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Our multi-day and special interest tours are dedicated to the pursuit of your particular focus. This could be a fully inclusive 3 day birdwatching charter, a photography expedition or perhaps you and your family would like to join one of our citizen science tours and take an active part in wildlife conservation. Far North Queensland boasts a beautiful tropical climate which our native wildlife are well adapted too. Multi-day tours provide us the privilege of more spending within the active bioregion. 

All departures can be booked privately on request

Contact our team directly to enquire about or book these Special Interest tours

5 day Wildlife Photography Safari

DATES: 7th – 11th June 2022 (6 seats available)                                                                                       DATES: 2nd – 6th August 2022 (6 seats available)
DURATION: 5-days / 4-nights
RATES:  2 passengers Twin Share price $6450 | Single traveller rate $4000
GROUP SIZE: Min 4 / Max 6
FEATURING REGIONS: Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Julatten, Shared Earth Reserve,  Atherton Tablelands, Crater Lakes National Park

This Wildlife Photography Safari comprises the most successful interactive locations for viewing and photographing the regions unique and endangered wildlife.  

Cairns is the gateway to the amazing Far North Queensland region, a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise and the only place in the world where two World Heritage Listed areas exist side by side.

This is the area where the world’s songbirds emerged, currently home to forty percent of Australia’s bird species including bowerbirds, kingfishers, riflebirds, fruit doves and the endangered Southern Cassowary. Boasting the highest diversity of rainforest mammals in Australia, the Bennett’s and Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo, Spectacled Flying-fox, Daintree River Ringtail Possum, Northern Long-nosed Bandicoot are popular sightings.

The Daintree and Tablelands boasts spectacular landscapes to observe reptiles, amphibians, monotremes and butterflies, including the Platypus, Saltwater Crocodile, Boyd’s Forest Dragon, White-lipped Tree Frog, Green-eyed Tree Frog, Snapping Turtle, Leaf-tailed Gecko and electric blue Ulysses butterfly.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 – Cairns to Daintree

The Daintree is an area of ancient tropical rainforest spanning 120,000 hectares, making it the largest portion of tropical rainforest in Australia.

We will visit several quiet nature trails that offer unique opportunities to experience the natural scenery and endemic wildlife within the National Park.

Private property access increases our chances of encountering a wild Southern Cassowary, one of our major target species for the day.

Overnight accommodation at Daintree Heritage Lodge

DAY 2 – Cape Tribulation

If you are morning person, we recommend heading down to Cape Tribulation Beach to watch the sunrise.

The day continues with guided photography nature walks through Jindalba, Maardja and Dubuji boardwalks.

After lunch is the hottest part of the day, so while the wildlife is less active, take advantage of a swim in one of the many freshwater rainforest creeks that epitomise the tropical rainforest.

As the sun goes down, the day is not over! After we have enjoyed an outstanding evening meal, it is time to adventure into the nocturnal world. Highlights for the evening walk may include the Papuan Frogmouth, Leaf-tailed Gecko and Lesser-sooty Owl.

Daintree and Cape Tribulation wildlife sightings may include the Southern Cassowary, Eastern Osprey, Boyd’s Forest Dragon, Green Tree-Snake, Saltwater Crocodile, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Shining Flycatcher, Ulysses butterfly, White-lipped Tree Frog, Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo, Striped Possum, Azure Kingfisher, Little Kingfisher and Australian Scrub Python.

Overnight accommodation at Daintree Heritage Lodge

DAY 3 – Cape Tribulation to Atherton Tablelands

Our day begins before the sun rises on three hours private boat cruise on the beautiful Daintree River in the dawn light. Observing wildlife on a quiet, clean, solar electric boat with zero impact on the environment is a huge advantage for wildlife photographers.

We have a 99% success rate for spotting crocodiles, excellent bird watching opportunities and other wildlife possibilities such as snakes, frogs and fish and bats.

Daintree River wildlife sightings may include the Great-billed Heron, Little Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, Black Bittern, Shining Flycatcher, Radja Shellduck, Black-necked Stork, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Saltwater Crocodile, Spectacled Flying-fox Green Tree Snake, Water Dragon and butterflies.

