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TROPICAL WETLANDS BIRDWATCHING TOUR

LENGTH: FULL DAY TOUR | PRICE: FROM $1,150 AUD 

1 – 2 Passengers $1,150

3 – 4 passengers $1,300

5 – 6 Passengers $1,800

DEPARTS: CAIRNS, NORTHERN BEACHES AND PORT DOUGLAS

The early bird gets the worm! Starting at 6:30am, we spend the morning exploring the Tropical Wetlands and Shared Earth Reserve which is home to over 220 recorded bird species, this site is exclusive to FNQ Nature Tours guests only.

First stop is a walking tour of Clancy’s Lagoon. Followed by a short break for morning tea, preparing us for a 4WD adventure and walking tour of Pandanus Lagoon.

Guests then enjoy a picnic style lunch under a shady billabong during the heat of the day.

In the afternoon we venture into the nearby Atherton Tablelands and other locations such as Lake Barrine and Yungaburra to further our bird watching prospects. These locations have afforded our customers amazing birdlife encounters and opportunities for photographs over the years.

UNIQUE FEATURES OF THIS TOUR

TOUR SUMMARY

The early morning is invaluable for birdwatches. Our morning will focus on the Tropical Wetlands and Shared Earth Reserve which is home to over 220 recorded bird species and an exclusive site for us to explore.

After a short 90 minute drive we will arrive at Clancy’s lagoon. This open expanse of water has comfortable walking tracks surrounding the perimeter, providing guests with the opportunity to observe the resident birdlife.

After a short break for morning tea we 4WD to our second location, Pandanus Lagoon. Here we find a large diversity of waders and waterbirds including a massive population of Black Swan. It is also home to kangaroos, echidnas, dingos, snakes and scores of other reptiles.  You can explore over 12km of walking trails which criss-cross the wetlands.

A break from the binoculars while we enjoy a picnic style lunch under a shady billabong during the heat of the day. To further our bird watching prospects, we venture into the nearby Atherton Tablelands for the last couple of hours. Locations such as Lake Barrine and Yungaburra have afforded our customers amazing birdlife encounters and opportunities for photographs over the years.

BIRDWATCHING OPPORTUNITIES

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, Stilts, Lapwings, Plovers, Dotterels, Terns.

Birds of Prey including Osprey, Kites, Hawks, Eagles, Harriers and Falcons. Five different pigeons and doves have been recorded and of course the famous Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo. We have great sightings of Black Cockatoos at the Wetlands and on the road into Mareeba Wetlands. Parrots including Lorikeets, Rosellas & Red Wing Parrots. With 9 different varieties of Cuckoos, Koels and Coucals not to mention a great location if you wish to see owls; five different species, 3 different Frogmouths and Night jars.

One of the most beautiful birds to see are the Kingfishers especially the Azure Kingfisher, a delight to see around the lagoons. Both the laughing Kookaburra and Blue Winged Kookaburra are regularly seen. Bee eaters, Whistlers, Tree Creepers and Pardalotes are well represented as well as numerous Honeyeaters, Robins, Bee Eaters, Thrushes, Monarchs, Magpie Larks, Fly Catchers and Wagtails are seen throughout the Wetlands.

One to look out for is the fascinating Great Bowerbird, a delight to watch. The open savannah and eucalypt habitats within the  wetlands give great opportunities to observe Finches, Fairy Wrens and Mannikins.

MORE DETAILS

What’s included:

  • Passionate interpretive guide
  • Expert birdwatching and photography guides
  • Sunscreen and Insect repellent
  • First aid kit on board
  • Binoculars
  • Umbrellas provided for rainy days

What to bring:

  • Sun protection advised: hat, sunglasses
  • Good walking shoes
  • Camera and water bottle
  • Day pack for carrying personal items
  • Your enthusiasm!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exclusive access
  • Amazing birdwatching opportunities
  • Habitat diversity
  • Atherton Tablelands
  • Supporting Conservation
  • Lake Barrine Crater
  • Yungaburra Region

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  • star rating  We were blown away by how well organised our tour was. Matt, our guide, full of knowledge; also happy to have a laugh along the way. He made sure we... read more

    claudiangg1988
    May 17, 2022
  • star rating  My wife and 3 kids booked a wildlife tour to the atherton tablelands. It was a private tour facilitated by James. It was our second trip to Cairns... read more

    L3938ARjohns
    May 14, 2022
  • star rating  Absolutely fantastic and intimate tour with only a few other guests. A completely Different way to see the Daintree Rainforest, not like some of the other tourist trap tours. Our... read more

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    April 23, 2022
  • star rating  We loved our afternoon in the Daintree with James. James is so passionate about what he does and his enthusiasm, knowledge and the way he shared that knowledge made for... read more

    Wayne O
    April 16, 2022
  • star rating  We went out with Will and had a fantastic tour. His knowledge of everything was over the top. We where lucky enough to see all the major animals, crocs,cassowary and... read more

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    April 1, 2022
  • star rating  I would highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to checkout the Daintree and Cape tribulation. James our tour guide was very knowledgeable and is a great person all round... read more

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    March 23, 2022
  • star rating  I loved this tour, Kelvin was an exceptional guide with a lot of knowledge about the area. I loved the small group and personalised experience, and we got to see... read more

    mo2557
    February 27, 2022
  • star rating  The afternoon & night tour was AMAZING! My husband and I really enjoyed our afternoon and learnt a lot. James was our tour guide and he was so knowledgeable, funny... read more

    reneek535
    February 16, 2022
  • star rating  The afternoon & night tour was AMAZING! My husband and I really enjoyed our afternoon and learnt a lot. James was our tour guide and he was so knowledgeable, funny... read more

    Renee K
    February 1, 2022
  • star rating  A fantastic guided tour. Our guide Matt was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and tailored the experience to our small group. Leaving later in the day let us experience the Daintree at... read more

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    November 27, 2021

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