Situated on the tropical north coast of Queensland, Townsville is the perfect destination for your next holiday. With the paradise of Magnetic Island right on the doorstep, Townsville is the ideal place for an adventure with friends or an escape for the family.


Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, national and international events, award winning restaurants and attractions, National Parks and the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, it’s not hard to see why people are attracted to Townsville.

Bird Watching in Townsville

Bird watching in Townsville

Whether you’re listening out for the ‘wallock-a-woo’ of the wompoo fruit dove or the ‘walk-to-work’ of the noisy pitta, North Queensland is a bird watcher’s utopia.


There are more than 400 different bird species waiting to be found, from the relatively common great bower bird to the rare and intriguing southern cassowary.


In a region flourishing with Wet Tropics rainforest, open woodland and coastal environments, bird watchers will enjoy a diverse range of bird habitats.  From the fertile TYTO Wetlands in Hinchinbrook to the open woodland of the Townsville Town Common, this tropical region is alive with the flutter, chirp and colour of some of the world’s most impressive birdlife.


In fact, this Region is so filled with feathered creatures that you will even meet city dwellers like the red-tailed black cockatoos along Townsville’s esplanade, The Strand.  Rainbow lorikeets are frequently seen in suburban streets and the always busy Australian brush turkeys in the city’s various parks and gardens.


Townsville Bird WatchingBefore you venture through North Queensland with sharp eyes, keen ears and your binoculars, check out the Great Tropical Drive and Birding Tropical Australia websites for easy steps to improve your chance of spotting a species. You can also download or order a bird guide, view a pod guide or print off a bird list to check as you go.


Townsville North Queensland Region’s Best Birding

The best hotspots for bird watching can be found in the following places:


  • Townsville Town Common
  • TYTO Wetlands, Hinchinbrook
  • Horseshoe and Lilliesmere Lagoons, the Burdekin
  • Paluma, Mount Spec National Park
  • Magnetic Island National Park
  • Charters Towers Weir
  • Ross River Dam, Townsville
  • Hinchinbrook Island, Cardwell