BIRDWATCHING
The mild climate and extraordinary diversity of Tropical North Queensland provide a veritable paradise for birds... and birdwatchers! From noisy cockatoos to silent waders, from the irradescent Azure Kingfisher to great Australian Bustard, the Cassowary and the Kookaburra, you'd better bring a fresh notepad and a sharp pencil. The Wet Tropics region is home to twenty percent of Australia's bird species, many of which are not found anywhere else in the world. But best of all, you get to view these beauties in the surrounds of the most wonderful nature on earth!
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BIRD SPECIES ENDEMIC TO TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND INCLUDE: SOOTY OWL, FERNWREN, ATHERTON SCRUBWREN, MOUNTAIN THORNBILL, BRIDLED HONEYEATER, MCLEAY'S HONEYEATER, GREY-HEADED ROBIN, CHOWCHILLA, BOWER'S SHRIKE-THRUSH, PIED MONARCH, VICTORIA'S RIFLEBIRD, TOOTH-BILLED BOWERBIRD AND GOLDEN BOWERBIRD.

CAPE YORK PENINSULA

The Iron Range area, 750 kilometres north of Cairns, is home to a great variety of beautiful and unusual bird species. During the mating season (October to March) the rocks just off Chili Beach are home to thousands of Metallic Starlings. Their return to the rocks every eveneing at dusk is something to behold. The coastal location of Iron Range National Park means the keen birder will view Egrets, Sea Eagles, and large, irradescent Frigate Birds, sometimes called 'Man of War Birds' or 'Pirate Birds' because of their tendency to attack other seabirds. They have the largest wingspan to body weight ratio of any bird, and can neither swim nor walk well. They obtain most of their food by snatching it from the surface of the ocean, and would be unable to take off if they ever landed on the water. Frigate Birds sometimes stay aloft for up to a week at a time, landing only to roost or breed on trees or cliffs. The males have bright red throat pouches, which they inflate to an enormous size as a mating ritual.

Colorful red and blue female Eclectus parrot. The male Eclectus Parrot is bright green. But in the lowland rainforest, you will find a variety of parrots, kingfishers, riflebirds, honeyeaters, cuckoos, finches, robins, pittas and bowerbirds. A nightime spotlighting session will expose owls and frogmouths. This forest is also home to the endangered Cassowary, and the intriguing ECLECTUS PARROT.

The striking profile of the Palm Cockatoo. Cape York Bird Week is held in Bamaga - on the northern tip of Cape York Peninsula - every January, to coincide with the arrival of migrant Red-bellied Pitta from New Guinea. One of the best birding areas is nearby Lockerbie Scrub. The fortunate birder can expect to spot Magnificent Riflebirds, Trumpet Manucodes, Yellow-Legged Flycatchers, Frilled Monarchs, Yellow Orioles, Honeyeaters and Palm Cockatoos.

The Palm Cockatoo is a black, crested parrot with a red gape that changes colour if the bird is alarmed or excited. The Palm Cockatoo can grow to 60 centimetres in length and weigh up to a kilogram. It is a distinctive bird, with its huge crest and oversized bill. In fact, next to South America's Hyacinth Macaw, the Palm Cockatoo has the biggest bill of any parrot. It is a powerful bird, and sometimes stages a unique display by drumming a large branch against a dead branch or tree. The noise can be heard up to 100 metres away.

For more details about this great birdwatching region, including information on how to get there, and accommodation options, please visit our CAPE YORK PENINSULA page.

COOKTOWN

Birdwatchers will find Cooktown, in Far North Queensland, a premier destination for birdwatching. Keatings Lagoon (Mulbabidgee) Conservation Park is just eight kilometres southwest of Cooktown. This conservation park has been set aside to protect the wetlands and surrounding habitat, which is teeming with birdlife. The reeds and lily pads on the margins of the lagoon are home to Egrets, Jabirus, Magpie Geese, Radjah Shelduck (more commonly known as the Burdekin Duck), and the Torres Strait Imperial-Pidgeon, a seasonal visitor from New Guinea. From the treetops around the lagoon, you will hear the noisy squarking and chatter of Sulphur Crested Cockatoos and a diversity of parrots.

Shipton's Flat, south of Cooktown near Black Mountain, is a birdwatcher's paradise, and is also home to Bennet's Tree Kangaroos.

