Birding Southeast Queensland:
Lamington National Park, O'Reilly's, Girraween and More
Queensland is the most bird-rich part of Australia. Over 600 birds have been recorded in the state, about two-thirds the species of the entire continent. Within 200km of the city of Brisbane and the country’s east coast we will explore the contrasting habitats found here. We will start in Brisbane itself, visiting a selection of prime birding locations including the port, Lytton Manly Mangrove Boardwalk and nearby wetlands looking for shorebirds and other water birds in the coastal habitats.
From here, we travel south to Lamington National Park, to explore upland subtropical rainforest and ‘dry’ rainforest from the famous O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. We will find an impressive selection of birds here including three species of bowerbird. We will also enjoy the dawn chorus and the song of Albert’s Lyrebird, the world’s loudest songbird. Travelling inland we will cross the Great Dividing Range as we move on to Girraween National Park, looking for a new selection of species in dry Eucalyptus woodland and heathlands among the spectacular granite scenery.
Finally, we will add waterbirds at Coolmunda Dam and various honeyeaters and more at Durikai State Forest as we make our way back to Brisbane.
Day 1: Arrival in Brisbane
Day 2: AM Birding near Brisbane (Port, Mangrove Boardwalk, Wetlands); Birding Riemore Downs; Late Afternoon Birding Lamington National Park and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
Day 3: Full Day Birding in Lamington National Park
Day 4: AM Lamington National Park and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Birding the Great Dividing Range and More en route to Girraween; Late Afternoon Birding the Old Wallangara Road
Day 5: Full Day Birding at Girraween National Park
Day 6: AM Birding near Girraween and Some Back-Road-Birding towards Coolmunda Dam; Birding Rest of Day at Coolmunda Dam and More
Day 7: AM Birding Mosquito Creek Road, and Afternoon Birding at Durikai State Forest for Mega Honeyeater Birding and More
Day 8: Departures from Brisbane and Off to Next Australia Birding Area
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