Our Queensland Outback birding adventure explores the remote and scenic corners of Western Queensland and the Gulf Country where many of Australia’s most desirable and seldom-seen endemics await us. This comprehensive tour targets all the region’s specialties in the unique and fascinating spinifex-dominated, stunted-Eucalyptus woodland, arid plains and savannah that covers much of this part of the continent. The birding is truly fantastic and we’ll be searching for a number of rare and little-known gems like Carpentarian and Kalkadoon Grasswrens, Masked, Long-tailed, Painted, Gouldian and Star Finches, Spinifex Pigeon, Spinifexbird, Grey and Black Falcons, Black-chested Buzzard, Red-backed Kingfisher, Ground Cuckooshrike, Purple-crowned Fairywren, Pictorella Mannikin, Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, Hall’s Babbler and Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush to mention just a few of the possible highlights we hope to encounter on this specialist Australian birding tour.

*2024 Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour Facts Top Birds
Carpentarian, Striated (Rusty) and Kalkadoon Grasswrens, Masked, Black-throated, Long-tailed, Painted, Gouldian, Crimson and Star Finches, Spinifex Pigeon, Spinifexbird, Grey and Black Falcons, Black-chested Buzzard, Spotted Harrier, Red-backed Kingfisher, Ground Cuckooshrike, Purple-crowned and Red-backed Fairywrens, Pictorella Mannikin, Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, Hall’s Babbler, Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush, Grey-fronted, Banded, Black and Grey-headed Honeyeaters, Red-browed Pardalote, Pale-headed Rosella, Brolga, Australian Pratincole, White-breasted Whistler, Mangrove and Buff-sided Robins, Mangrove Fantail, Sandstone Shrikethrush, White-browed, Masked, Black-faced and Little Woodswpallows, Great and Spotted Bowerbirds, Black-tailed Treecreeper, Cockatiel, Australian Ringneck, Budgerigar and Square-tailed Kite.
Top Mammals
Red Kangaroo
Habitats Covered
eucalyptus woodland and savannah, Open plains and grasslands, coastal mangroves, coastal and fresh-water wetlands, spinifex-dominated arid woodland
Expected Climate
warm to hot days and cool nights, clear skies, rain not expected during this time of year
Max Group Size
4 with 1 Local leader
Tour Pace & Walking
easy to moderate with some walking, several early starts, a few long drives and generally long, on-the-go days
good throughout with a few basic hotels but these are still clean and comfortable
Ease of Birding
easy throughout
Other Attractions
Seemingly endless Outback plains and savannah, vast expanses of wilderness, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, wonderful scenery
Photographic Opportunities
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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 traveled through strangely beautiful and interesting areas and were able to get great birds – almost all the endemics of the area. Angus was good at finding the birds which often involved traveling to very remote and isolated places for 1 or 2 species. I love Australian birds – beautiful, unique, often loud and delightful. The Lake Argyle cruise was fabulous and the Yellow River cruise was a great break from riding in the van and seeing water birds from a distance.

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.

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 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!

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