homebush Bay, next to the site of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where we'll wander along mangrove boardwalks and view saltwater wetlands for shorebirds. Common birds here include Yellow Thornbill, Brown Honeyeater, Striated Heron, Superb Fairy-wren.

 

We then head to the Hawkesbury Valley with its rich flood plain and wetlands and a wide variety of water birds and raptors including herons, egrets, spoonbills, harriers, Whistling and Square-tailed Kite, Golden-headed Cisticola and Chestnut-rumped Mannikin.

 

Motel accommodation overlooking the Hawkesbury River.

 

Crimson Rosella
Crimson Rosella -
seen regularly on this tour.

Day 2 SYDNEY TO THE CAPERTEE VALLEY

We depart the Hawkesbury area and travel up the "Bell's Line of Road" across the Blue Mountains to windswept heathland for Tawny-crowned, White-eared Honeyeaters and the tree ferns and temperate rainforest for Rufous Fantail, Rose Robin, Yellow-throated Scrubwren.

 

Lunch at Mt Wilson. We continue to the Capertee Valley – officially the widest canyon in the world – for some early evening birding.

 

2 nights accommodation in the Capertee Valley.

 

Day 3 THE CAPERTEE VALLEY

Today a full day to explore the Capertee Valley and its abundant birdlife, including Diamond Firetail, Little Lorikeet, Turquoise Parrot, Red-rumped Parrot, Plum-headed, Zebra and Double-barred Finches, Hooded Robin, White-browed Babbler, Painted, Black-chinned and Striped Honeyeaters. Best of all we'll have a chance at seeing the valley's "star" bird, the endangered Regent Honeyeater.

 

The Capertee Valley is also a great spot to see kangaroos, wombats, and a variety of reptiles such as Bearded Dragons and Lace Monitors. We will have access to private properties normally inaccessible to birders.

 

In the afternoon we'll sit beside a waterhole to watch the many honeyeaters, finches and parrots coming to drink.

 

Second night in Capertee Valley.

 

Day 4 CAPERTEE VALLEY TO THE KATOOMBA

Musk Duck
Musk Duck

After breakfast we leave Capertee Valley and head to Lake Wallace near Lithgow, where the very unusual Musk Duck can be seen among other species. We may also visit the Lithgow sewage ponds for Blue-billed and Pinkeared Ducks, Australian Shovelers and Hoary-headed Grebes.

 

Then to the rocky escarpments, forests and heathlands of the upper Blue Mountains and the chance of Superb Lyrebird, Rockwarbler, Yellow-tailed and Glossy Black and Gang-gang Cockatoos, Red-browed Treecreeper, Pilotbird, Beautiful Firetail, Flame and Scarlet Robins.

 

After dinner we have the option of a spotlight walk to see tree-dwelling mammals such as Greater Gliders and the chance of a Boobook or Sooty Owl. Motel accommodation in Katoomba or Leura.

 

Blue Mountains
The famous Three Sisters in
the Blue Mountains

Day 5 KATOOMBA TO SYDNEY

Before breakfast we'll walk out to the famous Three Sisters rock formation and look for the charming Rockwarbler, endemic to the Sydney region.

 

One of the great things about the Blue Mountains is the proximity of many habitats within a short distance, and today we explore some of these habitats with the aim of seeing more of the characteristic and beautiful species that can be found in the area (such as those listed above).

Satin Bowerbird
Satin Bowerbird

 

We'll visit a Satin Bowerbird's bower with its amazing collection of blue decorations and possibly see the male bird in attendance.

 

Working our way back down to lower altitudes we arrive back in Sydney in the afternoon.

 

Tour Cost: AUD $3,308.00 per person twin share with 2 people travelling; AUD $2,240.00 per person twin share with 4 people travelling;. Includes 5 breakfasts & 5 dinners.

 

Tour departs on request on any day, subject to availability of Guide.

Tour Code: BS5HC

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Nature Tours

Mount 'N Beach Safaris
Mount 'N Beach Safaris

Full Day Canyon and 4WD Wildlife Discovery (with overnight option) – ex Sydney

Depart your city hotel this morning and travel across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, past the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games site before enjoying morning tea with wild kangaroos deep in the Australian bush. See kangaroos up close plus friendly parrots and cockatoos. In the high Blue Mountains today you'll see waterfalls, magnificent canyons and Australia's most famous sight - the remarkable Three Sisters.

 

Travel on backcountry 4WD tracks leading to amazing lookouts that only our modified, small group vehicles can access.

 

Lunch today is at a gorgeous historic mountain hotel with fantastic views, great food and friendly Aussie hospitality.

 

This afternoon, visit the thrilling Scenic Railway in Katoomba (optional). Ride the steepest passenger railway in the world (entry is at own expense) or enjoy a short walk to nearby Katoomba waterfalls & gallery. Mid afternoon, overnight passengers are picked up/dropped off at their Katoomba hotel before we return to Sydney.

 

Enroute to Sydney see, photograph, pat Koalas and Kangaroos at Sydney's premier Australian animal wildlife park. Return to all Sydney city hotels for drop-offs having enjoyed a Blue Mountains day with memories for a life time.


Tour Cost: Full Day Tour AUD $245.00 p/p. Lunch included.

2 Day / 1 Night Tour Cost: from AUD $572.00 P/P twin share. Tour departs daily.

Tour Code: NS1BM

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Day / Evening Wildlife Tour – ex Sydney

Emu
Emu

For the ultimate Australian wildlife experience, we put the 'wild' back into 'wildlife' taking travellers in search of iconic wildlife in a noon till evening safari to the Southern Highlands, 90 minutes from Sydney.

 

Highly personalised, with a Naturalist Guide on hand to interpret all you see, this is a unique experience to encounter Australian wildlife in its natural environment.

 

Emu
Emu Chicks

See kangaroos, emu and wombats from our comfortable 4WD vehicles; search for koalas in towering Grey Gum forests on our koala walks; follow the river in search of platypus. Night-spotlighting for possums, gliders and wombats after dinner.

 

Includes lunch and dinner, travelling in 4WDs customised for exceptional wildlife viewing – with onboard field guides, binoculars, spotlights, TV/DVD, 25x zoom video, & retractable sunroof for optimum viewing. Maximum 10 passengers, available 7 days.


Koala
Koala

Tour Cost: Full Day Tour AUD $250.00 p/p.
Lunch & Dinner included. Tour departs daily at approx. noon, returns approx. 10pm.

Tour Code: NS1WS

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