Classic Tour

Birding Tours

Half / Full / Multi-day Options

Melbourne, Cairns & Australia Wide

Summary:

Australia is home to some of the most incredible bird species (and birding locations) that the world has to offer. Home to over 850 species (46% of which are endemic!), Treeswift Wildlife can help connect you with these amazing birds in whatever fashion best suits your targets, budget, time frames, locations, and requirements. We service everyone from beginners to seasoned-pro’s, classic birders to bird photographers, and from half days, full days, and multi-day options! Currently, we have permanent guides based in Melbourne, Victoria and Cairns, Queensland – however, regularly tour right around the country. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us and we’ll look forward to showing you some of best birding you’ve ever experienced!

Birding Tours (Melbourne & Victoria)

Victoria is one of Australia’s most impressive birding states. Though it only makes up around 3% of the continent, this small state still records over 400 species annually, including some of the rarest and most spectacular species in the world, many of which are endemic. For birders, Treeswift Wildlife can help connect you with these incredible species in whatever fashion best suits your targets, budget, time frames, and requirements. We service everyone from beginners to seasoned-pro’s, classic birders to bird photographers, and from half days, full days, and multi-day options! Whether in Melbourne or further afield, we can organise a great birding experience for you. Some of our top target species include: Superb Lyrebird, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Pink Robin, Greater Sooty Owl, Powerful Owl, Crested Bellbird, Rainbow Bee-eater, Swift Parrot, Spotted Quailthrush, Mallee Emuwren, Pink Cockatoo, Pink-eared Duck, Spotted Harrier, Hooded Plover, Orange-bellied Parrot, Emu, White-bellied Sea Eagle and many, many more!

Birding Tours (Far North Queensland):

Far North Queensland is one of the most notable birdwatching and wildlife watching locations on the planet. David Attenborough himself has commented multiple times that he thinks it’s No. 1 in terms of biodiversity and utter bird and wildlife wonder. Over a half or full day, we can take you to some of the region’s top hotspots and help you connect with some of the rarest and most exceptional endemic species on the planet. Far North Queensland itself is home to fifteen endemics all of which we can track down in a big day (or two). Some of our top targets include Golden Bowerbird, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Pied Monarch, Victoria’s Riflebird, Spotted Catbird, Papuan Frogmouth, Rufous Owl, Spotted Whistling Duck, and many more! Treeswift Wildlife can help connect you with these incredible species in whatever fashion best suits your targets, budget, time frames, and requirements. We service everyone from beginners to seasoned-pro’s, classic birders to bird photographers, so get in touch today!

The Western Treatment Plant (Melbourne):

The Western Treatment Plant is one of the world’s most renowned birding locations – and for good reason. Covering a significant 10,000+ hectares of lakes, settling ponds, coastline, rivers, grasslands, swamps, saltmarsh, and sparse woodland, this ‘sewage’ farm is a true mecca for birds and birders alike. Expect to see up to 100 species in a single day visit through Spring and Summer, with enormous flocks of migrating shorebirds, thousands of ducks and waterfowl, skies etched with birds of prey, saltmarsh crawling with rails and crakes, rivers lined with spoonbills, brolga, geese, and avocets, and grasslands with ibis, lapwings, robins, parrots, and finches (just to name a few!). More significantly, this is the last refuge of the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot (less than 50 birds left in the wild), who migrate annually from Tasmania to winter on the mainland – a rare sight indeed! For an incredible day where you will fill every last bit of space on your camera’s memory card without ever having to leave the car, contact Treeswift Wildlife for an unforgettable birding experience! Highlight species include…well, everything!

Spotlighting & Nocturnal Tours (Melbourne):

Melbourne’s eastern forest are home to some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife. Join us for a spotlighting adventure where we will target bird species including Greater Sooty Owl, Powerful Owl, Australian Boobook, White-throated Nightjar, Eastern Barn Owl, and Australian Owlet-nightjar. All spotlighting equipment included!

Big Birding Day (Melbourne/Cairns/Other):

We get it, you like birds! So why don’t we make a day of it? And by day, we mean a BIG day! A day where we try to see as many species as possible over a massive 14-hour birding race. We will travel to wetlands, woodland, wet forest, coastal reserves, dry forest, rainforest, lakes, and saltmarsh trying to connect with as many species as possible. Expect a start before dawn for owls and frogmouths before hitting the ground at dawn. This high-octane trip is not for the faint-hearted but for the obsessed, driven, and those a little bird mad! Our Big Birding Day’s currently operate in Melbourne & Cairns only, but feel free to inquire for other locations. A Big Day can result in 150+ species – so what are you waiting for?

Custom Birding Tours & Multiple Days (Australian-Wide):

Need more than a day, or two? We can help you out! Join us on a multi-day tour as we explore some of the country’s most inspiring locations whilst connecting with some of the world’s most exceptional species! These are custom tours to suit your budgets, time frames, target species, and all our requirements. Both hardcore tours for rarities and photography bookings welcomed. We operate in all states and can put a custom itinerary together for any combination of target species. Get in touch today for more details!

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Josh C
April 2022
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Honestly wasn't sure what to expect when the day began, but was blown away at the incredible birdlife only about 2 hours into the morning. Many highlights from day but would have to say the dancing Brolga were number 1!!
Crimson Rosella - juvenile from a half day birding tour to the Dandenong Ranges National Park