Australia is a vast continent boasting not only a handsome list of birds – over 800 species – but also a host of animals found nowhere else too. One of the great features of any kind of trip to Australia, is the sheer abundance of many of the birds and animals. Some of the most abundant bird species are also some of the most striking and colorful – with birds like Superb Fairywren, Rainbow Lorikeet and Galah being conspicuous birds in many areas, while animals like wallabies and kangaroos seem to be around every corner! The ease with which many of these species may be seen is often illustrated by the long species lists even in a short trip. In a few intense weeks in Eastern Australia you can expect to walk away with more than half the continents birds, and a healthy dose of mammals too. The size of the continent means that no one trip can do the country justice, and so for that reason tour operators such as Tropical Birding offer four different tours to Australia, three birding tours, and one photo tour. Typically birders take either the Eastern Australia tour alone, or combine this with one other tour (most often the short Top End tour); while photographers are well-catered for with the Australia Photo Journey, which ensures photographers leave with a healthy selection of Australian birds such as electric-blue fairwrens, bowerbirds around their characteristic bowers, a swathe of parrots, as well as many other classic Australasian groups such as logrunners, pardalotes, honeyeaters, whistlers, woodswallows and fantails; and that's not to mention a host of wallabies, kangaroos, and the chance to photograph wombats and platypus too. Text from Tropical Birding, leading bird tour operators with destinations woldwide, including Australia

Christmas Island

Rockjumper

Tropical Birding

Sicklebill Safaris

Birding Ecotours

Showing the 90 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted

Australia - Lyndhurst, Flinders Rangers, Yorke Peninsular, SA, 1st - 4th September 2006., author Graham Etherington (added September 9, 2006)
(South Australia, Lyndhurst, Flinders Rangers, Yorke Peninsular, Chestnut-breasted Whiteface, Thick-billed Grasswren, Short-tailed Grasswren)

Northern Victoria, Australia - February 2007, author Bruce Reynolds (added September 5, 2007)

Australia - Outback trip - 18th - 26th August 2007, author Frank Rheindt (added September 26, 2007)
(fabulous views of 5 different grasswren species, Letter-winged Kite, Flock Bronzewing, three quail-thrush species, Chestnut-breasted Whiteface and an array of other unique outback specialties)

Eastern Australia and the Top End (Kakadu National Park, northeast Queensland, and a drive south to Sydney, New South Wales) July 2 - August 8, 2010, author Jim McConnell (added September 22, 2010)
(Southern Cassowary, Great-billed Heron, Hooded Parrot, Rainbow Pitta, Little Kingfisher, Regent, Golden and Satin Bowerbirds, Diamond Firetail, mammals and reptiles )

SE Queensland, Australia - 12th - 13th September 2009, author Petter Zahl Marki (added September 19, 2009)
(Cooloola NP, Brisbane, Black-breasted and Painted button-Quail, Baillon's and Spotless Crake, Powerful Owl, Spotted Quail-Thrush)

Australia, Northern Territory, Darwin, Kakadu & Mataranka - August 21st – 28th 2011 , author Colin Reid (added September 18, 2011)
(Kakadu, Darwin, NT, Northern Territory, Red Goshawk, Chestnut-backed Button-quail)

Australia - Northern Territory 23 Jul - 3 Aug, author Ken Tucker (link created September 12, 2014)
(Darwin, Kakadu, Buffalo Creek, Fogg Dam, Katherine, Pine Creek, Victoria River, Timber Creek)

Australia, 24th September - 21st October 1999, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

Western Australia, 22nd June - 28th July 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

Australia, August 2000, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

Western Australia and Northern Territory, 24th August -19th October 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

Cape York Peninsula, Bamaga, March 18th - 22nd 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

Hampton State Forest Area, New South Wales, August 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

Eastern Australia - Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania, 11th October - 9th November 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

Tropical North Queensland, Australia, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

Queensland, Australia, 28th June - 20th July 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

North Australia, May 29th - June 28th 2000, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

Tarwoona Downs, Australia, 28th - 30th December 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

Australia (Sydney to Cairns), July 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

Top End and Eastern Queensland, Australia, May 4th - 24th 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

Kakadu National Park and the Top End, Northern Territory, 8th - 14th August 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

Australia: North west Victoria 22nd - 25th August 2006, author Mike Catsis (added September 1, 2006)
(Regent Parrots and Pink Cockatoos)

Christmas Island, an ornithologist's dream, author Surfbirds Admin (link created October 7, 2008)
(frigatebirds, tropicbirds, boobies and other endemics)

Australia's Top End - October 19th - 27th 2015, author Phil Gregory (added October 29, 2015)

