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An 8-day birding journey to reveal the marvelous birdlife of arid central and north western Victoria and Lake Mungo. We cross the Great Dividing Range and travel deeper into the outback in search of the birds and other wildlife that thrive in diverse habitats in the arid zones. We explore ancient granite outcrops, vast open plains, Ramsar-listed ephemeral wetlands, outback rivers, salt lakes, Mallee woodlands, saltbush scrublands, undulating red dunes, ancient lakes of the Willandra World Heritage Area, the Lake Mungo Lunette (Walls of China). Taking our time we look for numerous desert parrots and cockatoos, waterbirds, a host of honeyeaters, more obvious inland birds as well as some of the more elusive and conservation-dependent Mallee birds, like Malleefowl and Mallee emu-wren. While we will be focussing on birds we also take time to observe mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, flora, landscapes and the rich heritage of the Willandra Lakes area.
Guides carry a spotting scope and a small library of field guides. All guests will be provided with species checklists, which guides assist with and also complete online checklists of birds seen. Other significant species are also recorded and submitted to the appropriate online atlasses. These wildlife surveys are very important ‘Citizen Science’ contributions and play a significant role in assisting scientists and others to understand the major changes that are occurring in the world and help steer conservation efforts.
Melbourne to Bendigo via Mount Korong Conservation Reserve
Picks ups will commence from your individual Melbourne CBD Hotel (city centre only) from 8.00am. Please advise us which hotel you are staying at so we can arrange your pick up. Alternatively, why not let our friendly team help to recommend a hotel for you to stay in Melbourne. We head north from Melbourne city passing over the tail end of the Great Dividing Range and continue to Mt Korong scenic reserve. Ancient granite hills rise above the surrounding plains providing remarkable scenery. The reserve and surrounding covenanted properties protect important woodland bird habitat that supports raptors like wedge-tailed eagle, peregrine and brown falcons as well as white-browed babbler, Gilbert’s whistler, rainbow bee-eater, Southern whiteface and diamond firetail. We occasionally see painted honeyeater, red-backed kingfisher and white-backed swallow. Along with woodland birds the reserve also provides opportunity for seeing kangaroos, wallabies, echidna and reptiles like shingleback lizard, marbled gecko and Jacky dragon. After a picnic lunch we may visit other nearby reserves like Kooyoora State Park or Inglewood Conservation Reserve. Later in the afternoon we check into our accommodation in the regional city of Bendigo, where we stay for two nights. This former gold rush boom town has many Victorian era heritage listed buildings and city parks attract many birds.
Greater Bendigo National Park
Bendigo to Ouyen via Mt Terrick NP, Kerang Lakes and Lake Tyrell
Hattah Kulkyne National Park
Ouyen to Lake Mungo via Private Conservation Reserve (Malleefowl)
Lake Mungo National Park
Lake Mungo National Park
Mungo to Mildura Airport