A special twitchers welcome to Tropical North Queensland
Cairns to Mount Mulligan (can be done in reverse)
Departures from Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Port Douglas, Silky Oaks or the Daintree Ecolodge
Between the city of Cairns and the once-thriving township of Mount Mulligan, there are ever-changing landscapes that showcase bountiful birdwatching opportunities. On this 3 hour road trip, take the scenic route through the Atherton Tablelands boasting the region’s ancient high altitude vine forests, through scattered farmlands where many raptors can be observed and finish your journey in the beautiful savannah escarpments of outback Queensland.
With more than 450 Avian species recorded in the Wet Tropics of Queensland, including 13 endemics, this is Australia’s twitching mecca. Your knowledgeable tour guide will help identify as many types on the journey to (or from) the lodge. With a diverse range of birdlife to tick off your list, species that can be regularly spotted in the area may include Magpie Geese, Black Swans, Cranes, Bustards, Jacanas, Laughing Kookaburra and Blue Winged Kookaburra. Bee-eaters, Dollarbirds, Tree Creepers and Pardalotes are well represented as well as numerous Robins, Thrushes, Monarchs, Fly Catchers, and Wagtails. You might also catch sight of Lewin’s, Bridled, Scarlet and Macleay’s Honeyeaters, The Australian King Parrot, Eastern Spinebill, Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Spotted Catbird, Victoria’s Riflebird, Double-eyed Fig-Parrot and many more!
For those really keen twitchers, the bird watching experience continues at Mt Mulligan Lodge. With 28,000 hectares of cattle station in Queensland’s outback, the lodge is a refuge for birdlife. On a private 3 hour birdwatching tour, you will have the opportunity to sight Rainbow Lorikeets, Kookaburras and Noisy Friarbirds to name a few species. At leisure, grab your binoculars and choose between the guided tours that include a spot of birdwatching or the self-guided walks to discover other bird species at your own pace.