Welcome to Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge, Julatten, Queensland, Australia.

Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge is an internationally renowned, privately owned, sanctuary. 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.

Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge is located in the rural community of Julatten, at the base of the Mount Lewis range at an altitude of 440m. It is an easy 1½ hr drive from Cairns International Airport and 40 minutes from Port Douglas. Please note that there is no public transport to the Lodge and we cannot do transfers.

The Lodge is a Land for Wildlife sanctuary with good poulations 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 6 self-contained units, a 4-room bunkhouse and a small camping area, all set in a rainforest block, with walking tracks allowing easy access around the 4.5 hectares (11.2 acres) of grounds

A minimum stay of 4 nights is recommended to allow time for a full exploration of the area around Julatten, Mareeba, Mt. Molloy, Maryfarms and Mt. Carbine which contains some of Tropical Queenslands main birding sites . There are many types of habitat within an easy driving distance of the Lodge which means you have a good chance of encountering most of our local bird species.

GUIDING is available for those who want to increase their chance of finding our special birds. The Lodge is now owned by Carol and Andrew Iles who have been guiding in the Wet Tropics since 1999 and they offer friendly, personalised service with competitive rates. Why not find out why people keep coming back for more. For detailed information on guided walks and bird tours see the Tours and Guiding page and remember to look at our packages which can be found on the Package 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, with 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. All visitors must report to Reception on arrival. To reduce any disturbance to our guests, visitors will only be allowed in the grounds between the hours of 8am and 5pm.

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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