Birds of the Red Centre

An Exceptional 6 day Birding Tour

An exclusive six day adventure chasing the best birds in Australia's Red Centre. Now available in three great options: Great Victoria Desert Sandhill Grasswren, Painted Desert Gibberplains or Simpson Desert*


  • Over 150 species- all the regional specialities.
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • High standard of accomodation and food.
  • Genuine small group- maximum of only 4 participants!
  • Guide with intimate knowledge of the region's best sites and birds.

All versions of this tour begin with three days birding based from Alice Springs, the capital of the outback and one of the best birding destinations in Australia. Species targeted in this part of the tour include Rufous-crowned Emuwren, Dusky Grasswren, Grey Honeyeater, Painted Finch, Spinifexbird, Redthroat, Black-breasted Buzzard, Banded Whiteface, Little Buttonquail, Slaty-backed Thornbill, Red-browed Pardalote and Bourkes Parrot.

On the 4th day of the tour we relocate to either Coober Pedy (Painted Desert Gibberplains) or Yulara (Great Victoria Desert: Sandhill Grasswren) for two nights depending on the version chosen. 

On the Painted Desert Gibberplains version based from Coober Pedy we visit my reliable sites for Chestnut-breasted Whiteface, Gibberbird, Thick-billed Grasswren (indulkana subspecies), Rufous Fieldwren  (isabellanus subspecies). Along the way we will search for Cinnamon Quail-Thrush, Chiming and Chirruping Wedgebill, Bluebonnet (haematogaster subspecies) Inland Dotterel and Major Mitchell Cockatoo

The Great Victoria Desert: Sandhill Grasswren version based from Yulara our focus is the Sandhill Grasswren for which I have multiple accessible (non-National Park!) locations. Along the way we can expect to find Cinnamon Quail-Thrush, Chiming Wedgebill, Inland Dotterel and Major Mitchell Cockatoo. In good seasons both Scarlet-chested Parrot and Princess Parrot are possible in this area (we found Scarlet-chested Parrot on this tour in April 2017 and Princess Parrot have been sighted in the area multiple times through 2017).  

On this tour we stay at high standard accomodation. Venues include the Hilton Doubletree (Alice Springs), Desert Gardens (Yulara) and Lookout Cave Underground Hotel (Coober Pedy). All food during the tour is included in the price.   

2018 Tour Dates: 

25th-30th March -Painted Desert: Gibberplains version

5th -10th April -Great Victoria Desert: Sandhill Grasswren version

8th-13th June -Great Victoria Desert: Sandhill Grasswren version

*2018 Simpsons Desert version by request only- enquire for details

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