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Bird Watching Sites

Northern Queensland is blessed with some pretty amazing places - and the birds obviously think so too. With countless places to see an amazing number of species, you will never be short of somewhere to go.

The following places are some of our top spots in Northern Queensland. Bird lists and routes are on our brochures page». For more sites and information we recommend Jo Wieneke's "Where to Find Birds in North East Queensland", available from local shops.

macleayshoneyeater Macleay's Honeyeater - Endemic to North Queensland
Image courtesy of Mikey Kudo

Place
Location
Description

Atherton Tableland

Hasties Swamp National Park

Off the Herberton-Atherton Road

Home to Sarus Crane and Brolga during the months of October-November. At times thousands of Plumed Whistling-Duck can be viewed here from the Nyleta Wetlands Hide

Emerald Creek

Off the Kuranda-Mareeba Road, 2km before Mareeba

Start of the savanna birds is famous for the Rufous Owl and White-browed Robin

Townsville

Ross River Dam - Toonpan

On the outskirts of Townsville and Thuringowa

Best known for its waterbirds, this Important Bird Area is home to the Cotton and Green Pygmy-goose

Town Common Conservation Park

Just 5 km from the heart of Townsville

This conservation park is home to numerous honeyeaters, Latham's Snipe, Brolga, Bustards and Black Swan

Charters Towers

Blackbraes National Park

Moorinya National Park

Mount Isa

Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

On the Northern Territory border north of Mt Isa

This spectacular park is an essential for Purple-crowned Fairy-Wren, Carpentaria Grasswren and Crimson Chat, Sandstone Shrike-Thrush

Lake Moondarra

Only 10 minutes from Mount Isa

Famous for migratory shorebirds and waders as well as grassland birds

Wet Tropics Coast

Tyto Wetland

Only two minutes from the centre of Ingham

Home to the famous Grass Owl and Australian Owlet-nightjar, also a wetland and grassland refuge

Broadwater State Forest Park

65km from the township of Ingham

A mixture of rainforest, woodland and riverine species are found here including the Red-necked Crake

Licuala Forest Reserve

On the Tully-Mission Beach Road at Mission Beach

Famous for seeing the Southern Cassowary

Cairns Esplanade

Along the foreshore of Cairns City

Best known for its migratory waders - this is a very popular and rewarding spot

Birds Australia at Hasties Swamp

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