Lakefield National Park, to the northwest of Cooktown, is home to more than 200 bird species, a paradise for birdwatching in Far North Queensland. Lakefield National Park, to the northwest of Cooktown, is Queensland's second largest park, and is a wildlife refuge for over 200 bird species, including several rare or threatened birds such as the golden-shouldered parrot, star finch, and red goshawk. Very early morning and late afternoon provide the best birding opportunities in this area. Eight kilometres north of the ranger station, Red Lily Lagoon and White Lily lagoon are home to a variety of waterbirds, including Plumed Whistling Ducks, Magpie Geese and Comb-crested Jacanas. Red Lily Lagoon is characterized by a spectacular display of red lotus lilies, and at White Lily Lagoon... well, we don't have to tell you, do we?

Travelling north past Hann Crossing, you will arrive at the spectacular grasslands of the Nifold Plain. This treeless, flat landscape, dotted with termite mounds, is home to a variety of birds, from finches to bustards, emus to birds of prey.

For more details about this great birdwatching region, including information on how to get there, and accommodation options, please visit our COOKTOWN page.

DAINTREE RAINFOREST

Your birdwatching experience can start right in sleepy little Daintree Village, with early morning and late afternoon the best times for viewings. The resident family of Blue-winged Kookaburras can sometimes be seen at night, feeding under the streetlights. You're likely to see Sacred Kingfishers and White-breasted Woodswallows perched on the power lines, and there's a family of Osprey nested high on the Telecom tower. In the gardens and surrounding grassland, you'll spot Mannikins, Pipits, Red-backed Fairywren, Friarbirds and a variety of honeyeaters.

Viewing points over the river (remember there's crocodiles!) can yield sightings of many species of waterbirds; Black-necked Stork, Black Bittern, Darters, Pacific Black Duck, Dusky Moorhen, Spoonbill and all sorts of egrets and cormorants, as well as Shining Flycatchers, Azure Kingfishers, and the aptly named Little Kingfisher, Australia's smallest kingfisher, and the second smallest in the world. Like the Azure Kingfisher, the Little Kingfisher specialises in deep diving into water for their prey.

A Papuan Frogmouth is almost invisible in the right environment. The stunning little Azure Kingfisher. A patient Yellow Billed Spoonbill, perched above the river.

At night, it's possible to see Papuan Frogmouth, and you will surely hear the call of the nocturnal Bush Stone-Curlew, which is not a true curlew at all, and is only distantly related within the same order. They probably gained their name by their loud wailing songs, which are reminiscent of true curlews. Although Bush Stone-Curlews are considered to be Endangered in Australia under the Threatened Species Conservation Act, they are still relatively common in Tropical North Queensland.

Just out of town, Stewart Creek Road and Upper Daintree Road pass through varied habitats and offer excellent birdwatching opportunities; home to the full spectrum of species, from honeyeaters and other nectar feeders to waterbirds to raptors. Southern Cassowary have been sighted in this area, and at night you may see Papuan Frogmouths and owls, particularly the Southern Bookbook and the Lesser Sooty.

A birdwatching cruise on the Daintree River can often provide viewing of over 50 different species. Birdwatching from the waterways adds another dimenion to the experience, allowing access to a number of waterbirds and nesting sites that would be impossible to see from the riverbank... and in the safety of a boat! In addition to all the species that can be easily spotted around the village, a river tour can yield sightings of a number of raptors, including the White-bellied Sea-Eagle and the Brahminy Kite. Striated and Nankeen Night Heron are regulars, along with a range of Cuckoos including Gould's Bronze and Channel-Billed Cuckoo.

For more details about this great birdwatching region, including information on how to get there, and accommodation options, please visit our DAINTREE page.

NORTHERN ATHERTON TABLELANDS

The area around Mareeba is the premier birdwatching region in Australia! Just south of the town, at Walkamin, about halfway to Atherton, Nardello's Lagoon is a great place to start, with wonderful waterbirds such as Black Swan and White-breasted Sea Eagle. In the drier woodland around Mareeba you may encounter Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, and along the creek lines expect the delightful White-browed Robin.

Majestic black swans. Brightly coloured tailfeathers of a feeding black cockatoo.

The pretty Gouldian Finch, which is the subject of a concerted re-introduction program to help fight its population decline. Heading north from Mareeba, you really start to find yourself in birding country. The 5000 acre Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve, about seven kilometres north of Mareeba, is both a bird life and wildlife habitat, with over 200 recorded species of birds, including the elusive Buff-breasted Button-quail and the (re-introduced) endangered Gouldian Finch.

