Birding Holiday

Subject: Birding Holiday
From: Chris Ross <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2008 17:42:02 +1000

What time of year were thinking of and how far from Alice Springs? The mid north coast of NSW would be hard to go past for potential new birds, a loop north from Sydney would give you access to coastal birds, heathlands, eucalypt woodland, and rainforest varying from sub tropical to cool temperate, with plenty of good beaches and holiday attractions for the kids. I quite like Harrington at the mouth of the Manning , it's quiet and laid back and you can rent holiday houses at reasonable rates, a surf beach at Crowdy head and a couple of lagoons for still water swimming. You can access rainforest close by at places like Dingo Tops and a bit further at Werrikimbee (along day trip with Antarctic Beech rainforest easily accessible, the chance of a rufous scrub bird, rose robins, olive whistlers etc, about as far from Alice Springs in habitat and climate as its possible to get), plus close by sub tropical rainforest at Wilson River Scenic reserve with a river suitable for swimming if the water's not too high., . Locally there's extensive heathland in Crowdy Bat National Park and birds like pied oyster catchers and little terns on the beach and I've seen a good variety of bush birds including glossy black cockatoos there. I'd recommend going up the via coast and back via the New England Highway or vice versa, for varied scenery and habitat. Doing something similar north or south from Brisbane would give you similar variety and might be a better bet in winter for the warmer waters.


Chris Ross

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