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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Sailing In Paradise

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Sailing In Paradise offer Sunset Cruises, Island Cruises and Private Charters on two beautiful sailing catamarans. Set sail on the calm, clear waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater and discover hidden treasures just a short cruise from the city.

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.

Brisbane Whale Watching

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Brisbane Whale Watching invites you to come on board the magnificent 'Eye-Spy' for an encounter with the whales. Of all the great whales, the humpback is the most surface active displaying behaviour that will not only inspire you but leave you in awe.

Ocean Safari

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Experience Queensland's real wild side on this Great Barrier Reef half day Eco Tour. The tour begins at Cape Tribulation beach where guests board the Ocean Safari vessel bound for the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

Ocean Rafting

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Multi award winning Ocean Rafting visits the “Wild Side” of the Whitsunday Islands, the uninhabited islands with beautiful natural scenery brimming with marine, bird and animal life. There are two exciting tour options, the Northern Exposure and Southern Lights.

Paradise Seaplanes

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Take off from paradise on the Maroochy River in this magnificent flying machine and relive the romance of a bygone era. Adventure flights with Paradise Seaplanes in the only Wilga 80 seaplane (warbird spy plane) in the southern hemisphere, are a personalized, authentic experience that will leave you with a huge smile for days.

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".

Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours

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Owned and operated by Wil and Jacqui Hikuwai, Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours is located on the beautiful Fraser Coast, Queensland. The Great Sandy Straits boasts safe, protected waterways, coral reefs and an abundance of marine and sea bird life.

Spicers Scenic Rim Trail

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An undiscovered treasure trove of beauty awaits on their walks. The Scenic Rim refers to the chain of mountains incorporating the Great Dividing Range, the Border Range and Tamborine Mountain with the best way to explore it being on foot.

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.
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