Bird Watching in Ingham and the Hinchinbrook Shire – North Queensland
Ingham is 110 kms north of Townsville and 240 kms south of Cairns along the Bruce Highway and is the commercial centre of the Hinchinbrook Shire.
The Hinchinbrook Shire is truly a bird watchers Paradise with its national Parks, Wet Tropics Rainforests, Wetlands and Beaches.
TYTO Wetlands and Precinct is 500 metres south from the township of Ingham and just off the Bruce Highway.
About the Tyto Wetlands:
TYTO Wetlands is a unique 120 hectare rehabilitated wetland site that is home to over 230 species of birds and numerous tropical plant species in addition to the beautiful Agile Wallaby. The TYTO Wetlands is one of Australia’s largest urban wetland rehabilitation project. The wetlands have been revegetated and repaired to attract a variety of birdlife. It is truly a bird watchers paradise.
Located 500 metres from the township of Ingham and just off the Bruce Highway, TYTO Wetlands is a carefully preserved natural environment that integrates lagoons, walking tracks and native flora.
Experience the natural beauty and tranquility of this tropical environment by leisurely strolling along the 4km walkways. Interpretive signs, marked lookouts and specially created viewing platforms allow you to view local wildlife without interference or disturbance to their habitats.
The top 3 birds of these wetlands are The Eastern Grass Owl (tyto capensis), Crimson Finch and White-browed Crake
Broadwater is one of the most popular camping, picnic and bird watching locations in North Queensland.
Most sought after birds in Broadwater are the Lesser Sooty Owl – February to July and the Double-eyed Fig-parrot seen normally July to December.
Other animals in the area include the noisy pitta, wompoo pigeon, emerald dove, orange-footed scrubfowl, spotted catbird, white-tailed rat, yellow-footed antechinus and the Hercules moth.
Also Rufous owls, blue-winged kookaburras, forest kingfishers, eastern yellow robins, feathertail gliders and common brushtail possums are just some of the animals that may be seen.
About Wallaman Falls:
Wallaman Falls is Australia’s largest single drop waterfall and is located in the Girringun National Park – the largest national park within the Heritage Listed Wet Tropics Rainforest of North Queensland and one of the oldest continual surviving rainforests on earth which has an abundance of bird life.
Cassowaries and their chicks often wander on the rainforest road.
The Victoria’s Riflebird can be spotted in the rainforest August to December.
Mt Fox also in the Girringun National Park is a 75km drive south west of Ingham, mainly on sealed roads.
About Mount Fox:
Mt Fox is famous for its volcanic crater, which was formed 100,000 years ago by a volcanic explosion and is surrounded by a diverse range of flora, fauna and geological specimens.
The Mt Fox crater is also a popular spot to see Wedge Tailed Eagles early morning in the cooler months.
Cairns Birdwing Butterfly’s are also commonly seen leading up to the crater. This walk is quite strenuous so care must be taken.
About Jourama Falls:
Jourama Falls has a terrace of cascading waterfalls and secluded freshwater swimming holes.
Jourama Falls offers excellent opportunities for bird watching where The Yellow-breasted Boatbill can be seen along the creek for most of the year and for viewing wildlife, turtles and goannas that are attracted to the rainforest-fringed creek.
The drier, open woodland of the foothills is home to woodland birds and gliders, including the endangered mahogany glider.
Hinchinbrook Island and the Hinchinbrook Channel
About Hinchinbrook Island:
Hinchinbrook Island is the world’s largest island National Park and is approximately 37.4km long and 10km wide. It has a myriad of natural vegetation such as lush rainforest, extensive eucalypt forest, melaleuca swamps and sloping mountain rock pavements.
Hinchinbrook Island is separated from the mainland and is surrounded by marine habitats including deep, narrow, mangrove-fringed reefs, seagrass beds and muddy bottoms. Seagrass beds are the basic food source for dugong, which are seen occasionally in Missionary Bay. Adult green turtles also frequent the channel.
This unique world heritage, pristine wilderness is thought of as the jewel of Queensland national parks.
Lucinda is the Southern access to Hinchinbrook Island and the Hinchinbrook Channel. A variety of Tours can be organized from Lucinda.
White-bellied Sea-eagle can be seen in the channel all year round.
Birdwatching at the Beaches in Hinchinbrook
Birdwatching is also very popular at our beach areas with extreme diversity of both migratory and resident birdlife including the rare Beach Stone Curlew, Torres Strait Pigeons, Plovers, Black Cockatoos, Kookaburras, Pelicans, Ospreys and the Beach Thicknee’s can be spotted on the sandy headland June to November.
Forrest Beach has long sandy beaches overlooking the Orpheus and the Palm island group. Relax on the beautiful beach and watch the Brahminy Kite wheel around in the sky above you. The Brahminy Kite also known as the Red-backed Sea-eagle in Australia, is a medium-sized bird of prey.
Mungalla Station is also becoming popular with Bird Watchers.
The overall list of the species seen on the property now stands at 204 which is an incredible number of species for a property of the size of Mungalla.”
for the full list of birds recorded at Mungalla
Please refer to our other pages for more information on these areas and accommodation etc.
For more detailed information on the best time of year and time of the day or night to see these birds call into the Tyto Wetlands Information Centre.
TYTO Information and Wetland Centre is 500 metres south from the township of Ingham and just off the Bruce Highway.