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Birdwatching in North Queensland

A directory of Cairns District birdwatching tours, birdclubs, freelance-guides, bird-orientated accommodation and reference information

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North Queensland The Canopy Rainforest Tree Houses and Wildlife Sanctuary Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat Jabiru Camp at the Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve Rainforest Inn, Paluma Kirrama Wildlife Tours Sicklebill Safaris at Cassowary House Wild Watch Australia Pteropus House Cassowary House Fine Feather Tours Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge Chris Dahlberg's Specialised River Tours Daintree Valley Haven Fine Feather Tours Red Mill House Chris Dahlberg's Specialised River Tours Michaelmas Cay trip from Cairns Lotus Bird Lodge Bustard Downs Alligator Creek Bed & Breakfast Pteropus House The Canopy Rainforest Tree Houses and Wildlife Sanctuary Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat Kirrama Wildlife Tours Honeyeater Homestay Wait-A-While Rainforest Tours Wild Watch Australia Jabiru Camp at the Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve Cassowary House Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge Cedar Park Resort Kuranda Villas Fine Feather Tours Chris Dahlberg's Specialised River Tours Daintree Valley Haven Fine Feather Tours Chris Dahlberg's Specialised River Tours Red Mill House Michaelmas Cay trip from Cairns Rainforest Inn, Paluma Binna Burra Mountain Lodge Wildlife Walkabout Mount Clunie Cabins O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat Birding Services Brisbane Lotus Bird Lodge Resort Bamaga Birding Services Brisbane Mt Glorious Getaway Cottages Bird Outings on Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay Resort Gondwana Guides Araucaria Ecotours Eastwood Farm Honeyeater Homestay Kuranda Villas Jabiru Camp at the Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve

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Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge

Is a birdwatchers and naturalists paradise situated on 12 acres of rainforest in Julatten, one and a half hours north of Cairns, Nth. Queensland at 440m altitude. We provide a range of accommodation from spacious self-contained units and two bedroom villas, to budget bunkhouses, powered caravan sites and camping in our lush tropical rainforest. We are also able to cater for groups, meals by arrangement and guiding with professional local guides. Up to date local birding information plus self guided bird route maps. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded within 1.5km of the lodge including Red-necked Crake, Lesser Sooty Owl, Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (Nov-April) and Noisy Pitta. Many mammals such as Platypus, Short-beaked Echidna, 2 species of Bandicoot and Prehensile-tailed Rat are within the lodge grounds.

Your hosts at Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge are Keith & Lindsay Fisher.

Address: RN 6 Mt. Kooyong Road, Julatten QLD 4871, Australia

Phone Intl: 61 7 4094 1263 Within Australia: 07 4094 1263
Fax Intl: 61 7
4094 1466 Within Australia: 07 4094 1466

email sootyowl@bigpond.com or visit our web site http://www.birdwatchers.com.au

 

Red Mill House, DAINTREE VILLAGE

Long established Daintree birdwatching accommodation, Red Mill House in Daintree Village is owned and operated by two enthusiastic birdwatchers with good local birding knowledge.

Deluxe accommodation is offered in modern ensuite rooms with wide verandahs overlooking the garden and the famous Red Mill House full breakfast is included in the tariff.
The large tropical garden is regularly home to Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Emerald Dove, Gould's Bronze Cuckoo, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Azure Kingfisher, Laughing Kookaburra, Forest Kingfisher, Yellow-spotted, Dusky, McLeay's and Graceful Honeyeaters, Yellow Oriole, Black Butcherbird, Mistletoebird, Yellow- bellied Sunbird and many more.
Seasonal variations include, at various times of the year, Red-necked Crake, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Dollarbird, Rainbow Bee-Eater, Leaden and Satin Flycatchers, Spangled Drongo, Black-faced and Spectacled Monarchs, Victoria's Riflebird, Spotted Catbird and Metallic Starling.

Easy access to the Daintree River and a short drive to Daintree National Park. Excellent birdwatching opportunities, either escorted or independent, in a well known birding area. Expert birdwatching river cruises available locally.

Contact
Andrew and Trish Forsyth at
info@redmillhouse.com.au
or visit
http://www.redmillhouse.com.au

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Daintree Birdwatching Bulletin Board

Up to date information for birdwatchers visiting Daintree and the Queensland Wet Tropics. Daintree Birdwatching Bulletin Board lists recent Daintree bird sightings and all activities associated with birding in the Daintree and the Wet Tropics.

 

Cassowary House

Cassowary House is a small family run guest house situated in one of Far North Queenslands best birding locations. We are some 27 km and 35 minutes drive north west of Cairns, beautifully sited in World Heritage tropical rainforest.

We offer comfortable accommodation, excellent food and fantastic birding. Cassowaries, Victoria Riflebirds, Red-necked Crakes, Superb Fruit-Dove, Wompoo Pigeons, Chowchilla, Spectacled, White-eared and Pied Monarchs, Yellow-breasted Boatbill and Spotted Catbird may all be seen around the property. Platypus are sometimes seen in our creek as well, and musky rat-kangaroos feed each day by the house, with the large white-tailed uromys and two species of bandicoot at night.

We are conveniently located as a centre for the Atherton Tableland and Cairns area in general. The 14 Tablelands bird endemics are all accessible during day trips from Cassowary House as is a wide selection of Australian wildlife. We offer expert guiding services if required and have great experience of birding in Australasia. We can help you make the most of your trip by arranging spotlighting, reef or river trips and are happy to recommend other great places to visit in Far North Queensland or elsewhere in Australia.
Please contact us or take a look at our web site for further information and do come for a memorable stay.
http://www.cassowary-house.com.au

Phil and Sue Gregory,
Cassowary House, PO Box 387, Kuranda, Queensland 4881

Phone Intl: 61 7 4093 7318 Within Australia: 07 4093 7318
Fax Intl: 61 7 4093 9855 Within Australia: 07 4093 9855
Eddress:info@sicklebillsafaris.com

 

Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat

On the unique Atherton Tablelands in tropical North Queensland.
Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat has very private pole and timber chalets on a 230 acre property with rainforest and eucalypt forest which borders World Heritage Wet Tropics forest.

