Bite-sized Tas. Endemics Tours October 2018

Bruny Bird Festival 2018 - Chris Tzaros Photographs
Bruny Bird Festival 2018 - Chris Tzaros Photographs
Tour date: 
Saturday, 13 October 2018 to Wednesday, 17 October 2018
5 days
AUD$2,800 per person twin share and $175 single supplement (own room and possible shared bathroom on Bruny - or $390 supplement for own cabin/en suite room throughout)
Southern Ocean Pelagic, flight to see Orange-bellied Parrot, all 12 Tasmanian endemic species possible.

TOUR 1: Pre Bruny Bird Festival 13-17 October 2018

TOUR 2:  Post Bruny Bird Festival 23-27 October 2018 (Both following same itinerary )

Lead by an experienced Inala ornithologist, this small-group, inclusive 4 night tour offers a snapshot of the best of Tasmanian birding and includes a Southern Ocean seabird pelagic boat trip, flight to the South-west World Heritage Area and time on Bruny Island. The trip will focus on the 12 Tasmanian endemic bird species, breeding endemics and numerous other specialties including Southern Ocean Seabirds.  There will also be the opportunity to search for nocturnal marsupials now occurring only in Tasmania, as well as other marine and land mammals.  Expected bird count to be over 100, and highlights include the endangered Forty-spotted Pardalote, the critically endangered Swift Parrot and Orange-bellied Parrot, Little Penguin, Eastern Ground Parrot, and several species of albatross and petrel. Target mammals include Eastern Quoll and Bruny’s famous white Bennett’s Wallabies. 

For much more on the exciting Bruny Island Bird Festival have a look here


Start Location: 
Hobart TAS
Finish location: 
Hobart TAS

TOUR 1: Pre-Festival 13-17 October 2018

TOUR 2:  Post-Festival 23-27 October 2018 (Both following same itinerary )

Meals: B- breakfast, L-lunch and D-dinner. 
Day 1. Hobart to Eaglehawk Neck. Accom: Eaglehawk Neck. Meals: LD.
Day 2. Pelagic birding trip to continental shelf. Accom: Bruny. Meals: BLD.
Day 3. Orange-bellied Parrot flight to SW Wilderness. Accom: Bruny. Meals: BLD.
Day 4. Bruny Island.  Accom: Bruny Island. Meals: BLD.
Day 5. Bruny Island to Hobart. Accom: none. Meals B. 

