Golden-shouldered Parrot © Jun Matsui

Cape York – Iron Range Drive In/Fly Out (DIFO) [23rd – 28th August 2019]

A short 7 day trip visiting two of the major bird and wildlife areas of Cape York.

Travelling from Cairns to Iron Range allows a good look at the different habitats that can be seen in this northernmost part of Australia. Mangroves, heathland, rainforest, vine forest, savannah and wetlands offer lots to look at. Iron range has a number of bird species that cannot be seen elsewhere in Australia such as the New Guinea “specials” like Eclectus ParrotPalm Cockatoo and Yellow-billed Kingfisher, and the Cape York endemics such as Golden-shouldered Parrot.

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All about the Cape York – Iron Range Drive In/Fly Out (DIFO) [23rd – 28th August 2019].

A short 7 day trip visiting two of the major bird and wildlife areas of Cape York.

Travelling from Cairns to Iron Range allows a good look at the different habitats that can be seen in this northernmost part of Australia. Mangroves, heathland, rainforest, vine forest, savannah and wetlands offer lots to look at. Iron range has a number of bird species that cannot be seen elsewhere in Australia such as the New Guinea “specials” like Eclectus ParrotPalm Cockatoo and Yellow-billed Kingfisher, and the Cape York endemics such as Golden-shouldered Parrot.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Checklist
  • Guide services of tour leader
  • Group tips & gratuities
  • Transfers once tour has started
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Flights (Domestic & International)
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry
  1. Day 1 Cairns to Musgrave

    Travel from Cairns to Musgrave birding along the way for dry country birds such as Great Bowerbird. The late afternoon will be spent searching for Golden-Shouldered Parrot.

  2. Day 2 Lakefield National Park birding

    Full day birding in Lakefield National Park. There are a number of lagoons with waterbirds, and the grasslands hold many finches including the Star Finch. If we are lucky the Red Goshawk may show itself.

  3. Day 3 Musgrave birding & Portland Roads

    Early morning birding around Musgrave before traveling to Portland Roads via Iron Range National Park. Chances for Palm Cockatoo and other local specials on the way.

  4. Day 4 Iron Range birding (1)

    Birding the tropical rainforest and woodlands around Iron Range. Visit the nesting tree of the Eclectus Parrots, and should see many other of the New Guinea specials such as Trumpet Manucode and Yellow-billed Kingfisher.

  5. Day 5 Iron Range birding (2)

    Day spent birding around Iron Range National Park with visits to a number of different sites in search of Green-backed Honeyeater, Northern Scrub-robin and other skulkers.

  6. Day 6 Portland Roads & Chilli Beach birding

    Start the day around Portland Roads, where we can see the Fawn-breasted Bowerbird and Mangrove Robin. In the afternoon a visit to Chilli Beach should provide a good selection of new species and we can observe the spectacular swirling flight of thousands of Metallic Starlings coming in to roost on dusk. In the evening we can try some night spotting with chances of Marbled Frogmouth and Rufous Owl.

  7. Day 7 Lockhart River birding & flight back to Cairns

    After breakfast we bird the local area before making our way to the Lockhart River airport for the flight back to Cairns.

Tour Accommodation

There is a variety of accommodation available from backpacker to more luxurious with ensuites.

Photos from the tour
Palm Cockatoo © Jun Matsui
Red Goshawk © Jun Matsui

While there are no long hikes up steep trails there are long distances to travel along dirt roads some of which may be poorly maintained. A 4WD is essential for this trip.