Cairns bird watching is very popular at Yorkeys Knob at the Villa Marine Holiday Apartments which adjoins a unique rainforest and wetlands alive with many varieties of birds.

Cairns Bird Watching Locations:

Villa Marine is located just 10 minutes north of Cairns at Yorkeys Knob. The Cairns Birdwatching Club and Cairns Birdwatching tours often visit Yorkeys Knob because of the wide range of bird habitats. A popular website for Cairns birdwatchers is:

Bird habitats in Yorkeys Knob include:

1. The rainforest adjoining Villa Marine Holiday Apartments provides a unique environment to view many Cairns bird species from your apartment.

2. The Yorkeys Knob Lagoon is a favorite location with a large number of bird species, just 5 minutes walk from Villa Marine.

3. The foreshore beach which is just 50 metres from Villa Marine Holiday Apartments

4. The inlet mouth at Yorkeys Knob Creek is also an excellent place to view many wading birds and sea eagles.

5. The newly opened Cattana Wetlands at Yorkeys Knob is just 5 minutes away by car.

Cairns Birdwatching Facilities and Information:

Peter, the Villa Marine Holiday Apartments’ manager, studied under Ken Simpson (author of Birds of Australia) and can provide you with local knowledge on Cairns birding and North Queensland birding locations.

Also we are members of Birds of Australia and are the award winner from Cairns Tourism Association 2011. In 2012 Villa Marine won the Tourism Tropical North Queensland annual award for the best standard accommodation in the region.

Our extensive tour and information office has one of the largest ranges of Cairns birding tours and Cairns wildlife tours in the region.

We also organise reef trips to Michelmas Cay — a noted seabird sanctuary. We do this as a service to all birdwatchers visiting Cairns, you don’t have to stay with us to book this service.

Free Facilities Available to Guests

Reference books, Binoculars, Cairns birding tour information and bookings. Cairns Birds found at Villa Marine.

Just some of the North Queensland birds found at Villa Marine:

Australian Brush-Turkey, Peaceful Dove, Spotted Turtle-Dove, Fork-tailed swift, Emerald Dove, Australian Pelican, Pied Imperial Pigeon, White Faced Heron, Papuan Frogmouth, Royal Spoonbill, Australian White-Ibis, Black Kite, Straw-necked Ibis, Bush Stone-Curlew, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Whistling Kite, Rainbow Lorikeet, Helmet Friar Bird, Double-eyed Fig-Parrot, Laughing Kookaburra, Rainbow Bee-Eater, Galah, Yellow-spotted Honeyeater, Pacific Golden Plover, Brown-backed Honeyeater, Welcome Swallow, Black Butcherbird, Willie Wagtail, Magpie Lark, Metallic Starling, Olive-backed Sunbird an others.

Compiled by Birds Australia North Queensland Branch.

Bird Lists for Cairns and Environs

Please click on the icon to download a useful information of Birdwatching!

 Birding around Cairns;
Key birding sites in and around Cairns city and map.

 Birds of Cairns Gardens;
Beginners’ guide to birds and bird scaping gardens in Cairns area.

 Cairns Foreshore;
List of bird species recorded on the Cairns Esplanade and foreshore and their status.

 Cairns Foreshore Migrants;
An overview of the Cairns foreshore, migrant waders and part of the East Asian – Australasian Flyway.

 Redden Island;
Accessible by road, is part of the Cairns suburb of Machans Beach, just north of the Airport: map and bird list.

 Lake Morris/Copperlode Dam;
Is 22km southwest of Cairns: map and bird list.

 Yorkeys Knob;
Is 14km north-west of Cairns and contains a golf course and a lagoon: map and bird list.

Lake Morris / Copperlode Dam
Lake Morris/Copperlode Dam is 22km southwest of Cairns: map and bird list.