Are you looking to go on a birding adventure in Australia?
That’s wonderful news. But here’s the thing:
DECIDING to go on a bird-watching trip to Australia is the easy decision. The hardest part is finding a reputable company that you feel comfortable traveling with.
Below, I did my best to find EIGHT highly-rated companies that offer birding trips in Australia.
Before picking a trip, make sure to pay attention to the itinerary! Some tours are for hardcore birders, where you can expect to be birding in Australia from sunrise to sunset. By comparison, other birding excursions are more relaxed and integrate other wildlife and cultural experiences. And lastly, some experiences in Australia are designed specifically for bird photography.
Each tour is unique, and none are better or worse. It depends on what YOU want (or what your traveling companion wants). 🙂
Lastly, please do your own independent research before selecting a birding trip in Australia!
My list is designed to point you in the right direction and narrow your choices. Before booking a trip, contact the companies directly to make sure they are a good fit for your travel needs.
#1. Birding Ecotours
Birding Ecotours is one of the BEST birding tour companies in Australia, combining an incredible overall experience with a competitive price. Their typical birding tour focuses on small groups of between 6-8 people, along with staying at exceptional lodging and vehicles.
In my opinion, here are a few of the things that make Birding Ecotours different:
- Their guides are some of the best in the business. Highly personable and fun, but also excellent birders.
- Everyone at Birding Ecotours is extremely passionate about conservation. And they put their money where their mouth is, as they donate a minimum of 10 % of net profit to local communities and bird conservation.
- Their CEO and founder (Chris) is an enthusiastic birder who has been in the birding tour business for a long time. He started Birding Ecotours in 2004 and has been running and growing the company ever since. You can read his story here.
And don’t hesitate to talk to them about creating a custom birding tour in just for you or your group. Creating unique trips that mark off everything on your wish list gets Birding Ecotours very excited.
Many of these trips are incredibly popular, so if you are interested, please fill out the form below, and Birding Ecotours will contact you directly to answer questions, discuss pricing, etc.
Make sure to mention Bird Watching HQ to receive $100 off your trip!* 🙂
*Some exclusions apply*
#2. Rockjumper Birding Tours
Rockjumper is one of the best birding tour companies in Australia.
Their stellar reputation comes from their commitment to quality trips led by excellent guides. The average ratio of tour leaders to guests is excellent, with most trips having a maximum of eight participants.
Rockjumper has birding tours in Australia for everyone. For example…
- A 22-day journey that explores the many unique habitats of eastern Australia. Many unique and endemic birds are typically seen, such as different species of bowerbirds and lyrebirds. Even the incredible Southern Cassowary is often observed!
- Explore the southern Australian outback! Top birds include Grey & Black Falcons, Letter-winged Kites, Black-breasted Buzzards, and Freckled Ducks, among many others. And the best part is many impressive marsupials are commonly seen, such as Koalas, Echidnas, Red Kangaroos, and Western Grey Kangaroos.
- Take a birding tour to northern Australia, where many endemics live but are hard to reach. This 16-day trip visits multiple habitats, including the arid plains, rugged mountains, and enormous wetlands!
Pay attention to the itinerary because some trips are designed to maximize the number of species observed, while others are more relaxed and allow time to enjoy other unique cultural aspects of a region. And if you can’t find anything that meets your needs, you can work with Rockjumper to design your own trip.
If you want to learn more about a specific tour in Australia, discuss pricing, or have other questions, it’s best to speak with Rockjumper Birding directly. They have a team of birding experts ready to help!
- Fill out this form below, and it will get sent directly to Rockjumper!
Lastly, Rockjumper donates a minimum of $50 per scheduled tour to a conservation fund to support bird projects worldwide.
Even though YOU may love birds and are excited to go on an Australian birding trip, your spouse, friends, kids, etc., may not want to look for birds from sunrise to sunset. 🙂
So that’s why I have included Adventures by Disney. They offer an amazing FAMILY vacation package that visits Australia.
- View details HERE – The Great Barrier Reef, rainforests, and lots of wildlife!
