Far North Queensland

Far North Queensland is truly a birders paradise with many species not found anywhere else in Australia. An incredible seven of the top ten eBird locations in Australia (by species count, for all time) are located in this region.

Top spots include:

Handy bird-spots.com maps

Click for larger version, and see the individual posts for each hotspot for more contextual information.

Cairns Esplanade

Many birds to be found along an extensive foreshore – with not a forest in sight

Cattana Wetlands

Superb site for birding with a huge species count just north of Cairns

Centenary Lakes and Cairns Botanic Gardens

Patchy birding in a host of adjacent habitats in the north of Cairns

Daintree River Boat Cruise

Nature watching in comfort with excellent birds to be found

Flagstaff Hill Walking Track, Port Douglas

Short track around the headland with some FNQ birds to be found

Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge

A terrific base for birders to explore the area and a superlative birding site in its own right

Lake Eacham

Very good spot for rainforest birding around a crater lake

Michaelmas Cay

Amazing seabirds up close on an isolated island in the Great Barrier Reef

Mt Lewis

Pristine rainforest wilderness with amazing bird species including Atherton’s Scrubwren and Blue-Faced Parrotfinch

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