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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Daintree Wonder Tours

Multiple Locations
Explore the best of the Daintree Rainforest with passionate, highly trained local guides. Daintree Wonder Tours are your World Heritage Rainforest Tour specialists - incorporating the Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, the mighty Daintree River, and much more!

Daintree Tours

Multiple Locations
Explore the magnificent and untouched World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, the oldest living rainforest in the world at 160 million years, with Daintree Tours. Enjoy interesting and entertaining commentary from the passionate Daintree Tours' guides throughout the day, a walk at Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation, secluded lunch site with an opportunity to swim in a fresh rainforest creek and an estuarine crocodile and wildlife river cruise exploring the Cooper Creek waterway.

Alexandra Park, Playground and Zoo

Bundaberg West, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Nestled on the banks of the Burnett River on Quay Street, Alexandra Park offers a playground for all ages under the shade of large trees. The kids can play on the playground or run in the large open spaces.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre, Mon Repos Conservation Park

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
From AU$27.00 - 65.00
Please Note: The Turtle Centre is Closed until further notice. This closure is due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check park alerts for current advice on park closures. No visit to Mon Repos is complete without a stop at the turtle centre.

Wildlife Habitat

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
The Advanced Eco-accredited Wildlife Habitat is a wildlife immersion exhibit - an open and interactive environment for guests and animals to mingle in a spacious natural setting. Visitors wander along elevated boardwalks, observing up close a huge range of wildlife as birds fly and animals roam freely.

Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome

Cairns, Cairns Area
Enjoy fun, fauna and fitness at Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome; the world's first Challenge Ropes Course in a wildlife immersion exhibit. Located on the top of the Reef Hotel Casino, this attraction has 65 elements of crossings and ziplines, Australian wildlife and more.

Tasman Venture Whale Watching Hervey Bay

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Experience the trip of a lifetime aboard the luxurious and fast 20 metre catamaran, Tasman Venture. Let the humpback whales amaze you with their close encounters, magical songs through the hydrophone, spectacular breaching and see them swim through the underwater viewing windows.

Billabong Sanctuary

Nome, Townsville Area
From AU$38 - 110
Billabong Sanctuary offers Australia’s Best Interactive Wildlife Experience! Located just 20 minutes south of Townsville on Highway 1A , Queensland, it features native animals in natural habitats of eucalypt forest, rainforest and wetlands.

Billy Tea Safaris

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Billy Tea Safaris is a true local company, having been locally owned and operated for over 36 years! They are the pioneers of the original Rainforest tour. Join Billy Tea Safaris on one of the many personalised tours available including World Heritage-listed Daintree/Cape Tribulation, Chillagoe Caves, and Outback and their Tablelands tour.

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.
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