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About Neil

Neil Hermes with his binoculars

Neil Hermes is a Canberra based ornithologist, columnist, expedition leader, science communicator, political advisor and author who has written about 20 books. His passion is birds. He studied Zoology (Honours) at Australian National University. He has had a career in National Parks (Kakadu, Uluru, Norfolk Island and Booderee) was A/Director at Questacon the Australian National Science and Technology Centre.

Neil's Mission

Neil Hermes

Mission 01

To Excite And Inspire People About The Amazing World Of Birds Around Us.

Neil Hermes on Saving Superb Parrot

Mission 02

To Discover Ways To Manage Bird/Human Interactions.

Neil Hermes on a tour

Mission 03

To Contribute To Activities Aimed At The Survival Of Endangered Bird Species Especially In Developing Nations.

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Neil’s Biography

I discovered the joy of bird watching as a 14 year old along the Murrumbidgee River near Canberra when rambling in the bush with mates. At 16 I was a helper on a bird research project in the Brindabella Mountains. At 20 I was the Principal Bird Guide to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve for the 16th International Ornithological Congress held at ANU in Canberra. So I became a bird guide.

My journey as an ornithologist has taken all over Australia and the Pacific with jobs and guiding roles in Kakadu, Uluru, Flinders Ranges, Jervis Bay and Papua New Guinea. I lived on Norfolk Island for three years where I started the program which saved the Norfolk Island Green Parrot from extinction.

My wife and I started our own touring company in Uluru in 1991 and operated regular day tours there and in Alice Springs. This expanded to safari expeditions through Kakadu and Arnhem Land and northern Queensland.

In 2006 that company was judged the best tourism operation in the NT in all categories and subsequently won the national award for environmental touring.

Since that time I have conducted touring based out of Canberra throughout Australia and the Pacific.

Neil Hermes with a bird
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Career & History



NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Superintendent and Government Conservator

Norfolk Island, Kakadu National Park Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service


ACT Parks and Conservation Service Urban Parks

Owner Director

Discovery Ecotours


Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre

Owner Director

Canberra Guided Tours
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As Seen On

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