AUSTRALIA 2002: September 6th to October 8th


 Birds pictures

The other animals of this trip

Our trip and the list of the birds we have seen :

EXCEL file (100Ko)

 Report of our trip :

Darwin area : 8th to 13th september
Alice Spring area : du 14th to 29th september
Cairns area : du 20th to 24th september
Sydney area : du 25th to 30th september
Melbourne area: du 1st to 6th october
Gallery of the pictures of landscapes


Depart from Paris CDG 20h40 ; arrival London Heathrow 22h00 (21h00 local hour)
Depart London Heathrow 22h40
First night in the plane !
Arrival Singapour 11h15 (18h15 local hour)
Depart Singapour 22h15
Second night in the plane !
Arrival 2h30 (4h00 local hour)
Breakfast in Darwin city
We took our 4x4 at 8h30
East Point Recreation Reserve : we meet a Holland couple for the first time
Visit of Darwin
Road to Eden at Fogg Dam
A small visit to Fogg Dam at sunset
B&B Eden at Fogg Dam
Fogg Dam toute all the day
=> A 7 hours walk on the road between the 2 swamp
=> lunch at Eden at Fogg Dam and after swiming pool !
=> An other walk (patch on the left when you arrive)
B&B Eden at Fogg Dam
Mary River Wetlands : we rent a boat for 3 hours : fantastic !
Arrival to Kakadu NP
=> Mamukala : the first observatory
=> A small stop to Jabiru
=> Arrival to Cooinda
Camping Cooinda
Kakadu NP
=> Yellow Waters Cruises : 6h30
=> A walk to the camping
=> Recovery of our luggage at Jabiru (they didn't fellow us since London !)
=> Visit to Bowali Visitor Centre (1 film)
=> Stop to Malabanjbanjdju (a small pond) ; second meeting with holland couple !
Camping Cooinda
Kakadu NP
=> Nourlangie Rock with the Holland couple
=> Return to Jabiru and Kakadu Resort
=>4x4 track to the Old Jim Jim Road
=> Red Lilly Billabong
=> Alligator Billabong
=> Arrival at night to the camping !
Camping Cooinda
Kakadu NP
=> Gunlom Waterfall Creek
Road to Elliott
Night in a Motel
A small walk to Elliott
Tennant Creek Overland Telegraph Station
Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve
Arrival to Alice Spring
Camping Mac Donnell Holiday Park
We go for a drive with R. Read and a dozen of birders
=> Road to Stuarts Well
=> A track to the Est ; lunch in a dry river( ? )
=> A track to the North to Alice Spring
Sunset to Alice Sring : Anzac Hill
Camping Mac Donnell Holiday Park
West Macdonnell
=> Simpsons Gap
=> Ellery Creek Big-Hole : a walk in the bush (a lot of place was burned...)
=> Arrival to Glen Helen
Camping à Glen Helen Lodge
West Macdonnell
=> A walk near Glen Helen
=> Ormiston Gorge
=> Serpentine Gorge
=> Ochre Pits
=> Ormiston Gorge
Camping à Glen Helen Lodge
West Macdonnell
=> Tylers Pass
=> Gosse Bluff
Finke Gorge NP
=> Palm Valley
Standley Chasm but it was close !
Return to Alice Spring
B&B Nthaba cottage
Desert Park
Vol to Cairns at 14h15 arrival near 17h15
Camping in the centre (bungalow)
=> City Caravan Park
SEASTAR II : Depart near 8h00 ; return near 17h30
=> First stop near Michaelmas Cay Island
=> Second stop near the Great Barrier Reff
=> Dinner with an English Couple ameet on the boat ( Steve Bunn)
Camping in the centre (bungalow)
=> City Caravan Park
Cairns Esplanade with Steve Bunn
Cairns Botanic Gardens
=> Freshwater Pool
=> Saltwater Pool where Steve leave us
Small visit to the centre of Cairns
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Road to Daintree
=> Small stop to Daintree NP near Wonga
B&B Red Mill House
Daintree River Cruise with Chris Dahlberg
Road to the Kingfisher Park (near Julatten)
We meet a French couple
=> Try to find the Platypus at sunset (no chance !)
Camping au Kingfisher Park
Mount Lewis
=> Try to find the Platypus at sunset (no chance second time !)
=> Try to find a snake : we find it !
Road to the Cassowary House (near Kuranda)
=> Lake Mitchell
=> Tinaroo Creek Road to Emerald Creek
=> Try to find the Platypus at sunset (no chance third time !)
B&B Cassowary House
Try to find the Platypus at sunset (no chance fourth time !)
Walk around the lodge
Lunch to the Cairn's Esplanade
Small walk in the mangrove near the airport
Flight to Sydney at 15h15 Arrival 18h15
Camping (bungalow)
=> The Grand Pines Caravan Park
Visit of Sydney
=> Ferry to Manly
Camping (bungalow)
=> The Grand Pines Caravan Park
Blue Mountains
=> Wentworth Falls
=> Sublime Point
=> Echo Point : Three Sisters
=> Pulpit Rock and Perry's Lookdown ?
Road to Glen Davis ; diner at Capertee (a good fast food)
Lodge : Goolooinboin Station
(ferme de 800 hectares !)
Capertee Valley
=> Walk around the lodge
Road to Wollongong
Camping Bulli Beach Holliday Park
Sa-28-Sept Wollongong Pelagic trip Camping Bulli Beach Holliday Park
Barren Grounds Bird Observatory
Return to Sydney with a small stop to the Royal NP
Camping (bungalow)
=> The Grand Pines Caravan Park
Flight to Melbourne at 10h00 Arrival at 11h20
Road to Healesville
Camping to Healesville (bungalow)
Badger Creek Caravan & Holiday Park
Yarra Valley with Glen Crothers and his wife
=> Badger Weir Picnic Area
=> Maroondah Reservoir Park
Small walk in the camping
Walk west of the Reservoir Park
Camping to Healesville (bungalow)
Badger Creek Caravan & Holiday Park
Kinglake NP
=> Masons Falls
=> Wombelano Falls
Yarra Ranges NP
=> Ben Cairn Road (closed !)
=> Don Road to Yarra Junction
=> Warburton
=> Mt Donna Buang
=> Acheron Way (a big part at night unfortunatly !)
Camping to Healesville (bungalow)
Badger Creek Caravan & Holiday Park
Road to Philip Island
=> Cardinia Reservoir
=> Try to find Koo-wee-Rup Reserve...
Philip Island
=> Koala Conservation Centre
=> Blow Hole et Seal Rocks
=> Pinguin Parade
Camping to Rhyll (bungalow)
Swan Bay Caravan Park
Philip Island
=> Rhyll Inlet
=> Conservation Hill (Rhyll)
Road to Melbourne
=> Visit of the city
At Richard Nowotny house
West Gate Park
You Yangs Regional Park and around
Western Treatment Plant
=> lunch at Wilson Point ?
At Richard Nowotny house
West Gate Park
Depart Melbourne 15h35 ; Arrival Singapour 23h25 (21h25 local hour)
Depart Singapour 23h30
In the plane...
Arrival London Heathrow 13h30 (6h30 local hour)
Depart London Heathrow 9h20 ; Arrival 10h00 (11h00 local hour)