Overview

Australia is a land of scenic beauty and stark, contrasting habitats, only eclipsed by its remarkable diversity of endemic mammals and brilliantly-coloured and elaborately-patterned endemic birds. This epic birding adventure across northern Australia takes in the Northern Territory’s best birding and wildlife localities on a quest for a number of the continent’s most range-restricted and seldom-seen endemics! The scenery is spectacular with vast areas of seemingly endless plains, extensive wetlands, and rugged, rocky mountains.. We will explore the arid interior around Alice Springs for legendary Australian dry-country endemics such as Dusky Grasswren, Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, Orange Chat, Bourke’s Parrot, Spinifexbird, Spinifex Pigeon, Pied Honeyeater, Western Bowerbird, Banded White-face, Chiming Wedgebill, Inland Dotterel, Cinnamon Quail-Thrush and the magnificent Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo. Thereafter, we journey up to the Darwin area and the tall woodlands and extensive, seasonal marshlands of Kakadu where highlights include Chestnut Rail, Rainbow Pitta, Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon, Banded Fruit Dove, Black-tailed Treecreeper, Hooded Parrot, Square-tailed Kite and Banded Honeyeater. Finally, we end in the remote Kimberley area where we hope to encounter mouth-watering rarities such as White-quilled Rock Pigeon, Yellow Chat, Pictorella Mannikin, the immaculate Masked, Long-tailed and Star Finches, the splendid Purple-crowned Fairywren, Brolga, Sandstone Shrike-Thrush and the rare and outrageously colourful Gouldian Finch. We will also, no doubt, be treated to a range of exciting mammals that should include an amazing selection of unique and varied kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos while taking in our awe-inspiring and near-pristine surrounds.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Chestnut Rail, Chestnut-backed Buttonquail, Grey Falcon, Bourke’s and Hooded Parrot, Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo, Northern Rosella, Dusky Grasswren, Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, Yellow and Orange Chat, Purple-crowned Fairywren, Grey and White-lined Honeyeater, Spinifexbird, Redthroat, Banded Whiteface, Spinifex, Partridge, Chestnut-quilled Rock and White-quilled Rock Pigeon, Cinnamon Quail-thrush, Chiming Wedgebill, Inland Dotterel, Rainbow Pitta, Sandstone Shrikethrush, Black-tailed Treecreeper, Buff-sided Robin, Silver-crowned Friarbird, Gouldian, Painted, Masked, Star & Long-tailed Finch, Yellow-rumped & Pictorella Mannikin
Top Mammals
Grey Wolf (Dingo), Black-footed & Short-eared Rock Wallaby, Common & Black Wallaroo, Northern Nailtail Wallaby
Habitats Covered
spinifex, desert and semi-desert, stony plains, mangroves, monsoon forest, wetlands, open eucalypt and grassy woodland, rocky outcrops, gorges
Expected Climate
warm to hot throughout, humid in the north
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace, mostly easy walking
Accommodation
clean and Comfortable hotels, lodges and bed & breakfasts
Ease of Birding
generally easy with a few difficult species
Other Attractions
Gibber Plains, Yellow Water Billabong, Nourlangie Rock, Mamukala Wetlands, Lake Argyle, Simpson’s Gap, Ormiston Gorge
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
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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.

We enjoyed travelling with Steve Davidson. He is very knowledgeable and more than willing to assist anyone with getting on birds, and he takes time to explain where the bird is.

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 was great! Kept the tour together and made sure everyone was engaged, enjoyed themselves, and saw everything. Very personable and genuinely cared about everyone's happiness. Plus, he was great finding the birds.

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.

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