Explore Eastern Australia. Discover World Heritage Lamington National Park, home to rich bird and mammal life. Here, stroll rain forests looking for King Parrot, Crimson Rosella, Superb Fairy-wren, and Paradise Riflebird (displaying, with luck!). Spend time near Brisbane visiting mangroves and tidal flats for Mangrove Gerygone, Mangrove Honeyeater, Collared Kingfisher, and Striated Heron. In Sydney, an optional city tour visits the Opera House/Harbour Bridge and Botanic Gardens. Explore Barren Grounds Nature Reserve near Jamberoo, great for wildlife like elusive Eastern Bristlebird and Eastern Ground Parrot, and incredibly scenic. Enjoy an optional pelagic bound for the continental shelf; shearwaters, storm-petrels, jaegars, and albatross abound. Finally, travel into the Blue Mountains for sweeping views, a variety of habitats and birds, and mammals like Red-necked Wallaby, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, and Wombat in the Capertee Valley. An optional Southeast Australia extension makes the most of your time.

Photo credits: Banner: Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Flying Fox by Alex Vargo; Blue-faced Honeyeater, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Splendid Fairy Wren by Greg Smith; Koala by Alex Vargo.