Australia Maps and Birding Sites
Take the main highway from the airport into Cairns and turn right up Greenslopes Road. Look for Little Kingfisher, White-browed Crake and on the Saltwater Lake side where the path crosses the creek roosting Papuan Frogmouth.
The old cemetery accessed from the roundabout at the end of James Street (also off the main highway into Cairns from the airport) is usually home to a number of Bush Stone Curlew at the James Street end. You can drive into the cemetery and then straight through and come out on Greenslopes Road to access the Centenary Lakes.
There are a number of great birding sites on the Southern Tablelands, including Hasties Swamp for waterbirds. The Cathedral and Curtain Figs and the crater lakes of Barrine and Eacham. All these offer a selection of mid altitude rainforest birds. Look out for: Sarus Crane (winter), Brolga, Topknot Pigeon, Pale-vented Bush-hen, Squatter Pigeon, White-headed Pigeon, King Parrot, Spotted Catbird, Mountain Thornbill, Tawny Grassbird, Buff-banded Rail, Red-necked Crake, Grey-headed Robin, Bower's Shrike-thrush, Bridled Honeyeater, Chowchilla, Victoria’s Riflebird and platypus.
Look out for: Sarus Crane (winter), Pale-vented Bush-hen, Buff-banded Rail, Magpie Goose, Little Lorikeet, Grey Butcherbird, Crested Shrike-tit, Fuscous Honeyeater, whistling ducks, egrets and spoonbills.
Look out for: Chowchilla, Wandering Whistling Duck and White-bellied Sea Eagle
Look out for: Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Spotted Catbird, Grey-headed Robin, Pacific Baza, Victoria’s Riflebird and Bower’s Shrike-thrush.
Look out for: Chowchilla, Fernwren, Atherton Scrubwren, Grey-headed Robin, Bridled Honeyeater, Rufous Fantail, Tooth-billed Bowerbird and Golden Bowerbird, Victoria’s Riflebird and Mountain Thornbill.
Beyond Mareeba turn down Pickford Road into Mareeba Wetlands and Jabiru Safari Lodge. Once through the cane fields the entrance road offers some really good birding with the best often being around the official gate where Black-throated Finch, Squatter Pigeon and Brown Treecreeper can sometimes be seen. Also look out for: Red-winged Parrot, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Pale-headed Rosella, Blue-winged Kookaburra, Great Bowerbird, Lemon-bellied Flycatcher, Weebill, Grey-crowned Babbler, Brolga, both pygmy-geese, Comb-crested Jacana, Wedge-tailed Eagle and agile wallaby and eastern grey kangaroo.
There are some Great Bowerbird bowers here. Also look out for: White-browed Robin, Square-tailed Kite, Bush Stone Curlew, Squatter Pigeon. Painted Button-quail, Brown Quail and Buff-breasted Button-quail (challenging!).
From Mt Molloy take the Cape Developmental Road north to Mt Carbine and Mary Farms. The two roads at Mary Farms are very good for Australian Bustard which seem to be there all year but can be difficult to see if the grass is long. There is also a chance of Squatter Pigeon and Black-throated Finch. Mt Carbine is even drier than Mareeba and offers a view of what much of the Australian interior looks like. Sadly the dams which used to be a good draw for some unlikely wildfowl, are now off limits.
Turn left at the Yorkey's Knob roundabout and visit Cattana Wetlands and the pond at Half Moon Bay Golf Course on Wattle Street. Keep an eye out for Crimson Finch in the cane along the roadsides and at the Wetlands, where you can also find Australasian Darter and Green Pygmy Goose.
NEW SOUTH WALES
GLENBROOK - Blue Mountains National Park
(a) Gorge walk leaves from the entrance car park and winds through open forest down into Glenbrook Gorge with some steep sections of track. Look for: Yellow-tufted Honeyeater, Rockwarbler, White-eared Honeyeater, Peregrine Falcon.
(b) Euroka Clearing Follow signs along a sealed road (approximately 5km) through open forest on sandstone, then open forest on shale to a volcanic valley with scattered Blue Gums. Picnic area and camping. A 2km walk leads through bush along a creek to Nepean River. Return along the same track or via Bennett’s Ridge to Euroka. Look for: Eastern Rosella, Satin Bowerbird, Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Spotted Quailthrush, Bell Miner, Superb Lyrebird. In Summer: Dollarbird, Rainbow Bee-eater.
(b) Fairy Dell The walking track leaves from Springwood Avenue opposite the southern parking area behind Springwood shops and is easily accessible by public transport. This is a shaded wet forest walk. Look for: White-headed Pigeon, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Large-billed Scrubwren. In Summer: Black-faced Monarch, Rufous Fantail, Koel.
(b) Transit of Venus Turn off Great Western Highway at Woodford Avenue, then left into Weroona Avenue and right into Woodbury Street. The walking track leaves from the end of Woodbury Street and passes through open forest down to wetter forest and swamps, waterfalls and a creek. Look for: Little Wattlebird, Beautiful Firetail, Brown Gerygone, Yellow-throated Scrubwren, Pilotbird, Rose Robin.
(b) Wentworth Falls Lake This is a popular picnic area and there are several walking tracks through the surrounding bush areas. Water birds here are usually common species but occasionally Hardheads or Hoary-headed Grebes are seen. Look for: Varied Sittella, Grey Currawong, Southern Emu-wren. In Summer: Tree Martin, Koel, White-winged Triller.
(b) Minni Ha Ha Falls Turn into Station Street off Great Western Highway at the traffic lights and follow the signs. Park at the picnic area and follow the walking tracks to the Falls. Access to the base of the falls is very steep. Look for: Tree Martin, Scarlet Robin, Satin Flycatcher, Fan-tailed Cuckoo.
(b) Shipley Plateau From Great Western Highway turn at the lights and go over the level crossing. Turn left into Station Street then right into Shipley Road. Follow a winding road to art gallery and take right fork to Mt Blackheath. Take next left (dirt), pass 3 properties and stop at parking space on left alongside a fence. Walking track is through a gate. Look for: Wedge-tailed Eagle, Flame and Scarlet Robin, Crescent Honeyeater, Tree Martin, Yellow-tufted and Brown-headed Honeyeater, Grey Currawong.
(b) Megalong Creek and 6 Foot Track Camping is allowed at the creek. At 6 Foot Track crossing walkers can proceed back towards Katoomba or on towards Jenolan Caves. Look for: Buff-rumped and Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Jacky Winter, Flame and Scarlet Robin, White-eared Honeyeater.
(b) Lake Wallace, Wallerawang Continue west on the Great Western Highway towards Bathurst and look for the Lake Wallace turn on right. Look for: Great Crested Grebe, Musk Duck, Eastern Rosella, Red-rumped Parrot. In summer: Latham’s Snipe, Australian Reed-warbler, Little Grassbird.
JENOLAN CAVES and KANGARA WALLS
(b) Kanangra Walls Camping area at Boyd River is good for spotlighting. Look for: Flame and Scarlet Robin, Satin Flycatcher, White-eared Honeyeater, Spotted Quail-thrush. Kanangra Tops walks look for: Wedge-tailed Eagle, Rockwarbler.
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