Eastern Australia, author Len Jellicoe (added October 29, 2006)
(Surfers Paradise to Batemans bay to Philip Island to Kyneton to Sydney)

AUSTRALIA - November/December 2007 - NORTHERN TERRITORY & QUEENSLAND , author Brad Weinert (link created October 15, 2012)
(Darwin, Fogg Dam, Kakadu, Yellow Waters, Litchfield, Uluru, Hervey Bay)

Australia, 24th July - 1st August 2007 and 2nd - 22nd October 2007, author Jon Hornbuckle (added November 25, 2007)
(Bristlebird, Scrub-bird, Red-eared Firetail, Western Whipbird)

Australia - 2nd - 23rd October 2006, author Edward Hall (added November 22, 2005)
(Darwin, Cairns, Melbourne, Brisbane)

Australia - North Queensland, Adelaide Melbourne - 30th Sept - 3rd Nov 2011, author Karen Hargreave (added November 15, 2011)
(Golden-shouldered Parrot, Red Goshawk , Plains Wanderer, Chestnt-breasted Whiteface, Mallee Emu-Wren)

SE Australia (East Gippsland - Snowy River) March 17-23, 2005, author Jim Peterson (link created May 4, 2005)
(There is very little published information on the avifauna of this area)

Central Australia (Northern Territory) - 17-25 June 2006, author Frank Hemmings (added May 2, 2009)

Australia, Northern Rivers & Central Coast, New South Wales. 4-6 May 2010., author Simon Clayton (added May 17, 2010)
(Rufous Scrub-bird, Paradise Riflebird, Sooty Owl, Regent & Satin Bowerbird, Noisy Pitta, Black-necked Stork.)

South Australia Dec 2006, author Peter Waanders (link created March 26, 2008)
(Banded Stilt, Freckled Duck, Black-eared Miner, Chestnut-breasted Whiteface, Thick-billed / Eyrean / Short-tailed / Striated Grasswren, Chestnut / Cinnamon Quail-thrush, Gibber Chat, Orange Chat, Crimson Chat - Adelaide, Gluepot Reserve, Flinders Ranges,)

South Australia (Flinders Ranges) tour August 2007, author Peter Waanders (link created March 26, 2008)
(Adelaide, Flinders Ranges, Strzelecki track, Short-tailed / Thick-billed / Eyrean Grasswren, Grey-fronted Honeyeater, Slender-billed Thornbill, Cinnamon Quail-thrush, Chestnut-breasted Whiteface)

South Australia Dec 07, author Peter Waanders (link created March 25, 2008)
(Black-eared Miner, Red-lored Whistler, Chestnut-breasted Whiteface, Thick-billed / Striated / Short-tailed / Eyrean Grasswren, Cinnamon / Chestnut Quail-thrush, Gibber Chat, Gluepot Reserve, Flinders Ranges, Outback, Lyndhurst, South Australia)

Australia - Queensland, 13-26 November 2013, author Julian Thomas (added March 21, 2014)
(O'Reilly's, Granite Belt, Brisbane, Townsville, Paluma, Mission Beach, Cairns, Atherton Tablelands)

Australia, NSW, Clarence Valley., author Simon Clayton (link created March 16, 2010)
(Gibraltar Range, Clarence river estuary, Terek Sandpiper, Great Knot, Sandplovers)

Australia, Parry's Beach - March 4th 2010, author Micah Luciano Doquile Oberon (added March 16, 2010)
(Parrys Beach, Western Australia, )

Australian Outback, South-east Australia & Tasmania May 4th - 29th 2004, author Phil Gregory (added March 16, 2007)
(Strzelecki Track, Bowra, Tasmania, grasswrens, Plains-Wanderer, Orange-bellied Parrot)

Cairns, Iron Range and Cape York Peninsula 9-18/12/09, author Frank Hemmings (added March 10, 2010)
(Iron Range, Musgrave Station, Golden-shoulderd Parrot, Red-bellied Pitta, )

Southeast Australia - October 2013, author John van der Woude (link created March 1, 2014)

South Australia - 14th - 18th May 2011, author Colin Reid (added June 8, 2011)
(Gluepot, Innes National Park, Red-lored Whistler, Gilbert's Whistler)

Australia, South East Queensland - 12th December 2008 to 5th January 2009, author Nicholas & Alison Blinston (added June 7, 2009)
(Lamington, Brisbane, Great Sandy & Bribie National Parks)

Tropical Queensland - October 2003, author Jim Flynn (added June 30, 2006)
(Atherton, Daintree, Cassowary, Papuan Frogmouth, Pacific Baza, Cape Tribulation)

Australia - Tasmania - May 2009, author Colin Reid (added June 3, 2009)
(Hobart, Bruny Island, Tasman Peninsula, Freycinet, St Helen's, Cradle mt, Strahan)

