Iron Range Birding Tour

Cooktown, Musgrave area, Lakefield & Iron Range National Parks (drive/drive)

This tour departs from and returns to Cooktown 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, as we travel right through the park from south to north. We will be targeting,  Star, Black-throat and Masked Finch, Banded, Rufous-throated, Bar-breasted and Rufous-banded Honeyeaters as well as a huge range of raptors and waterbirds, plus the prospect of finding 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, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Marbled Frogmouth, as well as a great variety of northern waders at the stunning palm tree lined Chilli Beach.

#Please note: You can travel easily to Cooktown by car, via Mulligan Hwy, bus, or an excellent, daily 45min flight along the Daintree coast. Vehicles or caravans can safely be left at our residence until our return.

Tour Summary

Duration: 7 Days
Accommodated: Yes
Locations Visited: Cooktown, Battlecamp rd, Laura, Musgrave area, Lakefield & Iron Range National Parks
Departing From: Cooktown
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.  # Due to late cancellation there are now 2 more seats for this date).

Departing Cairns:  

20th Sept 2019.  (Sold out)                                      

# Please email for detailed itinerary and cost for 2019 departures

                  # 2020 Iron Range (7 days).                     

Departing Cairns:

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.

2019 tour cost: 4 People max, $3450 AUD. inc. gst, per person (twin share).
Single Supplement: $400.

2020 tour cost: $3750 AUD. 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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