Birding holiday

To: "Charla Strelan" <>, <>
Subject: Birding holiday
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2008 18:39:08 +1000
Hi Charla,

Personally I reckon you're looking at either Lamington and SE Qld or Cairns, 
both wonderful birding spots, both rainforest, contrasting nicely with the dry 
heat of central Australia and Alice.

Lamington has lots of interesting bird such Rufous Scrub-bird, Albert's 
Lyrebird, Noisy Pitta, Regent Bowerbird, Green Catbird, Pale-yellow Robin and 
Logrunner. It's also not far from the Gold Coast, so you can take the kids to 
one of "worlds" - such as SeaWorld - thus gaining important brownie bird 
points. Stay at either Binna Burra or O'Rielly's. Both have camping. Binna 
Burra has excellent kids activities, such as rock climbing and flying foxes - 
so while they do that you bird to your hearts content.

If you are going to Cairns, stay at wonderful Kingfisher Park near Julatten! 
The camping is great value, as are the rooms. Then bird in the local area such 
as Mt Lewis. Birds include things like Golden Bowerbird, Tooth-billed 
Bowerbird, Spotted Catbird, Victoria's Riflebird, Chowchilla, Fernwren, 
Yellow-throated Scrubwren, Grey Whistler, Bower's Shrike-thrush, Bridled 
Honeyeater, Spectacled Monarch, Pied Imperial and Topknot Pigeon, Brown 
Cuckoo-Dove to name a few.

While staying there take a boat trip along on the Mossman or the Daintree and 
see Great-billed Heron, Little Kingfisher and five species of kingfisher on the 
one boat trip: Forest, Sacred, Azure, Collared and Little.

Then do a birding (snorkling for the family) trip to Michaelmas Cay! Great and 
Lesser Frigatebird, Common Noddy (thousands), Lesser Crested Tern, Sooty Tern 
(thousands), Black-naped Tern etc. It doesn't get any better - and is 
surprisingly cheap. Have a look at my trip report site at for details on Cairns and Michaelmas Cay.

You could also do Darwin and Kakadu, but you probably want to get out of the NT.

Hope this help.


Tim Dolby

-----Original Message-----
From:  on behalf of Charla Strelan
Sent: Tue 6/10/2008 3:16 PM
Subject: Birding holiday

Hi folks -
Sorry if this is not appropriate (I'm only new to birding and to this
forum), but I have finally won the rights to pick a spot for our
family holiday and would love to spend it adding a few ticks to my
bird list.
We live in Alice Springs and I work bush, so have seen many Central
Australian birds, but that's about it. Can anyone recommend a good
spot elsewhere in Australia, preferably with some kid-friendly water
or bush and not too much focus on swamps and sewage ponds (or I'll
never get to pick again!).
Thanks in advance for your help. I'm enjoying my daily digest too -

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