Queensland bird watching doesn’t get much better than in the Gulf Savannah and Cobbold Gorge, during our dry season operational time. Why? The rains have stopped and the water has receded to the permanent water holes, rivers and springs. All of which we have right here at Cobbold Gorge and Village. In fact, more than 100 bird species have been recorded here, including a variety of birds of prey, herons, ibis, honeyeaters, cormorants, flycatchers, cockatoos, pigeons, finches, ducks, parrots and many more.

What’s the best time of day for bird watching? Early morning and late afternoon, which is when the birds of the savannah congregate around our water holes and swimming pool. If you’re staying in our en suite accommodation, you’ll see and hear them gathering in the shady trees that surround you. For those in the camping and caravanning areas, a variety of birds flitter in and out of the trees above.

Awake to the morning chorus and spot herons, ibis, finches, cormorants, parrots, honeyeaters and native birds as well as other wildlife species which call the Gulf Savannah home. We’ve also got a number of marked bushwalking tracks of varying lengths, which provide great opportunities for birdwatchers and amateur photographers to get close to a plethora of North Queensland wildlife and birds, particularly around our large dam. Download a detailed list of some of the birds recorded at Cobbold Gorge and Village, as well as those seen around the Etheridge Shire, below.

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