Tropical & Far North Queensland Birding Tour

Tropical & Far North Queensland (the area around Cairns and all the way up the Cape York Peninsula) is without doubt one of Australia’s top birding destinations. A variety of tropical habitats including rainforests, palm-fringed beaches, mangrove-lined mudflats, tropical savannahs and cool mountain ranges result in a bird diversity unparalleled elsewhere in the country. During this tour we start and finish in Cairns, where we aim to find all local specialties including the 13 endemic birds of the Cairns region, plus many other great rainforest, woodland, wetland and grasslands inhabitants.

We’ll look for birds such as the sought-after Cassowary, the beautiful Golden Bowerbird and the rare Blue-faced Parrot-finch, Double-eyed Fig-parrot, Lovely Fairy-wren, Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Bridled Honeyeater, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Spectacled and Black-faced Monarch, Spotted Catbird, Victoria’s Riflebird, Mountain Thornbill, Pale Yellow and Grey-headed Robin, Papuan Frogmouth, Sooty Owl and many more. We’ll also look for mammals such as Bandicoot, Sugar Glider, Northern Striped Possum, Red-necked Wallaby and Tree Kangaroo. The tour traverses the unique Cape York Peninsula where we aim to find all Far North Queensland specialties. Expect up to 200 species including all the important birds this area is well-known for such as Magnificent Riflebird, Frill-necked Monarch, White-streaked Honeyeater, nesting Red Goshawks, Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Yellow-bellied Kingfisher and more. We’ll visit the well-known Kingfisher Park Birding Lodge; Cairns coastal area; Daintree Rainforest and River; we’ll have rare access to Golden-shouldered Parrot nesting sites; explore Rinyirru – Lakefield National Park; we’ll go night spotting for owls and mammals; and we’ll spend three days in Kutini Payamu – Iron Range National Park, one of Australia’s most important ecosystems. At the end of the trip, you can expect well over 200 species including all the important birds this area is well-known for!

This tour links with our Mount Isa to Cairns Savannah tour.

Please note there are 4 departures scheduled for 2023. The “Brochure” button below here only downloads the first tour itinerary brochure. All itineraries can also be accessed by clicking on the Upcoming Departures links below.

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Tour Reviews:

A Memorable Trip

Thanks to Bellbird and Steve for a memorable trip to Far North Queensland!

Terry - Aus
July 2019

Fantastic Trip

It was a fantastic trip thanks to Tim and Helga and everyone in the Bellbird team.

Teo - Australia
Aug 2021

A Wonderful Time

We had a wonderful time in the Tropical Far North, the guides were superb, along with the rest of our group.

Robyn & Doug
July 2022

Fabulous Trip to North Qld

Thank you for a fabulous trip to north Qld. We saw many beautiful and rare birds every day, our guides were great and the accommodation and meals were terrific.

Debbie, Aus
July 2022
  • AU$4999 per person

    accommodation and all meals, transport, expert guiding, entry fees, taxes.

    Not included:
    drinks, personal expenses, tips, pre- and post-tour accommodation/meals.

    Price based on double or twin-share occupancy. Single occupancy attracts a surcharge.

  • $99 Earlybird discount

    Earlybird discount of $99 applies for bookings received up to 6 months prior to departure.

  • Return-client discount

    Book a tour within 12 months of your last tour and receive 2% off your second tour, 3% off your third tour, 4% off your fourth tour and 5% off your 5th tour. If your bookings are made within 3 months of each other for tours that take place within the same calendar year, discount applies to the cheaper tour(s). Discounts are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Bellbird Tours Pty Ltd.

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