Cape York Birding

The ‘Cape’ is an under-explored paradise with a large number of species of tropical birds, beautiful waterfalls and basking crocodiles. It’s also culturally significant to the continent’s settlement.

The Cape York Peninsula begins north of Cairns, extending almost 1000 kms to the geographical tip of Australia in the north. It covers about 137,000 square kilometres -the Coral Sea is to the east of the Peninsula, the Torres Strait to the north, and the Gulf of Carpentaria to the west.

Safari tour companies offer various Cape trips, starting from Cairns or Cooktown. Guests have the option of a full camping safari or an accommodated safari with overnights at motels, resorts or cabins. Some of the vehicles (catering for backpackers) will drop passengers off along the way and collect again a few days later, if desired. Tagalong tours where people drive their own 4WDs with a group leader are a popular option.