Inland SW Australian pre-trip, Coral Coast and Outback northern wheatbelt 13 - 20 October 2023
Day 1. Fri 13 Oct 2023. Arrive Perth
Day 2. Sat 14 Oct 2023. Perth wetlands to Dalwallinu
Day 3. Sun 15 Oct 2023. Dalwallinu to Mt Magnet, inland birds
Day 4. Mon 16 Oct 2023. Samphire, lakes and stony plains- Mount Magnet
Day 5. Tue 17 Oct 2023. Mt Magnet to Geraldton
Day 6. Wed 18 Oct 2023. Kalbarri National Park -Geraldton
Day 7. Thu 19 Oct 2023. Geraldton to Perth
Day 8. Fri 20 Oct 2023. Depart Perth
B- breakfast; L- lunch; D- dinner.
Day 1. Fri 13 Oct 2023. Arrive in Perth.
Today has been set aside as an arrival day so you are free to arrive at any time that suits your travel plans. You are to make your own way to the hotel (hotel does provide a transfer service from Perth airport) and we will meet at the hotel at 7.00pm for a brief orientation and welcome dinner. Please note that no activities have been planned for today.
Accommodation: Perth (en suite rooms). Meals included: D.
Day 2. Sat 14 Oct 2023. Perth wetlands to Dalwallinu.
We start today by visiting one or two of the many wetlands around Perth, then drive to Dalwallinu. Herdsman Lake has the best variety of waterbirds including Blue-billed Duck and Musk Duck, as well as Swamp Harrier and Australian Hobby. If the water levels are suitable, we will visit another nearby lake to look for more waterbirds including crakes. We will also visit the nest site of White-backed Swallow which hopefully will be present. The drive to Dalwallinu is nearly 3 hours.
Accommodation: Hotel in Dalwallinu (en suite rooms). Meals included: B, L, D.
Day 3. Sun 15 Oct 2023. Dalwallinu to Mt Magnet, inland birds.
Today we continue our travels inland and North to Mount Magnet. Past Wubin we pass through an area of sand plain heath which should have extensive flowering. We will look out for Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (race samueli), Western Corella (race derbyi), and Black-breasted Buzzard. En route to Mount Magnet we have chances Bourke’s Parrot, Mulga Parrot, Banded Lapwing, Black-tailed Native-hen. If we have time, we may make a diversion to look for Grey Honeyeater, Mulga Parrot, Little Woodswallow, Orange Chat and Crimson Chat. We could get lucky and find Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo. If the weather allows, we will try to access a river with a series of pools lined with thick flowering vegetation located to the south-east of Mt Magnet. We will target White-browed Treecreeper, Gilbert’s Whistler, Southern Scrub-robin, Mistletoebird and any honeyeaters in the flowering vegetation. We may even have the opportunity to look for Western Quail-thrush. Tonight is the first of a two night stay in Mount Magnet.
Accommodation: Mount Magnet (en suite cabin). Meals included: B, L, D.
Day 4. Mon 16 Oct 2023. Samphire, lakes and stony plains- Mount Magnet.
Today we bird several different habitats north of Mt Magnet, including samphire, salt lakes, a freshwater lake, more mulga and stony plains. We will target Banded Whiteface, Bourke’s Parrot, Slaty-backed Thornbill, Orange Chat, Redthroat, Slender-billed Thornbill (ssp iredalei), White-winged Fairywren, Chiming Wedgebill, Western Bowerbird, Little Button-quail, Black-tailed Native-hen, Red-kneed Dotterel, White-necked Heron, Little Woodswallow, White-backed Swallow, Red-backed Kingfisher and Fieldwren (ssp wayensis). We should add to our list of raptors including Spotted Harrier.
Accommodation: Mount Magnet (en suite cabin). Meals included: B,L,D.
Day 5. Tue 17 Oct 2023. Mt Magnet to Geraldton.
