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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Tablelands Tours and Transfers

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The best small group and private day tours from Cairns, travelling to scenic World Heritage listed rainforest, waterfalls and more. Tablelands Tours are your experts in Tropical North Queensland. They tailor tour packages for both groups and families.

Auswalk Walking Holidays

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Auswalk is the pioneer of walking holidays in Australia. On their tours you will walk through national parks, progressing from one accommodation to the next. Your luggage is moved ahead while you walk.

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.

Paronella Park

Mena Creek, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$47 - 47
Everyone has a dream. José Paronella's dream became a reality. On five hectares beside Mena Creek Falls he built his castle, a picnic area by the falls, tennis courts, bridges, a tunnel, and wrapped it up in an amazing range of 7,500 tropical plants and trees.

Rockhampton Zoo

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
Free Entry
Discover more than 60 species of native and exotic animals at Rockhampton Zoo! Come and meet the newest member of their chimpanzee family, baby Capri who was born in February 2018, or stop by the Australian Wetlands zone to marvel over their giant saltwater crocodile 'The Colonel'.

Australian Sunset Safaris

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Picture yourself travelling in a four-wheel drive bus along Fraser Island's beaches and rainforest tracks, swimming in a crystal clear lake with a white sandy bottom. Or how about paddling in a completely transparent kayak over sunken Moreton Island ship wrecks, seeing an abundance of fish and colourful coral through the bottom of your kayak?

Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$24 - 24
The Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome is the world's first Challenge Ropes Course in a wildlife immersion exhibit, It consists of 65 elements of crossings and ziplines. Mid-ZOOM - At an easier level of difficulty, suitable for beginners and/or young people.

Tangalooma Island Resort Day Cruises

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At just over an hour by catamaran from Brisbane, Tangalooma Island Resort is the most unique day trip destination from Brisbane. Whether you're looking for an action-packed day out, or something a little more relaxing, Tangalooma has something to offer everyone.

Moreton Bay Escapes

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Jump on board a Moreton Bay Escape and enjoy small group tours to the beautiful Moreton Island. Departing regularly from Brisbane , Moreton Bay Escapes offers exciting guided tours including day tours and overnight programs, to the pristine beaches of Moreton Island National Park.

Rainbow Beach Horse Rides

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Rainbow Beach Horse Rides have the only permit in existence to ride a horse along Rainbow Beach, which was rated in the top five most incredible beaches in the world, the third most colourful beach in the world and featured on the front cover of a publication "101 Best Beaches of Australia".
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