Birding Information

Birds and Birding in Queensland
Information on the State, checklist, accomodations and other useful information.

Birding South-East Queensland
South-east Queensland is generally defined as the area from the border with New South Wales in the south to Gympie in the north and Dalby in the west with it's largest city Brisbane rapidly joining the Gold Coast. There are a wide variety of habitats from mangrove and coastal sand-dunes to rainforest and dry interior woodland.

Birding South-West Queensland
The area west of Brisbane hosts a variety of bird speices though a lot of the native habitat has been converted to agriculture.

Birding North of Brisbane in the Pine River Shire
Bird-life is prolific in the shire, and currently over 300 species have been seen here (this represents nearly half of all bird-species in Australia!)

Birding Cairns and the Tabletop Area
Over half of Australia's bird species are found here, including 12 species that are locally endemic to the rainforests of the Cairns and Tablelands region.

Birding Cape York, Iron Range and Georgetown
The Cape York Peninsula is a vast wilderness area that contains a variety of habitats from floodplain and mangrove swamp to heathland and monsoon forest. The Iron Range is a must for the serious birdwatcher and is particularly noted for its spectacular species. Georgetown and the Gulf country, 450 kilometres west of Cairns, is another region of particular interest to the keen birdwatcher. Habitats include savannah woodland and freshwater lagoons.

Birdlife International Bird Links to the World
Their site provides a map, covers number of bird species and endemics plus a checklist, general country information, general web pages, bird pictures, and birding and individual trip reports.


Cairns Directory
Accommodations, attractions, and other visitor information.

Cassowary House
Cassowary House is a small family run guest house which lies in the world heritage tropical rain forests of far north Queensland, within 30 minutes drive of Cairns. It was established in 1985 as a guest-house for those with an interest in natural history, particularly birds. It was one of the first birding businesses to set up in Far North Queensland.

Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge
Situated in a rainforest near Lake Eacham National Park in the Atherton Tableland area, an hours drive from Cairns, the lodge provides excellent birding on its premise (See checklist)

Holiday Hideaway
Hideaway is a private home snuggled into the rainforest on Dunk Island off the Queensland coast between Cairns and Townsville. This is the ultimate retreat - it lets you disappear into another world where you can just relax, bird watch, take walks in the tropical rainforest, explore the coast, fish, explore a reef at low tide, or sun on the beaches. They are sponsoring the Birds of Dunk Research Project to catalog the changes in the bird population over the past 100 years. For more information visit their page on birds

Kewarra Beach Resort
20 minutes from Cairns where the forest meets the ocean. 176 species of birds and 50 species of butterflies on the property. Can make arrangements for local birding guides.

Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
Stay at Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge in the cool mountains, in the quiet of the rainforest, and still have easy access to the attractions of Tropical North Queensland - including Atherton, Cairns, the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef. Rates are affordable and they offer a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge also provides camping and powered sites.

Lady Elliot Reef Resort
Lady Elliot Island is the first coral cay on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef and is a haven for over 50,000 seabirds during nesting season from November to April. Click on their Bird Spotting information page for more information.

Lotus Bird Lodge
The Lodge, halfway up the Cape York Peninsula of Far North Queensland, provides the ideal habitat for over 200 varieties of wading, migratory and resident wood and grassland birds.

O'Reilly's Rainforest Guest House
The O'Reilly family have been welcoming people into their mountain home for over 85 years. Great location for exploring the Lamington National Park near the Gold Coast in South East Queensland. The magnificent Regent Bower Bird and Albert's Lyrebird are just two reasons O'Reilly's is considered a top bird spot. They host a very popular annual bird week in November.

Pajinka Wilderness Lodge
This top end Lodge is situated on the tip of Cape York where the Indian Ocean meets the Pacific. Pajinka's resident naturalist and Aboriginal guides have a variety of planned field trips both day and night, on foot or in the comfort of one of our four wheel drive vehicles. You will have the opportunity to explore Pajinkas' varied landscapes, including rainforest, savannah woodland, mangrove, wetlands and grasslands. To date, forty species of mammals, sixty reptiles, hundreds of plant species, fifty species of butterflies and a third of Australia's birds, (230 species, thirteen endemic) have been identified in the area. Checklist of birds seen from the lodge.

Pteropus House
Pteropus Guesthouse is nestled in 5 acres of gardens in a forest valley 6 kms outside Atherton an hours inland drive from Cairns. Two very private apartments offer comfortable relaxed accommodation with the opportunity to experience rich bird and bat life. The valley is the juncture of 3 ecotones - open eucalypt, wet sclerophyll and rainforest. Hastie Swamp, a well-known migratory bird wetland, is only 4 kms away.

Redmill House B&B
Close to the Daintree River, the grounds of the B&B support 7 of the Australian Kingfishers and an Orange-footed Scrubfowl nesting mound.

Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat
Rose Gums is on the high, rainforest-cloaked eastern edge of the Atherton Tablelands in Tropical North Queensland. Three a-la-carte restaurants are within 20 minutes drive, as well as pristine crater lakes, waterfalls, giant trees, world-famous birdwatching sites, historic villages and working steam trains. Superb bird watching with over 150 species recorded (11 out of the 13 endemic birds in North Queensland have been recorded at Rose Gums). Their site has a bird list under specialties.

Tours and Guides

Fine Feather Tours
Based in Mossman, North Queensland about 60 miles north of Cairns, Fine Feather Tours offers full and half-day birding tours.

Gold Coast Pelagic Tours
These trips leave from Southport, Queensland.

Kirrama Wildlife Tours
Birding tours from the tropical forest of the east coast to the arid outback in the west to mangroves and monsoon forest of the north. German speaking tour leaders available.

Kiwi Wildlife
A New Zealand birding and natural history tour company whose tours are particularly suited to people already involved in bird watching in their own countries but who would like to travel outside their area of knowledge with a group of like-minded people. They offer a trip to Queensland.

Woodswallow Birdtours
They offer cheap accommodation, transport and a wide knowledge of the wildlife from the border with New South Wales west to South-west Queensland and north to Gympie including the Greater Brisbane area and Moreton Bay Islands. Nocturnal and pelagic trips can be arranged on request.


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Updated 03/08/05