Australia Birding Tours

We have a range of exciting Australia birding tours which visit Australia’s top birding sites and target most of this island continent’s bird endemics while also encountering a multitude of fascinating mammal species. The Commonwealth of Australia (“Australia” hereafter) is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous other smaller islands. Australia is the largest country in Oceania and the sixth-largest country by total area. It has a population of 26 million people found in the major cities, primarily along the east coast, these including Canberra (the capital), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, with Perth being the largest city in the southwest.

Australia has six states (most of which we visit on our Australia birding tours) – New South WalesQueenslandSouth AustraliaTasmaniaVictoria, and Western Australia, and two mainland territories – the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. Several external territories are also administered by the commonwealth – these include Christmas Island, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the Coral Sea Islands, Heard Island and the MacDonald Islands, and Norfolk Island. Two other islands are part of mainland states, Macquarie Island (part of Tasmania) and Lord Howe Island (part of New South Wales). Australia is surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans but nearby countries include New ZealandNew CaledoniaPapua New Guinea, and Indonesia.

Australia is the oldest, flattest, and driest inhabited continent, with the least fertile soil and is made up of a variety of landscapes ranging from deserts (“The Outback” and Uluru/Ayers Rock) to tropical and temperate rainforests. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s longest coral reef and is located just off the northeast coast. The Great Dividing Range runs down the east of the country, the fertile Atherton Tablelands providing some great birding.

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Humans have inhabited Australia for at least 65,000 years with people migrating across land bridges and short sea-crossings from what is now Southeast Asia. Europeans arrived in the 17th century and this led to a period of colonization. The Dutch were the first to map the west and north, naming the landmass New Holland and Captain James Cook was the first European to map the eastern coastline and he named it New South Wales and claimed it for Great Britain. The expansion of British control began in the early 19th century, but the incredibly hostile environment made it slow going.

Following International Ornithological Congress (IOC) taxonomy, v13.2 (December 2023), the Australia bird list is considered to stand at 989 species, with an impressive 363 of these Australian birds being endemics. Some of these endemic birds include: Superb LyrebirdPlains-wandererOrange-bellied ParrotSouthern Emu-wrenPurple-crowned FairywrenPowerful OwlChestnut-breasted WhitefaceWhite-browed Treecreeper, and Gouldian Finch. There are many other highly sought-after species including Southern CassowaryBlack-necked Stork, albatrosses, penguins, parrots (including gorgeous Red-winged Parrot), fruit doves, Blue-faced Parrotfinch, grasswrens, and fairy wrens.

We currently have five fascinating small-group Australia birding tours for those people interested in going birding in Australia, these tours have all been designed based on years of exploring the different regions and varied habitats of the country, in order to give you the best possible (and ordered approach) to birding here. Each tour is briefly outlined below and these tours can be combined to increase your bang-for-buck (follow the links for itineraries, photo galleries, and past trip reports):

Birding Australia: Eastern Australia – From the Outback to the Wet Tropics

This tour takes in Victoria, southern New South Wales, and southern and northern Queensland and connects with a huge number of exciting endemic species in a wide range of habitats. Some of the highlights on this tour include Southern CassowaryPlains-wandererShy AlbatrossMalleefowlMallee Emu-wrenStriated GrasswrenGreat-billed HeronGolden BowerbirdRegent BowerbirdSplendid FairywrenSuperb LyrebirdAlbert’s LyrebirdPilotbirdNoisy Pitta, and Paradise Riflebird, to name a few. We take boat trips (which include snorkeling) to the Great Barrier Reef as well as along the Daintree River. Lots of exciting mammals (and reptiles) can be seen on this tour too such as Red KangarooKoalaPlatypusShort-beaked Echidna, and Green Turtle.

Birding Australia: Tasmania Bird Tour – Tasmanian Endemics and the Orange-bellied Parrot

An incredible opportunity to look for one of Australia’s rarest birds – Orange-bellied Parrot, along with many other specials of the island such as Swift ParrotForty-spotted PardaloteYellow WattlebirdLittle PenguinHooded PloverTasmanian NativehenScrubtitBlack CurrawongStrong-billed HoneyeaterTasmanian BoobookPink Robin, Beautiful Firetail, and Olive Whistler. Tasmania is very different to the rest of Australia, often lush green with some spectacular snow-capped mountains. We visit the delightful Bruny Island, home to all of Tasmania’s bird endemics. As a bonus the food in Tasmania is some of the best in Australia.