After the cruise and morning tea we leave the coast and head towards the Port Douglas Hinterland through the township of Julatten. On this journey you will observe the transition in our surroundings from tropical rainforest to open savannah. Our destination for the afternoon is the Forever Wild Shared Earth Reserve. 

FNQ Nature Tours has exclusive access to the reserve. Forever Wild work to protect Earth’s last great wildernesses for societal well-being, for biological diversity and its evolutionary potential, for our cultural record and economic values. The reserve encompasses 5000 acres of lagoons, trails, bird hides permanent lakes, swamps, billabongs, and creeks including an incredible mosaic of old-growth savanna woodland. The site is incredibly diverse, and the property has some of the highest avian diversity anywhere in Australia. Boasting over 220 species recorded, the highest bird count in a single day is 98 species, and there is a healthy population of the endangered Northern Quoll

Shared Earth Reserve sightings may include Quails, Magpie Geese, Black Swans, Ducks, Grebes, Darters, Cormorants, Pelicans, Swamphens, Moorhens, Coots, Herons, Egrets, Ibis, Spoonbills, Storks (Jabiru), Brolga, Sarus Crane, Bustards, Sandpipers, Jacanas which thrive on the water lilies, Lapwings, Plovers, Dotterels, Terns. Both the Laughing and Blue-winged Kookaburra are regularly seen.  Bee-eaters, Dollarbirds, Tree Creepers and Pardalotes are well represented as well as numerous Honeyeaters, Robins, Thrushes, Monarchs, Fly Catchers and Wagtails are observed throughout the Wetlands.

Participate in research with our guides by completing a bird count of the wetlands. This data is invaluable for global bird exposure, recognition and understanding.

 Once we have filled our SD cards, we have a 90-minute drive into the heart of the Atherton Tablelands where we will be based for the next two nights.

Overnight accommodation at Chambers Wildlife Lodge

 

DAY 4 – Atherton Tablelands

 In the higher altitudes of the Tablelands vine forest, we are sharing our oxygen with extraordinary Marsupials and Monotremes. Our guides showcase their local knowledge and facilitate memorable moments with the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo and the Mainland Platypus. These engendered animals will be the focus of the day.

No Western people had seen a tree-kangaroo until 113 years after Captain Cook landed in Australia. They had remained undiscovered for so long due to their remote, tree-canopy habitat in the rainforest. Furthermore, they are solitary animals and incredibly difficult hard to spot. In fact, some considered them mythical creatures, due to their elusiveness.

The infamous town of Yungaburra has been the delight of many visiting wildlife photographers. With several mountain streams populated with the Australian Platypus, the odds are in our favour for that perfect shot of a Platypus emerging to breathe.

Overnight accommodation at Chambers Wildlife Lodge

 

DAY 5 – Atherton Tablelands to Cairns

The rainforests of the Tablelands provide habitat for a diverse array of other marsupials, reptiles, invertebrates and over 320 species of bird. Iconic bird species include the Victoria’s Riflebird, Golden Bowerbird, Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Atherton Scrubwren, Bridled Honeyeater, Pied Monarch, Bush Stone-curlew, Black-faced Monarch, Red-backed Fairy-wren and Forest Kingfisher.

On our final day we dedicate time to find any wildlife that have evaded our lenses! We often visit, Hasties Swamp, the Curtin Fig Tree, Malanda and Lake Barrine

Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine are two popular geological attractions, both formed when rising lava was pushed against ground water, resulting in explosions from the heating of these underground streams. The resulting craters of Lakes Eacham and Lake Barrine were formed around 10,000 years ago and reach a depth of 65 metres. A visit to Lake Barrine provides us with a high likelihood of seeing a Red-legged Pademelon, Musky Rat Kangaroo, Snapping Turtle, Giant Eel, Eastern Water Dragon and Saw-shell Turtle.

 

Return to Cairns.

WILDLIFE

Wildlife opportunities may include:

MAMMALS: Platypus, Spectacled Flying-fox, Northern Quoll, Agile Wallaby, Mareeba Rock-wallaby, Musky Rat-Kangaroo, Red-legged Pademelon, Green Ringtail Possum, Sugar Glider, Red-legged Pademelon and possibly Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo. 

