If you are interested in wilderness tours or bird watching, we can assist you with travel to many unique destinations where you can witness estuarine crocodiles, turtles, many marine species and a vast number of birds that live and migrate to the tropical north each year, all in their natural environment Cape York can offer you many different ways of experiencing nature first hand, at its best.
North Queensland Birdwatching Tours
Cape York Custom Sport Fishing can take you on an amazing birdwatching tour. There will be a huge variety of birds to see, whether you are by the sea, in the rainforest or in the bush.
We can take you to near by Greater woody island where we can view pale white eye (also yellow white eye at times) mangrove golden whistler, noisy pitta, mangrove robin, red headed honey eater, pied imperial doves nesting in their hundreds late in the year and many more. You may also see sea birds eagles, frigates, heron etc.
Mangrove creeks where azure and little kingfisher, shining fly catchers with a mix of sea birds and bush come together.
Then there is the rainforrest with wompoo, magnificent riflebird, fruit doves, red bellied pitta, buff breasted paradise kingfisher etc.
Bushlands. Northern scrub robin, yellow billed kingfisher, fawn breasted bower bird and many more.
We are indeed very fortunate to have at our doorstep such a variety of bird species. Come up or call in and enjoy what’s on offer.
The Jacky Jacky Mangrove System
Situated on Queensland’s far northeastern coastline, it is Australia’s largest pristine Mangrove system covering a vast area, with many creeks and rivers. Liken it to an English garden maze. The area is full of history of our early pioneers and also war relics; it hosts many species of birds, along with Fruit Bats ( Flying Fox Colonies). You can take a trip to the Kennedy Inlet, Middle River or the Escape River or just enjoy a day travelling within this unique system.
Rarely does a day go by on the water without seeing our local Estuarine Crocodiles lazing on the sandbanks in the sun. A favourite in the Jacky Jacky (and never one to disappoint), is ‘Kodak’ measuring 11 foot or 3.5m. He is named so due to the fact that he isn’t as shy as most Crocodiles and usually poses while you take a photo. All this, together with some of the Nations best marine species are here for you to view and enjoy.
The West Coast of QLD
The Jardine River
Another river soaked in pioneer history and interest. Flowing all year round with clear freshwater reportedly coming underground from New Guinea at a flow rate of some 40000 litres per second.
Travel down and spend a day around the river mouth where Crocodiles, marine and bird life are normally in abundance. Travel a little further upstream into the freshwater and look at the swamp and freshwater arms of the lower reaches. View many birds such as Sea Eagles, Terns, Frigates, Egrets, Palm Cockatoos, Honey Eaters, Herons, Brolgas and many more.
Crab Island – QLD West Coast
From June through to November the West coast comes alive with Flat Back Turtles laying their eggs. On dusk, they can be seen making their way up the beach, and digging their nest (sometimes in great numbers). For those lucky enough – newly hatched turtles can be seen making their way to the water for the first time, an amazing site. There also are other interesting species watching as well. Sometimes we are lucky enough to see Manta Rays, Dolphins and large schools of fish while travelling to and from our destinations, truly a beautiful spot to visit.
Possession Island / Cape York
Travel out to Possession Island where Captain James Cook took possession of the East coast of Australia, view the monument and take a look at an old gold mine and see the new residents (Bats). Continue up to the ‘Tip of Cape York’ and stand at our Nations most northerly point where you can take THAT picture.
Several of the Islands in the area at certain times of the year are hosts for many different types of birds and are a great favourite with bird-watching groups. While returning home we can visit several Mangrove creeks.
All tours are of course subject to both weather conditions and tide levels.