8 day Tour of Victoria, south-eastern Australia, 20th to 27th November 2013, author Simon Starr (added June 21, 2014)
(Victoria, Australia, )

Lord Howe Island - March 13th -17th 2005, author Phil Gregory (added June 21, 2005)
(Providence Petrel, Red-tailed Tropicbird, Woodhen)

South-west Western Australia - May 1st - 11th 2014, author Colin Reid (added June 16, 2014)
(Perth, Albany, pelagic, Western Australia, Cheynes Beach, Western Whipbird, Noisy Scrub bird, Western Bristlebird)

Melbourne & Southern Victoria, Australia 27th March - 14th April 2015, author Brian Clasper (added July 7, 2015)
(Melbourne, Apollo Bay, Inverloch)

Australia - West Kimberley - 16th - 25th June 2012, author Greg Roberts (added July 5, 2012)
(Black Grasswren, Kimberley Honeyeater, Buff-sided Robin)

Western Australia - 8th -21st March 2005, author Julian Thomas (added July 20, 2005)
(saw nearly all of the available WA endemics (depending on taxonomy) and the tough specialities of the coastal heaths)

Far North Queensland, Australia - 24 June - 5 July 2017, author Aidan Powell (added July 18, 2017)
(Mt Lewis, Cassowary House, Chowchilla, Southern Cassowary )

Top End – Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine, Australia - 31 May - 9 June 2007, author Frank Rheindt (added July 17, 2007)

Australia: Top End and SE Queensland, 14th November - 4th December 2004, author Catherine McFadden (added January 8, 2005)
(Darwin, Kakadu, Kununurra, Katherine, Lamington NP, Goomburra, Brisbane, Northern Pintail, Red Goshawk, Gouldian Finch, Flock Bronzewing, Hooded Parrot, Chestnut-backed Button-quail, Ruff, Garganey, Great-billed Heron, Little Kingfisher, Rufous Owl, Spotl)

South West Australia - 7th December 2004 to 6th January 2005, author John Bowler (added January 27, 2013)
(Gooseberry Hill, Albany, Bussleton, Kalbarri, Rottnest Island)

SW Australia - September 2010, author John van der Woude (link created January 25, 2011)
(Perth, Albany, Esperance, Leinster, Mt. Magnet, Kalbarri)

Daintree in Tropical North Queensland, Australia, author Trish and Andrew Forsyth (added January 19, 2009)

Australia - Great Otway National Park and the Great Ocean Road - 3rd - 6th January 2010, author Josh Engel (added January 18, 2010)
(Birding close to Melbourne, Rufous Bristlebird, Lorne)

Two Go Mad in Australia - October 2006, author Chris Goodie (added January 18, 2007)
(including a Sydney Pelagic, a Deniliquin dash for Plains Wanderer, a hurried mission around the Top End, and a wander through extreme South-West Australia.)

Alice Springs and surroundings, Australia, 29th October - 3rd November 2015, author Petter Zahl Marki (added January 17, 2016)
(Erldunda, Uluru, Alice Springs, Grey Honeyeater, Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, Dusky Grasswren)

Christmas Island - September 2010, author Tim Low (added January 13, 2011)
(Christmas Island Endemics)

Australia - East Coast - 9th – 29th November 2008, author Steve Arlow (added January 10, 2009)
(stunning images of Australia's best birds)

Australia, North Queensland - Cairns - January 15 – 20th 2009., author Colin Reid (added February 8, 2009)
(Cairns, Atherton Tablelands, Kingfisher Park, Cassowary House)

Five Grasswren tour 2006, author Peter Waanders (link created February 7, 2010)
(Short-tailed, Striated, Eyrean, Thick-billed and Grey Grasswren, Gibber Chat, Bourke's Parrot)

Five Grasswren tour 2008, author Peter Waanders (link created February 7, 2010)
(Inland Dotterel, Short-tailed, Striated, Eyrean, Thick-billed and Grey Grasswren, Gibber Chat, Chestnut-breasted Whiteface)

Five Grasswren tour 2009, author Peter Waanders (link created February 7, 2010)
(Inland Dotterel, Black Falcon, Letter-winged Kite, Flock Bronzewing, Gibber Chat, Yellow Chat, 5 species of grasswren)

Australia - October - November 2009, author Mark Harper (added February 5, 2010)
(South-west, South, Tasmania, Noisy Scrub-bird, Western Whipbird, Western Bristlebird, Red-lored Whistler, Striated Grasswren, Mallee Emu-wren, Malleefowl, Plains-wanderer)

Australia's Norfolk Island - 26th - 29th January 2013, author Phil Gregory (added February 3, 2013)
(Burnt Pine, Mt. Pitt, Norfolk Island Parakeet, Norfolk Island Gerygone, Pacific Robin, Morepork)

Eastern Australia, Friday 10 – Wednesday 29 October 2003, author The Travelling Naturalist (link created February 3, 2005)

Australia - North Queensland - 7th - 11th February 2008, author Colin Reid (added February 24, 2008)
(Townsville, Paluma, Ingham, Mission Beach.)

