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Northern Tablelands Birdwatching Tour

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Tour Details

A day spent checking out the birds found on the Tablelands to the north of Cairns. This is a full day birding tour. We visit a variety of habitats from  the rainforest along Black Mountain Road, where Victoria’s Riflebirds and Cassowaries are amongst the regular visitors. Around Mareeba we visit much drier country for Squatter Pigeon, Red-backed Fairywren, Pale-headed Rosellas and more the dry country and to the north towards Mt Carbine where a completely different avifauna can be found with Apostle Birds, Galahs and sometimes even Budgerigars all possibilities. 


AU$335.00 per person (minimum 2 people)

Please enquire about the special price for children travelling with 2 adults.

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


  • Complimentary water in vehicle
What to Expect

A full days birding with an experienced bird guide. The birds will vary a bit from season to season and the weather at the time of travel.

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 plants can be rather scratchy
  • Lightweight raingear - rain is possible at any time of year though out of the Wet Season becomes less likely as you go inland.
  • Jumper or sweatshirt for higher altitudes particularly in winter
  • Hat
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera and binoculars
Sample Itinerary

Pick up from your accommodation

We will pick you up from your accommodation and set off on our tour of the Northern Tablelands area

Kuranda area birding

If your accommodation is in Cairns then your first stop. could be Black Mountain Road and perhaps 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 and Cryptic (formerly Graceful) 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, Fairy Gerygones, perhaps Chowchilla and if you are lucky Red-necked Crake and much more.

Mareeba area birding

Arriving in Mareeba we will look for Squatter Pigeons, Red-tailed Black Cockatoos and White-browed Robin before taking time to explore some of the side roads around Biboura. This area 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. Mareeba is a good place for kangaroos with Mareeba Rock Wallaby and Eastern Grey Kangaroo both likely today.


Roadside lagoons on the road north are worth a look for waterbirds and can hold Jacana Brolga , both Pigmy Geese and Black Swan. Lake Mitchel usually has an ospreys nest near the road. 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

At the end of your afternoon you will be dropped off at your accommodation.