REPTILES & FROGS: Boyd’s Forest Dragon, Saltwater Crocodile, Eastern Water Dragon, Lace Monitor, Green Tree Snake, Australian Scrub Python, Jungle Carpet Python, Leaf-tailed Gecko and perhaps a Frill-necked Lizard. White-lipped Tree Frog, Green-eyed Tree Frog, Orange-thighed Tree Frog, Dainty Tree Frog, Stoney Creek Frog, Northern Barred Frog

BIRDS 80+ species such as: Forest, Azure and Little Kingfisher, Blue-winged Kookaburra, Brolga, Wompoo Fruit-dove, Yellow Honeyeater, Lewin’s Honeyeater, Bridled honeyeater Spectacled & Pied Monarch, Bower’s Shrikethrush, Chowchilla, Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Great-billed Heron, Barred Cuckooshrike, Olive-backed Sunbird, Eastern Spinebill, and possibly a Southern Cassowary

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    What’s Included:

    • 5 days touring with likeminded nature enthusiasts
    • 4 nights accommodation
    • All meals provided
    • Expert local guide and photographer
    • Modern comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle

    What to bring:

    • All luggage’s can be accommodated in the vehicle
    • Good walking shoes
    • Light, natural coloured clothing
    • Large water bottle
    • Day pack for carrying personal items
    • Camera gear
    • Wet weather gear (for expected rainy days)
    • Swimming gear, towel and spare clothes

    What’s not Included:

    • Flights to and from Cairns
    • Pre-and post tour accommodation

     

    Great-bird-photography-location

    4 Day Nature, Wildlife and conservation Safari

    DATES: Coming Soon!
    DURATION: 4-days / 3-nights
    RATES: Coming soon!
    GROUP SIZE: 
    Min 4 / Max 6
    FEATURING REGIONS: 
    Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Julatten, Shared Earth Reserve,  Atherton Tablelands, Crater Lakes National Park, AQC Private access areas 

    This tour is run in partnership with the Australian Quoll Conservancy. Contribute to the conservation and research project surveying threatened Spotted-tail Quolls at Danbulla or Mt Lewis National Park.

    The AQC are a not for profit organisation, now in their sixth year of operation. Several Species Recovery Units are now established in Victoria and North Queensland. AQC emphasises the need for the recovery of these species in those areas, with unique, innovative and non-invasive monitoring methods that transcend current wildlife ethics, scientific methodologies and requirements

    ITINERARY

     

    DAY 1

    • 0730 Pickup from Cairns Accommodation

    Witness the magical Great Barrier Reef Drive as we head north on the scenic coastal highway. Learn about the unique habitats within the local environment and observe the changes in bio-diversity as we get closer to the Daintree Tropical Rainforest 

    • 0900 Cape Tribulation (where the rainforest meets the reef)

    This famous valley resembles a giant amphitheatre with a semicircle of hills dominated by Mt Sorrow (850m) and Mt Hemmant (1000m). The south-eastern rainfall trapped by this valley results in a lush tropical climate with high temperatures, humidity and rainfall. Renowned for its scenic landscape and remote beaches

    Several walks, scenic lookouts and beach areas are located in the coastal community. We often spend up to two hours exploring the natural assets if this area.

    • 1130 Jindalba Interpretive Rainforest Trail

    The Daintree is an area of ancient tropical rainforest spanning 120,000 hectares, making it the largest portion of tropical rainforest in Australia Walk the quiet tracks to witness the complex ecosystems in this World Heritage Area.

    Jindalba nature trail offers unique and remarkable opportunities to experience the natural scenery and endemic wildlife within the National Park.

    • 1230 Arrive at Whet Restaurant for lunch

    Whet combines the natural wonder of the surrounding jungle with its unique and casual atmosphere. Located right in the heart of the Daintree with delicious cuisine on offer

    • 1400 Swimming option

    After lunch, we highly recommend a swim in the azure waters of Emmagen Creek before settling in at Heritage lodge for our dinner and accommodation for this evening.

