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ATHERTON TABLELANDS BIRDWATCHERS' CABIN

Our 35 acres (14 hectares) of forest are on the western side of Mt. Hypipamee National Park (“The Crater”), and we share a 250m boundary with Herberton Range Nat. Park in the Wet Tropics World Heritage area, 25 minutes south of Atherton. The 1000m elevation makes it cooler and less humid than Cairns and Kuranda.

We are ideally located close to a number of very diverse ecosystems :

within an hour's drive (or much less) you can visit

-the drier, open forests and savannah woodlands to the west and northwest,

-upland rainforests in the tablelands to the east  and south,

-the many wetlands all over the Atherton Tablelands (lakes, creeks and rivers, the  Mareeba Wetlands; Hasties Swamp with its 2 storey bird hide is 15 minutes away)

-the open rural  areas (great for watching the many raptors and cranes)

-coastal mangroves, lowland rainforest and sandy beaches are a good hour's drive away, via the Palmerstone Highway.

The area is home to more than 3000 plant species, of which 700 are endemic, about 100 species of mammals, 50 species of frogs and more than 370 species of birds (nearly half of Australia's bird species. Some of them are easily observed even from the cabin's deck.

Forest Retreat

We are naturalists ourselves and on our travels we cherish privacy, tranquillity and undisturbed viewing of wildlife. This is what we offer here, and were offering at our Kuranda Birdwatchers' Cabin www.kurandabirdwatcherscabin.com.au

The cabin is the only guest accommodation on the property, set well apart from the main house. The cabin’s veranda, orientated towards our small creek, is an ideal spot for watching wildlife. You may even be so lucky as to see a Lumholtz’s Tree-kangaroo or a cassowary.

The vegetation consists of tall open forest, with the dominant trees being 30-40m tall Rose Gums (Eucalyptus grandis), Red Mahogany (E. resinifera) and Turpentine (Syncarpia glomulifera). The diverse understorey contains many rainforest species, which also grow along the creeks.

This transition zone (ecotone) between rainforest and tall eucalyptus forest supports an equally rich fauna: there are more possum and glider species here than anywhere else in the world (11 identified on our property, including the northern subspecies of the Yellow-bellied Glider). Leaf-tailed Geckos, Water Dragons and Boyd’s Forest Dragons are numerous, and there are more than 10 species of frogs.

Birds of the rainforest, like Victoria’s Riflebird and Superb Fruit-doves, mingle with those at home in the drier forests, like Crimson Rosellas, Crested Shrike-tits, flycatchers and honeyeaters.

There is a 1.4km long marked walking track, along which we labelled many of the plants, and we can provide you with a map and bird list.

 

 

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