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FNQ Birdwatching Tour

Birdwatching Package

Birdwatch your way to
Mt Mulligan Lodge

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.

Twitcher Package (2 guests)

  • Full day ‘Birdwatchers welcome to Tropical North Queensland’ tour hosted by FNQ Nature Tours which includes a one way land transfer to Mt Mulligan Lodge
  • 3 nights Outback Retreat accommodation
  • All rustic but refined meals daily
  • A selection of quality wines, beers, spirits and soft drink
  • A daily outback experience – ATV adventure, sunset drinks, tour of historic Mount Mulligan township and coal mine, stargazing or 4WD safari to Tyrconnell Gold Mine
  • Unlimited use of paddle boards, kayaks, sky-gazing telescope, electric buggy and light fishing gear
  • 3 hour private birdwatching tour at Mt Mulligan Lodge
  • One way scheduled* helicopter flight between Cairns and Mt Mulligan Lodge (*subject to availability)

From $11,200, for two guests 

Twitcher Package (4 guests)

  • Full day ‘Birdwatchers welcome to Tropical North Queensland’ tour hosted by FNQ Nature Tours which includes a one way land transfer to Mt Mulligan Lodge
  • 3 nights Outback Pavilion accommodation
  • All rustic but refined meals daily
  • A selection of quality wines, beers, spirits and soft drink
  • A daily outback experience – ATV adventure, sunset drinks, tour of historic Mount Mulligan township and coal mine, stargazing or 4WD safari to Tyrconnell Gold Mine
  • Unlimited use of paddle boards, kayaks, sky-gazing telescope, electric buggy and light fishing gear
  • 3 hour private birdwatching tour at Mt Mulligan Lodge
  • One way scheduled* helicopter flight between Cairns and Mt Mulligan Lodge (*subject to availability)

From $21,710, for four guests 

To book, contact Northern Escape Collection Reservations

(07) 4777 7377 or [email protected]

 

Package T & Cs : Travel between 1 December 2022 – 31 March 2024. 3 nights from $11,200 for two guests (Outback Retreat) or $21,710 for four guests. Birdwatching package cannot be booked from 6th April – 11th April 2023 and 18th December 2022 – 5th January 2024 inclusive when Easter & Festive Season rates are in place. One way land transfer and one way scheduled helicopter flight included in package. If scheduled helicopter flight is fully booked on your preferred dates of travel, an upgrade fee will apply for a bespoke helicopter flight. Booking code BRD.