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See some of Australia’s rarest birds from North West Queensland. Come out and enjoy the real Australian Outback!

Squatter Pigeon

May through to November is our dryer, cooler season and December through to April, wetter and more humid, but still incredibly green, with beautiful rainforest waterfalls in full flow and for the keen birders Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands has a lot of wet season activity an example being the arrival of the beautiful Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher from New Guinea.

Great Northern Tours are more than happy to discuss a suitable tour option for you or your group. Our local knowledge on seasonal changes, road conditions and locale, is a great advantage when structuring a private charter request to cover a specific destination, timeframe or target bird species. Please don’t hesitate to email any enquiries.

Travel Insurance is ‘Not’ included in your tour price, Great Northern Birdwatching Tours strongly recommend that you take out ‘Comprehensive Travel Insurance’ prior to embarking on any of our tours. Including cover for accidental death, medical expenses, loss/damage to of personal belongings or luggage, land and water-based activities and also any airfare or travel disruptions due to reasons beyond your control.

Please mention prior to any tour dates, if there are any food allergies, specific dietary requirements, or physical ailments, which may need some tour re-structuring.

Kalkadoon Grasswren

terms and conditions

  • A 10% commitment deposit is required for all extended tour options, to be paid within 7 days of booking, this will ensure your seat on the tour.
  • The full tour payment must be received at least 40 days prior to tour departure.
  • Great Northern Tours will send you payment details.
  • Once commitment deposit and or full tour payments are received, a receipt and booking confirmation will be provided. All prices are in Australian dollars and G.S.T. inclusive.

cancellation policy

Guest cancellation of any of the extended tours, will incur the following fees. Outside 90 days, 50% of the commitment deposit will be refunded except in the event you have chosen a tour which included a regional airfare pre-booked by GNBTours eg. (Cape York 10 day) which will incur full deposit loss.

In the event that any tour is cancelled by GNBTours you will receive a full refund of any monies paid. No liability for paid flights to and from the departure base.

Again reiterating the importance of your own Travel, Cancellation and Health insurances.

100% of tour price: Within 7 days of tour departure
40% of tour price: Within 40 days to 7 days of tour departure
Commitment Deposit: Within 90 days to 40 days of tour departure


  • If any intended guest has to cancel an extended tour booking with Great Northern Birdwatching Tours in the 2020 season because of ‘Covid-19’ travel restrictions a full refund will be issued. With the exception of our 10 day Cape York tours which have a regional flight expense involved. For these specific tours which depart in October 2020, we will give a credit towards any extended tour run by GNBTours in 2021 to the value of any monies paid, less any flight costs incurred for by GNBTours.
  • If in the unfortunate case that ‘Covid-19′ still has a negative impact on travel in 2021 and you have to cancel because of regulatory bio-security travel restrictions 90 days or less from departure date of your selected tour in 2021 we will give a full credit of any monies paid towards any extended tour run by GNBTours in 2022. With the exception of a booking for our ’10 day Cape York’ tours, which will be credited to the value of monies spent less any flight costs incurred by GNBTours.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing.