Bird watching in Queensland: Bird is the Word

If you think you know your hooters from your boobies, think again (yes, we are talking about Australian birds)! Over 600 species of birds call Queensland home, 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 2 meters 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!  They are very shy and sometimes hard to spot in the wild, but keep an eye out for their bright blue neck and red features - oh and the horn-like helmut on their heads that helps . We've got plenty more Cassowary facts for you!

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 their other sea-feathered friends including the Terns, Noddies and Frigate birds.  You can find all sorts of birds up the coast from Moreton and Stradbroke Islands right up until the islands in the Torres Strait.

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, wild lorikeets or the Palm Cockatoo.

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

If you're keen to take a David Attenborough-style break and want to see Queensland birds in the wild, clean your binocular lenses and check out some of our favourite twitcher locations.  Otherwise, there are loads of opportunities to meet, greet and feed birds across the state with your family.

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Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching

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Have you personally experienced the majestic creatures of the sea? This is your opportunity to marvel at the majestic Humpback Whales in their natural environment with the stunning Gold Coast skyline glistening in the background.

Daintree Tours

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Explore the magnificent and untouched World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, the oldest living rainforest in the world at 160 million years, with Daintree Tours. Enjoy interesting and entertaining commentary from the passionate Daintree Tours' guides throughout the day, a walk at Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation, secluded lunch site with an opportunity to swim in a fresh rainforest creek and an estuarine crocodile and wildlife river cruise exploring the Cooper Creek waterway.

Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Feeding

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
From AU$209 - 209
The highlight of any visit to Tangalooma is the opportunity to hand feed one of the wild bottlenose dolphins that visit the shores each evening at sunset. Moreton Bay is home to approximately 600 bottlenose dolphins and each evening as the sun begins to set across the water, a small pod makes their way to the shores of Tangalooma Island Resort.

Kanu Kapers Australia

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Family owned and passionately operated by a local kayak world champion, Kanu Kapers use top of the range locally handcrafted sea kayaks for their one day and overnight sustainable kayak adventures. One of just two Everglades in the world, the pristine Noosa Everglades wilderness is a unique place of serene natural beauty, bursting with rare bird and plant species and is best experienced under paddle.

Ocean Safari

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Experience Queensland's real wild side on this Great Barrier Reef half day Eco Tour. The tour begins at Cape Tribulation beach where guests board the Ocean Safari vessel bound for the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

Remote Fraser Island Tour - Tasman Venture

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Be one of the few to see the untouched and unique side of this stunning island. This is no ordinary Fraser Island holiday tour; get away from the crowds and chaos, forget the rigid time tables or rushing from place to place.

Australia Zoo

Beerwah, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$59 - 59
Australia Zoo, one hour north of Brisbane on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is home of The Crocodile Hunter ,Steve Irwin. Nestled on more than 110 acres and with more than 1200 amazing animals, it’s the most interactive conservation destination on the planet!

Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours

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Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours is Cairns' original nocturnal wildlife spotlighting tour company, founded in 1982. Their tour gives you the best wildlife spotting opportunities by both day and night! Australian wildlife is mainly nocturnal so their tours have a night element and a later afternoon start to the day's touring.

Great Barrier Reef Day Trip to Lady Elliot Island

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Lady Elliot Island is now open and operating in compliance with an Industry COVID SAFE Plan. Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef (north of Fraser Island).

1770 LARC! Tours

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1770 LARC! Tours operate two pink amphibious crafts to explore the National Parks and pristine waterways bordering the Birthplace of Queensland - the Town of 1770 – in Queensland’s Southern Great Barrier Reef region.
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