At nearby Mount Molloy, over 300 species have been recorded; that's more than in famous Kakadu National Park! The small town of Julatten attracts legions of birdwatchers each year, on the lookout for Spectacled Monarchs, Pale-yellow Robins, Lesser Sooty Owl, Red-Necked Crakes, Pied Monarch and Yellow-breasted Boatbill, and Orange-footed Scrubfowl. Of particular interest in summer, is the spectacular Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher.

If you search the drier tropical woodland near Mt Carbine, you may come across the AUSTRALIAN BUSTARD - possibly the world's heaviest flying bird.

For more details about this great birdwatching region, including information on how to get there, and accommodation options, please visit our ATHERTON TABLELANDS section.

SOUTHERN ATHERTON TABLELANDS

If you're staying in Atherton, you can start right in town, at Halloran's Hill Conservation Park. But most serious birders head straight to the excellent sites of Lake Tinaroo, Lake Eacham, Lake Barrine, Bromfield Crater and Bromfield Swamp. The remarkable Hypipamee Crater, a short drive to the south, is also one of the top spots, and at Hasties Swamp - to the west - a two level bird hide provides views of thousands of bird in their natural habitat. That's not to mention Irvinebank, with its own unique birdlife, just an hour's drive west into the dry interior.

The Wedgetailed Eagle, known to hunt animals as large as the Red Kangaroo. The strikingly distinctive colours of the King Parrot. A colourful Sarus Crane preening itself.

In the area around Lake Tinaroo, almost five hundred bird species have been recorded, making this area one of the premier bird sites in Australia. Among these are some of Australia's most spectacular parrots including the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, the Australian King Parrot, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Crimson Rosella, Pale-headed Rosella and Red-winged Parrot. And while you're birding, you may even be lucky enough to spot a rare TREE KANGAROO, as this is one of the few remaining places in Australia where they can still be found.

The volcanic plateau around the crater lakes of Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham is renowned for its spectacular birdlife, home to the Golden and Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Chowchilla, Fernwren, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Mountain Thornbill, Double-toothed Catbird, Victoria's Riflebird, King Parrot, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Eastern Whipbird and RED LEGGED PADEMELON ... no, that's not a bird!

In the area bounded by Malanda, Yungaburra and Atherton, you may spot the endemic ground-dwelling Chowchilla and Fernwren, and also the Spotted Catbird, Grey-headed Robin, Plain Mountain Thornbill and Atherton Scrubwren. Nighttime spotlighting could produce Rufous and Lesser Sooty Owls, a plethora of endemic possums, gliders, and even the rare Lumholtz's Tree-Kangaroo. In the swampy areas around Atherton, you may find Brolgas, Sarus Cranes and the rare Cotton Pygmy-Goose. Bromfield Swamp, in particular, attracts hundreds of Sarus Crane and Brolgas during the winter months. Every evening, after feeding in nearby fields, hundreds of Sarus Cranes return to the Bromfield Crater, an impressive sight indeed!

While moving around, keep an eye out for Gray Goshawks and Square-tailed Kites. If you're birding by the quiet creeks around Yungaburra and Malanda, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a normally shy PLATYPUS.

Hastie's Swamp - also known as the Nyleta Wetlands - is part of the local Atherton Tablelands bird conservation network. It is located just outside Atherton. From the two level bird hide, you can view Pink-eared Ducks, Grey Teal, Wandering Whistlers, Magpie Geese, Purple Swamp-hens, Australian Grebe, Buff-banded Rail and Plumed Whistling Ducks. In fact, the bird list is over 220 species. Wedge-tailed Eagles can also be found here.

Mount Hypipamee is a great place for birdwatching, particularly for upland rainforest birds, some of which are endemic. Scrub Turkeys as well as Lewin's and bridled honeyeaters are common around the picnic area. In spring and early summer, visitors may spot the magnificent male Victoria's riflebird one of Australia's birds of paradise displaying from an exposed perch. Golden bowerbirds, spotted catbirds and toothbilled bowerbirds are also to be seen here.

Also in the area, and well worth a visit for birders and non-birders alike, are Malanda Falls Environmental Park, Curtain Fig State Forest (Bowers, Shrike, Thrush, Rufous Owl, Metallic Starlings, Double-eyed Fig-Parrots, Yellow Breasted Boatbill) and Millstream Falls National Park (Parrots, Olive backed Oriole, Black breasted Buzzard and White throated, White naped, White cheeked and Fuscous Honeyeaters).

