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Daintree Dawn Bird Cruise & Mt Lewis Birdwatching Day

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Tour Details

An early start allows us to join the early morning famous Daintree River bird cruise where Great-billed Herons, a variety of kingfishers and Black Bitterns can be amongst the stars. After breakfast we visit the Mt Lewis massif which towers over the surrounding area. With a variety of different altitudinal height bands this is one of Far North Queensland’s birding hotspots. Boat tours can be taken at other times of day which may suit some people better- photographers often like the late afternoon light- but the dawn cruise is usually the best for birds.

Cost

AU$430.00 per person (minimum 2 people)

Pick up time

4:00am – 4:30am from your Cairns or Kuranda accommodation

Drop off time

2:00 – 2:30pm at your Cairns or Kuranda accommodation

Price Includes

  • Tour Guide
  • Transport in comfortable air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
  • Entrance Fees
  • River Cruise
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Hotel Pick up & drop off

Price Excludes

  • Drinks
  • Snacks

Complementaries

  • Complimentary Water
What to Expect

A very early start to get you up to the Daintree for the early morning Daintree Dawn Bird Cruise. Later we will drive as far as we can up Mt Lewis before walking up the last section. Delivery back to your accommodation will be mid afternoon.

We suggest you bring with you:

  • Comfortable covered walking shoes - while there are no major hikes during this tour there will be some walking on potentially rough paths
  • Lightweight long-sleeved shirt and long trousers- some rainforest plants can be rather scratchy
  • Lightweight raingear
  • Jumper or sweatshirt for higher altitudes particularly in winter
  • Hat
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera and binoculars
Sample Itinerary
A full guided day tour that takes in birding from the coast up to the top of Mt Lewis

4:00 - 4:30am StartPick up from Accommodation

An early start from your Kuranda or Cairns accommodation.

Approximately 6:30amDawn Birding Cruise at Daintree River

Our early morning cruise gives us the chance to see the best of Daintree’s birds, Papuan Frogmouth, Great-billed Heron, Little Kingfisher, Black Bittern (summer only) and Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher (summer only) are all possibilities. After the cruise we have breakfast in a local cafĂ©.

Birding Mt.Lewis

After breakfast we head up into high-altitude rainforest where we can see many endemic species such as Fernwren, Atherton Scrubwren and Chowchilla. It’s also a good spot to find Golden Bowerbird. During summer months Blue-faced Parrot-Finch can also often be seen too.

Birding Mareeba

After lunch we start back for Cairns, taking the inland route through the drier country around Mt Molloy and Mareeba. We pass Lake Mitchell where ospreys nest and Black Swans can be seen. Great Bowerbird, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, a variety of lorikeets and other dry country specialities can be expected.

Approximately 2:30 - 3:00pmDrop off at your accommodation

Drop off at your Cairns or Kuranda accommodation.

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