Rusty Grasswren © Jun Matsui
Rusty Grasswren © Jun Matsui

Outback Queensland

This 8 day birding tour takes you to the dry interior of western Queensland offers a good range of dry country species including three grasswrens! During the dry season when there is little standing water in the bush, the dry country birds are drawn to any water which is generally limited to the dams put in for cattle. It is possible to see large flocks of parrots including Budgerigars, Little Corellas, Galahs and a variety of finches coming in to drink and also roosting in the nearby trees. Starting in Mt Isa where you will continue the journey to by road giving you an excellent chance to view the wide open spaces of the Queensland cattle country.

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  • Tour Duration
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  • Group Size Small Group
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All about the Outback Queensland.

This 8 day birding tour takes you to the dry interior of western Queensland offers a good range of dry country species including three grasswrens! During the dry season when there is little standing water in the bush, the dry country birds are drawn to any water which is generally limited to the dams put in for cattle. It is possible to see large flocks of parrots including Budgerigars, Little Corellas, Galahs and a variety of finches coming in to drink and also roosting in the nearby trees. Starting in Mt Isa where you will continue the journey to by road giving you an excellent chance to view the wide open spaces of the Queensland cattle country.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Checklist
  • Guide services of tour leader
  • Group tips & gratuities
  • Transfers once tour has started
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Flights (Domestic & International)
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry
  1. Day 1 Arrive Mt Isa

    Meet your guide in Mt Isa and spend the balance of the day birding the spinifex areas around the town.

  2. Day 2 Search for Carpentarian & Kalkadoon Grasswrens

    This day is set aside for looking for the Carpentarian and Kalkadoon Grasswrens to the north of Mt Isa.

  3. Day 3 Travel to Boulia - Budgies & more

    Today we drive south to Boulia. This is a great area for budgies and some years flocks of thousands can be seen coming to drink in the dams around the town. Specialities of the area include Australian Bustard, Cockatiel, Spinifex Pigeon, Varied Fairywren and Red-browed Pardalote. Dusk and dawn are the best times for birding as it can get very hot in the middle of the day.

  4. Day 4 Search for Rusty Grasswren

    After spending the morning around Boulia we will drive to Opalton where we will look for the Rusty Grasswren.

  5. Day 5 Grasswrens & more

    The early morning gives us a second chance for the grasswren before we drive the short distance north to Winton where we will bird the local area Rufous-crowned EmuwrenCloncurry Ringneck and Spotted Bowerbird can be found locally.

  6. Day 6 Bladensberg National Park

    Today we spend a full day in the Winton area visiting the nearby Bladensberg National Park where the fossilised footprints of a dinossaur stampede can be seen.

  7. Day 7 Drive back to Mt Isa

    Today we drive slowly back to Mt Isa birding on the way.

  8. Day 8 Onward flights home

    Transfer to airport and take onward flights.

Tour Accommodation

Accommodation is in comfortable, en suite, motel style rooms in Outback towns along the way.

This is not a difficult tour and is suitable for anyone with moderate standard of fitness. Daytime temperatures can be very hot but it is a dry heat and your vehicle will be air conditioned.