Today is our last exploration of the mulga. The mulga habitat is dominated by several species of acacia plus flowering plants such as Eremophila and Grevillea. This is where we will find many species that do not occur in the southwest, and we will specifically look for the rather rare Grey Honeyeater in mulga-dominate habitats, as well Western Quail-thrush, which is a WA endemic. Other special birds out here include Emu, Budgerigar, Cockatiel, Mulga Parrot, Diamond Dove, Crimson Chat, Black-eared Cuckoo, Pied Butcherbird, Zebra Finch, Common Bronzewing, Pallid Cuckoo, Crested Bellbird, Brown Songlark, Masked Woodswallow, Purple-backed Fairywren, Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, Southern Whiteface, White-winged Triller, Red-capped Robin, Hooded Robin, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, White-browed Babbler and Grey-crowned Babbler. If the eremophilas or grevilleas are flowering we will look for White-fronted Honeyeater, Black Honeyeater and Pied Honeyeater. Today we travel towards the coast leaving the mulga habitat and passing through eucalypt woodland before reaching coastal vegetation and Geraldton.
Accommodation: Geraldton (en suite room). Meals included: B,L,D.
Day 6. Wed 18 Oct 2023. Kalbarri National Park –Geraldton.
We drive 1.5 hours north to Kalbarri at the mouth of the Murchison River. We will spend much of the time in the heathland of Kalbarri National Park where there should be a profusion of flowers attracting honeyeaters including the WA endemic Western Spinebill and Western Wattlebird, as well as Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, White-cheeked Honeyeater and chances of the nomadic Pied Honeyeater, Black Honeyeater and White-fronted Honeyeater. There are good chances of Blue-breasted Fairywren and Western Yellow Robin. Other birds in the area include Rufous (Western) Fieldwren (ssp montanellus) – a possible future split, Rainbow Bee-eater, White-plumed Honeyeater, Peaceful Dove, Hooded Robin, Southern Scrub-robin, cuckoos and a variety of raptors, hopefully including Square-tailed Kite. En route back to Geraldton, we may visit a saltworks where we may find Banded Stilt and Red-necked Avocet.
Accommodation: Geraldton (en suite room). Meals included: B,L,D.
Day 7. Thu 19 Oct 2023. Geraldton to Perth.
Today we begin our return to Perth, birding en route with a stop in Lancelin on the way. There is a 3 hour drive to Lancelin where we will look for Common Noddy, Bridled Tern, Roseate Tern, Fairy Tern and Rock Parrot. Between Lancelin and Perth, we will look out for Carnaby’s (Short-billed) Black-Cockatoo and Western Corella. This will also be the arrival day of the main tour, so we will meet up with the participants that are joining us for the south-western Australian tour at the hotel at 7pm for a welcome dinner.
Accommodation: Perth (en suite rooms). Meals included: B,L.D
Fri 20 Oct 2023. Depart Perth or continue onto SW Tour
Those continuing on the South-Western Australian Tour will be heading to Cheynes Beach after an early breakfast. (see SW tour itinerary for details)
Those who are not continuing on tour will make their own arrangements for departing Perth.
Accommodation: none. Meals included B
PRICING AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Group size: minimum 6 and maximum 8 participants to one guide or 9 to 12pax with 2 guides.
Tour Price: AU$4,645 per person twin share. Single supplement: AU$670.
Price includes: Accommodation as per the itinerary, specialist guide and transport, meals, entrance fees and activities as mentioned in the itinerary. (These prices are based on the current rate of GST and may need to be adjusted if there are significant changes.)
Price does not include: International and domestic airfares, alcoholic beverages, snacks, internet, laundry or other items of a personal nature.
Meals and drinks: Breakfast generally consists of a continental style breakfast with cereal, fruit and yoghurt and tea/coffee. Full cooked breakfast is not generally offered at most locations. Lunch will generally consist of a packed lunch style meal eaten in the field, with sandwich/filled roll, fruit, and adrink. Dinner usually consists of several options for main with the choice of either an appetiser or dessert. Drinks (soft and alcoholic) are generally not included but at lunches and breakfasts juice may be made available.
The itinerary: Whilst we aim to follow the itinerary as planned, please note that the itinerary provided should only be used as a guideline. Depending on individual trip circumstances, weather, and local information, the exact itinerary may not be strictly adhered to. The guides reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary as they see fit