Welcome to Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge, Julatten, Queensland, Australia.
The Lodge is named after the Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher that visits to breed within the grounds, usually from late October through to mid-April.
Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge is a haven for anyone interested in natural history such as bird watchers, mammal and reptile enthusiasts, photographers and artists. The Lodge is located at the base of the Mount Lewis range in 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), Far North Queensland. We are within an easy 1½ hr drive of the Cairns International Airport and Cairns birdwatching sites such as the world renowned Cairns Esplanade Foreshore where shorebirds (waders) can be see in comfort at close quarters.
Kingfisher Park sits at an altitude of 440m, ensuring a milder climate with less humidity than coastal areas such as Cairns and Port Douglas; it has a mountain backdrop and is a Land for Wildlife sanctuary containing an abundance of birds, mammals, reptiles and plants. 228 bird species have been recorded in the grounds and within 1½ km of the Lodge. 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.
Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge consists of self-contained units and a four-room bunkhouse set in a rainforest environment. 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 3 days 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. The many types of habitats that occur within easy driving distance of Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge include mid level and upland rainforests, open woodlands, creeks, wetlands and gallery forests ensuring a great variety of bird species which total over 300. For guiding, on and off the Lodge grounds, Carol and Andrew Iles - Birding Guides are now located at Kingfisher Park, offering their usual friendly, personalised service and competitive rates. Why not find out why people keep coming back for more. For details of tours see our Shop, Tours & Guides page and remember to look at our packages for more savings.
Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge's central location allows day access to other birdwatching areas of Tropical North Queensland, such as the Daintree Village, which has good birding and specialised birdwatching river trips on the Daintree River. Nearby is Cape Tribulation across the Daintree River. Other good areas are the Atherton Tableland (Cairns Highlands), Great Barrier Reef and Cooktown, which is only a 2½ hr drive away. If you want a break from birdwatching shopping and coffee await in Port Douglas, only 35 minutes away.
Birdwatching and natural history tour groups are offered a complete package - accommodation, meals and up to date birding information for your guide. Please e-mail for further information.
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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