Another place to see Black Grasswrens is either at the Caroline Ranges or
Bachsten Gorge. These can be reached from Mt Elizabeth Station on the Gibb
River road. Bachsten Gorge is a long 4 WD haul. But the Caroline Ranges are
only about an hour in, and I found a pair there without any difficulty. The
track is barred by a locked gate, and you need to get the key from the
family at Mt Elizabeth. I found them very friendly and helpful.
>Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 14:44:22 +0800
>From: "Frank O'Connor" <>
>Subject: Re: Black Grasswren
>At 13:27 16/11/98 +0000, Lorne asked:
>>Has anyone on line ever seen a Black Grasswren? It looks spectacular and
>>I'd love to see one. Can anyone enlighten me on their characteristics,
>>moods, habitat, emotions, sex appeal etc.?????
>I saw mine on a boat trip up the Sale River, and then a climb to the top of
>a spinifex boulder covered hill. Sat down and watched a pair for fifteen
>minutes about 15 metres away. Couldn't find them the next day. They are a
>The recommended place to see them is at Surveyors Pool, or the Mitchell
>Falls in the Mitchell Plateau. I haven't been there, but they are reported
>to be common.
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