As we headed south, we saw more parrots (yay!), but in addition to learning about birds, we'd like to learn more about their homes and food sources. In Charleville, we found two excellent (but rather unadvertised) places to learn about the trees of the outback: the Botanic Drive (fifteen kms out of town), and the Graham Andrews Parklands in town. In this post, we share some of what we learnt there.
Yes all the streets in Longreach are named after birds but they weren't so easy to find...until we found the Iningai Park Nature Reserve which, frankly, could do with some investment...
Yep - budgies, red-tailed cockatoos, cockatiels and, well, flies! What great birding on the way to and out at Winton. Thanks to all the great rain (and not great for many people) the outback is brimming with birds. Here are some of the the fancy flocks we saw...
The weather was not really optimal for our purposes during our days in the Tablelands, and we know there is so much to see - but we managed a few glimpses between showers...
We went on our first birding tour - and to Cape York. Here is what we saw and experienced, and what we think of the idea of a bird tour...
The drive to and from Bowen is mostly via the Bruce Highway, and you can expect extensive roadworks both sides of town – but don’t let that put you off because the birds and other rewards are many.
From Roma we took the road less travelled and had an amazing drive through the aptly-named Arcadia Valley, with a lunch stop at Lake Nuga Nuga...it was well worth the diversion, and a few kilometres of dirt road!
And so to Queensland - and it's still pretty chilly, but no rain for the last few days. Our journey to Roma has included excellent botanic gardens, new lifer birds for us - including red-shouldered parrots - and just loving those wide open spaces!