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.
2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.
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.
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
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
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
Ease of Birding
easy to moderate with some fairly challenging rain-forest birding
Fairly remote and untouched country-side and wilderness, beautiful, lush, tall, verdant lowland rain-forest in the Iron Range