Enjoy a week of dedicated birdwatching in a remote mountainous corner of Gippsland with magnificent rugged Snowy River scenery and some very interesting bird species in a range of habits. This is leisurely time observing and enjoying birds, not just rushing to tick names off a list.

What more could a birdwatcher ask for? Perhaps a comfy bed at night? Yes, this trip is fully accommodated and catered too. The days are leisurely, exploring open woodland, farmland interface and riparian vegetation along the Snowy River and its tributaries near McKillops Bridge. Returning to the cottage, the shady verandahs are perfect for watching local bird life going about their daily business without a care to our presence.

Some of the species regularly seen include Diamond Firetail, Brown Tree-creeper, Rufous Whistler, Peaceful Dove, White-winged Chough, Speckled Warbler, Spotted Pardalote, Scarlet Robin and Woodswallows. Interesting summer visitors add to the species list.

A small personalised group (less than five) maximises your birdwatching experiences. Birdwatching knowledge or skill is not essential, although an interest in birds is. Keen novices are most welcome and what a perfect situation to help develop your birdwatching skills, enjoy the beauty of birds and learn more about them.

Days of operation:
  • Next scheduled departure: October 22-26, 2018. Also available on demand. (minimum numbers apply). Contact Gippsland High Tour for a full day by day itinerary or to discuss other date options.

Tour highlights:
  • McKillops Bridge
    An amazing engineering feat allowing the crossing of the Snowy River, this is a great place to birdwatch with local bird life being rich and varied. Open woodland is home to many birds not normally found in other parts of Gippsland. Sit beside the legendary Snowy River, discover smooth rock formations and flood markers that show the power of this mighty river. Learn about the battle to return environmental flows to the river.

Discover nature on a small group, guided eco-tour or walk with Gippsland High Country Tours. Escape from the pressures of everyday life and experience the serenity of East Gippsland and the beyond on a fully packaged tour with cosy accommodation every night.

Gaze over a sea of mountains, breathe in the clear mountain air and touch the smooth trunks of snow-gums. Experience deserted beaches or ancient forests. Listen to bird calls as you wander along fern-lined tracks beneath towering trees or across alpine plains with wildflowers at your feet.

Join a small friendly group of like-minded nature lovers led by experienced local guides, keen to share their love and knowledge of nature with you.

Take your time, appreciate the beauty and listen as your guide explains the interaction of plants and animals. Wildlife sightings are common and leisurely pace allows time for bird watching. Choose short or long walks with magnificent scenery and rich history.

Your guides know that you need a balance of activity and relaxation, so as well as structured activities and walking we allow time to relax and enjoy nature and the unique environments you visit.

Experience solitude, peace and tranquillity and return home truly refreshed.

Membership:
  • Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation
  • The Ecotourism Association of Australia
  • Visitor Information Centre
Bairnsdale, Victoria, 3875

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