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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Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
From AU$0 - 209
Moreton Bay is home to approximately 600 bottlenose dolphins and each evening as the sun begins to set across the water, a small pod makes their way to the shores of Tangalooma Island Resort. Since 1992, resort guests have had the opportunity to hand feed the dolphins as part of the Tangalooma wild dolphin feeding program.

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.

Australian Sunset Safaris

Multiple Locations
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?

Kuranda Riverboat Tours

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The Kuranda Riverboat operates interpretive river cruises and guided rainforest walks. Enjoy a memorable experience discovering Kuranda’s rainforest flora, fauna and history. Cruise the tranquil waters of the World's most ancient tropical rainforest on a 45 minute tour on the Barron River in Kuranda.

Kanu Kapers Australia

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Family owned and passionately operated by a local kayak world champion, Kanu Kapers use top of the range locally handcrafted sea kayaks for their one day and overnight sustainable kayak adventures. One of just two Everglades in the world, the pristine Noosa Everglades wilderness is a unique place of serene natural beauty, bursting with rare bird and plant species and is best experienced under paddle.

Remote Fraser Island Tour - Tasman Venture

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Be one of the few to see the untouched and unique side of this stunning island. This is no ordinary Fraser Island holiday tour; get away from the crowds and chaos, forget the rigid time tables or rushing from place to place.

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.

Tonys Tropical Tours

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Tony's Tropical Tours is more than just a day tour. Offering a full days personal experience travelling as a small group to the Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation and for the adventurous a four wheel drive journey to the largest accessible waterfall - The Bloomfield Falls.

Paradise Seaplanes

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Experience the joy of flight, the beauty of the Sunshine Coast, and the romance of a bygone era when you take off from paradise in this unique flying-machine. Adventure flights with Shawn and the crew from Paradise Seaplanes take off in the only Wilga 80 seaplane (warbird spy plane) in the southern hemisphere.

Sunreef Mooloolaba

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Sunreef Mooloolaba is the largest dive centre in South East Queensland. Sunreef Mooloolaba offers Australia’s first Swim with Humpback Whales experience, from July to October each year, premiere whale watching aboard the iconic Whale One from June to November as well as local reef dives, snorkelling trips and diving on the ex-HMAS Brisbane as well as a wide variety of hire gear from jetskis and stand up paddle boards, to bicycles, kayaks, small boats and fishing gear.
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