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  • Sun. Sep. 4: Vancouver-Brisbane
    Depart Vancouver this evening via Air Canada non-stop to Brisbane.
  • Tue. Sep. 6: Brisbane-Darwin
    Arrive Brisbane this morning and connect to our flight to Darwin. We are met by our guide and transfer to the Travelodge Mirambeena Resort for a three night stay. Spend the rest of the day exploring some of the reserves around Darwin including the Botanical Gardens for an introduction to the flora and fauna of the area. Among the habitats visited today and the next day are mangroves, monsoon rainforests, and diverse wetlands. Red-headed honeyeaters, Rainbow pittas, and Green orioles are among the many beautiful bird species we should encounter today. L,D
  • Wed. Sep. 7: Darwin
    Arrive Perth this morning and transfer to our hotel. After settling Today we explore the coastal monsoon thickets and iconic Darwin destinations of Leanyer Ponds and Knuckeys Lagoon, where a number of interesting birds such as the Long-tailed finch are found. B,L,D
  • Thu. Sep. 8: Darwin
    Another day exploring some of the best nature viewing sites in the Darwin area, including a visit to Howard Springs. We should see Kingfishers of several species, flying foxes, Agile wallabies, freshwater fish including the famous Barramundi, and many other birds. B,L,D
  • Fri. Sep. 9: Darwin-Kakadu
    Our first stop will be the Fogg Dam, an excellent area for many of the region’s famous waterbirds, such as the Magpie goose, Brolga, and Pied heron. Other stops and bird walks will be made en route to Ubirr, via the spectacular Arnhem Land escarpment. Saltwater crocodiles are often seen along the way. Ubirr is the site of several well known Aboriginal rock art sites dating back thousands of years. We will end with some night-spotting for Barking owls and other noctural birds. Overnight at the Aurora Kakadu, South Alligator. B,L,D
  • Sat. Sep. 10: Kakadu
    An early morning start, we drive to Drive to Kakadu National Park today and visit Mamukala Wetlands where a great variety of waterbirds can be seen. Visit the Visitor Centre in Kakadu, with its extensive displays, multi-visuals and videos, and Nourlangie Rock, famous for its Aboriginal rock art. Black wallaroo, Red-tailed black cockatoo, and Great bowerbird are a few of the species to be found here. Overnight at Cooinda Lodge. B,L.D
  • Sun. Sep. 11: Yellow Waters Cruise
    We rise early to spend as much time as possible in the Kalbarri National We join an early morning cruise at Yellow Waters lagoons to view crocodiles and waterbirds such as Nankeen night-heron, Black-necked stork and Little kingfisher, and possibly the very large Great-billed heron and Black bittern. Then on to the Pine Creek area and the Copperfield Dam and Water Gardens. The brilliantly coloured Hooded parrot and Gouldian finch are among the many notable birds of the area. Two nights at the Railway Hotel. B,L,D
  • Mon. Sep. 12: Katherine Gorge Cruise
    Another day of wonderful birds and scenery, as we take a morning Katherine Gorge cruise and visit an Aboriginal rock art site. We continue wildlife viewing around the Katherine/Mataranka area where flocks of Budgerigars and Cockatiels are often seen, as well as the beautiful Red-winged parrot. B,L,D
  • Tue. Sep. 13: Pine Creek-Timber Creek
    We start today with the dolphin feeding off the beach before heading Today we travel west and explore the cane-grass ecosystem along the Victoria River, another very rich area for birds and a good place to spot the Freshwater Crocodile. Hooded parrots, Gouldian finches, and Crested shrike-tits are among the many birds characteristic of the area. Two nights at the Timber Creek Hotel. B,L,D
  • Wed. Sep. 14: Timber Creek
    A day spent exploring the rich ecosystems of the Timber Creek area. B,L,D
  • Thu. Sep. 15: Timber Creek-Darwin
    A day of travel back to Darwin, with good birding and other wildlife viewing stops en route. Overnight Travelodge Mirambeena Resort. B,L,D
  • Fri. Sep. 16: Darwin-Cairns
