Western Australia Birding

Western Australia
Our 10-Day Western Australia Birding tour takes you to the wetlands near Perth, the Darling Ranges, the Dryandra Woodlands, Karri forests and the sandy heathlands with excellent birding opportunities.

Full Itinerary – Western Australia Birding Tour
Day 1:
Perth to Narrogin

We kick off the tour after breakfast with a stop at Lake Monger before leaving the capital city of Western Australia and heading towards the biggest section of native vegetation in the western Wheatbelt, Dryandra Woodland National Park.

This woodland features the largest remnant of native vegetation in the western Wheatbelt. It’s a valuable and diverse conservation area. Well-signed walking trails guide you through magnificent open eucalypt woodland. The tall white-barked wandoo and paperbark trees are impressive to see.

Target Species: Musk Duck, Blue-billed Duck, Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, Western Thornbill, Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Elegant Parrot

Day 2:
Dryandra Woodland National Park to Stirling Range National Park

We will focus our efforts on Dryandra Woodland National Park for the morning and some of the afternoon exploring the tall, open eucalypt forest before proceeding further south to the Stirling Range National Park.

Target Species: Regent Parrot, Western Yellow Robin, Western Gerygone, Rufous Treecreeper, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Baudin’s Black Cockatoo, Western Fieldwren

Day 3:
Stirling Range National Park to Albany

Stirling Range National Park will be the priority for the day and will provide spectacular views alongside great birding. We will continue even further south to the south coast to the port city of Albany.

Target Species: Black-throated Whipbird, Southern Scrub-robin, Purple-gaped Honeyeater, Malleefowl, Australian Owlet-nightjar, Little Eagle

Day 4:
Albany and Surrounds

We will explore the coastal regions from Albany to the east today. Many coastal species and sometimes pelagic species can be spotted in this region, but the primary focus is on two skulking species known to this area.

Target Species: Noisy Scrub-bird, Western Bristlebird, Western Wattlebird, Brush Bronzewing

Day 5:
Albany to Pemberton

We will leave Albany and shift to the west via Lake Muir to the tall Karri forests of Pemberton. Pemberton is a bustling timber town set amidst rolling hills and surrounded by forests of huge karri, jarrah and marri trees.

Target Species: Red-eared Firetail, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Rock Parrot, Southern Emu-wren, Western Whistler

Day 6:
Pemberton to Augusta

We will enjoy some more forest birding to pick up any missed species yesterday before proceeding further west to the town of Augusta, which is close to the furthest southwest corner of the Australian continent.

Target Species: Western Corella, Common Bronzewing, White-breasted Robin, Red-winged Fairy-wren

Day 7:
Augusta and Surrounds

We will explore Cape Leeuwin for possible pelagic species and the forests near Augusta to follow up again on forest birds.
Cape Leeuwin is the most southern westerly point of Australia, where the waters of the Indian and Southern oceans collide.

Target Species: Pelagic species from the headland (Shy Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Yellow-nosed Albatross and Great-winged Petrel, Hooded Plover)

Day 8:
Augusta to Margaret River

We will shift a little way up the west coast today to the town of Margaret River, which is known for its wine and its natural beauty. An assortment of habitats will keep us entertained in and around Margaret River.

Target Species: Splendid Fairy-wren, Red Wattlebird, Gilbert’s Honeyeater, Scarlet Robin, Whistling Kite

Day 9:
Margaret River and Surrounds

We will continue where we left off yesterday with another night in Margaret River.

Target Species: Square-tailed Kite, Australian Ringneck, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Western Spinebill, Collared Sparrowhawk

Day 10:
Margaret River to Perth

We will make several stops on our way back to Perth, most notably at Penguin Island just 30 minutes from the capital city, as Little Penguins and Bridled Terns have a colony here. The tour will conclude in the afternoon.

Target Species: Coastal species (Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher, Great Crested Tern), Little Penguin, Bridled Tern, plus any previously missed ‘common’ species.

Possible extensions

Rottnest Island (can spend a night in Perth and go to Rottnest Island by ferry for the day)
Fly to Broome from Perth and proceed into the Kimberley region via rental vehicle (can add a week or more for this region) *April to October is dry season*

To go birding in Western Australia with us, contact our team at info@naturetravelbirding.com