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Red Centre Bird Festival

Red Centre Bird Festival

Wednesday 19 – 23 September 2018

Red Centre Bird Festival is one of Australia's leading nature festivals will come alive in the heart of Australia from 19-23 September 2018.

The Red Centre has a suite of birdlife unlike anything else on offer around the country, including amazing iconic species such as Spinifex Pigeon, Dusky Grasswren, Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, Bourke’s Parrot and Mulga Parrot.

These iconic species are rare and you would struggle to find them elsewhere, but in Central Australia they are a common sight and we want to share them with the world.
Locals and visitors are invited to enjoy what the Red Centre has to offer with activities for experienced birdwatchers, nature lovers and those starting the journey.

View  the Red Centre Bird Festival 2018 Program (1.7 mb)
View the Red Centre Bird Festival Photography Competition Entry Form (822.5 kb)
For updated information check out the Facebook page.

Event highlights


Birds for Beginners

Wednesday 19 September
Time: 7am – 8am
Location: Alice Springs Telegraph Station
Cost: Gold coin donation to Birdlife Central Australia

Join a local bird expert to get a taste for bird watching. People of all ages including families are invited to join in the fun. Recommend BYO binoculars and walking shoes.

Bird encounter

Bird Keeper for a Day

Wednesday 19, Thursday 20, Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September
Time: 8am – 4pm
Location: Alice Springs Desert Park
Cost: Adults $149 per day
Bookings essential: 8951 8788 email

Ever wanted to work with birds? Here’s your chance! Go behind the scenes and take part in the daily husbandry and training of our birds.
Includes lunch and park entry. Limited to one person per day.


Raptor Experience

Wednesday 19 September and Friday 21 September
Time: 11.00am - 11.45am
Location: Alice Springs Desert Park
Cost: Adults $99 + entry per day
Bookings essential: 8951 8788 close 5pm day prior. Conditions apply.

Join an expert handler to learn some of the secrets of these amazing aerial predators with a free flight demonstration and the opportunity to hold a bird of prey. Bring your camera for photo opportunities.

Birds at night

Star Photography - Birds in the Night Sky

Wednesday 19 September
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Company: Mark Carter Birding & Wildlife
Cost: Adults $220
Bookings essential: email

Learn about photography and the many bird constellations in the night sky at a gorgeous dark sky location. Transport provided. Limited spaces.

crimson chat

Birds Before Work

Thursday 20 September
Time: Register at 6.45am.  7.00am – 8.00am
Location: Alice Springs Sewerage Ponds, off Commonage Rd Arrive at 6.45am for registration
Cost: Adults $5, cash sales at the gate.

Spot waterbirds and migratory waders with local Birdlife Central Australia experts. Recommend BYO binoculars and high visibility vest. Minimum age of 16 years. Enclosed shoes required

Sunset birding

Birds & Bats of Simpsons Gap

Thursday 20 September
TIME:5.30pm – 8.00pm
LOCATION:Simpsons Gap
COST:Adults $25. Children free
Bookings essential: email

Discover the special birds that call Simpsons Gap home by day, then after sunset meet some of the bats that live there using special bat detectors. Limited spaces.

spinifex pigeon

Breakfast with the Birds

Friday 21 September
Time: 7.00am – 9.00am
Location: Alice Springs Desert Park
Cost: Adults $85
Bookings essential: 8951 8788 email

Join a Desert Park bird specialist as you go on a walkabout around the Desert Park environment with an increased chance of spotting Splendid Fairy-wrens, Red-capped Robin and Spinifex Pigeon to name a few. Finish with a gourmet breakfast hamper amongst the birds. Plus a face to face photo with a raptor. Conditions apply.

Eagle cam

Eagle Cam

Saturday 22 September
Time: 5.00pm – 6.30pm
Location: Alice Springs Desert Park
Cost: Adults $25. Children (5-15 years) $10
Bookings essential: 8951 8788 email

Learn how our Nature Theatre team has trained one of our Wedge-tailed Eagles to capture ‘bird’s-eye-view” footage of the iconic West MacDonnell Ranges. Get up close to one of the stars of the show, view blooper reels and take part in a question and answer session. You are in for a treat! Minimum numbers and conditions apply.

Bird watching

Bird Watching Tag Along

Sunday 23 September
Time: 7.00am – 2.00pm
Location: Owen Springs Reserve
Cost: $50 per vehicle. Limit to 5 vehicles. High clearance 4x4 essential
Bookings essential: call 8951 8250

Join Birdlife Central Australia and Parks and Wildlife rangers as they lead you through exclusive locations of Owen Springs Reserve. Enjoy a magical display of birdlife and pick up tips on bird watching in the centre. Tour finishes within Owen Springs allowing you to return to Alice Springs at your leisure. Meeting details and full packing list provided on booking.

Conditions apply. Credit card only.

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