    A midday flight takes us to Cairns where we are met by our guide and transfer to the Acacia Court Hotel for a two night stay. B,L,D
  • Sat. Sep. 17: Cairns
    Spend the day birding around the Cairns City region including the esplanade and foreshore, Flecker Botanical Gardens and Centennial Lakes and Feather Palm and Paperbark Swamp. Habitats include lowland swamp forest, freshwater wetlands, mangroves, mudflats, riparian/riverine/estuarine and intertidal zones. B,L,D
  • Sun. Sep 18: Atherton Tablelands/Cairns Highlands
    Early departure to the Atherton Tablelands/Cairns Highlands via Innisfail, Etty Bay, Moresby Range and the Wooroonooran National Park, with stops en route. This is a very rich area for flora and fauna, with many different habitats and such ‘must see’ birds as the Southern cassowary. Crimson finch, Pied imperial pigeon, and the beautiful Rainbow bee-eater are among the other notable birds of the region. Accommmodation for three nights at Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge adjoining Crater Lakes National Park. B,L,D
  • Mon. Sep. 19: Atherton Tablelands
    Birding today around the Misty Mountains, Tully Falls National Park and Innot Hot Springs/Blunder regions. Visit Warrigal Highland Rainforest Preserve, a 300-acre private wildlife refuge adjoining the largest single tract of tropical rainforest remaining in Australia. Warrigal has been used as a scientific research site for rare arboreal mammals and has one of the largest concentrations of rare Rainforest ringtail possums in Australia.. Visit Ravenshoe, Queensland’s highest town and skirt savannah country that marks the start of the Australian outback. B,L,D
  • Tue. Sep. 20: Atherton Tablelands
    Early morning Platypus viewing followed by birding in various habitats including Crater Lakes National Park, Lake Barrine/Lake Eacham, Hasties Swamp, Lake Tinaroo, Bromfield Crater and Curtain Fig Tree National Park. Evening mammal viewing around lodge for Sugar gliders, Striped possum, Red-legged pademelon and owls. B,L,D
  • Wed. Sep. 21: Atherton Tablelands-Daintree
    We travel via the inland route to Daintree, stopping en route at the Granite Gorge, Mareeba Wetlands, Lake Mitchell, Mt. Malloy and Abattoir Swamp. Habitats include dry sclerophyll woodland, savannah woodland, arable/pasture lands and extensive freshwater wetlands. Stay at Daintree Riverview Cabins for two nights. B,L,D
  • Thu. Sep. 22: Daintree River
    Early morning Daintree River birding and wildlife cruise. We then explore Stewarts Creek and the Daintree valley. In addition to many bird species, we hope to see a good selection of reptiles such as Saltwater crocodile, Common tree snake and Eastern water dragon. Later we cross the Daintree River by cable ferry and travel the scenic coast road to Cape Tribulation. B,L,D
  • Fri. Sep. 23: Daintree-Cairns
    Travel to Cairns via the scenic coast road which provides spectacular views over the Coral Sea. Visit the Cattana Wetlands and Half-moon Bay Lagoon. Three nights at the Acacia Court Hotel, B,L,D
  • Sat. Sep. 24: Great Barrier Reef
    Day boat trip out to Michaelmas Cay on the outer Great Barrier Reef. This is an important seabird island refuge and marine park, and an ideal site for both snorkelling in the protected calm waters and observing the many seabirds this cay is famous for, including huge breeding populations of Sooty terns. The marine life is exceptional, with many hundreds of species of tropical coral reef fish, and more than 450 species of corals.
  • Sun. Sep. 25: Cairns
    Morning visit to the rainforest village of Kuranda, and exploring the natural history and exceptional scenery of the surrounding foothills. We also visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre. B,L,D
  • Mon. Sep. 26: Cairns-Brisbane
    Morning free in Cairns before transferring to the airport for the flight to Brisbane. Overnight at an airport hotel. B
  • li>Tue. Sep. 27: Brisbane-Vancouver
    Depart Brisbane this morning via Air Canada non-stop to Vancouver.

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