[6th – 10th January 2020]
For those with time constraints or wishing to visit Cape York during the “Wet” for the migratory New Guinea birding specials such as Red-bellied Pitta, which migrate south then this short guided birding tour offers an excellent introduction to Iron Range birds. The Iron Range area has a good variety of habitats including mangroves, heathland, rainforest, vine forest and the coast so there is lots on offer to look at. Iron range has a number of bird species that cannot be seen elsewhere in Australia such as the New Guinea “specials” like Eclectus Parrot, Palm Cockatoo and Yellow-billed Kingfisher.
In Lockhart River we will be staying at either Portland House or Iron Range Cabins. Portland House has air-conditioning in the bedrooms but the bathroom is shared by the whole group. Iron Range Cabins has comfortable self-contained accommodation close to the airfield and the national park entrance at Lockhart River.
This tour is doable for most people. There is some driving on dirt roads but distances are not great and there are no long hikes involved.
2019 Tour (4 Pax) Cost:
2019 Single Supplement:
Domestic Flights (Approximately):
Approximately an additional AUD$840.00 per person. We will buy these for you to ensure that everyone is traveling on the same flights.
- 4 nights accommodation
- Meals as itinerary (check PDF itinerary)
- Transport including fuel, site fees
- Guide services of tour leader
- Site & entry fees
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Drinks & Snacks
- Items of a personal nature
Day 1 - Fly to Lockhart River & local area birding
Meet your guide at the airport. Take flight from Cairns to Lockhart River. Pick up vehicle and start the exploration of the Iron Range area. We will be looking for the local endemics including the Magnificent Riflebird, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Trumpet Manucode, Palm Cockatoo and the specialty of this time of year, the Papuan( Red-bellied) Pitta.
Day 2 - Iron Range National Park (1)
We have an early start and will spend the day birding Iron Range National Park. We visit a number of different sites in search of Green-backed Honeyeater, Northern Scrub-robinand other skulkers.
Day 3 - Iron Range National Park (2)
Further exploration of the Iron Range area visiting Portland Roads and Chilli Beach for shore and sea birds. Fawn-breasted Bowerbird is also amongst the birds we hope to find today.
Day 4 - Iron Range National Park (3)
Further exploration of the Iron Range area.
Day 5 - Local area birding & fly back to Cairns.
Today we will bird the local area in the early morning in search of some of the more difficult species that may have eluded us earlier, before returning to the airport for our flight back to Cairns.