The coast zone of tropical north Queensland extends approximately some 450 km from Cooktown to Townsville, and is the relatively narrow coastal strip between the highly scenic forested slopes of the Great Dividing Range and the sea.
Mangrove sites are quite well represented with one mangrove boardwalk right by Cairns Airport, mangrove fringed creeks and rivers such as those at the Barron and Mossman Rivers, plus sandy beaches, rocky promontories and dry eucalypt woodlands. Sugarcane is a dominant crop here and a few birds may be found in such habitats. It is overall an area of outstanding natural beauty with plenty of quiet places to go birding.
Centenary Park in Cairns is well worth a quick stop, with its freshwater and saltwater lakes and easy trail through the monsoon forest. Easy access to the world famous Great Barrier Reef is also readily organized through operators in all the main urban centres. Visit the Southern Bird Watching Area page for more information about the southern coastal area surrounding Townsville.
Places to Stay
The coast offers a range of birding-friendly accommodation. Click the 'Accommodation' tab for listings and links, or visit the official Cairns and Great Barrier Reef website.