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Bird Watching

Cape York is famous for its natural history. It’s the northernmost part of Australia and only about 180km away from Papua New Guinea. Many plants, insects, reptiles, marsupials, frogs and birds are shared.

The wide range of habitats in small areas make this a paradise for naturalists and nature lovers, often visited by scientists.

The biggest and isolated rainforest, Lockerbie Scrub, is in between Seisia and the Tip of Cape York. This is the most interesting part for naturalists and birdwatchers alike.

The special birds found there are Magnificent Riflebirds, Yellow-legged Flycatchers, White-faced Robins, Northern Scrub-robins, Frilled Monarchs, Tropical Scrub-wrens, Chestnut-breasted Cuckoos, Red-necked Crakes, Marbled Frogmouths and Yellowbilled Kingfishers.

In the summer month some migrants arrive from Papua New Guinea, which include Black-winged Monarchs, Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfishers, Oriental Cuckoos and one of the highlights of Australia, the Red-bellied Pitta.

The woodland and indeed even near the townships often offer great views of Palm Cockatoos.

The riverine forest at the Jardine River and woodland might also reveal the very uncommon Fawn-breasted Bowerbird and the nomadic White-streaked Honeyeater.

A visit to an off-shore island should produce Mangrove Robins, Red-headed Honeyeaters, Mangrove Golden Whistlers, and most important, Pale White-eyes.

These birds only occur on islands between Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Should you want to visit one or two of these island we recommend a trip with Tim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He knows these specialities well.

Seisia Holiday Park is the home of the Cape York Bird Week, which is held in early January each year. In the grounds itself you can find interesting honeyeaters, Black Butcherbirds, Yellow Orioles and even the Trumpet Manucode, a bird of paradise.

Cape York is certainly a wonderful place to visit and offers so much for nature enthusiasts.

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