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Cairns Half Day Birdwatching Tour

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Tour Details

Cairns and its immediate hinterland offers a number of great birding sites. Whilst the most famous is undoubtedly the Esplanade with its flocks of Shorebirds on the mudflats, mangrove species at the northern end plus Parrots and Honeyeaters amongst the species found in the trees of the adjacent park, there are a number of other sites also worth visiting both within the city and in the surrounding suburbs. 




AU$150.00 per person (minimum 2 people)

Pick up time

As arranged at time of booking

Drop off time

As arranged at time of booking

Price Includes

  • Tour Guide
  • All transport during tour
  • Hotel Pick up

Price Excludes

  • Any meals
  • Drinks
  • snacks


  • Complimentary water in the vehicle
What to Expect

A short introduction to the birds of North Queensland and some of the best birding sites around the city of Cairns. You are likely to visit a number of different habitats from mudflats to mangroves, parklands, wetlands and bush.  

  • Comfortable walking shoes- this is not a day for great hikes but while much of the time you will be walking on paved tracks there are some areas where the going can get rough or muddy.
  • Long-sleeved shirt and trousers to prevent sunburn
  • Lightweight raingear if it looks appropriate.
  • Hat
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera and binoculars
Birding Hotspots
Birding sites may vary depending on weather, tide and time of the year. Here are some examples.

Cairns Esplanade

A good variety of Shorebirds can be seen when the tide is right. In the Esplanade gardens Rainbow Lorikeet, Double-eyed Fig-Parrot, Sacred Kingfisher and a variety of Honeyeaters are common. Along the edge of the mangroves at the northern end of the Esplanade Mangrove Robin and Torresian Kingfisher are regularly seen.

Cattana Wetlands

An area of shallow ponds and reed beds with surrounding scrub near Yorkeys Knob. It is good for White-browed Crakes, Magpie Goose and other Waterbirds.

Centenary Lakes

A wide variety of habitats can be found here. There are mangroves along the creeks, small pockets of rainforest trees, fresh water and saltwater lakes. Little Kingfisher, Crakes and Black Bittern are oftenseen here. While the resident can always be seen some very interesting ducks including Magpie Geese, Spotted Whistling Duck and Radjah Shelduck.

Yorkey’s Knob

Near the golf course there is a small pond with swamp vegetation. It is a good place to see Honeyeater. Nankeen Night Heron and breeding Australian Darters can often be seen in the trees overhanging the water while Bush Stone Curlew often stand around on the nearby fairways. The undeveloped land nearby often has some interesting species.