Australia is a vast continent harbouring many fabulous, endemic birds and bizarre wildlife found nowhere else on our planet. During this exciting trip, we will cover an incredible range of habitats ranging from lush expanses of dense tropical rainforest, tall and stunted (mallee) Eucalypt woodland and sclerophyll forest to coastal heath, mudflats, rocky shorelines, grassland, spinifex, Mulga woodland and saltmarsh near the edge of the desolate outback. We can therefore expect a fantastic collection of endemic birds and incredible mammals.

Exploring the east of this vast country, we begin in northern Queensland where highlights include Victoria’s Riflebird from the bird-of-paradise family, Golden and Tooth-billed Bowerbirds, Spotted Catbird, Chowchilla, Beach Stone-curlew and the outrageous Southern Cassowary among a suite of Atherton Tableland and wet tropic endemics. We then continue to the world-famous Lamington NP in search of rainforest specialties such as Albert’s Lyrebird, Australian King Parrot, the brilliant Regent and Satin Bowerbirds, Australian Logrunner, Paradise Riflebird and Noisy Pitta amongst numerous other potential highlights. Flying south, we then stop in at Sydney, birding into the interior through New South Wales and Victoria all the way to Melbourne. During this final week of the Eastern tour, we hope to find several wet and dry-country specialties like the spectacular Superb Lyrebird, unique Pilotbird and Rockwarbler, the strange Plains-wanderer, a plethora of colourful parrots and cockatoos, Chestnut Quail-thrush, Striated Grasswren, Mallee Emu-wren, Rufous and Eastern Bristlebirds and the endangered Hooded Plover among many other mouth-watering species. We’ll also no doubt encounter many of Australia’s bizarre and iconic mammals such as Koala, Wombat, Echidna, Platypus and a large selection of possums, gliders, kangaroos and wallabies.

Please note that a Rockjumper leader will not accompany this tour unless a minimum of 9 participants are signed up. In the case of insufficient sign-ups, professional and experienced local guides will lead independent sectors of the tour instead.

 

Top Birds

Emu; Southern Cassowary; Black-necked Stork; Great-billed Heron; Wedge-tailed Eagle; Spotted Harrier; Black Falcon; Brolga; Sarus Crane; Pink-eared & Musk Ducks; Plainswanderer; Australian Bustard; Beach Stone-curlew; Hooded Plover; Red-necked Avocet; Banded Stilt; Inland Dotterel; Australian Pratincole; Victoria's & Paradise Riflebirds; Noisy Pitta; Superb & Alberts Lyrebirds; Rose-crowned, Wompoo & Superb Fruit Doves; Bar-shouldered Dove; Topknot & Squatter Pigeons; Torresian Imperial Pigeon; King Parrot; Eastern Ground Parrot; Powerful & Rufous Owl; Australian Owlet-nightjar; Yellow-tailed & Red-tailed Black Cockatoo; Major Mitchell's Cockatoo; Golden, Regent, Satin & Great Bowerbirds; Regents, Mangrove & Macleay’s Honeyeaters; Lovely, Superb & Splendid Fairywrens; Diamond Firetail.

Top Mammals

Platypus; Short-beaked Echidna; Northern Brown & Long-nosed Bandicoots; Koala; Short-eared, Coppery & Common Brush-tailed Possums; Stiped Possum; Yellow-bellied & Sugar Gliders; Lemuroid, Common, Green & Herbert River Ringtail Possums; Musky Rat Kangaroo; Lumholtz's Tree-kangaroo; Agile, Whiptail, Red-necked, Mareeba Rock & Swamp Wallabies; Western Grey & Eastern Grey Kangaroos; Red-legged & Red-necked Pademelon; Spectacled Flying Fox.

Habitats Covered

woodland, tropical and temperate forest, swamps, riverine woodland, grasslands, coastal bush, estuaries and ocean

Expected Climate

hot and humid in north, cooler in the interior mountains of the central areas

Max Group Size

1 - 8 with local leader, 9 - 12 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local leader

Tour Pace & Walking

easy going, short trails with some hills

Accommodation

comfortable throughout

Ease of Birding

mostly easy birding with a few tricky species

Number of Species Expected

370-400

Photographic Opportunities

good to excellent

What our clients say about us

Erik Forsyth
MR & MB, Australia 2018

Erik Forsyth is a wonderful guy, so enjoyable to travel with. He is knowledgeable, down to earth and quite humorous! We did New Zealand with Erik a few years ago and would definitely go with him on other Rockjumper Trips in the future. Also, we would recommend Erik to others considering him as their leader.

Erik Forsyth
SH, Australia 2018

Erik Forsyth went above and beyond to give personal attention to each participant. How does he do it? Lack of sleep and a packed itinerary would challenge the best guide, but he seems to always be positive and light-hearted. Cracking dry jokes and comments – loved it!

Steve Davidson
MW, Australia 2022

Steve Davidson is a superb guide. He has a vast knowledge of Australian birds, other wildlife, and plants. He has a keen ear and I appreciated that he described what he was hearing. We had challenges in terms of Covid and flooding, and he very responsibly addressed both issues. I truly don't know how he had the stamina to guide, drive the extra miles on detours, and organize the needed diversions from the itinerary.

Erik Forsyth
KH, Australia 2018

Erik Forsyth did a great job, and both his remarkable knowledge and his unflagging good humor were indispensable; I look forward to traveling with him again in the future.

Angus McNab
TB - Kakadu 2022

It was a fantastic trip. Very satisfying and Angus did a great job : he really showed us the birds and took great care that we had everything we wanted and were able to enjoy our tour.

Australia - East Coast I 2024

15 Sep 2024 - 06 Oct 2024 (22 days)

AUD14,695 - 3 Spaces Available on this guaranteed departure

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Tour Leader: Local Leader

Tour price (Per person): AUD14,695 * USD9,903 * GBP7,599 * EUR9,050

Single Supplement: AUD2,250 * USD1,516 * GBP1,164 * EUR1,386

Flight costs: AUD660 * USD445 * GBP341 * EUR406

Can be linked with: Australia - Tasmania Extension I 2024

Australia - East Coast II 2024

26 Sep 2024 - 17 Oct 2024 (22 days)

AUD14,695 - No Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Steve Davidson

Tour price (Per person): AUD14,695 * USD9,903 * GBP7,599 * EUR9,050

Single Supplement: AUD2,250 * USD1,516 * GBP1,164 * EUR1,386

Flight costs: AUD660 * USD445 * GBP341 * EUR406

Can be linked with: Australia - Tasmania Extension II 2024

Australia - East Coast 2025

22 Sep 2025 - 13 Oct 2025 (22 days)

AUD15,495 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Gregory de Klerk

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Tour Leader: Local Leader

Pricing notes : Flight cost: Linked tour = estimated Melbourne to Launceston fair.

Tour price (Per person): AUD15,495 * USD10,443 * GBP8,013 * EUR9,543

Single Supplement: AUD2,450 * USD1,651 * GBP1,267 * EUR1,509

Flight costs: AUD790 * USD532 * GBP409 * EUR487

Can be linked with: Australia - Tasmania Extension 2025

Flight costs (Linked Tour): AUD200 * USD135 * GBP103 * EUR123

Australia - East Coast 2026

21 Sep 2026 - 12 Oct 2026 (22 days)

AUD16,100 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Stuart Elsom

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change* Flight cost: Linked tour = estimated Melbourne to Launceston fair.

Tour price (Per person): AUD16,100 * USD10,850 * GBP8,326 * EUR9,916

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