Australia - Queensland Birding - 2nd - 18th October 2019, author Chris Lotz, Birding Ecotours (link created February 18, 2020)
(Southern Cassowary, Paradise Riflebird, Victoria’s Riflebird, Albert’s Lyrebird, Green Catbird and more)

Northern Tasmania - 19th - 28th December 2009, author Oscar Campbell (added February 18, 2010)
(Cradle Mountain, Freycinet Penisula, Maria Island, Pink Robin, Beautiful Firetail, Scrub-tit, Hooded Plover, Shy Albatrosss, Short-tailed Shearwater)

Top End, Northern Territory, Australia - 28th June - 12th July 2008, author Frank Hemmings (added February 15, 2009)
(Darwin, Fogg Dam, Kakadu, Katherine, Victoria River, Timber Creek, Burrell Creek, Litchfield)

Australia: Cairns, 20-23 January and 08 February 2005, author Catherine McFadden (added February 13, 2005)
(Atherton Tablelands, Julatten, Mt. Carbine, Southern Cassowary, Australian Bustard, Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher)

Australia - Tasmania and East Coast - October - November 2015, author Chris Lotz, Birding Ecotours (link created December 8, 2015)
(The focus of our time in Tasmania was to connect with the endemic birds found on the island state, as well as with two critically endangered Tasmania breeding endemics, Orange-bellied and Swift Parrots)

Australia's Outback: Kakadu to Uluru. October 2006, author Sam Woods/Tropical Birding (added December 4, 2006)
(Darwin and the Top End to Uluru (Gouldian Finch, Yellow Chat, Rainbow Pitta, Purple-crowned Fairywren, Red Goshawk).)

Australia - New South Wales and Tasmania - 5th December 2007 - 2nd January 2008, author Tom Goossens (link created December 31, 2009)
(Our aim was to see the 12 endemics in Tasmania plus species missed from our 1996 visit to New South Wales)

Southern Australia and Tasmania - 12 October - 4 November 2007, author Pete Morris (link created December 2, 2007)
(Recorded no fewer than 311 species in what was our best tour to date)

Australia, Northern Queensland - December 1st - 5th 2011, author Colin Reid (added December 19, 2011)
(Atherton Tablelands, Cairns, Buff-breasted Buttonquail, Golden Bowerbird, Cooktown)

Australia - 25 September to 15th October 2004, author Mark Harper (added December 19, 2004)

South-western Australia - November 2015, author Chris Lotz, Birding Ecotours (link created December 18, 2015)

Australia -Julatten and Atherton Tablelands - 21st - 25th November 2007, author Colin Reid (added December 17, 2007)
(Julatten & Atherton Tablelands, N Queensland - a short 4-day trip)

Australia October - November 2006: Cairns to Tasmania, author Sam Woods/Tropical Birding (added December 1, 2006)
(Cassowary, Golden & Regent Bowerbirds, 2 Species of Birds of Paradise, all 3 Aussie Frogmouths, Aussie Owlet-Nightjar, 2 species of Lyrebirds.)

Southern Highlands, New South Wales, Australia - July 21st – 24th 2011 , author Colin Reid (added August 8, 2011)
(Rockwarbler, Bristlebird, Albatross)

South Australia: From Black Swans to Eyrean Grasswren - 18th - 21st August 2006, author Mike Catsis (added August 28, 2006)

Christmas Island, Australia - 25 June to 28 June 2019, author Sandra Harding (added August 26, 2019)
(Abbott's Booby, Christmas Boobook, Christmas Frigatebird)

Northern Victoria, Australia - 15th - 16th July 2008 - Plains Wanderer trip, author Chris McInerny (added August 19, 2008)
(Northern Victoria, Plains Wanderer, Honeyeaters, Swift Parrot)

Gulf of Carpentaria 2010, author Tom Tarrant (link created August 14, 2010)
(Karumba, Normanton, Burketown, Purple-crowned Fairywren, Australian Pratincole)

Australia: Ballina, New South Wales - 16th February - 7th March 2009, author Dave Flumm (added April 25, 2009)
(Ballina, Richmond River NR, Lismore area, Broadwater NP, seawatching)

Western Australia - 14th - 24th February 2008, author Phil Gregory (added April 12, 2008)
(Albany, Broome, Two Peoples Bay, Scrub-bird, Bristlebird, Sicklebill Safaris)