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Cape York – Iron Range – Drive In Fly Out [July 2018]

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

Iron Range is one of the most famous birding sites in Australia. During the 7-day birding tour, we hope to  see all the New Guinea/Cape York specials including the Golden-shouldered Parrot and the stately Palm Cockatoo. From Cairns, we travel to Mt Carbine and on to Laura and Musgrave where there is a full day of birding in Lakefield National Park, before we travel north to Archer River and Iron Range. All meals and flights are included on this birding tour.


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.


While there is a variety of accommodation available from backpacker to more luxurious with ensuites on this tour we will be staying at Musgrave Roadhouse & Portland House and single & ensuite rooms may not always be available.

Tour Information

6 Nights, 7 Days
Land Cost:
AU$3475.00 per person Twin Share (2017 price)
Single supplement:
AU$200.00 per person (2017 price)
Flight Cost:
Between AU$380.00 & AU$589.00 depending on time of purchase
Maximum Group Size:
6 clients

Download Cape York – Iron Range [Drive In/Fly Out] Tour Itinerary

Cape York – Iron Range [Drive In/Fly Out] Tour Itinerary

Day 1: 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.

Day 2: 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.

Day 3: 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.

Day 4: 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.

Day 5: 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.

Day 6: Start the day around Portland Roads, where we can see the Fawn-breasted Bowerbird and Mangrove Robin. In the afternoon a visit to Chill 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.

Day 7 : After breakfast we make our way to the Lockhart River airport for the flight back to Cairns.

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Cape York September Trip Report 2013