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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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Kuranda,
Be surrounded by 1500 free-flying tropical butterflies in the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary; Australia's largest butterfly flight aviary. Wander around the enchanted rainforest aviary and spot majestic butterflies, including the vibrant green Cairns Birdwing Butterfly and iconic Monarch.

Discovery Tours Australia

Multiple Locations
Want a personalised premium small group tour? Why not come and join them on one of their premium full day tours to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree National Park or get away from the crowds exploring the hidden Mountain Wet Tropic Rainforest and Waterfalls near Cairns City all in half a day with their exclusive permit access to these locations, you can even spend several days with them having fun traveling to the tip of Australia up in Cape York Peninsular or step back in history with them traveling to Cooktown on one of their extended touring options.

Texas Longhorn Tours

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$60 - 90
Witness the majestic and historic Texas Longhorns on a horse drawn wagon ride or Safari - an experience like no other. Take a traditional horse drawn wagon ride or Ranger Safari and a trip back in time, back to the 'Old West' to the time of the legendary Texas Longhorns.

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.

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.

Birdworld Kuranda

Kuranda,
From AU$19 - 19
Home to the largest single collection of free flying birds in Australia (some 500 of them!), Birdworld Kuranda displays no less than 60 species of the most spectacular birds from all corners of the planet - as well as from the earth's fast diminishing rainforests.

Kuranda Riverboat Tours

Multiple Locations
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.

Spirit Of Hervey Bay Whale Watching Cruises

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Spirit of Hervey Bay is your best choice for a first rate whale watching experience. Close encounters, breaching, tail slapping, head lunging being just a few of the spectacular behaviours the whales share and entertain you with.

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?

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$49.95 - 49.95
Following recent Government announcements, and the increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases both nationally and on the Gold Coast, the decision has been made to temporarily close Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
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