    • Overnight stat at Heritage Lodge

    Lodging tonight will be in beautiful rainforest clad accommodation. Heritage Lodge is an environmentally friendly resort set back in the heart of a lush coastal rainforest, a short stroll from Cooper Creek for a swim!

     

    Day 2 

    • 0630 Depart Heritage Lodge

    An early start to maximise our wildlife viewing pleasure on the Daintree River. A short drive of 30 minutes will have us at our cruise location

    • 0700 Private Daintree Cruise

    Cruise the beautiful Daintree River with the dawn light, spotting wildlife on a quiet, clean solar electric boat with zero impact on the environment. Get closer to nature… hear, smell & experience without noise & fumes.

    We have a 99% success rate for spotting crocodiles, excellent bird watching opportunities and other wildlife possibilities such as snakes, frogs and fish and bats. The cruise is two hours!

    • 1130 Lunch at the Highlander Tavern

    The Highlander Tavern is located in the mountains of the Port Douglas Hinterlands. Nestled among the rainforest with many flowering Eucalypts and nearby creeks

    • 1330 Forever Wild Shared Earth Reserve

    The wildlife on the Tropical Wetlands SER is incredibly diverse, and the property has some of the highest avian diversity anywhere in Australia. Boasting over 220 species recorded, the highest bird count in a single day is 98 species. We know the property is critical habitat for the endangered Northern Quoll 

    • 1630 Overnight stay at Chambers Wildlife Lodge

    Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges is hidden in 1200 acres of Lake Eacham’s lush, tropical highland rainforest in the beautiful Waterfalls and Crater Lakes district of the Atherton Tablelands. As pioneers in eco-tourism the lodge specifically caters for birdwatchers, wildlife enthusiasts, naturalists and photographers.

    • 1930 Night spotting in the Northern Daintree

    A wildlife tour in the Far North Queensland is not complete without a night walk. A large portion of the local wildlife has adopted a nocturnal lifestyle to avoid the heat of the day in the tropical climate. We often visit 2 sites to experience the overall diversity of nocturnal wildlife in the Wet Tropics.

     

    DAY 3 – Conservation day

    Become a citizen scientist for a day! 

    We are offering an exclusive opportunity to work along-side industry experts and assist in conducting valuable research that will aid in the preservation of Far North Queensland’s endangered wildlife!

    This behind the scenes tour provides a unique opportunity to enter research locations not accessible to the public to observe the endangered Spotted-tailed Quoll

    Justin McMahon and Alberto Vale are our expert research guides and they have been carefully studying these fascinating and mysterious creatures for several years.

    Join them in the rainforest and take part in their research projects.

    • The Spotted-tailed Quoll is the largest marsupial mammal in the world!
    • Sadly their closest cousin, the Australian Tasmanian Tiger is already extinct.
    • Spotted-tailed Quoll populations in North Queensland are now critically low and sadly this amazing creature is at real risk of extinction.
    • This precious animal needs our help so that future generations can appreciate their magnificence and beauty.

    AQC AIMS 

    • To dramatically increase global awareness of Spotted-tailed Quolls
    • To bridge the gap between tourism and science, allowing a deeper educational journey into the Wet Tropics
    • To undertake and assist with studies into Quoll habitats and biology.
    • To contribute – Not many Wildlife experiences allow guests to directly contribute to the prosperity of native animals

    Guests will join our researchers and other team members as they check camera traps and motion detection areas to catalogue sightings, document food sources, locations and behaviours and search for evidence of visits.

     

    Day 4

    • 0630 Birdwatching Morning

    Optional Birding at Hasties Swamp. Hasties Swamp is a large seasonal wetland renowned for its diverse range of resident and migratory birds. Over 220 species have been identified and a large bird hide, with informative identification signs, offers excellent water bird viewing opportunities. 

    • 0930 Lake Barrine

    An outstanding location for nature activities.

    Several walks are available offering great wildlife and bird watching opportunities. From 30 minutes to two hours, tailored to your desires.

    Let’s toast our wildlife spotting achievements over some local tea/coffee and the famous Tea House scones with jam and cream.

