Black-throated Finch

Georgetown: A taste of birding in the Outback

A short 3 day tour over the divide to Georgetown allows a taste of the Outback and great birdwatching opportunities. A very different avifauna to that found in the Wet Tropics around Cairns. During the dry season the dams around Georgetown act as magnets to the birds from the surrounding dry country and they come in large numbers to drink especially early in the morning and late afternoon when BudgiesCockatiels and a variety of finches are frequent visitors to the dams while honeyeaters and fairywrens are in the surrounding bush.

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  • Tour Duration
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  • Group Size Small Group
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All about the Georgetown: A taste of birding in the Outback.

A short 3 day tour over the divide to Georgetown allows a taste of the Outback and great birdwatching opportunities. A very different avifauna to that found in the Wet Tropics around Cairns. During the dry season the dams around Georgetown act as magnets to the birds from the surrounding dry country and they come in large numbers to drink especially early in the morning and late afternoon when BudgiesCockatiels and a variety of finches are frequent visitors to the dams while honeyeaters and fairywrens are in the surrounding bush.

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 Georgetown

    As we travel we will be birding. Along the way we pass one of the best high altitude birding sites for the stunning Golden Bowerbird and this will be just one of the places we stop. We will get our first chance of Emu when we get over the Divide past Mt Surprise where we will start looking for the typical outback birds. We arrive in Georgetown in time to spend dusk at the nearby Cumberland Dam. Zebra, Maskedand Black-throated finchesBudgerigars, Red-backed Kingfisher and waterbirds such as both Pygmy Geese and Magpie Geese are all possibilities.

  2. Day 2 Birding the Georgetown area

    As well as visiting the dams we will explore the surrounding bush. Specialities of the area include include Australian Bustard, Cockatiel, Spinifex Pigeon, VariedFairywren and Red-browed Pardalote. Dusk and dawn are the best times for birding here and the middle of the day can be spent exploring the local area, visiting the town museum or relaxing by the motel pool.

  3. Day 3 Georgetown to Cairns

    After spending the early morning birding the Georgetown area we will head back to Cairns arriving mid afternoon. Once again we will be birding en route.

Tour Accommodation

Accommodation is in comfortable en-suite rooms at a motel with swimming pool in Georgetown.

This is not a difficult tour and is suitable for anyone with a moderate standard level of fitness. While it is a 4 hour drive over to Georgetown from Cairns the road is now sealed most of the way and we will be making frequent stops to bird and refresh ourselves. Daytime temperatures can be very hot but is a dry heat and your vehicle is air conditioned.