North Queensland Birdwatchers Accommodation
Situated in one of the premier birding sites in Far North Queensland at Kuranda in the hills behind Cairns. Set within the rainforest Cassowary House offers comfortable accommodation, excellent food and outstanding birding. Cassowary, Victoria's Riflebird, Red-necked Crake and Spotted Catbird are all regular garden visitors. Guiding and tours are also offered with English and Japanese speaking guides.
Deluxe birder accommodation in The Daintree, owned and operated by avid birders Andrew and Trish Forsyth. Target species include 8 of Australias 10 Kingfishers, Great-billed Heron, Southern Cassowary, Black Bittern, Pied Monarch and Papuan Frogmouth. Short stroll to Daintree River birding cruises. Easy access to World Heritage listed Daintree National Park and Great Barrier Reef. www.daintreebirdwatching.com.au
Jon & Peta Nott, your hosts, would like to share their property with you and will make your stay a very memorable one. Situated 80 minutes drive from Cairns on the Atherton Tableland this award winning retreat has secluded luxury timber tree houses with self-contained kitchen, spa bath and fireplace set in 230 acres of private rainforest. Over 160 bird species including Southern Cassowary, (Lesser) Sooty Owl, Victoria's Riflebird and Blue-faced Parrot-Finch are found on the property. For groups a tree-house meeting room and catering is available.
Feathers'n'Friends Cottage is in Julatten, Far North Queensland.
It's a fully self-contained and well-appointed four bedroom house
with facilities to suit up to 7 guests in complete comfort (plus
facilities for an additional two persons).
The cottage is a fully refurbished 1960's vintage farmhouse that can comfortably accommodate individuals, small groups and/or families.
Birdwatching Tour Guides Operating from North Queensland
Naturalist and guide Alan Gillanders is based on the Atherton Tableland at Yungaburra. Alan specialises in nocturnal tours as well as conducting natural history and bird watching tours for half or a full day. Animals likely to be seen on the nocturnal tour include Lumholtz's Tree-kangaroo, Coppery Brushtail Possum, Green Ringtail Possum along with the possibility of owls, bats, geckoes and frogs.
Based in Mossman and operated by local guide Del Richards, Fine Feather Tours offers a variety of tours around the local area.
Daintree River Tour Operators - Birding Trips
Ian "Sauce" Worcester is an experienced and enthusiastic birdwatcher as well as an amateur photographer who operates an early morning bird cruise. This gives the optimum opportunity for some great bird-watching and photography on the Daintree River and into Barratts Creek. He will show you amazing and beautiful bird life plus you may see snakes, frogs, lizards, turtles, butterflies, mammals, insects, epiphytes including the lovely orchids, and of course the renowned saltwater crocodile. He also operates a Sunset Cruises which is another time on the river that can be very rewarding for birdwatching. The wind tends to drop late in the afternoon allowing observation of the birds out and about looking for that last meal of the day or flying down to the water bathing, before retiring for the night. You might also be lucky to see one of the spectacular sunsets.
Murray Hunt provides small group wildlife cruises with a focus on highly sought-after birds, snakes and crocodiles. He operates early morning and late afternoon cruises on the Daintree River and also offers cruises on the Mossman River, as well as longer private cruises.
Other Birdwatching Information For Your Visit
This link takes you to a website that has been established by the Cooktown Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and Cook Shire Council in co-operation with the many small businesses within the vibrant tourism industry of Cooktown and Cape York Peninsula. This page gives plenty of information about birdwatching in and near Cooktown with brochure downloads.