    The lake cruise is a big highlight to spot reptiles such as Water dragons, birds, eels, fish, other reptiles and several Wet Tropics endemic species.

    Lunch options are brilliant and the view is pretty special too!

    • 1230 Yungaburra

    One of our major focus points of the day, spotting WILD Platypus! Learn about their elusive behavior and take as much time as you need to get that perfect photo!

    We often witness a resident Tree Kangaroo family at this location also 

    • 1530 Arrive at Cathedral Fig Tree

    One of the most incredible trees you will see in your life. This ancient fig tree is an epic     rainforest survivor with a very complex ecosystem surrounding its lifecycle. 

    1630 Return to Cairns

    WILDLIFE

    Wildlife opportunities may include:

    MAMMALS: Platypus, Spectacled Flying-fox, Northern Quoll, Agile Wallaby, Mareeba Rock-wallaby, Musky Rat-Kangaroo, Red-legged Pademelon, Green Ringtail Possum, Sugar Glider, Red-legged Pademelon and possibly Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo. 

    REPTILES & FROGS: Boyd’s Forest Dragon, Saltwater Crocodile, Eastern Water Dragon, Lace Monitor, Green Tree Snake, Australian Scrub Python, Jungle Carpet Python, Leaf-tailed Gecko and perhaps a Frill-necked Lizard. White-lipped Tree Frog, Green-eyed Tree Frog, Orange-thighed Tree Frog, Dainty Tree Frog, Stoney Creek Frog, Northern Barred Frog

    BIRDS: Forest, Azure and Little Kingfisher, Blue-winged Kookaburra, Brolga, Wompoo Fruit-dove, Yellow Honeyeater, Lewin’s Honeyeater, Bridled honeyeater Spectacled & Pied Monarch, Bower’s Shrikethrush, Chowchilla, Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Great-billed Heron, Barred Cuckooshrike, Olive-backed Sunbird, Eastern Spinebill, and possibly a Southern Cassowary

      MORE DETAILS

      What’s Included:

      • 4 days touring within a small group tour environment
      • 3 nights accommodation
      • All meals provided
      • Expert naturalists guides
      • Modern comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle

      What to bring:

      • All luggage’s can be accommodated in the vehicle
      • Good walking shoes
      • Light, natural coloured clothing
      • Large water bottle
      • Day pack for carrying personal items
      • Camera gear
      • Wet weather gear (for expected rainy days)
      • Swimming gear, towel and spare clothes

      What’s not Included:

      • Flights to and from Cairns
      • Pre-and post tour accommodation
          Birdwatching Tour (red bird)

          5 DAY BIRDWATCHING NORTH QUEENSLAND

          DATES: 12th – 16th October 2022 (6 seats available)
          DURATION: 5-days / 4-nights
          RATES: 2 passengers Twin Share price $5750 | Single traveller rate $3250
          GROUP SIZE: 
          Min 4 / Max 6
          FEATURING REGIONS: 
          Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Julatten, Shared Earth Reserve, Mareeba, Atherton Tablelands, Crater Lakes National Park, Cairns

          The Wet Tropics stretch from Townsville to Cooktown encompassing approximately 9000sq.km of rainforest interspersed with farmland, rivers and tropical savannah, not to mention coastline and coral cays. Such an array of habitats explains the region’s high diversity of flora and fauna. With more than 450 avian species recorded, including 13 endemics, its Australia’s twitching mecca, and you don’t have to venture far from Cairns to enjoy a rich bird watching experience in a variety of environments.

          Join the team at FNQ Nature Tours as we cover a vast variety of birding hotspots in Far North Queensland.

          ITINERARY

          DAY 1 – Daintree/Cape Tribulation

          A trip to the Daintree is not complete without visiting the famous beach where the “Rainforest meets the reef”. This famous valley resembles a giant amphitheatre with a semicircle of hills dominated by Mt Sorrow (850m) and Mt Hemmant (1000m). The south-eastern rainfall trapped by this valley results in a lush tropical climate with high temperatures, humidity and rainfall. Renowned for its scenic landscape, remote beaches and wildlife viewing opportunities!