There are over 160 species of birds recorded. Some specialities are Blue-faced Finches (summer months), Chowchillas, Victoria's Riflebirds, King Parrots and Lesser Sooty Owls. Australia's smallest kangaroo the Musky rat kangaroo are here all year.

We have private bush walking tracks through the forests to rainforest streams with swimming holes and platypus viewing. We are centrally located on the Atherton Tablelands and an easy half hour's drive from the major natural attractions of the area.
http://www.rosegums.com.au
PO Box 776 Malanda 4885 Queensland Australia
Phone: (07) 4096 8360 International Phone: +61 7 4096 8360
Fax: (07) 4096 8230 International fax: +61 7 4096 8230

 

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The new owner operators of Lotus Bird Lodge, Gary & Sue, are proud to announce that the lodge is alive and well and open for business again.

We offer our guests friendly personal old fashioned hospitality; we are true lovers of the Australian bush and all of its flora and fauna. We are happy when our guests start feeling like they belong here.

Our lodge has 10 individual pole style cabins, set-up as twin-share or double suites, each is comfortably furnished, has its own en-suite and private verandah over looking the billabong. Our tariff includes all meals chosen from our in-house al-a-carte menu, lunches can be taken in the restaurant or we can pack a picnic lunch for you. The restaurant is fully licensed and has a wine list that will cover most tastes.

 At Lotus Bird Lodge we want our guests to be able to enjoy the tranquility of our unique area; fully occupied we can only accommodate 20 guests. Our bar and restaurant facilities are for our guests only and are not open to the traveling public.

Why donÌt you give us a call and see if we can help make your visit to Cape York, a memorable one for you.

Ph:    07 40603400

Fax:  07 40603480

E-Mail   lotusbird@bigpond.com

Website: www.lotusbird.com.au



   

Visits to the Torres Strait Islands

Often birdwatchers, while they are at the Tip of Cape York, want to visit one of the off-shore islands to look for Pale White-eyes, Mangrove Robins and Mangrove Golden Whistlers and more, and the best way to do this is to to contact Tim. He usually runs fishing charters, but he is into all aspects of natural history.

He is also the contractor for the island visits for the Cape York Bird Week, so he sure knows his way around the Torres Strait and which islands are the right ones for you to find these birds. You might want to try to catch a fish for dinner at the same time!

Please contact Tim at: capeyorkcustomsportfishing@bigpond.com

Web page: www.capeyorkcustomsportfishing.com.au 

 

Pteropus House

Offers quiet self-contained accommodation in a valley of eucalypt / upland rainforest near Atherton.
Ideally situated for the rich birdwatching experience of the Atherton Tablelands Hastie Swamp and the Birds Australia information display are only 5 kms away. Pteropus means flying fox.

The onsite bat hospital offers a unique opportunity to appreciate these endearing animals. Bats are the only mammals capable of sustained flight, an ability shared only with birds and insects. We coordinate the local rescue, rehabilitation and release work of the 5 local species of fruit bats and over 30 species of insectivorous bats. Your stay at Pteropus supports their survival.

Two private apartments are attached to the main house by verandahs each apartment is a double room with modern kitchen and ensuite, TV, and outside sitting area. Relax amid 5 acres of landscaped gardens, enjoy organic garden produce and the company of chickens and kelpies.

Wheelchair access. Venture out to experience the incredible diversity of landscape and wildlife of the Atherton Tablelands.
bed & breakfast ...budget ...birds ...bats
Ph/Fax 07 4091 2683
email: jenny.maclean@iig.com.au
PO Box 685 Atherton 4883 Australia
www.athertontablelands.com/bats

 

The Canopy Rainforest Tree Houses and Wildlife Sanctuary


A private wildlife sanctuary of 100 acres of ancient rainforest. With a conservation status of Endangered, this Complex mesophyll vine forest - type 1B with 2 kms of river frontage, is an established habitat for numerous rare and threatened species including the Cassowary and Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo, Green Ringtail Possum. Only 90 minutes from Cairns, on the Atherton Tablelands.

Accommodation is provided in self-contained luxury pole houses with double spas, overlooking the Ithaca River, and one can enjoy close encounters with the likes of Victoria's Rifle Birds, Macleay's Honeyeater, Bower's Shrike-Thrush , Emerald Doves, then of course look a bit deeper and see Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Atherton Scrubwren and Lesser Sooty Owl, and the Pied Monarch to name but a few. Walking trails and Fauna list compliment the experience.

A comfortable fully licensed vehicle is available for tours and transfers. Professionally guided spotlighting tours, or free platypus spotting tours are available. For the more budget conscious we have one ground level Rainforest Unit which also provides assisted wheelchair access. Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation with AAA 4 star rating. 

 
As one guest said.."I don't usually take my binoculars to the spa with me, but I'm afraid I might miss something if I don't."
 

Address: 247 Hogan Rd, Tarzali (near Malanda) Qld
Phone: 61 7 4096 5364
Fax: 61 7 4096 5380
Email:  stay@canopytreehouses.com.au
Web:   http://www.canopytreehouses.com.au


Daintree Valley Haven
 

Daintree Valley Haven is a secluded 30-acre property in the Stewart Creek Valley, a world-renowned birding destination beyond Daintree Village.

The Valley hosts a variety of habitats. Daintree Valley Haven has lush tropical gardens, fruit trees, rainforest, wetlands-dam, some grassland and walking trails. The Valley is surrounded by Daintree National Park and Stewart Creek Road, the only access road, winds through rainforest and open grassland.

