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Bird is the word


If you think you know your hooters from your boobies, think again (yes, we are talking about Australian birds)! Queensland is home for over 600 species of birds but our favourites have the biggest personalities!

The Southern Cassowary leads a solitary existence in the Wet Tropics from Cardwell to Cape York. These large flightless birds can grow up to 2m in height (which doesn’t make them any easier to spot) and are vital to the survival of the rainforest thanks to their effective seed planting technique!

The islands and cays of the Great Barrier Reef is where you’ll find Booby birds diving head first into the reef chasing colourful fish with his other sea-feathered friends including the Terns, Noddies and Frigate birds.

From coast to rainforest and outback beyond, the type of flock will change but if you stay still you might be lucky enough to spot an Albert’s Lyrebird, Buff-Breasted Kingfisher, Golden Bowerbird, emus, lorikeets or the Palm Cockatoo.

Oh, squawking of cockatoos. These guys are quite cocky and have been known to pinch bikinis from resort balconies!

Where to spot and feed Australian birds


  • Toowoomba Bicentennial Waterbird Habitat
    Toowoomba Bicentennial Waterbird Habitat

    Toowoomba Bicentennial Waterbird Habitat

    The Toowoomba Bicentennial Waterbird Habitat is a quiet place to relax and enjoy nature. It's a great place to have a picnic lunch overlooking the lakes.

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  • Daintree
    Daintree

    Daintree

    Stretching from Daintree Village across the river, the Daintree encompasses Cape Kimberley, Cow Bay, Thornton's Peak, Cooper Creek, Thornton Beach, Noah Valley, Cape Tribulation and the Bloomfield Track to the north.

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  • Lamington National Park, Green Mountains
    Lamington National Park, Green Mountains Section

    Lamington National Park, Green Mountains Section

    Green Mountains, in the hinterland of the Gold Coast and part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, features lush rainforests, ancient trees and spectacular views.

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  • Gondwana Rainforests of Australia
    Gondwana Rainforests of Australia

    Gondwana Rainforests of Australia

    Located in South East Queensland, the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia include the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world.

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  • Bribie Island Recreation Area
    Bribie Island Recreation Area

    Bribie Island Recreation Area

    Bribie Island Recreation Area is a treasure trove of plants and animals. The island is fringed by white, sandy beaches.

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  • OReillys Rainforest Retreat
    OReillys Rainforest Retreat

    OReillys Rainforest Retreat

    O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, a true nature paradise, is situated in World Heritage Lamington National Park, two hours south of Brisbane or one and a half hours south-west of the Gold Coast.

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  • Cairns Tropical Zoo
    Cairns Tropical Zoo

    Cairns Tropical Zoo

    The award winning Cairns Tropical Zoo is located on the Captain Cook Highway at Palm Cove, just 20 minutes north of Cairns.

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  • Tyto Wetlands
    Tyto Wetlands

    Tyto Wetlands

    Tyto Wetlands is a unique 90-hectare natural wetland site that is home to over 230 species of birds and numerous tropical plant species in addition to such native Australian wildlife creatures as the wallaby.

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  • Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary
    Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary

    Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary

    If you want to get up close and personal with Australian native wildlife Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary is the place to visit.

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  • Heron Island
    Heron Island

    Heron Island

    Heron Island is located just off the coast of Gladstone and boasts some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.

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  • Birdwatching on the Fraser Coast
    Birdwatching on the Fraser Coast

    Birdwatching on the Fraser Coast

    Hervey Bay and its environs offer abundant and diverse birdwatching opportunities with over 250 species identified.

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  • Lady Elliot Island
    Lady Elliot Island

    Lady Elliot Island

    At Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef, you can step off the beach and snorkel, swim or dive in an underwater holiday world of brilliantly coloured species of marine life, or just simply relax and soak in the natural island atmosphere.

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  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
    Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

    Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

    Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is More Australian, More Natural, More Fun! Amazing Australian wildlife, you can cuddle a koala; feed a friendly kangaroo, experience the wild lorikeet feeding, free-flight bird show and Australiana sheep shearing.

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  • Eungella National Park
    Eungella National Park

    Eungella National Park

    Set in the mountains west of Mackay, Eungella National Park is one of Queensland's most ecologically diverse parks in Australia.

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  • The Big Cassowary
    The Big Cassowary

    The Big Cassowary

    Many Australian towns boast large monuments of their most recognisable town features, and Mission Beach is no different.

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  • Birdwatching in Dysart
    Birdwatching in Dysart

    Birdwatching in Dysart

    Mining towns are sometimes overlooked when planning an itinerary, yet if you happen to enjoy a spot of birdwatching, then Dysart is one mining town worth visiting! Enjoying a diverse array of habitats, Dysart is home to a variety of bird species that even the most passionate birdwatcher hopes to see

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  • Birds of Bundaberg
    Birds of Bundaberg

    Birds of Bundaberg

    The Bundaberg Region offers so many options to learn about the local flora and fauna. This journey takes in the Moore Park Beach water birds, feed the birdlife at the Botanic Gardens, head to Baldwin Swamp to meander the tracks that wind through the forest taking you down close to the lakes.

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  • Birdwatching in the South Burnett
    Birdwatching in the South Burnett

    Birdwatching in the South Burnett

    The South Burnett is a bird watchers dream; possessing a diverse array of habitats, the South Burnett hosts a variety of birds that even the most avid bird watcher aspires to see.

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