About Great Northern Tours

Hi, my name is David Mead, owner/operator of Great Northern Birdwatching Tours. I have been conducting extended Birding tours into remote areas of Far North Queensland since 2013.

As your professional guide, I will endeavour to bring to you knowledge garnered from a lifetime of residing, birding and traveling right across all regions of Queensland.

We are fortunate to have our home and business base in Cairns, which allows us to regularly access the very best birding sites in the North, including, Atherton Tablelands, Cape York, Western Queensland and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

- David.

Why come birdwatching with us?

# We practice and follow ethical birding principles and what is most important to us is placing the welfare of the birds and their natural habitats first.

# We have a passion for sharing endemic and iconic bird species as well as their remarkable habitats, whilst still undertaking our best effort to make sure that these experiences are to remain sustainable and attainable for our future generations to also enjoy.

# Giving back to remote and local communities where possible is important to us. Including making use of local indigenous guides/rangers/tours and where possible staying in indigenous managed accommodation businesses.

# We have a 'small groups' only policy (maximum of 4 guests) this allows us to carefully and quietly enjoy our birding and photography, whilst leaving a much smaller impact on our chosen locations. 

# Safe and comfortable touring in new model luxury vehicles.

# Experienced North Queensalnd birding guide with 'Wet Tropics' certifications and 'Savanna Guides' accredititaion.

# Current holder of Queensland Transport Driver Authorization and Vehicle Operator Accreditations.

# Your guide also holds all relevant insurances, National Park permits and First Aid qualifications.

# Carrying of off-road vehicle safety equipment as well as satellite communications.

# Local knowledge in remote birding locations over many years has helped us to fine-tune or optimize your birding time spent in the field.

# Ability to efficiently operate not only a core list of scheduled tours, but to also structure 'Private Charters' for visiting birders and photographers who have specific target species or destination ideas.


Friends Of Great Northern Tours

Cairns and Atherton Tablelands accommodation

Red Mill House

Superbly located right next to the Daintree River, in the village before the ferry crossing. Very convenient for dawn birdwatching on the Daintree River. www.redmillhouse.com.au

Villa Marine Holiday Apartments

Cassowary House

Crater Lakes Rainforest Cottages


Sweetwater Lodge


Lotusbird Lodge

Situated on the western boundary of Lakefield National Park, Cape York and comprising ten pole-style cabins nestled on the edge of a freshwater billabong, Lotusbird Lodge is the perfect base for exploring and seeking out some of the areas 200plus listed bird species. www.lotusbird.com.au

Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge

"Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge" is a great place to stay at any time of the year. The lodge is located at the base of Mount Lewis Range, in one of the best birding areas in Australia. www.birdwatchers.com.au

Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin

The perfect birdwatchers setting, situated on 35 acres of forest to the west of Mt Hypipamee National Park and bordering the Herberton Range National Park. This very private cabin is the ideal 'Birdwatching and Wildlife' accommodation, whilst visiting the Wet Tropics if you like to get away from it all and enjoy the cooler, higher altitude surroundings. www.athertontablelandsbirdwatcherscabin.com.au

Bird & Wildlife Guides

Daintree Boatman

Eyes on Wildlife

Fine Feather Tours

Based in Mossman North Queensland Australia, Fine Feather Tours is owned and operated by Del Richards, who has accumulated over forty years experience birding in all states of Australia. www.finefeathertours.com.au

Alan's Wildlife Tours

Your naturalist and guide is Alan Gillanders, specialising in tree-kangaroos, birds and nocturnal mammals on the beautiful Atherton Tableland, North Queensland, Australia. www.alanswildlifetours.com.au

Lloyd Nielsen

Lloyd is a well-known birder/author/painter of North Queensland, his site holds a wealth of information, including the best Australian birding books. Here at Great Northern Tours we highly reccomend, for North Queensland visiting birders, Lloyd's latest book release:  "Birds of the Wet Tropics of Queensland & Great Barrier Reef & Where to Find Them" www.birdingaustralia.com.au