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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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 , PCW, they feature native animals in natural habitats of eucalypt forest, rainforest and wetlands.

Auswalk Walking Holidays

Multiple Locations
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.

Whitsunday Crocodile Safari

Multiple Locations
Whitsunday Crocodile Safari is a safe, all-weather nature excursion which takes guests to see crocodiles in the wild in the Whitsundays. This is a nature based tour which enables guests to explore the estuaries and wetlands of the Whitsundays and to discover the vegetation and wildlife in these unique habitats.

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.

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.

Derwent Hunter, Tall Ship Adventures Whitsunday

Multiple Locations
Set sail on the adventure of a life time in the Whitsundays. Experience the style, grace and pace of sailing on the classic timber tall ship, Derwent Hunter for the day. Derwent Hunter visits some of the best snorkelling destinations in the Whitsundays.

1770 LARC! Tours

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For a trip you will never forget, jump aboard the pink LARC - an amphibious craft that will take you for a ride across deserted sandy beaches and pristine estuaries as you make your way to the isolated Bustard Head Lighthouse located within Eurimbula National Park.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane Area
From AU$42.00 - 42.00
Recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary. With over 90 years of experience, Lone Pine is home to 130 koalas and over 70 species of other native Australian animals.

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.

Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World

Maleny, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$16 - 35
Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World - An Unforgettable Experience - The 'Jewel' of Maleny. Maleny Botanic Gardens is a unique, privately owned garden, consisting of nearly 18 acres of gardens, set on a 110 acre property.
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