Daintree Village offers several dedicated birdwatching cruises on the Daintree River with it's mangrove, rainforest and estuarine habitats. Each of the three modern, air-conditioned self-contained B&B bungalows has a private verandah overlooking the dam and rainforest. Birding guests have reported seeing up to 50 species without moving off their verandah. Regular inhabitants and seasonal visitors include the Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, many varieties of Honeyeater, Black Bittern, Spotted Catbird, Victoria's Riflebird, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Rainbow Bee-eater, Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Black-necked Stork, Red-necked Crake, Bush-Stone Curlew, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Satin and Leaden Flycatcher and Lovely Fairy Wren.

Other inhabitants include the Northern Swamp Wallaby, Bandicoot, Saw-shelled Turtle and occasionally the elusive Platypus. The gardens are alive with butterflies, especially the blue Ulysses and the spectacular Cairns Birdwing Butterfly, plus many more.

Hosts Peter and Daphne live onsite and are happy to assist with local information and to arrange land- or water-based tour guides if necessary (there is no mobile coverage in the Stewart Creek Valley but complimentary wifi is available) however their emphasis is upon the privacy of their guests.


Peter & Daphne Titus-Rees
DAINTREE VALLEY HAVEN
Stewart Creek Road
Daintree
Queensland 4873
Australia
Phone:  61 7 4098 6206

Email:      info@daintreevalleyhaven.com.au
Website:   http://www.daintreevalleyhaven.com.au
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AccommodationJabiru Safari Lodge at the Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve

Jabiru Safari Lodge at Mareeba Wetlands lies in the heart of the 5000 acre Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve - a sanctuary for the wildlife of the Australian savanna and a haven for the nature lover.

African style tented safari cabins with en suite bathrooms and timber verandahs provide visitors with a touch of comfort whilst enjoying the sights and sounds of the Outback. Each tented cabin is fully insect screened with tea and coffee making facilities, queen and single beds, and self-catering BBQ facilities are provided for overnight guests as well as meals on the Lagoon Deck.

Guests at Jabiru Safari Lodge have exclusive access to the Reserve's 12km of self-guided walking trails and wildlife at dawn and dusk, (the Reserve has a bird species list of 222 as well as many mammal species) and may also join one of the many tours from the Interpretive Centre overlooking Clancy's Lagoon or hire a canoe. Sunrise and Sunset Wildlife Safaris operate daily in a specially-designed wildlife-viewing 4wd, as well as the bird focused 'Early Birders' or Private Guiding with a local expert. Jabiru Safari Lodge provides an ideal base from which to enjoy many of the Tableland attractions including local coffee plantations and wineries, the amazing regional birdlife, and is just an hour by car from Cairns or Port Douglas.

There is tariff all-inclusive of twin-share accommodation, meals, wildlife safaris and all activities or a B&B rate. The Reserve is managed by the Wildlife Conservancy of Tropical Queensland with income from sustainable tourism reinvested into the Conservancy's ongoing education, land management and conservation programmes. By visiting the Reserve you are contributing to the protection of Australia's precious natural heritage.

Web: www.jabirusafarilodge.com.au  
Tel: +61 7 4093 2514 
Email:  info@wildlifequeensland.com.au

 

 

Accommodation Rainforest Inn, Paluma

Paluma is about one hours drive North of Townsville . It is unique because of it's altitude (just under 1000 metres), rainforest and abundant birds.

Roy Mackay of Paluma, who records sightings of birds and other wildlife in the Paluma area, said recently that 202 species of birds have been sighted in Paluma.

Common sightings include Victoria's Riflebird, Macleay's Honeyeater, Satin Bowerebird, Chowchillers, Grey headed Robin, King parrots, Spotted Catbird and many more. Other birds in the area include the Golden Bowerbird, Cassowary, Buff Breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Lessor Sooty Owl, Bower's Shrike Thrush, Eastern Whipbird, Eastern Spinebill and Tooth-billed Bower bird.

Several rainforest walks are located in Paluma as well as lookouts with spectacular views of the coast and islands. The Rainforest Inn has a licensed Cafe/ Restaurant and motel style units.

The units are spacious and are AAA 3.5 star rated. they have reverse cycle air-conditioning and room service breakfast is available.

Our licensed restaurant is open daily, except Tuesdays, from 10am to 7.30pm. The menu features a variety of cakes, snacks, pizza, light meals and meals.

1 Mt Spec Rd, Paluma Qld 4816

phone 47708688
fax 47708655

E-mail rainforestinn@bigpond.com
website www.rainforestinnpaluma.com

 

 

Accommodation Alligator Creek Bed and Breakfast, near Townsville

Alligator Creek Bed and Breakfast is a small solar-powered homestay on acreage just south of Townsville. We have built our gardens with birds in mind so attract visitors such as Red-winged Parrots, Blue-faced Honeyeaters and Forest Kingfishers within metres of the house. Our resident Bush Stone Curlews manage to raise a chick or two each year (despite the Lace Monitor's efforts at securing a meal) and we often have a Sunbird nest on the back patio. At night a cheeky bandicoot or two will sometimes visit, possum families come and go and there is always a Green Tree Frog to smile calmly at you, while Barking Owls and Large-Tailed Nightjars can often be heard.

Further afield we have constructed wildlife corridors and leave the paddocks and creek slopes to the birdlife and wallabies. The creek supports a family of turtles and of course attracts herons, egrets and spoonbills as well as Sacred Kingfishers.

