Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers’ Cabin
Phone: 07 42010993
Address: 114 Webster Road, Wondecla, Southern Tablelands
A Forest retreat for birdwatchers and nature lovers.
Our Nature Refuge borders onto World Heritage National Park in the Herberton Range, near Mt. Hypipamee, 25 minutes south of Atherton, and is completely forested. Being in the ecotone between high-altitude rainforest and eucalypt forest, you will see an abundance of wildlife: rainforest species mingle with those at home in drier forests.
We have so far recorded 118 species of birds (12 of 13 endemics) and 11 species of possums and gliders on our 35 acre property.
At 1000 metres elevation nights are cool even in summer! The tall eucalypt forest is more open than rainforest, which makes birdwatching a lot easier.
A rainforest understorey, esp. along the creeks, supports many rainforest species.
Drier open woodlands are only minutes away to the west.
The modern self-contained cabin (with en-suite and well-equipped kitchen) has its own private veranda. It is the ONLY guest accommodation, set well apart from the main house, thus ensuring your privacy and undisturbed viewing of birds and other wildlife. The cabin was built to be a connection to, rather than a separation from, the forest and has large windows and glass doors. The veranda, orientated towards our small creek, is an ideal spot for watching wildlife. Cassowaries regularly wander past the cabin and Tree-kangaroos can, at times, be observed from the veranda. Victoria’s Riflebirds are common and display right next to the cabin.
There are several kilometres of private walking tracks with many labelled plants.
Guests are welcome to go spotlighting.
We are happy to assist our guests with information about birds and wildlife on our property and the Atherton Tablelands.
We are located close to many birding hotspots.
Free WiFi, field guides and nature reference books in the cabin.
Some bird species seen regularly near the cabin:
- Southern Cassowary
- Orange-footed Scrubfowl
- Grey Goshawk
- Brown Cuckoo-dove
- Australian King Parrot
- White-throated Treecreeper
- Atherton Scrubwren, endemic
- Yellow-throated Scrubwren
- Mountain Thornbill, endemic
- Macleay’s Honeyeater, endemic
- Lewin’s Honeyeater
- Bridled Honeyeater, endemic
- Eastern Spinebill
- Grey-headed Robin, endemic
- Golden Whistler
- Bower’s Shrike-thrush, endemic
- Pied Monarch, endemic
- Yellow-breasted Boatbill
- Victoria’s Riflebird, endemic
- Satin Bowerbird
Other resident wildlife:
- Sugar Glider
- Striped Possum
- Lemuroid Ringtail Possum
- Coppery Brushtail Possum
- Common Brushtail Possum
- Northern Brown Bandicoot
- Swamp Wallaby
- Red-legged Pademelon
- Lumholtz’s Tree-kangaroo
- Leaf-tailed Gecko