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The Wet Tropics stretch from Townsville to Cooktown encompassing approximately 9000sq.km of rainforest interspersed with farmland, rivers and tropical savannah, not to mention coastline and coral cays. Such an array of habitats explains the region’s high diversity of flora and fauna. With more than 450 avian species recorded, including 13 endemics, its Australia’s twitching mecca, and you don’t have to venture far from Cairns to enjoy a rich bird-watching experience in a variety of environments.
Join us on this journey as we cover a vast variety of birding hotspots in Far North Queensland.
Pick up will commence from your individual Cairns hotel from 6.30am. Please advise your hotel so we can arrange your pick up. Alternatively, our friendly team can recommend a hotel for you to stay in Cairns. A trip to the Daintree isn’t complete without a visit to the famous beach where the ‘rainforest meets the reef’. This valley resembles a giant amphitheatre with a semicircle of hills dominated by Mt Sorrow (850m) and Mt Hemmant (1000m). The south-eastern rainfall trapped by this valley results in a lush tropical climate with high temperatures, humidity and rainfall. Renowned for its scenic landscape, remote beaches and wildlife viewing opportunities! Several mangrove and rainforest boardwalks are available to allow us the maximum opportunity to observe birds. Cape Tribulation is one of the best spots to obverse the iconic southern cassowary as well as the leaden flycatcher, yellow-breasted boatbill, pied monarch, wompoo fruit dove, shining flycatcher, azure kingfisher, Pacific heron, white-bellied sea-eagle and little shrike thrush. The afternoon will be spent exploring the surroundings of Kingfisher Park, our accommodation for the next two evenings. Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge is a small, family-run business set in an internationally renowned sanctuary. The lodge offers accommodation to birdwatchers and nature lovers from mid April to mid January. The property is owned and operated by professional guides and naturalists Carol and Andrew Iles, who have worked in the area since 1999. Set in Tropical Far North Queensland, one of the best birding areas in Australia, the lodge is especially famous for its population of breeding buff-breasted paradise kingfisher, which are found in the grounds between November and April. There are many resident birds at the lodge including noisy pitta, red-browed finch, Macleay’s, yellow-spotted and graceful honeyeaters, pale-yellow robin, little shrike-thrush, yellow-breasted boatbill, black-faced & spectacled monarch, cicadabird and spotted catbird. The lodge is a Land for Wildlife sanctuary with good populations of birds, mammals, reptiles and plants. Around 230 bird species have been recorded within a 1.5 km radius of the lodge and its grounds and all of the 13 Wet Tropics endemic birds can be found within a 15km travel distance. The lodge is also famous for the red-necked crake, which can often be seen down near the creek or Crake Pond, and the pale-vented bush hen, which can be found near any long grass in the area. It also has a resident platypus in the stream at the bottom of the property.
Daintree River/Julatten/ Mt Lewis
Shared Earth Reserve
Atherton Tablelands/Hasties Swamp/Mt Hypipamee