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Australasia comprises Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and and other Pacific Islands and is home to a fascinating array of birdlife including many endangered species. You will also find many flightless birds on the islands, such as cassowaries, emus and kiwis, that lost their ability to fly due to the lack of predators and competitors.

Blue-Faced Honeyeater
Blue-faced honeyeater

A bird watching holiday to Australasia gives you the opportunity see exotic birds of paradise, colourful parrots, kingfishers and finches, the smallest species of penguin in the world and the iconic kookaburra, all with a backdrop of beautiful and unspoilt scenery.

Take time to immerse yourself in the life, culture and dreamtime legends of indigenous peoples, their rock art and spiritual sites. And if you can, visit a local bird park or sanctuary where you can get up close to more exotic birds. Many bird parks are also involved in conservation programmes so you know your admission fee is being put to good use.
We have selected a fantastic range of Australasia destinations that are ideal for a bird watching break. Alternatively, you can search Expedia's full range of holiday destinations to find the perfect bird watching holiday for you:


New Zealand Bird Watching Holiday New Zealand Bird Watching Holiday
A holiday in New Zealand covers all bird habitats - alpine, sub-alpine, montane and lowland forest, wetlands and sandspit. Conservation guides can take you into areas such as Kahurangi National Park where you are most likely to see rare and endangered species.
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Bird Watching In The Atherton Tablelands Bird Watching In The Atherton Tablelands
Just west of Cairns, the Atherton Tablelands are home to some of the most beautiful birds of Australia. In the rainforests and volcanic lakes you will have the chance to spot sooty owls, finches and parrots. Visit in the spring or summer before the wet season and you may be lucky to see a male bowerbird courting a female with some elaborate nest-building.
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Melanesia Bird Watching Holiday Melanesia Bird Watching Holiday
Some of the best pelagic birding guides in the world will escort this expedition. They have visited these islands many times before and their extensive knowledge of the seabirds of the West Pacific is unparalleled. These guides are available from dawn until sundown and are happy to assist with spotting and identification. The nightly ‘reading of the ‘bird list’ aboard is legendary for its detail and lively discussion. This is one expedition you can’t afford to miss.
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New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands Tour New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands Tour
Occupying the tempestuous latitudes of the Roaring Forties and the Furious Fifties, there is a good reason why the islands are also known as the Albatross Latitudes. Ten of the world’s albatross species breed in the region, five of them nowhere else but here.This zone where the air is never still hosts the most diverse collection of seabirds in the world. At least 11 percent of the entire world’s seabird population and more than 40 species, breed down here.
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Pacific Islands Bird Watching Holiday Pacific Islands Bird Watching Holiday
Take in some key birding areas in the South West Pacific, cruising from New Zealand and following the path of the voyage traditionally know in birding circles as ‘Western Pacific Odyssey", ending in Papua New Guinea. There are oopportunities to see some of the rarest pelagic seabirds in the world plus many island endemics. In addition the cetacean list is outstanding and there will be numerous snorkelling, swimming and relaxing opportunities.
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Northern Territory Bird Watching Holiday Northern Territory Bird Watching Holiday
Wetlands, billabongs and rainforests in Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve offer a diverse range of species including Australia's only stork, the jabiru. Kakadu National Park is a protected area, home to more than 280 species of birds, or about one-third of Australia's bird species. If your trip includes a visit to Uluru please respect the local customs and cultural values.
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Bird Watching Holiday Christmas Island Bird Watching Holiday Christmas Island
The tropical island's rainforests and limestone cliffs are populated with seabirds and wanderers and the elaborate displays of many endemic species are similar to their Indonesian cousins. Christmas Island is also home to the annual migration of millions of red crabs, which attracts huge numbers of hungry birds. With no natural predators, the birds of Christmas Island are surprising tame and will happily perch on people's shoulders or feed from the hand.
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Heaphy Hiking Holiday, New Zealand Heaphy Track Hiking Holiday, New Zealand
A trek along New Zealand's most diverse track through a large variety of habitat and scenery, ranging from lowland rain forest to sub alpine plateau. Rare birds may be seen, including blue ducks, kakas, and fern birds and great spotted kiwi may be heard screeching on most nights. The track can be walked at all times of the year, as the winter only brings a light coating of snow to the sub alpine area.
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