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Northern Tablelands Birdwatching Tour

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Tour Details

Full day birding tour that includes lunch and morning tea. We visit a variety of habitats starting in the rainforest around Cassowary House where the full range of low to mid level rainforest birds can be seen and a few surprising high level ones as well. Victoria’s Riflebirds and Cassowaries are amongst the regular visitors here. Moving inland we visit the drier country around Mareeba and the north where a completely different avifauna can be found. 

Cost

AU$335.00 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
  • Transport in comfortable 4WD air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Entrance Fees
  • Hotel Pick up & drop off

Price Excludes

  • Drinks
  • Snacks

Complementaries

  • Complimentary Water
What to Expect

A full days birding with an experienced bird guide.

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

Pick up from your accommodation

Pick up from your Cairns or Kuranda accommodation and head to Cassowary House in Kuranda.

Kuranda area birding

After being picked up from your accommodation you will make your way up the Range. Your first stop is likely to be Cassowary House in the hope of coinciding with a Cassowary which visit the property most days. Victoria’s Riflebird, Spotted Catbird, Black Butcherbird, Emerald Ground Dove and a variety of honeyeaters including the locally endemic Macleay’s are amongst the birds that come to feed near the house in the morning. A walk along the driveway and Black Mountain Road can yield 4 species of monarch, 3 species of fruit dove, Yellow-breasted Boatbills, gerygones, perhaps Chowchilla and if you are lucky Red-necked Crake and much more.

Mareeba area birding

Heading north from Mareeba we take time to visit Mareeba Wetlands where the approach road through the forest often has Australian Bustards, Red-backed Fairywrens, Brown Honeyeaters, Yellow Orioles, Lemon-bellied Flycatchers, Weebills , Grey-crowned Babblers, Plum-headed and if we are lucky Black-throated Finches. The Wetlands themselves are good for Jacana and the lagoons often hold Brolga and both Pigmy Geese.

Lunch

Further north Brady’s Lagoon and Lake Mitchell are worth a look for waterbirds. Lake Mitchel usually has an ospreys nest nearby. The road north is often good for raptors including Wedge-tailed and Little Eagle, Black, Whistling and Square-tailed Kites. After stops along the way We reach Mt Molloy where the bowers of the Great Bowerbird complete with their decorations of white snail shells can be seen. Mt Molloy offers a few different lunch options.

Mt Carbine

Continuing up the Cape Developmental Road the area around Mary Farms is great for Australian Bustards while Mt Carbine provides a little oasis for Tawny Frogmouth, a number of Parrots and perhaps Apostle Birds.

Drop off at your accommodation

Returning from the tour you will be dropped off at your Cairns or Kuranda accommodation.

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