Using Adventures by Disney is perfect if you want an amazing adventure with your family in Australia that is safe and well-planned. You will definitely see a lot of birds and other animals, but the emphasis on the trip is not seeing as many species as possible, like most of the other birding tours on this list.
If you are interested in traveling to Australia, you should use an authorized Disney travel agent.
First, you will get help from someone who has lots of experience planning these sorts of trips. Second, it doesn’t cost you anything. In fact, a Disney-authorized travel agent can usually find a better deal and save you hundreds of dollars!
- Are you looking to go to Disney World, Univeral Studios, or go on a Disney Cruise soon? If so, check out my list of AUTHORIZED Disney Vacation planners HERE. They will help save you time, headaches, and, best of all, MONEY. 🙂
Adventures by Disney is the best way to see birds in Australia if you want to take along kids or people that don’t want to go birding every day.
#4. Victor Emanuel Nature Tours
Founded in 1976, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT) has been leading birding trips for almost 50 years. The company is not only one of the best birding tour companies in Australia but also one of the most respected.
VENT is committed to ensuring every part of your trip is a success. From quality, fun tour leaders to an efficient office staff that handles logistics, you are being held with experienced and helpful hands.
No matter what birds you see in Australia, VENT should have a trip that makes you happy.
One thing that sticks out to me with VENT is their willingness over the years to give back. The company is strongly committed to eco-tourism, and they use local guides, drivers, and tour operators whenever possible.
#5. WINGS Birding Tours
If you are a serious birder and want an unforgettable adventure in Australia, then going on a trip with Wings Birding Tours might be a perfect choice. Many other companies on this list try to accommodate people with different interests and physical levels and include things to do on their trips that don’t involve birding.
Wings Birding Tours makes no such promises. They know their target market and try to appeal to them as best as possible. In fact, If you have never been on a bird-watching tour before, they recommend that you contact them first before booking to make sure it’s a good fit.
Almost all of their trips are designed to see birds, regardless of where or when they are to appear. So prepare to be up early and spend your days having incredible adventures and doing a lot of walking. Your trip may take you onto uneven terrain, through lush vegetation, or up and down countless hills.
If you are ready for a hardcore birding adventure in Australia, then make sure to check out their trip list. They typically have multiple tours scheduled that are approximately two weeks in length and take you to many different habitats and ecosystems within Australia.
#6. Naturalist Journeys
Founded over 20 years ago, Naturalist Journeys offers numerous nature and birding tours to Australia and many other places around the globe. On their website, you can see a calendar of their upcoming birding trips to Australia.
A typical trip by Naturalist Journeys tries to incorporate different aspects to your adventure. The guides are not obsessed with seeing a bird just to check it off a list. Instead, the goal is to savor each experience by immersing yourself in the local Australian culture while enjoying the camaraderie of your fellow travelers.
What’s neat is they also offer Independent Birding Ventures (IBVs), which are trips where YOU design the itinerary and pace yourself. You just tell Naturalist Journeys what you are looking for, and they plan the entire thing.
I can almost guarantee you will find your dream bird watching trip to Australia with Field Guides Birding Tours. They typically have multiple adventures that go to Australia every year.
I like that they have trips that cater to all interests, whether you are a hardcore birder who wants to see as many species as possible or someone who wants to do more than just birding. Pay close attention to each tour’s itinerary to make sure it’s a match for you.
#8. Tropical Birding
Tropical Birding offers birding adventures in Australia for many different interest levels, from hardcore birders to someone looking for a more relaxed photography trip. Their logistics team can also organize a custom tour in Australia to satisfy everyone in your group’s interest.
A considerable part of what makes or breaks a birding trip is your guide. Tropical Birding prides itself on its full-time professional tour leaders. Their guides promise to bring as much joy as possible to every trip. They do this by seeing as many birds and wildlife as possible but also having fun in the process.
Tropical Birding almost always receives excellent reviews from those who have traveled with them.
Final Thoughts About Birding Tour Companies in Australia:
I hope today that you found a birding tour in Australia that intrigues you. I did my best to find a variety of companies that offer many different birding experiences, including many Australian trips that cater to bird photography.
The next step is contacting the company directly and deciding the best option for your adventure!
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I’d love your feedback below if you have gone on a birding trip before in Australia.