Bird watching in Queensland: Bird is the Word

If you think you know your hooters from your boobies, think again (yes, we are talking about Australian birds)! Over 600 species of birds call Queensland home, but our favourites have the biggest personalities!

The Southern Cassowary leads a solitary existence in the Wet Tropics from Cardwell to Cape York. These large flightless birds can grow up to 2 meters in height (which doesn’t make them any easier to spot) and are vital to the survival of the rainforest thanks to their effective seed planting technique!  They are very shy and sometimes hard to spot in the wild, but keep an eye out for their bright blue neck and red features - oh and the horn-like helmut on their heads that helps . We've got plenty more Cassowary facts for you!

The islands and cays of the Great Barrier Reef is where you’ll find Booby birds diving head first into the reef chasing colourful fish with their other sea-feathered friends including the Terns, Noddies and Frigate birds.  You can find all sorts of birds up the coast from Moreton and Stradbroke Islands right up until the islands in the Torres Strait.

From coast to rainforest and outback beyond, the type of flock will change but if you stay still you might be lucky enough to spot an Albert’s Lyrebird, Buff-Breasted Kingfisher, Golden Bowerbird, emus, wild lorikeets or the Palm Cockatoo.

Oh, squawking of cockatoos, these guys are quite cocky and have been known to pinch bikinis from resort balconies!

If you're keen to take a David Attenborough-style break and want to see Queensland birds in the wild, clean your binocular lenses and check out some of our favourite twitcher locations.  Otherwise, there are loads of opportunities to meet, greet and feed birds across the state with your family.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane Area
From AU$36 - 36
Recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, with 90 years of experience and 130 koalas. In 2015 Lone Pine was inducted into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame for five consecutive years of excellence.

Sea World Whale Watch

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Sea World Whale Watch on Australia's Gold Coast offers premium whale watching tours with expert Captains and Tour Guides aboard the world's most advanced whale watching vessel Spirit of Migaloo. A full refund is provided if your tour fails to sight a whale between June and October.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Smithfield, Cairns Area
From AU$53 - 215
Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery over and through the oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest on earth. Enjoy a truly unique perspective of Australia’s World Heritage listed tropical rainforest, gliding just metres above the pristine canopy before descending to explore the forest floor at the Red Peak and Barron Falls Rainforest Stations.

Outback Pioneers

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Outback Pioneers award-winning outback experiences and holidays, in Longreach, invite you to unleash your own pioneering spirit. You'll be thrilled when take your seat on Australia's only Cobb and Co stagecoach gallop along part of an old mail route.

Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast

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Don't miss out and book well in advance as this is Australia's most popular balloon ride. Choose to pay on the day, flexible tickets, 100 per cent refundable and valid any day of the year. Family owned and operated, they have the biggest range of balloon rides, fly over the Gold Coast or the Gold Coast hinterland.

Ocean Safari

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Experience Queensland's real wild side on this Great Barrier Reef half day Eco Tour. The tour begins at Cape Tribulation beach where guests board the Ocean Safari vessel bound for the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

Australia Sunrover Expeditions

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Sunrover Expeditions offers one, two and three day tours of Fraser Island and Moreton Island from Brisbane daily with a choice of camping, staying at Tangalooma Resort, Eurong Beach Resort or Kingfisher Bay Resort.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$49.95 - 49.95
Explore this iconic Gold Coast Wildlife Sanctuary. Immerse yourself into the wonder and natural beauty of 27 hectares of Currumbin rainforest, wandering through open animal enclosures, feeding kangaroos and cuddling koalas along the way.

2 Day 1 Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

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Have you tried overnight sailing around the islands of the Great Barrier Reef? If you are short on time, budget or unsure if you would like to spend more than one night on a boat, then this is the option for you.

Cobbold Gorge Tours

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Deep in the heart of the Gulf Savannah region of Far North Queensland is a hidden outback oasis - Cobbold Gorge. Only a six hour drive from Cairns and Townsville, you can immerse yourself in the natural wonder of a truly unique North Queensland outback holiday destination.
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