If you fancy a short drive into Tropical North Queensland's interior, and a memorable trip into Australia's history books, the historic township of Irvinebank is just one hour from Atherton. So close, but it feels a wrold away. Irvinebank has its own range of flora and fauna, with a bird list of over 120 species, and two rare, and significant plant species, an orange-red flowering grevillea, and the world's only purple flowering wattle.

For more details about this great birdwatching region, including information on how to get there, and accommodation options, please visit our ATHERTON TABLELANDS section.

WESTERN ATHERTON TABLELANDS

Although often overlooked in favour of the more famous birding locations like the Daintree and Julatten, the south western towns of the Atherton Tablelands nevertheless offer some good opportunities to spot some interesting and unusual birdlife, and in some pretty terrific scenery.

The pleasant mountain town of Herberton, just 30 minutes west of Atherton, enjoys an altitude of 900 metres above sea level. The high altitude and East coast migratory path of birds crossing through this area provides for an unexpected mix on the bird list. Irvinebank, another 30 minutes west, boasts an extensive bird list, and you may spot one of the two plant species that are unique to this area; an orange-red flowering grevillea, and the world's only purple flowering wattle.

To the south, on the road to Undara Volcanic National Park, you will pass through Ravenshoe. Nearby Kaban is a good spot to find Little Lorikeets, Brown Treecreepers, and a great array of dry forest birds. Further along the same road, you will come to Millstream Falls National Park, home to not only Australia's widest waterfall (during the wetseason, anyway) but to great numbers of forest birds, Parrots, Olive backed Orioles, Black breasted Buzzards, and White throated, White naped, White cheeked and Fuscous Honeyeaters.

On the northern edge of Mount Garnet, the Wurruma Swamp is a permanent wetlands, meaning that it retains water long after other local wetlands have dried up. Understandably, its lily fringed waters attract an amazing array of birdlife much of the year. If you're lucky, you'll be there just as the black swans arrive; at certain times of the year, this swamp is home to literally thousands of them.

Continuing on towards Undara, Forty Mile Scrub National Park is another good spot to try your luck. And if you're heading into the northern outback, the dry scrub and woodland around Georgetown can yield some intersting sightings, especially at the end of the dry season. Masked, Black-throated and Zebra Finches, as well as Emu, Brolga, Black-breasted Buzzard, Budgerigar, Cockatiel, Spinifex Pigeon, Grey-fronted and Red-throated Honeyeaters, and Red-browed Pardalote can all be found around the small dams in this region.

For more details about this great birdwatching region, including information on how to get there, and accommodation options, please visit our ATHERTON TABLELANDS section.

CAIRNS CITY

The Wompoo Fruit Dove. Their call sounds like 'wollack-wa-hoo' and often sounds very human. A quiet Australian Pelican.
You don't have to travel far from Cairns to begin your birdwatching experience. The Cairns Esplanade is is a splendid wader habitat and is famous for migratory waders. The peak time of year to view migratory birds is from September to March, and the best time of day is with the rising tide. At different times of the year, you will find PELICANS, Spoonbills, Intermediate Egrets, Red-capped Plovers, Greater and Lesser Sand Plovers, Red-necked Stints and Great Knots. Terek and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and Grey-tailed Tattlers are also present and you may see Beach Stone-Curlews.

Cairns' Flecker Botanic Gardens can also be productive, with Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Yellow Oriole and Crimson Finch, several honeyeaters and Black Butcherbird, while Orange-footed Scrubfowl scratch around the forest floor. Adjoining the Botanic Gardens in Collins Street is Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, a large area of rainforest and woodland, with grassy areas, providing a varied habitat for the local birdlife. There are two walking tracks to choose from. Look out for Noisy Pittas, Buff-breasted Kingfishers, Lovely Fairy-wrens, and Superb and Wompoo Fruit Doves.

A kind of quirky birdwatching destination in town is the Cairns cemetery. Besides the Spangled Drongos, Forest Kingfishers and Brown-backed Honeyeaters that live in the trees surrounding the cemetery, you can often see Bush Stone-curlews wandering among the headstones. It's to die for! *sorry* For more details about this great birdwatching region, including information on how to get there, and accommodation options, please visit our CAIRNS section.