          Several mangrove and rainforest boardwalks are available to allow us the maximum opportunity to observe birds. Cape Tribulation is one of the best spots to obverse the iconic Southern Cassowary as well as the Leaden flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Pied Monarch, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Shinning Flycatcher, Azure Kingfisher, Pacific Heron, White-bellied Sea-eagle and Little Shrike Thrush

          The afternoon will be spent exploring the surroundings of Kingfisher Park, our accommodation for the next two evenings.

          Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge is a small family-run business set in an internationally renowned sanctuary. The lodge offers accommodation to bird-watchers and nature lovers from mid April to mid January. The property is owned and operated by professional guides and naturalists Carol and Andrew Iles, who have worked in the area since 1999. Set in Tropical Far North Queensland, one of the best birding areas in Australia, the Lodge is especially famous for its population of breeding Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher which are found in the grounds between November and April. There are many resident birds at the lodge including Noisy Pitta, Red-browed Finch, Macleay’s, Yellow-spotted and Graceful Honeyeaters, Pale-yellow Robin, Little Shrike-thrush, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Black-faced & Spectacled Monarch, Cicadabird and Spotted Catbird

          The Lodge is a Land for Wildlife sanctuary with good populations of birds, mammals, reptiles and plants. Around 230 bird species have been recorded within a 1½ km radius of the Lodge and its grounds and all of the 13 Wet Tropics endemic birds can be found within a 15km travel distance.

          They are also famous for the Red-necked Crake which can often be seen down near the creek or Crake Pond, they also have Pale-vented Bush Hen on the property that can be found near any long grass in the area. They also have a resident Platypus in the stream at the bottom of the property.

          Overnight accommodation at Kingfisher Park

           

          DAY 2 – Daintree River/Julatten/ Mt. Lewis

          This is one of the best examples of a tropical river with rainforest growing right to the water’s edge, which provides for some great birding. The river is most famous for the great-billed heron and little kingfisher. The heron, one of the world’s largest, was always a ‘phantom’ bird for birdwatchers. Twenty years ago, it was rarely seen. Once birding tours commenced on the river, exploring the small rainforest and mangrove creeks that ran from it, the bird was seen more regularly. Even now, however, it remains elusive and can melt into the shadows of the rainforest or mangroves right before your eyes.

          A pre-dawn cruise will provide the best conditions for those wishing to see the river at its most stunning, as well as the greatest chance to see some of the most sought-after birds of the river. Referred to in many ‘birding’ reference books, this famous cruise has been the highlight for many birdwatching enthusiasts in Far North Queensland. Key target species include Great-billed Heron, Papuan Frogmouth, Little Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, Black Bittern, Saltwater Crocodile, Green Tree Snake, Water Dragon and butterflies.

          The afternoon will be spent exploring the area of Mount Lewis. A 30 minute drive from the lodge is perhaps the best place in Australia to see the magnificent Blue-faced Parrot Finches which can be found during the wet season months from November to April. The mountain is also a great place to see Victoria’s Rifiebird, Bower’s Shrike-thrush, Bridled, Lewin’s Honeyeaters, Mountain Thornbill, Topknot Pigeon, Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Wompoo and Superb Fruit-Doves.

          Optional Spotlighting

          Spotlighting can also be very rewarding with Barking, Sooty (Lesser) and Barn Owls, Papuan Frogmouths are usually heard Calling and Boyd’s Forest Dragon and Northern Leaf-tailed Gecko are also common. Also keep an eye out for Stripped & Green Ring-tailed Possum, White-tailed Tree rat and also Long-nosed and Northern Brown Bandicoot.

          Overnight accommodation at Kingfisher Park

           

          DAY 3 – Shared Earth Reserve

          Checking out of the lodge, we move on toward the Atherton Tablelands.

