- 13th May, 10th June, 15th July,
- 12th August, 9th September.
This 5 Day Bird Watchers Safari takes in dynamic ecosystems from open Gibber flats and Spinifex Sandhill country to rock escarpments, River Red Gum country and remote permanent waterholes, all in pursuit of our winged friends.
We offer a truly authentic opportunity for the avid Bird watcher to lose themselves from the outside world whilst exploring some of the most beautiful and remote locations in Central Australia. During this time we visit two fantastic areas that are a beacon for some of the 160 species of birds that inhabit the region.
- Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary
- Mount Wedge
- West McDonnell Range country
- Finke River/Ellery Creek system (the world’s oldest watercourse)
- Boggy Hole water system.
Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary
One of Central Australia’s best kept secrets is the Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary. Wholly owned by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Newhaven is situated 360 km north-west of Alice Springs. Measuring some 647,000 acres and containing 10 differing vegetation communities and landforms unique to any other reserve in Northern Australia. Newhaven supports over 160 species of birds including the last reported sighting of the critically endangered Night Parrot.
Should our summer be generous with rain, Newhaven will flourish with species usually only seen on the Coastal Wetlands of this great country. Without generous rainfalls the arid land species are abundant as this is one of those rarely visited or interfered locations.
Finke River System and Boggy Hole
Central Australia contains only 8 permanent water hole systems of which Boggy Hole on the Finke River is the largest and most spectacular, albeit with the most difficult access. The rewards to those that visit this location with its rich early settler history are often indescribable.
Apart from its gob-smacking beauty, it is a veritable bird lovers feast, an “Ornithologists’ heaven”. Pack plenty of film or charge those batteries for this trip of a lifetime! Your Chance to Really Experience the Outback as it Should Be.
This is a true outback experience in a 4-wheel drive vehicle, small groups (max 9 persons), camping (tents can be provided), open fires at night, sensational camp fire meals with quality food, all equipment provided and fully catered. Camping and sleeping under the sensational star-filled southern night sky will be a memory of a life time.
You, the wild and no other! On this tour you will be spending 4 nights bush camping at beautiful and remote camp sites. There is an old adage – “the best locations are the hardest to get to” and this is where our name and tradition come from. People expect the best and we leave no stone upturned in achieving that.
All camping equipment including swags, pillows, sheets and sleeping bags. All park entry fees and admissions costs. Pick up from Alice Springs accommodation and return to Alice Springs accommodation. All meals and snacks and hot/cold non alcoholic beverages whilst touring. Meals included are indicated on itinerary. Fresh drinking water, reference books, chilled face cloths in summer. All sightseeing as per itinerary. For those arriving prior to 1.30 pm on commencement day, a tour of the Alice Springs Desert Park with your guide is included.
What to bring: Torch, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, fly net, water bottle, walking shoes/boots, warm clothing in winter, personal items such as toiletries and medications and towel. Alcoholic beverages are BYO and cold storage is provided. Purchase of alcohol can be arranged with your guide on the day prior to departure. Please note some areas of Central Australia are governed by alcohol restrictions.
- Outback track access dependent upon weather conditions at time of travel
- Special tours outside the dates above can be arranged in consultation with us
- See below for full Terms and Conditions
- A 25% deposit is required within 72 hours of confirmation to secure your reservation
- Please note you are travelling in a rough and remote environment, we strongly suggest that all passengers have adequate Travel Insurance.
Children: Please note this is a specialist tour and children are not especially catered for. Should you wish to bring children please note the minimum age is 8 years. No discount applies for children.
Day 1: It’s up with the birds as we depart your accommodation and suburbia at 6.00 am in search of everything feathered. This is the beginning of an outback experience of immense variety as we travel northwest along the famous Tanami Track against the northern verge of the West MacDonnell Ranges to Tilmouth Well. A short rest break, coffee, a bite to eat and we travel on towards Newhaven.
An early lunch before preparing our camp and getting ourselves organised for our experiences around Newhaven with rock escarpments, red sand-hill Spinifex country and the Lake Bennett Salt Lake system. The variety of vegetation will promote endless stops and leisure time to observe our feathered entertainers.
As daylight draws to an end, we’ll find a location to capture the imagination to observe a classic desert sunset. Back to camp for dinner cooked over the campfire as the outback stirs to life. Includes: (L, D).
Day 2: Our morning reveille will be the birds as they break the chill and silence of the outback morning. A hearty breakfast before spending the day travelling this enormous parcel of tranquil land in search of anything rare, unique, varied and beautiful that has wings. This will be a day of group consensus, visiting places and doing things that you want to. The day’s end will be twilight full of activity with another typical outback sunset before a stunning evening meal and, no doubt, a few stories starting to flow. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 3: After another early rise and breakfast we will break camp and, dependent upon weather and track conditions, travel south via permitted Aboriginal Lands including Papunya and Haasts Bluff Communities and then via the Namatjira to Gosse Bluff (Tnorala) before arriving at the oldest Lutheran based Aboriginal Community in Australia – Hermannsburg (Ntaria).
Enjoy an introduction to Hermannsburg’s history, a stop at the local store for refreshments and an early lunch before continuing our journey along the Ellery River system. This passes through stunning gorge and ravine country towards the location of one of the Territories first remote Police Stations – Boggy Hole. This will be our location for the next two evenings. After preparing camp you can take a wander and make yourself known to this wonderful location.
Special Note: Should conditions or permission not be available to access the south track, our journey will require a return via our earlier route, travelling the Larapinta Road to Hermannsburg with a late afternoon arrival at Boggy Hole. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 4: At your leisure you can stroll your way around this amazing wilderness location. Sit by the water’s edge and be amazed at the resident bird life as the parrots chirp and flit from tree to tree. The Whistling Kites glide the face of the rock escarpment while Red Tailed Cockatoos leave their nightly perch in hunt of seeds in other locations.
The clowning antics of the Babblers and the activities of a myriad of species will dominate a day of pure solitude which is truly rare in today’s pace driven lifestyle. Our last night under the stars of the Southern Milky Way, an open fire and discussions dominated by the day’s experiences. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 5: We break camp early, meandering our way through the creek bed system towards Running Waters, a smaller watering system along Ellery Creek. We emerge from the National Park where we join the Ernest Giles track at the junction of the Palmer River. We travel through open mallee and gibber country, home to the raptor and the larger ground birds – Emu and Bustard.
Lunch will be at a secluded and remote location for the last time. We continue to travel east and join the Stuart Highway approx 130 km south of Alice Springs. Our next stop will be Stuarts Well Roadhouse, a small stopover before our last 90 km leg into Alice Springs and return to your accommodation. Includes; (B, L).
Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
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