Wonderful bird-watching opportunities abound at Sweetwater Lodge’s Nature Reserve with its variation in habitats over our 160 acres. Wander at will around the various walking tracks, through mountain rainforest, down to the creek, in the open grassland and woodland, in amongst the tall eucalypts and around the honey-flora gardens surrounding the private lodges.
Your hosts Wendy and Glenn are happy to organise guided tours around Sweetwater and the local area with one of our many leading local birding experts. Sweetwater Lodge not only offers outstanding private accommodation with a warm welcome, but also offers keen birders great opportunities for Bird-watching and Nature Photography. Fall out of bed at the crack of dawn and wander leisurely through the various habitats on offer at this expansive property. No need to drive anywhere! Bird-watching packages are also available.
Sweetwater is proud to be home of the much sought after Blue-faced Parrot Finch between the months of April and July/August each year. We are also perfectly placed for exploring the very best the region has to offer. Just half an hour from both the coast and the centre of the Tablelands and easy day trips to the Daintree Rainforest/Cape Tribulation, Cairns, Kuranda and also Cooktown. Just a 5 minute drive from the foot of Mt Lewis which reaches an elevation of 900m with access to all the Wet Tropics endemic bird species.
Sweetwater has easily accessible walking tracks including through private rainforest up to 500m above sea level. The property extends beyond to upland rainforest heights but it is harder to access. Major habitats on the property include rainforest, riparian, open grassland and woodland. There are also semi-retired fruit orchards. Australian native honey flora gardens are now well established around the lodges, being home to many of the native bird species including several species of Honeyeaters.
Evidence of Cassowaries is regularly seen on the property with some rare sightings in our private rainforest.
- Outstanding private accommodation on 160 acres, peace and tranquility.
- Abundant Birdlife on property and in local surrounds.
- 5 minutes from the foot of Mt Lewis National Park.
- Home of the Blue-faced Parrot-finch, April – July best time.
- Private Rainforest walk.
- 4 Major Birding Habitats – Woodland, Grassland, Riparian, Rainforest.
- Walking tracks throughout and up to 500m above sea level.
- Wet Tropics Endemics.
- Resident Platypus in our permanent Freshwater Creek.
- Resident owner/operators.
Birds & wildlife regularly seen on the property
|Blue-faced Parrot-finch||Forest Kingfisher||Agile Wallabies|
|Emerald Dove||Macleay’s Honeyeater||Long-nosed Bandicoot|
|Wompoo Fruit-dove||Chestnut-Breasted Mannikin||Platypus|
|Tawny Frogmouth||Olive-backed Sunbird||Pademelons|
|Grey Goshawk||Red-browed Finch||Swamp Wallabies|
|Double-eyed Fig-parrot||Grey-headed Robin||Water Dragons|
|Yellow-breasted Boatbill||Bridled Honeyeater||Sugar Gliders|
|Lesser Sooty Owl||Australasian Figbird||Monitor Lizards|
|Azure Kingfisher||Mountain Thornbill||Turtles|
|Buff-breasted Paradise-kingfisher||Metallic Starling||Echidnas|
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