Overview

Our tour extension to the Cape York Peninsula focuses on the vast lowland rainforests of Iron Range National Park and surrounds, while also targeting the Atherton Tableland endemics and the arid woodlands of Lakefield National Park.

Cape York harbours a suite of more typical New Guinea species such as the impressive Palm Cockatoo, Red-cheeked and Eclectus Parrots, White-faced Robin, Yellow-billed Kingfisher and Magnificent Riflebird, as well as several species unique to the Peninsula like White-streaked Honeyeater, Northern Scrub Robin and Frill-necked Monarch. We also target the incredibly beautiful and localised Golden-shouldered Parrot, Golden and Tooth-billed Bowerbirds, the bizarre Chowchilla, the unique Fernwren, Spotted Catbird, Noisy Pitta, Bower’s Shrikethrush and Grey-headed Robin amongst others.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Palm Cockatoo, Red-cheeked and Eclectus Parrots, White-faced Robin, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Magnificent Riflebird, Trumpet Manucode, Yellow-legged Flyrobin, White-streaked, Macleay's, Green-backed and Bridled Honeyeaters, Northern Scrub Robin, Frill-necked and White-eared Monarchs, Red Goshawk, Black-breasted Buzzard, Black Falcon, Golden-shouldered Parrot, Masked, Crimson and Black-throated Finches, Great and Fawn-breasted Bowerbirds, Red-browed Pardalote, Magpie Goose, Golden and Tooth-billed Bowerbirds, the bizarre Chowchilla, the unique Fernwren, Spotted and Black-eared Catbirds, Noisy Pitta, Bower’s Shrikethrush, Grey-headed, White-browed and Mangrove Robins, Mountain Thornbill, Atherton Scrubwren, Beach Stone-curlew, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Bassian Thrush, Red-necked Crake, Pale-vented Bush-hen, Southern Cassowary, Papuan and Marbled Frogmouths, Rufous Owl, Australian Masked Owl, Southern Boobook, Azure Kingfisher, Red-backed and Lovely Fairywrens, Australian Bustard and Squatter Pigeon.
Top Mammals
Duck-billed Platypus, Antilopine Wallaroo, Agile Wallaby, Cape York Rock Wallaby, Common Spotted Cuscus, Striped Possum, Northern Quoll, Red-cheeked Dunnart, Rufous Spiny Bandicoot, Red-legged Pademelon, Cape York Melomys, Little Red and Black Flying Foxes
Habitats Covered
lowland and mid-altitude rainforest and forest-edge, moist and arid Eucalyptus woodlands, open plains and grassland, Coastal mangroves and mudflats, coastal and fresh-water wetlands
Expected Climate
hot to warm days, fairly humid in the extreme north, warm nights in extreme north and cool nights on the Atherton Tableland, not the rainy season but some rain may still be encountered
Max Group Size
4 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
this is a moderately intense birding tour with a fair pace, several long drives on rugged roads and generally long and on-the-go days
Accommodation
good throughout
Ease of Birding
easy to moderate with some fairly challenging rain-forest birding
Other Attractions
Fairly remote and untouched country-side and wilderness, beautiful, lush, tall, verdant lowland rain-forest in the Iron Range
Photographic Opportunities
good
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Steve Davidson was great! Kept the tour together and made sure everyone was engaged, enjoyed themselves, and saw everything. Very personable and genuinely cared about everyone's happiness. Plus, he was great finding the birds.

Erik Forsyth is a wonderful guy, so enjoyable to travel with. He is knowledgeable, down to earth and quite humorous! We did New Zealand with Erik a few years ago and would definitely go with him on other Rockjumper Trips in the future. Also, we would recommend Erik to others considering him as their leader.

Erik Forsyth went above and beyond to give personal attention to each participant. How does he do it? Lack of sleep and a packed itinerary would challenge the best guide, but he seems to always be positive and light-hearted. Cracking dry jokes and comments – loved it!

We enjoyed travelling with Steve Davidson. He is very knowledgeable and more than willing to assist anyone with getting on birds, and he takes time to explain where the bird is.

Erik Forsyth did a great job, and both his remarkable knowledge and his unflagging good humor were indispensable; I look forward to traveling with him again in the future.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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