MICHAELMAS CAY

The Brown Booby, a spectacular diver, can be seen plunging into the ocean at high speed.. At least 14 species of seabirds have been recorded on Michaelmas Cay. Nesting peaks in summer when more than 30,000 birds have been observed on this tiny island. Sooty terns, common noddies and crested terns are the main nesting species, but Ruddy Turnstones, Brown Boobys, Bridled, Roseate and Black-naped Terns are usually present, and Frigatebirds are regularly seen. This is part of the Michaelmas and Upolu Cays National Park, and visitors are asked to stay on the beach to avoid disturbing the nesting seabirds. If agitated, the adults fly off, leaving their chicks and eggs vulnerable to the heat and scavenging gulls.

Michaelmas is a popular stop on many of the diving and snorkelling cruises that leave from Cairns. Camping is not allowed on the island and visitors are not allowed on the cay between 3pm and 9am.

And while you're there, the snorkelling is fantastic!

EUBENANGEE SWAMP

The freshwater Eubenangee wetlands is one of the most significant ecological areas of the region, a remnant of vast wetlands that once would have covered much of the continent. At the onset of the the dry season, Eubenangee Swamp retains water long after many of the inland lagoons have evaporated, its lily covered surface like a magnet to waterbirds from far afield. The surrounding grasslands and forest are home to a variety of birdlife as well, and besides Jabiru, Heron, Egrets, Darters, Spoonbills, Pacific Black Ducks and Green Pygmy-Geese, you can expect to see Crimson finch, Pied Monarchs, Whistling Kites, and honeyeaters... just to name a few.

Be aware that the swamp is also home to Crocodylus porosus (which is not a bird!) and stay well clear of the water's edge.

MISSION BEACH

In birdwatching circles, Mission Beach is renowned as the most likely place to find Australia's second largest bird, the now endangered Southern Cassowary. The best time of year to see a cassowary is in the first half of the year, although during breeding season (July to October) you could be fortunate enough to see both a female and male cassowary together. This is the only time that the dominant female will tolerate her partner. Be aware that although usually shy, the Cassowary is a very powerful and potentially dangerous bird. Unprovoked attacks on humans are almost unheard of, but a cassowary can lash out viciously if cornered or threatened, and it is equipped with DEFENCES.

The Nutmeg Mannikin, also known as the Scaly-breasted Munia, or Spice Finch. But there's more to the Mission Beach birding scene than the Cassowary. The numerous walking trails in the area provide fantastic birding opportunities, and while searching for Cassowary, you will surely spot dozens of other bird species. White-eared and Pied Monarchs, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Superb and Wompoo Fruit-doves, Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Metallic Starling, Double-Eyed Fig Parrot, Fairy Gerygone, Grey-Tailed Tattler, Mistletoebird, Dusky Honeyeater, and Nutmeg Mannikin can all be found here. The Licuala State Forest is home to the Chowchilla, Azure Kingfisher, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Red-necked Crake, Victoria's Riflebird, the Noisy Pitta and the Eastern Whipbird. The four kilometre Bicton Hill walk offers superb views of Dunk Island, as well as the chance to spot an Emerald Dove and a Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (best seen around November time).

Another four kilometre walk, the Edmund Kennedy track at South Mission Beach covers a variety of terrain, from beach to mangrove and rainforest. This is another good spot to find cassowaries, but also the Pied Imperial-Pigeon can be seen here, as well as the Australian Brush-turkey and the Orange-footed Scrubfowl.

An hour's drive south of Mission Beach will bring you to the Murray Falls State Forest Park, a reliable spot for the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo. Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher are common in the summer, and Lovely and Red-backed Fairy-wren and Northern Fantail nest in the open forest leading to the park.

For more details about this great birdwatching region, including information on how to get there, and accommodation options, please visit our MISSION BEACH page.

TOWNSVILLE

Lake Ross and Ross River offer some excellent birdwatching opportunities, and locals have logged over 200 bird species in the area. A 'must do' for any visitor - birdwatcher or not - is a cruise on Lake Ross with Pop Sullivans Cruises aboard the MV KATHLEEN MARY.

The Townsville Town Common is also great for birdwatching, and has six bird observation points. It is one of the most expansive wetland complexes on Australia's east coast, and yet is just a few kilometres from Townsville's CBD. Even in the dry season, this 3000 hectare expanse of open woodland, grassland, swamps and vine thickets is a marvelous place for wetland species, arboreal birds, passerines and, in particular, for hundreds of Brolgas. The species list for Townsville Town Common stretches to almost 300, including Black-necked Storks, Black-fronted Dotterel, Red-backed Fairy Wren and Satin Flycatcher. In the scrubby bush areas, you can find the Forest Kingfisher, Leaden Flycatcher, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, White-throated Honeyeater and Brown Goshawk, Horsfield's and Gould's Bronze-cuckoos, Blue-winged Kookaburra, Great Bowerbird, Yellow-bellied Sunbirds and Yellow Honeyeaters.

Mount Spec, in Paluma Range National Park, is another popular spot for birdwatching. Just 61 kilometres north of Townsville, there are many birds here that are found only in the wet tropics; the Chowchilla, mountain thornbill and golden bowerbird. Visitors may be fortunate enough to find Bowers display areas of male bowerbirds. The golden bowerbird builds a tall lattice structure decorated with flowers and lichen. The tooth-billed bowerbird, by contrast, simply clears a patch of forest floor for his court and lays down freshly cut leaves.

For more details about this great birdwatching region, including information on how to get there, and accommodation options, please visit our TOWNSVILLE page.

UNDARA VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK

Over 120 species of birds, including the endangered Red Goshawk, can be seen around Undara Volcanic National Park. The open woodland of the park can provide sightings of roaming emus, a range of cockatoos - including the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo and the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo - as well as birds of prey such as Black-breasted Buzzards, Black-shouldered Kites, Black Kites, Whistling Kites, Peregrine Falcons and even Wedged-tailed Eagles.

In the swampy areas, particularly during the wet season, you may find Jabiru, Royal Spoonbill, Great Egrets and Little Pied Cormorants, as well as Brolgas and Bush Stone-curlews.

The collapse of a number of lava tubes has created ideal conditions for dry rainforest to grow, and bats and owls roost here in the cool, moist darkness. A number of other birds, such as the Blue-winged Kookaburra, Laughing Kookaburra, Black-faced and White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Great Bowerbird, Lewin's Honeyeater, and Southern Boobok, can be seen around these collapsed areas, sheltering in the fruit filled canopy.

For more details about this great birdwatching region, including information on how to get there, and accommodation options, please visit our UNDARA page.

PORCUPINE GORGE

This spectacular gorge is often referred to as Australia's 'little Grand Canyon'. With its permanent water, Porcupine Gorge attracts a great number of birds and animals. Some arrive in the dry season while others are permanent residents. It is a good place for birdwatching, with species including the black duck, red-winged parrot, black bittern and a range of honeyeaters.

For more details about this great birdwatching region, including information on how to get there, and accommodation options, please visit our HUGHENDEN page.

LAWN HILL GORGE

For birdwatchers, Lawn Hill National Park has the advantage of several entirely different environments in close proximity to each other. The park contains several permanent creeks and waterholes, gorges and sandstone ranges. Lawn Hill Gorge, carved by Lawn Hill Creek is a rich oasis with cabbage palms and other tropical vegetation. The savannah woodlands, open savannah plains, lush riverine remnant rainforest and rocky spinifex escarpments all support a wide variety of bird species.

Lawn Hill Gorge is characterized by deep, open, fresh water, its pandanus grass, sandstone gorges and spinifex escarpments home to the rare and beautiful Purple-crowned Fairy-wren, which is the park's emblem, but also Sandstone Shrike-thrush, Buff-sided Robin, Northern Rosella and the Channel-billed Cuckoo, which stays here all year around. Also sighted are Spinifex Pigeons, Red winged Parrots, White browed Robins, Crimson Finches, White gaped and Banded Honeyeaters, and Great Bowerbirds. Long-tailed Finches can often be see in the picnic area.

Canoeing in Lawn Hill Gorge is not just an enjoyable pastime, but it allows you to experience the birdlife from a different perspective. You'll find it difficult to miss the the variety of water birds, including the great egret, the Australian darter and the cormorant.Canoes can be hired on an hourly basis from the east end of the campsite.

For more details about this great birdwatching region, including information on how to get there, and accommodation options, please visit our MOUNT ISA page.

Lotusbird Lodge was named after the Jacana - Lotusbirds - that inhabit the billabong, and while not a dedicated bird watchers lodge, bird watching is one of the major activities of the lodge.
Lotusbird Lodge, Cape York
The kookaburra.
A colourful Rainbow Lorikeet.
Red Mill House Bed and Breakfast, in Daintree, is a birdwatcher's favourite. A rare and precious Red Tailed Black Cockatoo.
The brightly coloured neck of the cassowary stands out in the darkness of the rainforest.


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