Iron Range Birding Tour

Mt Molloy, Musgrave area, Lakefield & Iron Range National Parks, Chilli Beach. (drive/drive)

This tour departs from and returns to Cairns (in 2020) and takes in two iconic national parks, both world-renowned birding hotspots, add in some hidden waterholes on a Cape York working cattle station and you have an incredible mix of Australian landscapes.

We will again be visiting some great sites in Lakefield targeting  Star, Black-throat and Masked Finch, Banded, Rufous-throated, Bar-breasted and Rufous-banded Honeyeaters. Also this area has a huge range of raptors and waterbirds, with the added chance of sighting the very rare Red Goshawk at their seasonal nesting site.

The Cape York endemic Golden-shouldered Parrot will certainly be on the agenda, as we bird some great dry country areas and a local cattle station.

Stage two of this Cape York tour we will be visiting Iron Range  (Kutini-Payamu) National Park, simply one of Australia’s best birdwatching experiences.

The park contains the largest remaining lowland rainforest in Australia and is a refuge and stronghold for some very special birds, which can also be found in New Guinea

A small sample of birds, commonly sighted in the area are the Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Fawn-breasted Bowerbird, White-faced Robin, Yellow-legged Flycatcher, Magnificent Riflebird, Red-cheeked Parrot and the Yellow-billed Kingfisher. We always fit in some nightime spotlighting in the area with Marbled and Papuan Frogmouth, Large-tailed Nightjar on the hit list as well as any nocturnal marsupials or reptiles we may encounter.

Tour Summary

Duration: 7 Days
Accommodated: Yes
Locations Visited:

Mt Molloy, Musgrave area, Lakefield & Iron Range National Parks, Quintel and Chilli Beach, Portland Rds and the Claudie River system.

Departing From: Cairns
Tour Dates:

Departing:  From 1st of June until the 1st of November 2019                             

                # 2019 Iron Range (7 days)  

Departing Cooktown:                    

25th July 2019. (Sold out)     

14th August. 2019.  (Sold out)

2nd October 2019.  (Sold out)

Departing Cairns:  

20th Sept 2019.  (Sold out)                                      

                    # 2020 Iron Range (7 days).                     

Departing Cairns:

23rd July 2020.

12th August 2020.

9th September 2020.                      

Tour Includes: All meals.
Daytime refreshments.
Comfortable air-conditioned accommodation.
Well-appointed modern 4wd.
Seven very full days of personal guiding maximum of 4 guests only.
National Park permits and private station access.
Spare binoculars.
Bird lists and scope with vehicle.

2020 tour cost: $3750 AUD per person. Single. Supp $425.

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This map shows the main route. We take lots of sidetracks and off road adventures along the way.

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