Guests have a choice of cooked breakfast and can also enjoy home-baked bread and home-made jams made from our own pesticide-free fruit plus our lovely yoghurt and muesli. We support locavore principles in our food purchases and special diets are happily catered for. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast here or ask about a breakfast picnic so you can 'Breakfast with the Birds' in the National Park just 4 Km up the road - you might see a Noisy Pitta.
See the website for our birdlist and the many other birding opportunities nearby including Townsville Common, Ross River Dam and the Bowling Green Bay National Park.

http://www.alligatorcreekbedandbreakfast.com.au/pages/birding.php

helen@alligatorcreekbedandbreakfast.com.au

 


AccommodationBustard Downs

Bustard Downs comprises of over 200 acres of privately owned ex-tobacco growing farms, at Maryfarms, situated between Mt. Molloy and Mt. Carbine, on the Mulligan Hwy/Peninsula Development Road within easy access to Mt. Lewis, Julatten, Mt. Carbine, Lake Mitchell and is surrounded by Brooklyn Station.

Bustard Downs offers a variety of accommodation options from Camping with fire-place & facilities to king size beds at our crisp and clean Bed & Breakfast, to your own private self-contained Farm Cottage on the bank of the Mary Creek.

An excellent variety of inland bush and wet-tropic species to be found throughout the area and the property, including the Australian Bustard, Squatter Pigeon, Black, Black-shouldered & Whistling Kites, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Spotted Harrier, Blue- winged Kookaburra, Forest Kingfisher, Pale-headed Rosella, Red-winged Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeets, Rainbow Bee-eater, Red-browed (Firetail) Finch, Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Galah, Australian Brush-turkey, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Lewin's, Blue-faced and Dusky Honeyeaters, Spangled Drongo, Black Bittern, Straw-necked Ibis, Masked Lapwing, Dollarbird, and Brown Goshawk.
We would love an avid birdwatcher to confirm a rare Red-Goshawk sighting.

Also see Agile Wallabies, Green Tree Frogs, starlit night-sky and perhaps a Dingo.
Get away from it all with no mobile phone service or Internet access.

Hosts: Jo Clark & Will Dixson
Address: 61-93 East Mary Road
MARYFARMS
Phone: 07 4094 3110 (Int. +61 7 4094 3110)

E: info@bustarddowns.com.au
Website: www.bustarddowns.com.au

 

 



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Local Guides, Day Tours and Charters

Daintree Boatman Nature Tours (formerly Chris Dahlberg's River Tours), Daintree N. Qld

Murray Hunt provides 2 hour dawn cruises on the Daintree River using a small (max 12), stable, open vessel allowing great visibility of wildlife. The emphasis is on birds with Great-billed Heron, Little Kingfisher, Black Bittern, Papuan Frogmouth, Shining Flycatcher and Azure Kingfisher as key targets. The boat allows great views and photography of birds and other wildlife such as crocs and tree snakes.
Murray can also provide the following additional services; 3 hour morning cruises for those wishing for a little bit of extra time on the water to view desired species, late afternoon cruises, and day trips to local bird hotspots such as Mount Lewis to view local endemic species.

Web page: http://www.daintreerivertours.com.au

Murray Hunt: murraybhunt@yahoo.com.au

Phone: 0417 651 929

 

Fine Feather Tours

established in 1995 by Del & Pat Richards features a choice of three tours through all seven local habitats.

Tour 1. Full Day Bird Safari for keen dedicated birders. Starts in Wet Tropics lowlands, the afternoon is spent west of the Great Divide in dry woodland at the edge of the Outback.

Tour 2. Morning Bird/Wildlife Tour from lowlands to mountain rainforest around Julatten. We encounter many birds and some marsupials.

Tour 3. Afternoon Tour of lowland areas and experience the birds and wildlife of the Daintree River. Fully guided tour locating riverine bird species and Estuarine Crocodiles.

Tour 4. Full day Outback Tour to the Mitchell River area taking in savannah woodland species. Pick up Kingfisher Park, Julatten.

Tour 5. Half day at Mt. Lewis for rainforest and endemic species. Pick up at Julatten.


http://www.finefeathertours.com.au
Email: info@finefeathertours.com.au
P.O. Box 853 Mossman QLD 4873 Australia
Ph/Fax:(07) 4094 1199 International: +61 7 4094 1199

 

Kirrama Wildlife Tours Japoonvale, south of Cairns.

Owner/operators, Klaus and Brenda Uhlenhut have run fully accommodated birdwatching tours in tropical north Queensland since 1988. We are also available for charters (min. 2 days).
http://www.kirrama.com.au

Email: info@kirrama.com.au

P.O. Box 1400 Innisfail QLD 4860 Australia
Ph: (07) 4065 5181

 


WILD WATCH AUSTRALIA

Specializing in Birdwatching, Wildlife Viewing, Nocturnal Wildlife 'Spotlighting', Platypus Viewing.

Personalised birding and wildlife excursions from one day to any duration, either fully accommodated or with guiding only. Wild Watch Australia offers the visitor an unparalleled opportunity to observe some of tropical North Queensland's unique birds and other wildlife in a diversity of habitats ranging from the high altitude rainforests of the Misty Mountains to coral cays of the Great Barrier Reef.

Operating mainly in the Cairns, Tablelands, Misty Mountains, Daintree and Great Barrier Reef  regions we also lead tours to most other notable birding and wildlife destinations around Australia.  

Wild Watch Australia owns a significant tract of highland rainforest and tall eucalypt woodland in the Misty Mountains. Listed as endangered and 'of concern' forest types, our 300 acre preserve provides excellent birding and wildlife viewing opportunities. The preserve is situated at 1000 meters elevation and adjoins the largest single tract of tropical rainforest remaining in Australia. Two hundred and thirty-eight species of birds have been recorded from within the preserve including Golden Bowerbird, Victoria's Riflebird, Chowchilla, White-throated Nightjar, Blue-faced Finch, Cassowary, Emu, Squatter Pigeon, Bush Hen, Red-backed Button-quail, Square-tailed Kite and 5 species of owls.  In addition, the preserve provides habitat for 12 species of possums and resident populations of Lumholtz's Tree-kangaroo, Platypus, Red-legged Pademelon, Swamp and Pretty-face Wallabies, Common Wallaroo and Dingo. Representatives of 11 of the world's 19 primitive plant families and a number of rare plants also occur within the preserve.