          FNQ Nature Tours has exclusive access to the Forever Wild Shared Earth Reserve. Forever Wild work to protect Earth’s last great wildernesses for societal well-being, for biological diversity and its evolutionary potential, for our cultural record and economic values. The reserve encompasses 5000 acres of lagoons, trails, bird hides permanent lakes, swamps, billabongs, and creeks including an incredible mosaic of old-growth savanna woodland. The site is incredibly diverse, and the property has some of the highest avian diversity anywhere in Australia. Boasting over 220 species recorded, the highest bird count in a single day is 98 species, and there is a healthy population of the endangered Northern Quoll

          The diverse range of birdlife and wildlife include Quails, Magpie, Geese, Black Swans, 11 different duck species and three different Grebes, Darters and Cormorants, Pelicans, Crakes, Rails, Swamphens, Moorhens, Coots, Herons, Egrets, Bitterns, Ibis, Spoonbills, Storks (Jabiru), Cranes including Brolga, Sarus Crane, Bustards, Sandpipers, Godwits, Common Greenshank, Stints, Jacanas which thrive on the water lilies, Curlews, Stills, Avocets, Lapwings, Plovers, Dotterels, Terns.

          Both the Laughing Kookaburra and Blue Winged Kookaburra are regularly seen.  Bee-eaters, Dollarbirds, Tree Creepers and Pardalotes are well represented as well as numerous Honeyeaters, Robins, Thrushes, Monarchs, Fly Catchers and Wagtails are seen throughout the Wetlands.

          Overnight accommodation at Chambers Wildlife Lodge

           

          DAY 4 – Atherton Tablelands/Hasties Swamp/Mt. Hypipamee

          The Atherton Tablelands is the high-altitude counterpart of the coastal Daintree Rainforest. Offering freshwater creek trails and walking tracks into mesophyll vine forest and outstanding remnants of the regions volcanic history

          Hasties Swamp is a large seasonal wetland renowned for its diverse range of resident and migratory birds. Over 220 species have been identified and a large bird hide, with informative identification signs, offers excellent waterbird viewing opportunities.

          One of the highlights of the Atherton Tablelands is Mount Hypipamee National Park, this is one of the best places to see the magnificent male Golden Bowerbird which have Bowers in the area. It’s also a great place for Southern Cassowary. Other birds that can be found in the general area are Eastern Spinebill, Grey-headed and Pale-yellow Robin, Lewin’s and Bridled Honeyeater, Chowchilla, Spotted Catbird and Tooth-billed Bowerbirds.

          Mount Hypipamee is also great for spotlighting. We have encountered Green Ringtail, Herbert River Ringtail, Lemuroid Ringtail and Brushtail Possums here. Lumholtz Tree Kangaroos too if you’re lucky!

          Overnight accommodation at Chambers Wildlife Lodge

           

          Day 5 – Crater Lakes/Yungaburra

          Lake Barrine and Yungaburra are outstanding locations to visit for all nature lovers. Several walks are available offering great wildlife and bird watching opportunities. From 30 minutes to two hours, tailored to our target species of the day.

          These include Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Spotted Catbird, Victoria’s Riflebird, Double-eyed Fig-Parrot, Australian King Parrot, White-throated Treecreeper, Yellow-throated Scrubwren, Eastern Spinebill, Lewin’s Honeyeater, Bridled honeyeater, Dusky Honeyeater, Scarlet Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater, Macleay’s Honeyeater, Chowchilla, Eastern Whipbird, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike. Barred Cuckoo-shrike. Pale-yellow Robin, Grey-headed Robin, Black-faced Monarch, Spectacled Monarch and Grey Fantail.

          Peterson Creek Wildlife & Botanical Walking Track is located in the heart of Yungaburra where we may be able to view platypus or the rare Lumholtz Tree-Kangaroo

          Return to Cairns

          MORE DETAILS

           

          What’s Included:

          • 5 days Birdwatching in North Queensland
          • 4 nights accommodation
          • All meals provided
          • Passionate guides
          • Modern comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle

          What to bring:

          • All luggage’s can be accommodated in the vehicle
          • Good walking shoes
          • Light, natural coloured clothing
          • Large water bottle
          • Day pack for carrying personal items
          • Birding/Camera gear – Tripods, binoculars 
          • Wet weather gear (for expected rainy days)
          • Swimming gear, towel and spare clothes

          What’s not Included:

          • Flights to and from Cairns
          • Pre-and post tour accommodation

           

             

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