Wild Latitudes

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Australia

Grand Queensland

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With the cosmopolitan town of Cairns as our base, we’ll bird the area’s variety of habitats that together, make the region world-renown for its avian diversity. These include the lush Rainforests of the Great Dividing Range, the scrublands & wetlands of the Atherton Tablelands, the greenspaces of Cairns and the northern coast of Queensland. We’ll be on the lookout for species such as the Lovely Fairy Wren, Laughing Kookaburra, and the stunning Red-tailed Black Cockatoo. We’ll visit wetlands in search of Royal Spoonbills, Black Swans and the Great Crested Grebe. We will spend two nights in the heart of the Atherton Tablelands, looking for birds like the stunning Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, and Australian Bustard. Back on the coast, we’ll go birding on the Daintree River at dawn. Within the first week, you will have explored the jungles, wetlands, fields, and forests of this unique region, in search of over 300 bird species. We’ll be sure to keep a special eye out for the rare Southern Cassowary.


You will also experience the magical realm of the Great Barrier Reef. We will spend three days on the reef, on a live-aboard dive boat, complete with private berths. We will snorkel (or SCUBA, if you wish) several of the finest reefs, where Sea Turtles, Giant Clams and a myriad of reef fish abound.


Before leaving Queensland, you’ll have free time in the time charming village of Kuranda. This trip is designed to thrill the avid birder and novice naturalist alike, and to give everyone a well-rounded, first-hand experience of natural wonders of the Grand “Queen’s Land” Down Under…Australia!


EXTENSION TRIP: PAPUA NEW GUINEA The country of Papua New Guinea forms the eastern half of the world’s largest, most biologically & culturally diverse tropical island. Humans arrived here at least 50,000 years ago, and due to geographic barriers imposed from the island’s many mountain ranges, developed into over 1,000 distinctive cultures, most of which have their own language.


The rainforests here are filled with massive rhododendrons, orchids, tree-climbing kangaroos, egg-laying spiny anteaters, flashy bowerbirds and of course, the famous and spectacular Birds of Paradise. Wild Latitudes and local guides will lead the way on this incredible journey to witness the diversity of birds, wildlife and cultures found here and nowhere else. We’ll learn first-hand from local guides as we search for as many of the 769 New Guinea bird species we can find on this legendary island.

Tour Highlights

 Explore both well-known & little-known Birding Hotspots around Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands.

 Search for amazingly beautiful birds like the birds Rainbow Lorikeet, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Black Swan, Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Australian Bustard, Crimson Rosella, Golden Bowerbird, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, and the iconic Laughing Kookaburra.

 Spend 2 nights, 3 days on the Great Barrier Reef, and snorkel or dive to your heart’s content!

  Take a private, early-morning birding cruise on the world-famous Daintree River

 Visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to learn about the rich and fascinating culture of the Australian Aboriginals.

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1

Participants arrive at the Cairns Airport, check into our rooms, freshen up, then head into Cairns to bird the Esplanade, where we hope to see birds such as the Australian Pelican, Little Tern and the Royal Spoonbill before heading to dinner at a nearby restaurant.


Day 2

We’ll Bird a number of nearby greenspaces & hot spots in search of such species as the Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Lovely Fairy Wren, Helmeted Friarbird, Sulfur-crested Cockatoo and the iconic Laughing Kookaburra. In the evening, we’ll visit a spot to see the Spectacled Flying Fox Bats as they take flight in the evening to feed.


Day 3

We’ll venture a bit further afield to bird a few nearby wetlands where we should add to our lists the Wandering Whistling-Duck, Radjah Shelduck, Rainbow Lorikeet, and the Forest Kingfisher, then visit to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park after lunch.


Day 4

Today we head up into the Atherton Tablelands where the number of new bird species is vast. We’ll visit Lake Barrine, the Curtain Fig Tree and Hasties Swamp in hopes of adding the Great Crested Grebe, Australasian Darter, Spectacled Monarch, Azure Kingfisher, Yellow-spotted Honeyeater, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Black Swan, and Straw-necked Ibis to our list, just to name a few!


Day 5

Today we’ll search for target species like the Emu, Brolga & Sarus Cranes, and visit a special site to see the the adorably odd Duck-billed Platypus.


Day 6

We head north through the Atherton Tablelands to the Mt Carbine region, keeping an eye out for the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Agile Wallaby, and the rare Mareeba Rock Wallaby. Birds we hope to encounter today include the Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Australian Bustard, Crimson Rosella, Great Bowerbird, and the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo.


Day 7

Sunrise birding cruise on the world famous Daintree River, the after time to explore and bird the area a bit more, we’ll head into the charming coastal town of Port Douglass for dinner.


Day 8

Travel back to Cairns, re-pack for the 2-night, 3-day stay aboard the Dive Boat SCUBA PRO, operated by PRODIVE, then head into Cairns in the evening to get fitted for our wetsuits, mask and snorkel before dinner.