Jonathan Munro

Wild Watch Australia
http://www.wildwatch.com.au/

 

email: info@wildwatch.com.au

P.O. Box 707 , Ravenshoe,
Queensland 4888
Australia
Phone/fax: (07)  4097 6747 or 4097 7408
International: +(617) 4097 7408
Mobile : 0429 438 064


 

Sicklebill Safaris at Cassowary House

We offer expert guiding around the local area based at Cassowary House, our naturalists guest house set within the rainforest. We can make an itinerary to suit your wishes whether you are a specialised twitcher or the most general of naturalists. We can offer pick up from other hotels and will do full or half-day trips as required. We also offer longer trips to Cape York and Iron Range, over to the dry country around Georgetown and to most other areas of Australia. Phil is also available for private tours to most areas of Australia.
He is a well-known tour leader for some of the international birding companies, and when he is not available we have other excellent local guides to assist. We have recorded some 328 species within a 2-hour drive of Cassowary House, and would expect well over 200 in a week.
Please contact us with your requirements and we will be happy to help. Why not visit our web site for more details?
www.cassowary-house.com.au
or contact us at:
Phil and Sue Gregory
Cassowary House, PO Box 387, Kuranda, Queensland 4881

Phone Intl: 61 7 4093 7318 Within Australia: 07 4093 7318
Fax Intl: 61 7 4093 9855 Within Australia: 07 4093 9855
Eddress:info@sicklebillsafaris.com

 

Sunset Wildlife Safaris at the Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve

This very popular tour departs from the Mareeba Wetlands Visitor Centre each afternoon at 3.30pm.  The tour includes the boat cruise, explores the Reserve with a guide by vehicle, and takes visitors to the more inaccessible parts of the Reserve. Afternoon ‘billy tea’ in the heart of the Reserve is a highlight, as is the sunset wine and cheese platter back at the Centre! The guided tour provides visitors with a wonderful insight into the workings of the tropical savannas, with excellent birding opportunities and wildlife spotting. The Reserve has a species list of 222, and a variety of mammal and reptile species.   As numbers on the tour are limited, advance bookings are essential.

The Reserve is run by the Wildlife Conservancy of Tropical Queensland and all income from sustainable tourism is reinvested into the Conservancy’s ongoing education, land management and conservation programmes.  By visiting the Reserve you are contributing to the protection of Australia’s precious natural heritage.

Web: www.jabirusafarilodge.com.au  
Tel: 1800 788 755  
Email:  info@jabirusafarilodge.com.au

 

 


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Boat & Pelagic Tours

Daintree Boatman Nature Tours (formerly Chris Dahlberg's River Tours), Daintree N. Qld

Murray Hunt provides 2 hour dawn cruises on the Daintree River using a small (max 12), stable, open vessel allowing great visibility of wildlife. The emphasis is on birds with Great-billed Heron, Little Kingfisher, Black Bittern, Papuan Frogmouth, Shining Flycatcher and Azure Kingfisher as key targets. The boat allows great views and photography of birds and other wildlife such as crocs and tree snakes.
Murray can also provide the following additional services; 3 hour morning cruises for those wishing for a little bit of extra time on the water to view desired species, late afternoon cruises, and day trips to local bird hotspots such as Mount Lewis to view local endemic species.

Web page: http://www.daintreerivertours.com.au

Murray Hunt: murraybhunt@yahoo.com.au

Phone: 0417 651 929

 

Fine Feather Tours      Afternoon Daintree River Cruise

Experienced Ornithologist Del Richards leads the cruise on the Daintree for 1½ hours as part of our lowland tour.
Available Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. We generally have lower tides ideal for locating specific riverine species including kingfishers, flycatchers and herons. Estuarine Crocodiles also. Pick up in Port Douglas and Mossman areas.


http://www.finefeathertours.com.au
Email: info@finefeathertours.com.au
P.O. Box 853 Mossman QLD 4873 Australia
Ph/Fax:(07) 4094 1199 International: +61 7 4094 1199

 

Michaelmas Cay trip from Cairns

Seastar conducts reef trips to Michaelmas Cay, one of the best cays in North Queensland for Frigatebirds, Boobies, Terns and Noddies. Daily departures, and as the Cay is a Marine National Park only a small section is open to the public and birdwatchers. However, if the tide is high enough the skipper of the Seastar will find time to take birdwatchers around the Cay in a dinghy to view the birds on the other inaccessible side.

Seastar is a fast, modern, air-conditioned catamaran. This will enable our passengers to enjoy two and a half hours free time at Michaelmas Cay. We will arrive first at Michaelmas cay with time to enjoy before the crowds arrive.

Then we travel onto Hastings Reef and also have another two and a half hours free time. We have a registration time of 7:30am with a departure time of 8.00am and we will return at 4.30pm.

The standard cruise is $165 per person with EMC/Port admin fee $15 p/p.

The standard cruise will include:

• Five hours at the reef

• Fast, modern, air-conditioned Catamaran

• Morning/afternoon tea

• Hot & Cold Buffet Lunch

• Reef Interpretation & guided snorkel tour

• Snorkel equipment & instruction

• Buoyancy Vest, Floatation Device, Wetsuit

• Glass Bottom Boat Tour


We are fully locally owned and family operated business.

