We will commence the main tour by exploring the magnificent riches of the Great Barrier Reef,after which we will visit northern Queensland in search of Victoria’s Riflebird from the bird-ofparadise family, Tooth-billed Bowerbird, rare Golden Bowerbird, Beach Stone-curlew, and the outrageous Southern Cassowary! Later on we continue to the world-famous Lamington NP in search of Superb Lyrebird, Australian King Parrots and the strikingly plumaged Regents Bowerbird, amongst numerous other potential highlights. Flying south we then stop in at Sydney for a pelagic trip, before birding into the interior for several dry-country species, including the strange Plains-wanderer, weird
Malleefowl, endangered Regent Honeyeater, and a plethora of colourful parrots that include Galah, Gang-gang Cockatoo, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo and Long-billed Corella.
The south-west corner of Western Australia is an ecological hotspot, hosting a superbly high diversity of endemic plant, animal and bird species. Our short extension concentrates on the region’s endemic species and commences in the state’s capital of Perth, situated on the Swan River. We will explore a range of habitats, from the eucalypt forests of the Darling Ranges to the extensive woodlands of Dryandra, the Stirling Ranges, semi-arid mallee woodlands and the rugged windswept heathlands of
the south coast. In six days we expect to encounter all twelve endemic bird species plus several near endemics, with a probable trip total of between 120-150 species. We also hope to encounter several fabulous mammals such as Echidna, Western Grey Kangaroo and Southern Right Whale.Our Australian adventure culminates on the island of Tasmania, where our extension will see
us searching for several extremely localized endemic species that include Tasmanian Nativehen,Yellow Wattlebird, Green Rosella and Dusky Robin; while Bruny Island will hopefully provide us with
Forty-spotted Pardalote, Black Currawong, Scrubtit and maybe even the nocturnal Tasmanian Devil!
Tour Dates:South-western Endemics Extension 21st to 26th September (6 days)
Eastern Australia 26th September to 15th October (20 days).
Tasmania Extension 15th to 19th October (5 days).
Tour Price: South-western Endemics
Extension US$2,140 * £1,370 * €1,720 * AUD2,050 per
person sharing (see below) US$TBA approximate cost of domestic flights(Tour price fixed in AUD, other rates subject to
exchange rate fluctuations).
Eastern Australia: US$9,350 * £6,010 * €7,520 * AUD8,975 per
person sharing (see below) US$780 approximate cost of domestic flights(Tour price fixed in AUD, other rates subject to
exchange rate fluctuations)
Tasmania Extension: US$2,240 * £1,440 * €1,800 * AUD2,150 (see
below) US$410 approximate cost of domestic flights
(Tour price fixed in AUD, other rates subject to
exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size: Limited to 12 participants with 1 M17026 leader and 1 local birding leader.
SOUTH-WESTERN ENDEMICS EXTENSION
21st September - Perth to Albany via Darling Ranges & Dryandra Woodlands
22nd & 23rd September - Albany & surrounds - Stirling Range National Park, South Coast, Cheynes Beach, Waychinicup Nature Reserve
24th September - Albany to Pemberton via Denmark, Corackerup Nature Reserve & Bremer Bay
25th September - Pemberton to Perth via Rocky Gully & Wagin
26th September Herdsman Lake and departure (or flight to Cairns for those doing the main Eastern Australia tour)
26th September - Arrival in Cairns ( if time allows pm birding esplanade & surrounds)
27th September - Day trip to Michaelmas Cay
28th September - Cairns to Atherton Tablelands
29th September to 1st October - Atherton Tablelands
2nd October - Atherton Tablelands to Daintree
3rd October - Daintree River cruise, and on to Cairns
4th October - Fly from Cairns to Brisbane and on to Lamington National Park
5th October - Lamington National Park
6th October -Lamington National Park to Brisbane, fly to Sydney and on to Wollongong
7th October - Wollongong Pelagic
8th October - Sydney to Lithgow via Katoomba
9th October - Capertee Valley
10th October - Lithgow to West Wyalong
11th October - West Wyalong to Hay (night excursion for Plains-wanderer)
12th October- Hay to Kerang
13th October - Kerang & surrounds
14th October- Kerang to Castlemaine/Bendigo area
15th October - Castlemaine to Melbourne for departure (or flight to Hobart for those doing the Tasmania Extension)
15th October - Arrival in Hobart
16th October - Hobart reserves to Bruny Island
17th October - Inala and Bruny Island
18th October - Bruny Island to Mount Field
19th October - New Norfolk to Hobart and departure
The fee for the Australia – Eastern Top to Bottom tour is US$9,350 * £6,010 * €7,520 * AUD8,975
per person sharing, for the South-western Endemics Extension the fee is US$2,140 * £1,370 * €1,720
* AUD2,050 per person sharing, and for the Tasmania Birds & Wildlife Extension the fee is
US$2,240 * £1,440 * €1,800 * AUD2,150 per person sharing.
(Please note: The prices for the Australia – Eastern Top to Bottom tour, South-western Endemics Extension and the Tasmania Birds & Wildlife Extension do NOT include the domestic
flights as per the itinerary. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +/- US$780 per person for the main Eastern Australia tour, US$TBA for the South-western Endemics Extension, and +/- US$410 per person for the Tasmania Extension. RBT can book these flights on your behalf at no extra charge.)
The single supplement costs for the Eastern Australia tour, the South-western Endemics Extension and the Tasmania Extension are US$1,740, US$390 and US$340 respectively and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.
This tour fee includes:
All meals from breakfast on day 1 to breakfast on day 6 for the South-western Endemics Extension, from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 20 for the main Eastern Australia tour, and from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 5 for the Tasmania Extension;
All ground transportation and reserve entrance fees;
All activities as mentioned in the itinerary; and
All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).
The tour fee does not include:
ANY flights (see above);
Special gratuities; and
Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (Australian Dollars: AUD), and the
actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.)
Single supplement rates have been converted to US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated M17026 leader at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will
attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your M17026 leader. If, therefore, you feel that he has given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip him.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include ANY airfares. For those doing the South-western Endemics Extension the tour will depart from Perth on the morning of day 1, 21st September; kindly arrive in advance of this time on this day or arrive the day before. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you
in due course. The tour will conclude at Perth International Airport on day 6, 26th September.
For those doing the main Eastern Australia tour, the tour will depart from Cairns International Airport around noon on day 1, 26th September; kindly arrive in advance of this time on this day or arrive the day before. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude at Melbourne International Airport on day 20, 15th October.
For those doing the Tasmania Extension, the tour will depart from Hobart Airport in the afternoon of day 1, 15th October and conclude about midday on day 5, 19th October at Hobart
International Airport; kindly arrive in advance of this time on this day or arrive the day before. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the M17026 office.
Sydney is the main port of entry for international flights in Australia and is well serviced by all of the world’s major airlines. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. We can,however, book all your domestic flights during the trip. IMPORTANT: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the M17026 office for confirmation on the status of the tour.
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