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 Discovery Centre

Cow Bay, Douglas Area
From AU$32 - 35
A multi-award winner, the Discovery Centre is nestled in the heart of the rainforest, 10 kilometres north of the Daintree River. The Centre is a 'must see' for anyone visiting the area and where you can experience the rainforest at every level - from the forest floor to the upper most reaches of the canopy.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Smithfield, Cairns Area
From AU$55 - 82
Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery over and through the ancient Wet Tropics Rainforest. Enjoy a truly unique perspective of Australia’s World Heritage listed tropical rainforest, gliding above the pristine canopy before descending to explore the forest floor.

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Wangetti, Douglas Area
From AU$41.00 - 102.50
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in the North. With over 2100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways leading you on a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest where you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, wallabies, reptiles, insects and other native fauna.

Fraser Explorer Tours

Multiple Locations
Experience the diverse landscapes of the world's largest sand island, for a fun and relaxing adventure with Fraser Explorer Tours. Appealing to all types of travellers - singles, couples, families and small groups, there are one and two day tours on offer, departing daily from Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach.

Rainbow Beach Horse Rides

Multiple Locations
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".

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!

Mamu Tropical Skywalk

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$22 - 26
The Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway is a spectacular walk through the canopy of World Heritage rainforest. It is an iconic tourist attraction in the heart of the Wet Tropics. With a 350 metre long elevated walkway through the canopy, a cantilever, a 37 metre observation tower and more than 1200 metres of walking tracks, this attraction is a must do for anyone visiting the region.

Watersports Guru

Watersports Guru have taken thousands of guests on a wonderful journey to discover the fun and splendour of the oceans. Snorkelling with the turtles at Cook Island, whale watching on the Tweed Coast, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding on Cudgen Creek Kingscliff, learning to surf, or showing people the beauty of the underwater world through scuba diving.

Fraser Island Day Tours

Multiple Locations
Experience Fraser Island's best-selling tour, on a one or two day four wheel drive adventure! Swim in the crystal-clear waters of Lake McKenzie, wander through ancient sub-tropical rainforests, marvel at the rustic ruins of the Maheno Shipwreck, and cruise along the 75 Mile Beach highway, as you explore the world's largest sand island.

Everglades Eco Safaris

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Explore Australia's only Everglades with Everglades Eco Safaris. They offer you an unforgettable wilderness cruise into one of Australia’s most pristine regions. Swim in tea tree infused waters, canoe through the mirrored waterways or simply relax in this unique natural environment.
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