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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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Reviews

  • star rating  We did the afternoon/night tour up to Cape Tribulation.an amazing experience. Our guide, Matt, did a great job keeping us entertained and safe in the very wet weather. His knowledge... read more

    E2943DGpaulb
    August 7, 2022
  • star rating  Did the afternoon/night tour with a private cruise and it was the perfect start to our Cairns trip. James was highly professional and responsive in the booking process with helped... read more

    269joep
    August 1, 2022
  • star rating  I did the four day wildlife tour of the Daintree and Atherton Tablelands and it was truly an amazing experience. A very small group and many wonderful encounters with the... read more

    sarahwR2922IK
    July 30, 2022
  • star rating  Fabulous 5 day trip to the Daintree and Atherton Tablelands photographing the wonderful wildlife of the area. Friendly knowledgeable guide, tasty food and good accommodation. If you are into wildlife,... read more

    K9078MUnicolea
    July 28, 2022
  • star rating  This was, quite simply, an amazing day out. Right from the point we were collected by James in the minibus, we knew we were in good hands. He's a local,... read more

    RonaldJCoote
    July 25, 2022
  • star rating  Fantastic 4 day tour including the Daintree, Mossman, Atherton Tablelands, and river lielow experience. Couldn't have been better organised. And James was just AWESOME! We have been... read more

    Vinay R
    July 21, 2022
  • star rating  Our family of four had an amazing time with FNQ Nature Tours. We did the Daintree Afternoon Nocturnal tour with Matt and the Atherton Tablelands tour with James. Both Matt... read more

    262Tina262
    July 15, 2022
  • star rating  What an amazing tour and tremendous guide in Matt! I would highly recommend this tour and this company to ANYONE looking to see this amazing part of Australia. Matt... read more

    869sandyb
    July 13, 2022
  • star rating  My husband and I recently completed the 4 Day FNQ Nature Wildlife and Conservation Safari with James and 2 other couples. James was a highly informative, caring and deeply... read more

    M8323QAmichelleb
    July 8, 2022
  • star rating  We just wish we could leave James more stars, 5 is just not enough he was that good. We are a family of 4. We did the river cruise and... read more

    troyk151
    July 7, 2022

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