Brisbane is an ideal location for one or more days’ birding. In the close vicinity, there is a huge variety of habitats. Along the coast, beaches, mud flats, mangroves and sand dunes covered in dense heath. Many freshwater wetlands fringed by ancient eucalypts and tea-trees are found on the inland side of the dunes. Heading further inland, remnant patches of sub-tropical rainforests, dry sclerophyll eucalypt forests and dense bush all hold their own unique bird species. Mangrove Honeyeater and Mangrove Gerygone, Collared Kingfisher, Satin Flycatcher, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Red-backed, Superb and Variegated Fairy-wren, Chestnut Teal, Royal Spoonbills and a range of other species. Not far away, Noosa National Park holds Ground Parrot, White-cheeked Honeyeater, Rainbow- and Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Pale-headed Rosella and Southern Emu-wren. Inland, famous Lamington NP has the very rare and elusive Rufous Scrub-bird and rainforest specialists such as Regent and Satin Bowerbirds, Green Catbird, Eastern Whipbird, Paradise Riflebird, Logrunner, Noisy Pitta, Albert’s Lyrebird, King Parrot, Crimson Rosella, Large-billed, Yellow-throated and White-browed Scrub-wren, Wonga, White-headed and Topknot Pigeon, Wompoo and Rose-crowned Fruit-dove, Brown Cuckoodove, Emerald Dove, Golden Whistler, Crested Shrike-tit, Spectacled, Black-faced and White-eared Monarch, Eastern- yellow, Rose and Pale-yellow Robins and many more. At night, let our guide show you Boobook Owl, Tawny and Marbled Frogmouth and rainforest mammals.
The famous Mt Lamington National Park is not far from the city and well worth a visit for birders.Containing a series of densely forested valleys and ranges rising to more than 1100m on the New South Wales–Queensland border, the park contains waterfalls, cliff lines and mountain peaksthat were formed 300 million years ago. It contains stands of the rare Antarctic beech tree, little different from the flowering plants that flourished 100 million years ago ,and remnant forests of hoop pine, one of the world’s oldest conifers. The park harbors birds such as satin bowerbird, eastern bristlebird, rufous scrub-bird, red-browed treecreeper and Albert’s lyrebird.
A guided birding tour around Brisbane is the best way to find most, if not all, of the area’s sought-after species. Let us arrange customised private guiding for one or more day, starting from and returning to your accommodation in or near Brisbane.