SMALL GROUP. BIG EXPERIENCE.

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  Just spent four full days on a small group tour with these folk, going to some of the most nature rewarding places in FNQ with truly dedicated and professional... read more

    BellthorpeDave
    6/16/2021
  • star rating  Everything about this tour was spot on. Kelvin picked us up at our accommodation on time, personalized every aspect of this experience and showed an incredible level of knowledge and... read more

    nomwo
    5/20/2021
  • star rating  My husband and I had the pleasure of Matt taking us on the afternoon Nocturnal tour. Matt is a wonderful guide, such a broad knowledge and great sense of... read more

    roslynb16
    5/14/2021
  • star rating  Amazing tour through the Daintree with very knowledgeable, friendly guides. The small group was fantastic.

    548katys
    5/05/2021
  • star rating  In short: our trip was amazing! We had the privilege of having Matt as our tour guide and his knowledge and enthousiasm about wildlife and the general rainforest made the... read more

    Ay1990
    4/05/2021
  • star rating  My experience with FNQ Nature Tours was a highlight of my trip to Port Douglas. From start to finish, I was just so impressed.

    I toured with Kelvin and... read more

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    3/20/2021
  • star rating  I had the pleasure of joining FNQ Nature Tours on a afternoon night spotting tour. I am a Cairns local and boy was I impressed. The knowledge of the team... read more

    95micks
    3/15/2021
  • star rating  Met James at Tyto Wetlands, he found two new crakes for us. Thoroughly impressed with his knowledge, great advice and conversation. Highly recommended.

    Shelly G
    11/29/2020
  • star rating  My three day private tour with James was unbelievably good. James is an amazing ambassador for Far North Queensland, and his love for the region is infectious! Having travelled to... read more

    blairwickham
    11/23/2020
  • star rating  An awesome trip in small groups that was personalized for what we wanted to see. We travelled in comfort with a very informative guide. A highlight was the night animal... read more

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    11/18/2020

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