Day 1. Hobart reserves and drive Eaglehawk Neck.  
You will meet your guide in Hobart this morning (exact time to be confirmed). Inala staff would be pleased to arrange your accommodation in Hobart the previous night as an additional extra if required. Today we begin our explorations of spectacular Tasmania by visiting several reserves in the Hobart area including Mount Wellington. This mountain, at a height of 1270m (around 4,150 feet), affords spectacular views of the city and surrounding landscape on a clear day. Here we will also take a walk through a fern glade with towering tree ferns where we have our first chance to see the endemic and rather shy Scrubtit as well as Tasmanian Scrubwren and the stunning Pink Robin. Further endemic highlights we will look for today include Green Rosella, Tasmanian Native Hen, Black Currawong and the oddly adorned Yellow Wattlebird. In the early afternoon, we will enjoy the scenic drive to Eaglehawk Neck. On arrival, we will bird some of the areas of interest enjoying the spectacular sea cliffs and breathtaking scenery typical of the area. We may well see Yellowthroated Honeyeater as well as a range of more widely distributed species including White-bellied Sea Eagle and Black-faced Cormorant. Cape Barren Goose is also regularly seen here.  
Accommodation: en suite hotel Eaglehawk Neck.  Meals included: L, D. 
Day 2. Southern Ocean Pelagic.  
This morning we will board a charter vessel (weather dependant) making our way into the vastness of the Southern Ocean in our quest for pelagic birds. High species diversity and the nearness of the continental shelf have earned Tasmania an international reputation as an excellent place to see pelagic species.  Not long after we depart Pirate’s Bay we will encounter Short-tailed Shearwater in considerable number as well as our first albatross species. This is one of the finest places on the planet to see a diversity of albatross and Wandering, Black-browed, Shy, Southern Royal and Indian Yellow-nosed Albatrosses are all possible to name a few.  With land still in sight we will reach the continental shelf and begin to berley off the back of the boat.  Possible petrels include Great-winged, the striking White-headed, Gould’s, and Mottled. Shearwater diversity is also good with Hutton’s, White-chinned, Buller’s, Sooty, Short-tailed (common in Tasmanian waters) and Fluttering Shearwater all possible. Wilson’s, Grey-backed and White-faced Storm Petrels and Fairy Prion are also regularly seen. There are often surprises in store and with 30 plus species possible in these waters there is bound to be something new for everyone. Mammals we may encounter include Australian Fur-seals, Hump-backed Whale and Bottlenose Dolphin. We return around 15:00-15:30 and then travel to Bruny Island.  
Accommodation: Cottage style on Bruny Island.  Meals Included: B, L, D. 
Day 3. Orange-bellied Parrot excursion: flight to South West Wilderness.  
This morning we will leave civilisation behind us and embark on a spectacular flight (weather dependant) to Tasmania’s remote South West World Heritage area. Inaccessible by road and breathtakingly scenic, this is one of the most remote areas in Australia and is famed, not only for its unspoilt wilderness and clean air (arguably the cleanest in the world), but also for its birdlife. Today we have a chance to see one of Australia’s rarest birds, the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot. With less than 50 left in the wild, this vivid parrot is teetering on the brink of extinction. Other specialties we hope to see are the elusive Eastern Ground Parrot, Striated Fieldwren, Southern Emu-wren and Beautiful Firetail. The area is also rich in history and we will learn of the fabled adventurers who braved this region in a bygone era. We return late afternoon. Tonight after dinner we will visit the Little Penguin and Short-tailed Shearwater rookery to view these species at their burrows.  
Accommodation: Cottage style on Bruny Island.  Meals Included: B, L, D. 
Day 4. Bruny Island.  
Today we have a full day to explore Bruny and the variety of habitats found on the island; from coastal beaches, where there is a possibility of finding Hooded Plover, to rainforest areas where we will search for the endemic Scrubtit and Tasmanian Thornbill. We will also attempt to find all of Tasmania’s remaining endemic birds with Strong-billed Honeyeater, Dusky Robin and Forty-spotted Pardalote likely highlights. Most of these can be seen at the Inala Private Reserve, Tonia Cochran’s privately owned 1,500 acre sanctuary on south Bruny Island. If we are fortunate we may encounter the striking white morph Grey Goshawk that is regularly seen on the Inala Reserve. We will also take time to enjoy the interesting flora of the area, including Tasmanian endemic species and relics from the ancient Gondwanan Supercontinent. This afternoon we will visit Bruny’s southern coastline to view the second oldest lighthouse in Australia and search for species such as Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Olive Whistler and Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo. Here we also have a chance to see the Tasmanian subspecies of Short-beaked Echidna, one of Australia’s two egg-laying mammal (monotreme) species.  Tonight we will enjoy another night trip for the chance to see a range of Tasmania’s nocturnal marsupials, including Eastern Quoll and Tasmanian Pademelon which both now only occur in Tasmania. White or golden colour forms of Bennett’s Wallaby and Brush-tailed Possum can also be found on Bruny Island. Tawny Frogmouth and Morepork (formerly Tasmanian form of the Southern Boobook) are also possibilities.
Accommodation: Cottage style on Bruny Island. Meals Included: B, L, D. 
Day 5. Bruny Island to Hobart.
This morning we will depart Bruny after breakfast at 08:30 and return to Hobart where the group tour will finish at around 09:30. Additional private tour options can be added as required. If you are staying on Island for the festival, we will say goodbye after breakfast.
Meals Included: B. 

Group size: minimum 6 participants. 
Tour Price: AUD$2,800 per person twin share and $175 single supplement (own room and possible shared bathroom on Bruny - or $390 supplement for own cabin/en suite room throughout). 
Inclusions:  4 nights en suite accommodation Specialist guiding and transport for day and night tours as outlined above All meals as outlined in the itinerary. Activities outlined in the itinerary (including the South West flight and the pelagic cruise) National Park entry fees Bruny Island ferry fares GST.  
Exclusions:  International or domestic Australian airfares* (except the South West flight as mentioned above) Activities and breakfast on day 1 The airport transfer on day 1 Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and expenses of a personal nature (snacks, travel insurance, internet, laundry, tips etc). 
Please note:   
Additional services:  We are able to arrange either self-guided or guided extensions to other parts of Tasmania or Australia to compliment this tour. Please enquire at the Inala office and we will happily cater for you through our licensed travel agency.  

Arrival in Hobart:  There is a regular shuttle bus service (The Hobart Airporter) between Hobart airport and the main hotels in the city. Details on the costs and timing of the shuttle can be found at the following website - Alternatively, you may wish to take a taxi to the city – there is no need to pre book these, they are readily available outside the terminal building. More information on taxis (and additional airport information) can be found here

Meals and drinks:  Breakfast generally consists of a continental style breakfast with cereal, fruit and yoghurt and tea/coffee.  Full cooked breakfast is not generally offered at most locations.  Lunch will generally consist of a packed lunch style meal eaten in the field, with sandwich/filled roll, fruit, and a drink.  Dinner usually consists of several options for main with the choice of either an appetiser or dessert. Drinks (soft and alcoholic) are generally not included but at lunches and breakfasts juice may be made available.  

The itinerary:  Whilst we aim to follow the itinerary as planned, please note that the itinerary provided should only be used as a guideline.  Depending on individual trip circumstances, weather, and local information, the exact itinerary may not be strictly adhered to.  The guides reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary as they see fit.

The pelagic and the South West flight:  Both of these activities are weather dependant and there is no guarantee that we will be able to do either. While we will do what we can to reschedule if the weather is not suitable no guarantees can be made in this regard.  A full refund of the boat and plane fare will apply if either or both of these activities are cancelled and cannot be rescheduled.