Welcome to Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge, Julatten, Queensland, Australia.
The Lodge was named after the Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher which come from PNG every year to breed within the grounds. They are best seen from November through to early April.
Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge is a great place to stay at any time of year, not only for anyone who is interested in natural history, such as bird-watchers, mammal and reptile enthusiasts, photographers and artists but also for people who are just looking for a relaxed place to stay whilst exploring the area. The Lodge is located at the base of the Mount Lewis range in one of the best birding areas in Australia. It is close to the rural community of Julatten, just off the Rex Highway (highway 44), between Mossman on the coast and Mount Molloy at the northern end of the Atherton Tablelands (Cairns Highlands), in Far North Queensland. We are an easy 1½ hr drive from Cairns International Airport and 40 minutes from Port Douglas.
The Lodge sits at an altitude of 440m, ensuring a milder climate with less humidity than coastal areas such as Cairns, Port Douglas and Daintree. Kingfisher Park is a Land for Wildlife sanctuary with an abundance 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. For detailed information about what you are likely to see on your visit go to the birds and other wildlife or bird species pages where you will find a link to access this data.
Accommodation at Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge consists of self-contained units and a four-room bunkhouse set in a rainforest block. If you don't want to cook, there is the very good Highlander Tavern 1.5km away or excellent food at the Mt. Molloy Hotel 10kms away. Walking tracks allow easy access around the 4.5 hectares (11 acres) of grounds, taking you through the rainforest into an open, grassy orchard and onto the bank of Bushy Creek, where you might see a Platypus.
A minimum stay of 4 nights is recommended to allow a full exploration of some of Tropical Queenslands main birding sites situated in the areas between Mareeba, Mt. Molloy, Julatten, Maryfarms and Mt. Carbine. There are many types of habitat within an easy driving distance of the Lodge; including mid level and upland rainforest, open woodland, gallery forest, creeks and wetlands, thus ensuring access to a great variety of bird species. For anyone who wants a bird guide, on and off the Lodge grounds, Carol and Andrew Iles - Birding Guides are located once again at Kingfisher Park, guiding in the Wet Tropics since 1999 they offer their usual friendly, personalised service and competitive rates. Why not find out why people keep coming back for more. For detailed information on guided walks and bird tours see our Shop, Tours & Guides page and remember to look at our packages which can be found on our Specials page.
Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge's central location allows day access to other birdwatching areas of Tropical North Queensland. Daintree Village is less than an hour away and has specialised birdwatching river trips on the Daintree River. In the same area you can visit Cape Tribulation by crossing the Daintree River by ferry, look out for Cassowary when driving to the Cape. Other good areas nearby are the Atherton Tablelands (Cairns Highlands), the Great Barrier Reef, boat trips available from Port Douglas or Cairns, and of course you could visit Cooktown, which is only a 2½ hr drive away. If you want a break from birdwatching shopping and coffee await in Port Douglas, only 40 minutes away.
Birdwatching and natural history tour groups are catered for so please e-mail us for further information.
For people who visit the Lodge, but are not staying with us, there is a $10 per person daily charge to enjoy our grounds, the proceeds of which will be donated to local wildlife charities.
Your hosts, Carol and Andrew Iles, aim to promote the enjoyment of bird watching, the appreciation of nature and to give guests a relaxing and rewarding birding and natural history experience in Tropical North Queensland. This is why we live where the birds are.
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