Birding Tour Australia: Northern Territory – Top End Birding Tour

This tour provides an excellent chance to see many of the Top End specials, including Gouldian FinchHooded ParrotRainbow PittaBeach Stone-curlewChestnut RailWhite-breasted WhistlerSandstone ShrikethrushChestnut-quilled Rock PigeonMasked FinchLong-tailed Finch, and so many more. We also get a good dose of ancient civilization culture here as we visit several rock art sites in Kakadu National Park, located bang in the middle of some excellent birding locations. Stepping back into this world, in this gorgeous landscape is highly memorable!

Birding Tour Australia: Northern Territory – Alice Springs and Uluru Birding Tour 

Exploring the ‘Red Center’ is always fascinating with conditions often differing dramatically year-on-year here. While some birds are nomadic, following the water, others are more sedentary and we are sure to find some pretty special birds. Some of the highlights on this tour are likely to include Spinifex PigeonDusky GrasswrenGibberbirdAustralian PratincoleInland DotterelBlack-breasted BuzzardBourke’s ParrotPink CockatooRufous-crowned Emu-wrenSpinifexbirdRed-browed PardaloteChestnut-breasted WhitefaceWestern Bowerbird, and Budgerigar. A visit to Uluru will be a non-birding highlight too.

Birding Tour Western Australia: Southwest Australian Endemic Birds

A really exciting tour that goes for the regional endemics found in the southwest of Western Australia. Delights such as Red-eared FiretailWhite-breasted Robin, Western ShriketitWestern SpinebillWestern WattlebirdRed-winged FairywrenBlue-breasted FairywrenBaudin’s Black CockatooCarnaby’s Black Cockatoo, (Muir’s) Western CorellaRock Parrot, and others will be targeted, along with the tough trio of Noisy ScrubbirdWestern Bristlebird, and Black-throated Whipbird (formerly Western Whipbird) of which we have had great success – see the tour gallery for photos of these species taken on our tours. We visit the incredible Dryandra Woodland (with a good chance of the rare Numbat) and the simply stunning Cheynes Beach.

We are also able to easily offer custom tours to Australia and have a great history of finding the tougher birds not always likely on a set departure tour. Please email us to discuss this option, let us know your target species and we can design an itinerary to see your target birds – please also feel free to ask us for trip reports showcasing our successful custom tours.

Download Australia Itineraries

Australia: from the Outback to the Wet Tropics October 2024/2025/2026

Australia: Northern Territory - Alice Springs and Uluru Birding Tour September 2025/2026

Australia: Northern Territory - Top End Birding September 2025/2026

Australia: Tasmania – Endemics & the Orange-bellied Parrot October 2024/2025/2026

Western Australia: Southwest Specialties September 2025/2026

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Testimonials from our Australia birding tours

Andy Walker is one of the truly exceptional guides in the world of birding. His skill at hearing and then finding birds is amazing. Couple this with an innate sense of getting his clients into the best possible position to both see and photo the given bird elevates him from "competent" to "top notch." I have been with Andy twice and intend to search him out again.

Jay - On Andy and Australia

Took the "Eastern Australia: from the Outback to the Wet Tropics" tour, my first with Birding Ecotours. Itinerary fit my needs to a "T". Birds were spectacular and guides made a special effort at each stop to find the unique birds. Also bagged some fascinating fauna including tree kangaroo, platypus, koala, and echinda. Andy Walker was an excellent guide. He is personable with a great sense of humour. His ability to adapt to changing circumstances was excellent. He and his local guide knew the birds and terrain very well, optimized our birding time at each locale by knowing what key species occurred at each, and took pains to be sure everyone got on each bird.

Mike - On Andy and Australia

We loved traveling with Andy. Thanks to Andy’s birding and organization skills, this trip exceeded our expectations. Andy is an excellent bird guide and tour leader! His knowledge of the birds, their songs, habitats, and ability to locate birds was amazing. We all appreciated his ability to make sure that we all saw good views of the birds.

Donna and Allen - On Andy and Australia

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