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 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:

                         2021 Iron Range (7 days).

20th June 2021. (Sold Out).

20th August 2021. (sold out)

22nd September 2021. (sold out)

# Please note you can go on a reserve list in case of Cancellations for any of the 2021 tours.

                         2022 Iron Range (7 days).

29th June 2022.

17th July 2022.

21st September 2022.

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Tour Includes:

All meals.

Comfortable air-conditioned/ensuited accommodation.

Well-appointed luxury 4wd.

Seven full days of personal guiding with experienced Cape York operator.

Maximum of 4 guests only.

National Park permits and private station access.

Bird lists and Spotting scope with vehicle.


2021 tour cost: $3950 AUD per person. (twin share) Single Supp $475.

2022  tour cost: $4250 AUD per person. (twin share) Single supp $485.

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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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