Contact: Ph: 07
4041 6218 Fax: 07 4041 6349

International Ph: + 61 7 4041 6218 Fax: + 61 7 4041 6349
http:// www.seastarcruises.com.au
email: info@seastarcruises.com.au

 

Mareeba Wetlands Boat Cruise

For a truly peaceful experience it is hard to beat the boat cruise at the Mareeba Wetlands in the electrically operated Buralga. Sit back and watch the lilies float by, get up close and personal to the resident Jacanas and Pygmy-geese, and, for the lucky ones, a close up of the Freshwater Crocodiles! The cruise takes 30-40 minutes in the company of one of the Wetlands guides, and can be tailored to all ages and interests. Boat tours depart throughout the day from the timber Visitor Centre overlooking Clancy’s Lagoon, in the heart of the 5000 Reserve. The Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve is located an hour from Cairns of Port  Douglas, ‘where the outback begins’.

Web: www.jabirusafarilodge.com.au  
Tel: 1800 788 755  
Email:  info@jabirusafarilodge.com.au

 

 


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Queensland-based Tour Operators and Tours

 

Kirrama Wildlife Tours, Japoonvale, south of Cairns.

Owner/operators, Klaus and Brenda Uhlenhut have offered fully accommodated birdwatching tours in tropical North Queensland since 1988, specialising on Cape York. This includes the highly popular 'Cape York Bird Week', a yearly event at the most northern point of Cape York Peninsula, and each year several tours to the remote, pristine rainforests of Iron Range.

Most tours are small (6 max.), personalised and packed with wealth of knowledge and experience of all the birds and other wildlife. On all tours we concentrate on the endemic and specials birds of each region.

Other visited areas include the Gulf and Mount Isa, and of course the local region around Cairns, the Atherton Tablelands and Mission Beach. Most tours begin and end in Cairns and suit both the experienced birder or the beginner.

Other tours lead to Northern Territory, Western Australia and to Papua New Guinea.

Please look at our tour itineraries on the web page. http://www.kirrama.com.au

Phone: (07) 4065 5181
International Phone: 61 7 40655 181

Email: info@kirrama.com.au

 

Sicklebill Safaris

Sicklebill Safaris arranges bird and wildlife orientated tours throughout Australia. We specialise in customised private tours for individuals and small groups. We have a number of tours available around Queensland including short local ones around our home base on the Atherton Tablelands to those going further afield to Cape York in the Far North, the Lamington Brisbane area in the south east and the Channel Country of the south west We also regularly visit most of the major birding areas in Australia including the Eastern Seaboard, The Northern Territory, Tasmania, Western Australia, and the desert and mallee regions of the south. Please visit our website at
www.sicklebillsafaris.com for further information and feel free to contact us if you have any queries. We are happy to make suggestions and work with you to set up the best tour possible for your interests and budget.

Phil and Sue Gregory
Cassowary House, PO Box 387, Kuranda, Queensland 4881

Phone Intl: 61 7 4093 7318 Within Australia: 07 4093 7318
Fax Intl: 61 7 4093 9855 Within Australia: 07 4093 9855
Eddress: info@sicklebillsafaris.com

 

WILD WATCH AUSTRALIA with experienced professional naturalist, Jonathan Munro.

Personalised bird watching and wildlife excursions for individuals and groups. Excursions can be fully accommodated and are tailored to your interests. Destinations include Cape York, Lakefield and Iron Range, Georgetown and the Western Gulf Savannah, Darwin, Kakadu and Litchfield NPs, Lamington NP, Tasmania, Victoria and most other notable birding areas within Australia. Clients include well-known international birding companies, Audubon societies, university and zoo groups and film crews.

Please visit our web site for more details:

Wild Watch Australia
http://www.wildwatch.com.au

email: info@wildwatch.com.au

P.O. Box 707 , Ravenshoe,
Queensland 4888
Australia
Phone/fax: (07)  4097 6747 or 4097 7408
International: +(617) 4097 7408
Mobile : 0429 438 064

 

Gondwana Guides  Based at Beechmont on the edge of Lamington National Park.

We offer full day and extended birding tours from the Gold Coast and Brisbane in South-east Queensland, including Lamington National Park, to a variety of habitats, including rainforest, mangroves, mudflats, wetlands, open forests and woodlands. We also run a 5 day (4 nights) tour to Lamington and Girraween National Parks during which over 200 species of birds can be seen. Customised short tours, longer tours and group tours can be organised anywhere in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Norfolk Island.
All tours are designed to suit the needs of the individual clients.

Scheduled birding tours in 2010 in association with Birding Services Brisbane to Western Queensland in June and the Northern Territory, Cairns region and Lamington NP in August. Tours to New Guinea and Namibia are scheduled for 2011.

Specialist bird watching interests e.g. photography, interpretive birding, twitching and focusing on particular bird groups are catered for.

We also sub-contract to other tour operators to lead specialised walking and wildlife tours.

All tours are conducted in an air-conditioned 4wd, with meals and accommodation provided where required. Chartered buses are used for larger groups. We hold all the required transport operators permits and licenses and permits to operate in national parks.

Our principal guide is Barry Davies, who has over 25 years experience as a bird watching, natural history, bushwalking and interpretive guide. In 2005 and 2009 Barry received the Australian EcoGuide of the Year Award from the Ecotourism Association of Australia. He holds advanced and wilderness first aid qualifications.

Gondwana Guides offers a friendly, personalised service and an unforgettable birding experience.

Please visit our website at www.gondwanaguides.com.au/Birdwatching.htm for more information
and contact us at info@gondwanaguides.com.au 

 

 

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Interstate Tour Operators visiting Queensland

 

Australasian Ornithological Services Pty Ltd
Australian Ornithological Services (formerly Inland Bird Tours) started in Deniliquin in the southern Riverina area of N.S.W. 15 years ago.
The main focus of those tours was the Plains-wanderer. While the Plains-wanderer is still our flagship species we have increased our repertoire to include all States of Australia and New Zealand, specialising in difficult skulkers and nocturnal birds.
We are the inland specialists for serious birders. We endeavour to ensure that the whole group see the birds and not just a lucky few.

