North-West Queensland

North-West Queensland is a large area which stretches from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the north, to the spinifex-covered outback several hundred kilometres south. Notable towns of the region include Cloncurry, Mount Isa, Normanton and Karumba, all of which have something special to offer the enthusiastic birdwatcher.

Top Hotspots:

Adel’s Grove, Lawn Hill

Surprisingly good finch, honeyeater and raptor action near a very bustling campground complex

Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

An oasis in the outback with a lushly-lined rocky gorge, idyllic waterfalls, great bushwalking, and some excellent, if patchy, birding

Chinaman Creek Dam, Cloncurry

Exceptionally pleasant lake with great birds of all types to be found


Split seaside town with many varied birding sites including mangroves, coastline and roadside fields

Muttonhole Wetlands, Normanton

Enormous wetlands with tons of great birds and a pleasant and accessible roadside lagoon spot

O’Shannassy River crossing

Idyllic setting with lots of birds coming down to drink from the river

Pamela Street Water Tanks, Mt Isa

Good place for birds and views, and reliable site for the elusive Kalkadoon Grasswren

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