Bird Tours

BIRD TOURS with a sense of place

Do you love to watch birds? Do you particularly love to learn about them, watch their behaviour and understand their lives – by appreciating their habitat, their history, and the other animals and plants that share their world?

Do you love to watch birds ethically, with little disturbance to their natural behaviour?  

Join us for an ethical bird tour with a sense of place.  We love to take time to watch the birds, and time to enjoy the spirit of a place. Because a bird is not alone – it needs an ecosystem to support it. Watching leads to understanding, and understanding leads to better protection for our birds.

Our style of bird watching is comfortable. Early morning and late afternoon walks and drives are high on our list of things to do; middle of the day is for relaxing over lunch and (sometimes) for taking a siesta. We allow time for looking at plants, scenery, other animals, people, culture and history where it is relevant and important. As much as possible we give you options so you can bird your way.

We don’t really do ‘targets’ to the exclusion of all else.  However, we do know what birds are likely each day, what is rare and high-profile, and we love to show you as many birds as possible.  Our Bird Guides do extensive research before each tour, checking recent sightings of high priority species.  We won’t drive past the Wilkins Rock-wallaby for a slim chance of seeing a Yellow Chat.  We can’t ignore the breaching Long-finned Pilot Whales to get back to ‘proper birding’.  Because birds are part of nature, and nature is not our servant. 

Anyway, often you find what you want when you are relaxed, well-rested and happy and when everyone around you is happy too.

We do lists, and our lists include mammals, reptiles, birds and often, dragonflies and butterflies.

Read on about our in depth, ethical bird tours.

Maximum Wildlife

7 to 21 days of birds, mammals & reptiles across the continent – from the lyrebirds of the rainforest, parrots of the desert Outback, kookaburras of the coast, to the brolgas of the Top End.

Tawny Frogmouths & Sandpipers

2 days near Melbourne birding in the Australian Bush of the You Yangs and the coastal wetlands of the Western Treatment Plant.  Private or group tour.

Bird tours East Gippsland - lyrebird

Lyrebirds & Cockatoos of the forest

4 days in the rainforests, mountains and coastlines of East Gippsland

Emus on Bird tour Mungo

Parrots & Emus of the Desert

4 days of desert birding in the Mungo Outback, on the border of Victoria, New South Wales & South Australia

Bristlebirds & Kookaburras of the coast

3 days of coastal birding on the famous Great Ocean Road

Interesting Rainbow Pitta behaviour

The track through Kakadu beside the East Alligator River is narrow, short and walked by many. It is also one of the most reliable places to see a glorious top end bird: the Rainbow Pitta. Rainbow Pittas Pitta iris live in the monsoon forests of Australia’s Top End...

Why I love visiting the Western Treatment Plant

by Janine Duffy A pair of Brolga – Australia’s native crane – herd their vulnerable chick through the sedge swamp. The chick stands as tall as a 4 year old child, but still can’t fly, so the parents are cautious. Suddenly, a large brown bird erupts from the sedge,...

Bird tours with ethics

On Echidna Walkabout Bird Tours, ethics is top priority. Seeing as many birds as possible, and seeing them well, is a close and very important second. But on a bird tour, as on any tour, ethics can only be number one. Because nothing should ever be allowed to erode...

Our Bird Guides

Martin Maderthaner

Martin Maderthaner

Senior Bird Guide

Martin is a serious birder with quick eyes. He has watched birds all over the world, particularly in his home continent Africa.

eBird top birder ranking:

#2 East Gippsland: 240 species (out of 330)

#55 Victoria: 347 species (out of 487)

Australia: 421 species (out of 864)

#55 South Africa: 575 species (out of 824)

Total birds seen: 1396

eBird profile: https://ebird.org/profile/NDk5NzMw/world

Janine Duffy

Janine Duffy

Senior Bird Guide

Janine is a serious birder with a good ear, and a particular love of small bush birds. She also adores pelagic trips!

eBird top birder ranking:

#5 East Gippsland, VIC: 226 species (out of 330)

#69 Victoria: 339 species (out of 487)

#9 North-east Top End, NT: 171 species (out of 295)

#75 Northern Territory: 247 species (out of 416)

#251 Australia: 527 species (out of 864)

Total birds seen: 1237

eBird profile: https://ebird.org/australia/profile/Mzc0NjU0/world

Roger Smith

Roger Smith

Senior Bird Guide

Roger has been watching birds his whole life, and has a particular love for raptors and birds of the inland, where he grew up. He also loves the native pigeons and doves. 

Roger’s eBird lists are included here: https://ebird.org/profile/MTE1OTM5OA/AU

Brett Howell

Brett Howell

Bird Guide

In just 3 years Brett has become a very skilled birder, with a great eye and quick recall. His recent trip to South America added a new dimension to his birding experience.  Watch this space!

eBird top birder ranking:

#36 East Gippsland: 152 species (out of 330)

Victoria: 260 species (out of 487)

Australia: 361 species (out of 864)

Total birds seen: 764

eBird profile: https://ebird.org/profile/NzUzMTg5/world

world responsible award

Our Guest's Reviews ...

Amazing fun-filled day in The Bush

Where to begin?! Such an incredible time!  We saw a mama koala holding a baby. Then we went out in the bush and must have seen 100 kangaroos! I would definitely recommend this tour!

kristendantus, California USA December 3, 2018