Tour leader, Philip Maher, is interested in all aspects of natural history.
The Strzelecki Track 2000 trip report and other trip reports can be found at:
http://www.philipmaher.com/main.htm

Patricia Maher Australian Ornithological Services P/L
P.O. Box 385
South Yarra Victoria 3141
phone/fax: +61 3 98204223
mobile 0417310200
Email: enquiries@philipmaher.com
http://www.philipmaher.com/

 

Birding Tours Australia Sydney and Newcastle. NSW. Australia. 

Australia has about 780 endemic/migratory species and our tour area is home to over 300 of these at different times of the year.
Our 1 or 2 day tours are an excellent way of seeing many of Australia's unique bird species. Birding Tours Australia operates many different trips around Newcastle, The Hunter Valley and Sydney. We can also organise tours around New South Wales, anywhere in Australia or in fact anywhere around the world. All our tours can be conducted at a pace to suit your needs from relaxed to extreme, but all will concentrate on locating as many species as possible across various habitats.
The secret to several of our tours is the variety of habitats that we can take you to in a short period of time. We usually try to finish with an hour or two looking for the local night birds where ever we end up.
Birding tours - Australia is based in Newcastle, New South Wales, an easy 1.5hrs drive north of Sydney International Airport.

Brisbane Sydney OR Sydney Brisbane Tour.
This five day fully accommodated tour visits beautiful beaches, waterfalls, lakes, lush rainforest, high altitude forests, coastal heaths and eucalypt forest. As we travel down the coast we will see many fantastic birds and animals at a pace to suit you. This tour requires a minimum of two people.
(Excludes evening meals) Cost 5 days $1500 US. (Per Person)

Outback Queensland Tour
This tour Starts in Sydney and can finish in either Cairns, Brisbane or Sydney. This outback tour visits areas of desert, gibber plains, river systems and inland lakes. The birds in this part of Australia are different to those on the coast and some species we can expect to see include, Budgerigar, Gibberbird, Bourke's Parrot, Inland Dotterel, Letter-winged Kite, Pink Cockatoo, Cockatiel, Mulga Parrot, Mallee Ringneck Parrot, Spotted Bowerbird, Blue-bonnet Parrot, White-winged fairy Wren, Halls Babbler and many other species.
Cost 11days $2100 US (per person) This tour requires a minimum of two people.

For further information visit our website at www.birdingtours.com.au

 

Outback Track Tours Pty Ltd

Outback Track Tours has operated tours throughout Australia for over 30 years. We specialise in Australian remote outback tours for special interest groups such as: Birdwatchers, Bushwalkers, Botanists, Photographers, Artists as well as remote 4WD expeditions. Our guides offer specialist knowledge in flora, fauna and geology on each tour. Each year we have different tours, so it is worth checking back to our website to see what is on offer.

As well as a full schedule of departures each year, we can organise a custom made itinerary for groups. We can organise dates to suit you as we have access to many 4WD vehicles that can accommodate 2 – 50 people. Within our resources, we have access to camping and accommodation in many areas. We can provide local guides, and cooks along with our modern fleet of vehicles.

We work closely with many other organisations to create unique itineraries every year. These include ‘Birds Australia’, ‘Birding NSW’, ‘Australian Wildlife Conservancy”, We understand their needs and can accommodate them to suit their members. Often they require different tours every year, so it keeps us researching new areas to visit.

We have also managed numerous other groups, family groups, clubs and overseas groups, customising itineraries between 5 – 50 people. Those that choose to travel with us, choose to travel Australia with us!

For more information:

www.outbacktracktours.com

Contact details:

68 Whiting Street
Artarmon
NSW 2064

PH: +61 2 9439-3010
FAX: +61 2 9439-3050

email: resobt@aapt.net.au

 

Endemic Bird Tours Australia

Endemic Bird Tours Australia specialises in customised birdwatching tours throughout Australia. Our focus is to provide you with the most rewarding birding experience possible - whether you wish to see numerous species at a faster pace or fewer species at a gentler pace, we are here to arrange a tour that suits you.

We are based in the Hunter Valley (on the east coast of New South Wales, 2 hours from Sydney International Airport) though are able to arrange extended tours that take in the many unique birding areas around Australia, including the Top End, South-west WA, Queensland Wet Tropics, the arid interior and Tasmania. These are just examples of places we can take you – please tell us what you wish to see and we will customise an itinerary to suit you at very competitive prices.

With over 330 endemic species of birds, Australia is a country not be missed for seeing unique birds found nowhere else on Earth. Indeed, Australia is considered a world ‘hotspot’ of endemism, not only in terms of birds, but in biodiversity in general (for example Australia ranks as the country with the most endemic reptiles and mammals and second in terms of birds – only Indonesia ranks higher).

Keep in mind that we are not restricted to just birdwatching tours - we are able to show you many unique facets of the Australian environment. Please take a look around our website and feel free to contact us if you have any queries.

Contact:
Mick Roderick
61 2 4023 0322
61 421 761 237
info@endemicbirdtours.com.au or mickhhb@yahoo.com.au
www.endemicbirdtours.com.au

 

Birdwatching Clubs and Other Interesting Sites

Birdlife Australia, North Queensland Group (BA-NQG)
Is a regional group of the national organisation Birds Australia, formally known as the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (RAOU). The BA-NQG area covers Queensland north of Giru to the Torres Strait Islands and west to the border with the Northern Territory. Regional representatives are based in Townsville, Western Queensland, Cairns, Atherton Tableland, Mossman/Daintree and Cape York Peninsula.

