Cape York Bird Week

Every year since 1988

(see ‘Special’ below)

8 Day Bird Week

21 birdwatchers maximum (3 guides)

7 birdwatchers – 1 guide (Klaus) / 7 – 14 birdwatchers – 2 guides (Klaus & Lloyd Nielsen) / 14 – 21 birdwatchers (Klaus, Lloyd Nielsen & special guest guide)

Cairns – Bamaga – Cairns (fly/fly)

This annual event takes place the Seisia Holiday Park. Bamaga is located 33 km south of the northernmost point of Australia, the Tip of Cape York. The Park has clean comfortable cottages with air-conditioning, which is very important in January.

This birding event is timed just before the wet season and after the arrival of the last migrant from New Guinea, the beautiful Red-bellied Pitta. We never missed it so far. Only now are all migrants from New Guinea present, plus the other endemic birds of the upper Cape York region, including two species of Birds of Paradise.During the Bird Week we visit the rainforest by day and night, woodland, mudflats and beaches. We also travel to the woodland and riverine forests at the Jardine River. A boat charter will take us to a close-by Torres Strait island to look for uncommon birds like Mangrove Golden Whistler, Pale White- eye, Mangrove Robin and seabirds, weather permitting.

We usually find all the endemic birds of this region several times and generally have great views of them. Of course we also look at all aspects of nature, and frequently encounter frogs, reptiles and marsupials.

The guest ornithologist / guide for the 2016 Bird Week is again Lloyd Nielsen, a well-known guide and author of several bird books. For more information about your guides please click here.  Additional guides are sometimes present, depending on guest numbers.

During summer Bamaga is only accessible by air, and in early January we can expect a few showers and thunderstorms.

Birding in the tropics takes place in the early morning until lunchtime, continues in the late afternoon and we go at least once spotlighting at night. In the middle of the day we relax, investigate a few local treks or have a siesta, so you can be certain not only to have great birding in comfort, but also an enjoyable holiday to remember.


Included is:

  • Transfer to and from Bamaga Airport
  • All accommodation and 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) per day
  • Birding in rainforest, woodland and the coast
  • Spotlighting for nocturnal birds and other animals
  • A tour to the woodland and riverine forest at the Jardine River
  • Boat charter to the Woody Islands (Torres Strait)

Not included:

  • drinks, personal spending and optional extras.
  • Flight Cairns – Bamaga – Cairns

The tour commences with your flight from Cairns to Bamaga airport. Flight times and details have to be confirmed at a later stage.

* * *   SPECIAL   * * * 


After eight days birding in Cape York, enjoy some R & R in the peaceful surrounds of Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge. Situated at Julatten, 1½ hours north of Cairns in the foothills of Mount Lewis, Kingfisher Park at 440m enjoys a cooler climate than the coast.

A special three night package for two people including a morning and night walk are available for $418.00 single, $519.00 two people (standard Unit) or $576.00 for two people in two-bedroomed unit.

Also available pre Bird Week to get you in the mood!

Check out our website for more information.