Day 9

Get aboard SCUBAPRO and head out to the Great Barrier Reef. While on board, participants will have the opportunity to snorkel a number of different reefs, as the boat will move each day to tie-up at different location. Participants may also SCUBA if desired (for an additional fee), or take a single free SCUBA lesson to give it a try.


Day 10

The days spent on the Great Barrier Reef aboard SCUBAPRO are special ones indeed. There will be several opportunities to snorkel (and/or SCUBA) each day, as well as time to relax on deck, bird, or just enjoy a good book. While in the water, the reef may yield many amazing species, including the Loggerhead, Hawksbill & Green Sea Turtles, Blue-spotted & Eagle Rays, and over 1,500 species of fish, including the massive Whale Shark.


Day 11

This is our last day on the Great Barrier Reef, so we will want to make the most of it! The boat will to return to Cairns by 5:00pm, after which we shuttle back to our lodging to relax a bit before we head to a nearby restaurant for dinner.


Day 12

We take the Sky Rail tram through the rainforest to the charming town of Kuranda, famous for its Handcraft Markets and home to a Butterfly Garden, an Aviary and a Venom Zoo, all of which are fascinating in their own right.


Day 13

We say our farewells to those heading home today, and for those participating in the extension to Papua New Guinea, today is designed to give you a Free Day to enjoy Queensland however you wish.


Papua New Guinea Extension Itinerary

Day 1

The group arrives from Australia and our adventure to Papua New Guinea begins! Today we’ll visit the National Museum and Art Gallery, then go birding in hopes of seeing Goldie’s Lorikeet, Singing Starling, Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot, Yellow-tinted Honeyeater, Helmeted Friarbird and the Variable Goshawk.


Day 2

We’ll enjoy a full day of birding in Varirata National Park, home to over 300 other species of birds, including the Greater, the Lesser, and the Raggiana Bird of Paradise. Other birds we hope to encounter include the Brown-headed Paradise Kingfisher, Rufous-banded Honeyeater, Blyth’s Hornbill, and possibly even the very secretive Dwarf Cassowary.


Day 3

Today we fly to the Mt. Hagen region in the central highlands and travel to Kumul Lodge. We are certain to spot a number of the 224 species noted in this area.


Day 4

In the morning, we bird the lower altitude Tonga birding site, where the Blue Bird of Paradise and the Superb Bird of Paradise can be found. After lunch we’ll visit a local village of the Anji Wayla to experience their culture with a visit to a market, and perhaps get to a traditional dance.


Day 5

Today we venture to the Murmur Pass birding site, where we have good chances of seeing the King of Saxony Bird of Paradise and the Princess Stephanie’s Astrapia, Loria’s Satinbird, Wattled Ploughgbill, Regent Whistler, Tit Berrypecker, Black-breasted Boatbill, Garnet Robin, Brown Sicklebill, and other high altitude species.


Day 6

Today we’ll stick close to the Kumul Lodge site where over 223 bird species can be seen, including an amazing 79 endemic species! The full list includes the Crested Satinbird, Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, Princess Stephanie’s Astrapia, Archbold’s Bowerbird, MacGregor’s Bowerbird, Painted Tiger-parrot, Papuan Boobook, and the Rufescent Imperial Pigeon.


Day 7

After breakfast, we fly to Port Moresby and head to Port Moresby Nature Park for one last bit of birding. Species possible include the Yellow-faced Myna, Sooty Thicket Fantail and even Gurney’s Eagle. A few native mammals are possible here as well, such as Doria’s Tree Kangaroo, the Common Spotted Cuscus, and the diurnal, egg-laying monotreme, the Long-beaked Echidna.


Day 8

We’ll offer an optional bit of birding on the nearby coast after which we depart to the airport to catch our afternoon flight home.

FEE FOR MAIN TOUR: $5,375

FEE FOR EXTENSION: $4,395

START DATE: Nov 18, 2025

DURATION: 13 days (+8 for Extension)

GROUP SIZE: Up to 12

TRIP FOCUS: Birds and Wildlife




WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Double-occupancy lodging
  • Ground transportation
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Excursions and park fees
  • Guiding services


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A true lover of the natural world, Steve Robertson has been a student of nature his entire life. First, as a little boy, who caught every creature he could for the mini zoo he kept in the garage, then later as an adult, leading scientific research expeditions into some of the most remote regions of the world, searching for rare species in such places as Tasmania, Madagascar and the upper Amazon Basin. With degrees in Wildlife Biology, advanced biology & education, Steve has worked in the field of Environmental Education for over 30 years. From 1998 to 2017, he served as the Education Director for the Audubon Society of Portland, creating a number of innovative programs including International Ecotours, a program that has won hundreds of accolades from around the country. During his time with Audubon, Steve personally designed and led Ecotours to over 20 countries, spanning six continents.




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