A newsletter, Contact Call, is issued four times a year and regular field trips are organized at least once a month in the various regions. We have campouts at least twice a year where the emphasis is on fun as well as worthwhile projects which cater for all levels of expertise from beginner to professional.

If you are concerned about the future of Australia's wild birds and their habitats then you should join Birds Australia. You can participate in our activities and research projects that have a real impact on the conservation of our birds. Alternatively, you can just enjoy Australia's best bird magazine Wingspan, in the knowledge that your subscription is hard at work safeguarding our beautiful birds.
Membership details can be obtained from the secretary:

Birds Australia North Queensland Group
c/o Secretary
PO Box 37
Belgian Gardens 
QLD  4810

Email: birdsaus@birdsaustralianq.org
Web page: www.birdsaustralianq.org

 

Queensland Wader Study Group
http://www.waders.org.au
The Queensland Wader Study Group is a special interest group of the Queensland Ornithological Society Inc., with the object to promote and participate in the study and conservation of waders and their habitats and to influence government policy and public opinion for the well-being of waders. Should you wish to read more about QWSG activities and programmes, full details are provided in "Queensland Wader", which members receive quarterly.
Committee members who can assist you with more information include,

Andrew Geering (Chairperson) Ph: (07) 3896 9353 (wk) email: Andrew.Geering@deedi.qld.gov.au
Peter Rothlisberg (Secretary) 07 3822 3759 email: peter.rothlisberg@csiro.au
Sheryl Keates (Treasurer) 08 8941 6262 email: tattlers@tpg.com.au
David Edwards (Newsletter Editor) 07 3262 2017 email: gouldian@ozemail.com.au
Dawn Beck (Count Co-ordinator) Ph: (07) 3378 8598 email: alphabec@powerup.com.au
Phil & Linda Cross (Leg Flag Sightings) Ph: (07) 3822 3759 email: xenus@big.net.au

All correspondence to :

Dr Andrew Geering
QWSG Chairperson
28 Peppertree St
SINNAMON PARK
QLD 4073

Web site: http://www.waders.org.au

 

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland
http://www.eremaea.com/BirdlineRecentSightings.aspx?Birdline=7


Birdline North Queensland
http://www.eremaea.com/BirdlineRecentSightings.aspx?Birdline=5

 

Birds Australia Capricornia Group
We are a Regional Group of Birds Australia with a geographical area from
Bundaberg to Birdsville in the south and Gumlu to Boulia in the North. Our
operational base is Rockhampton but we travel right across our regional area
to further our knowledge of local birds. This is a huge area rich in
diversity and species.

We are dedicated to the conservation, study and enjoyment of Australian
native birds, migratory birds and their habitats. We are a non-profit
organisation and exist solely by the voluntary efforts of our members.

The members of the committee are shown on the right and you are encouraged
to contact us through our Secretary for any further information. Please
follow the links below for specific information about membership, activities
and services.
Please contact the secretary Allan Briggs for further details email:
birdscapricornia@irock.com.au 

 

Birds Queensland
PO Box 2273 Milton, Qld 4064.


Toowoomba Bird Observers Inc.
Serves birders and visitors to the Darling Downs and south-west. The club was established in 1975 to promote the enjoyment of the region's bird and to stimulate serious ornithological research throughout the area. The city's position on the very edge of the Great Dividing Range enables Toowoomba birdwatchers to enjoy birding on both the eastern and western sides of the Great Dividing Range.

Regular club outings on the last weekend of each month take advantage of this location to access both inland and coastal species. Visitors to the area are always welcome to participate in these outings, or to contact club members for assistance at other times of the month.

The club, which is affiliated with the Bird Observers Club of Australia, publishes an interesting and informative monthly Newsletter and participates in numerous local and national projects.

Tweed Bird Observers
http://www.bigvolcano.com.au/custom/birdos

Location: Tweed Valley - Byron Bay - Gold Coast region of New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland (QLD).

Introduction, Calendar of Events/Outings, Projects, Tweed Valley Bird List, Northern Rivers Bird List, and more. Printable bird lists and a page detailing local bird watching spots with likely species, available in several formats. Visitors welcome to meetings and outings, just check the site for details.

 

Birding Southern Queensland
http://www.aviceda.org
Tom and Marie's Birding and Wildlife Pages!
From desert to rainforest, mangroves to mulga visit our pages and see why this area has such a wide appeal to birders and naturalists from all over! From this site visit pages on regional and overseas birding, see features on rarities, bird types and even frogs.

 

Birds and Birding Queensland
http://www.uq.oz.au/~anpwooda/qld-birds.html
Descriptions of the country, the birds and other useful information

 

Bird Trails of the Crows Nest Shire
http://www.crowsnest.info/content/blogcategory/29/115/

 


Birds Australia Southern Queensland
http://www.birdsaustralia.com.au/the-organisation/southern-qld.html

 

Cooper Creek Wilderness' guided Daintree Forest Tours
http://www.ccwild.com

 

Great Tropical Drive
has launched new web pages that show various experiences within North Queensland.  One of these key experiences is Bird Watching and there is a dedicated page to this niche experience: http://www.greattropicaldrive.com.au/birdguide.aspx  This web page is where you can download a printable version of the Great Tropical Drive Bird Guide or request a hard copy of the guide.  The guide is comprehensive in identifying the birds within various areas such as highland rainforest, lowland rainforest, open woodland and wetland birds.

 

Birdline Queensland
http://www.eremaea.com/BirdlineRecentSightings.aspx?Culture=en-US&Birdline=5&Path=8

 

C4 (Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation Inc.)
http://www.cassowaryconservation.asn.au

 

Mission Beach Cassowaries
http://www.missionbeachcassowaries.com/index.html

 

BirdLife Bundaburg
http://www.bundabergbirdobservers.org/site/

 

 


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