Daintree Birding

As with all Tropical Queensland destinations, Daintree has a lot to offer the visiting birder and bird photographer.

Daintree is famous for its birdwatching river trips where experienced small boat operators take people out at dawn. Great-billed Heron, Little Kingfisher and Black Bittern are some of the target species, and are regularly seen on the river. Where else can you find eight of Australia’s ten Kingfisher species in one valley?

A trip to the Daintree is further enhanced by visits to other parts of the Daintree Valley including Daintree Village, Stewart Creek Road, Barratt Creek, Wonga Beach and the rainforest north of the Daintree River. With lowland rainforest, wetlands, riverine, mangrove, grassland and urban habitats, the diversity of birdlife is immense.

Mossman Gorge in the Southern section of the Daintree National Park

Other sought-after species include Double-eyed Fig-Parrot, Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Wompoo Fruit-Dove, Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Beach Stone-Curlew, Lovely Fairy-Wren and Yellow Oriole. The Southern Cassowary is a regular sighting between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation.

All sites within the area are easily accessible by 2WD vehicle.