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

Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge is an internationally renowned, privately owned, sanctuary which offers accommodation and guiding to bird-watchers and nature lovers from mid April to late January. 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 early 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 populations 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. The Lodge is a no-smoking property. Our units are clean, spacious and comfortable and our Julatten climate means we do not need heaters or air-conditioning, but there are ceiling and pedestal fans for the warmer months.

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 guests who want to increase their chance of finding our special birds. The Lodge is owned by Carol and Andrew Iles who have never owned a bookshop but have been guiding in the Wet Tropics since 1999. They offer a friendly and 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.

When the Lodge is not too busy with guests we allow visitors to explore our grounds, access is by appointment only so please contact us before arrival. There is a $10 per person entry charge, the proceeds of which will be donated to local wildlife charities. Due to the disturbance to our guests we do not allow visits by groups. All visitors must report to Reception on arrival. Visitors will only be allowed in the grounds between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm.

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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