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Bird Watching in Queensland and Western Australia

There is no doubt that Australia offers a real bargain when it comes to bird watching locations and species to be viewed. It seems that no matter where you turn there is an opportunity to see more and more of the most brilliantly colored and vocal birds on earth. Queensland and Western Australia offer the most when it comes to natural scenic beauty, bird varieties and visitor-friendly locations.


Queensland is popular for bird watchers due to the proximity to what remains of the natural rainforests. It allows for views of species that call that particular habitat home. It is a state that consumes more than half the Eastern coast of Australia. It is most notorious for the Great Barrier Reef that lies just off the coast. It is a nature lover’s delight in every way. You will want to start in Cairns around the Botanical Gardens. You do not have to make entry as there are numerous parks around it that offer great views of the birds that frequent the area. You will enjoy seeing Bush Thick-knees, Rainbow Bee-eaters, Australian Swiftlets and Yellow and Brown-backed Honey-eaters.

Traveling to South Queensland offers O’Reilly’s Rainforest Guesthouse where you can enjoy the view of megapodes and bowerbirds. It is a vast state that offers much in the way of water birds like albatross, shearwaters and petrels, but also hosts a variety of colorful parrots. It is an amazing display of colors and sounds that intrigue the senses. You will want to keep your camera handy at all times. Birds are in absolute abundance in these areas.

Western Australia

The state of Western Australia is definitely one of contrast. It has large areas of dry and uninhabited desert forests, wetlands as well as unpopulated coastlines. It is the perfect setting for water bird views you may not have a chance at in any other location. You can easily spot the Sarus Cranes, Brolgas and Green Pygmy Geese. The wooded areas hold a cache of Great Bowerbirds, Black-throated Finches, Apostlebirds and Squatter Pigeons. The gorgeous coastal city of Perth will bring you up close to varieties such as Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos, Red-capped Parrots and the Baudin. You may even spot a Noisy Scrub-bird, Western Bristlebird or Western Whipbird. Kununurra in the northwestern area of the state is considered the finch headquarters of the country and offers species to view like Gouldians, Pictorella Mannikin and rare Yellow Chats.

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