Join Wild Latitudes on a grand exploration of Australia’s tropical northern reaches. On this two-week adventure, we’ll get to know the birds, wildlife, and landscapes of both the Wet Tropics of Queensland and the ‘Top End’ of the Northern Territory.
Starting in Cairns on the east coast, we’ll traverse Northern Queensland, an area renowned for its diversity of wildlife and birds. We’ll explore the wetlands, rainforests, and dry bush of the region. We’ll be searching for special birds like Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Lovely Fairy Wren, Sarus Crane, Black Swan, and Southern Cassowary.
We then fly west and north to the city of Darwin. From this tropical port, we’ll head into the vast wilds of Kakadu National Park. The sultry monsoon forests and sandstone rock formations here are home to a bewildering assortment of birds, amphibians, reptiles, and exotic plants.
This trip is designed to thrill both avid and novice naturalists and birders. You'll see and learn a lot about the wonderful tropical ecosystems of Australia.
EXTENSION TRIP TO TASMANIA: Continue the adventure by joining us on an 8-day journey to the wild island of Tasmania! We’ll search for the region’s 12 endemic bird species as well as mammals like the Tasmanian Devil. A highlight will be an exploration of Cradle Mountain, a breathtaking World Heritage Site.
TRIP LEADERS on EXTENSION: Steve Robertson and Ivan Phillipsen.
From our base in the city of Cairns, Queensland, we'll explore the area in and outside the city, looking for birds and wildlife. We'll also spend a couple days on the Atherton Tablelands to look for special birds and marsupials in forests and Eucalyptus scrub habitats.
This morning we search for the amazing Southern Cassowary. After lunch, we'll stroll the markets of Kuranda, a charming town west of Cairns.
Today we'll explore the Daintree River by boat, looking for Saltwater Crocodiles and interesting birds. Later, we'll enjoy some free time to enjoy the coastal town of Port Douglas.
A travel day. We fly from Cairns on the east coast to Darwin, in the Northern Territory.
Leaving Darwin, we head southeast along the Arnhem Highway today. We’ll explore a few birding spots on this route as we make our way to the Mary River. The next day we'll look for birds and wildlife in Mary River National Park.
We have several days to enjoy the amazing Kakadu National Park. This World Heritage Site covers almost 8,000 square miles. The habitats of the park protect rich geological and botanical treasures as well as countless birds and other animals.
On our last full day, we'll take a trip into Litchfield National Park to see waterfalls, go for a swim, and see the massive magnetic termite mounds.
Many of us will continue on to Tasmania for the extension trip. We'll say our farewells to those who are heading home today.
This tour is full.
COST of MAIN TRIP: $4,395
COST of EXTENSION: $2,295
START DATE: September 25, 2022
DURATION: 14 days
GROUP SIZE: Up to 14
TRIP FOCUS: Birding and Natural History
Ivan Phillipsen, Co-owner of Wild Latitudes, is a passionate naturalist with a background in scientific research. He holds an M.S. in biology and a Ph.D. in zoology. Natural history is Ivan’s true passion and what he is most excited to teach to others. Although he is fascinated by just about every aspect of nature, Ivan is particularly fond of birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, plants, and geology. Everything is interconnected in nature and Ivan takes a holistic approach when teaching about the natural world.
Dan Van den Broek spent the past 18 years leading birding tours throughout the world, sharing amazing experiences with hundreds of people. He believes that to understand the rich and varied lives of birds opens a window into the interconnectedness of our world. Critical to our understanding of nature and conservation is to consider how people and nature can coexist in a mutually beneficial way and vital to travel is to ensure that people and nature benefit from tourism.
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