One of the best things about life in far north Queensland is the regular encounters with wild-life. We are blessed with an abundance of critters and you don’t have to go too far to find and see them. We’re famous the world over for our birds, and here’s a great place to watch them.
Take a drive on the Atherton Tablelands. It’ll take you about 90 minutes from Cairns to reach Hastie’s Swamp. Here you can see brolgas, cormorants, egrets, ducks, and plenty more. This is an important wetlands refuge for migratory and local birds. Just what you’ll see depends on the season but there’s always plenty of birds, easily seen from an easily accessible bird-watching hide. There’s even a dunny here and you’re not far from Atherton town and other sources of tasty Tablelands refreshments.
There’s plenty of information available on signs inside the bird-watching hide, including stories of how the indigenous Yidinji people used to gather here, and tales of more recent history since European settlement.
ABC Far North wildlife correspondent Martin Cohen took me to Hastie’s Swamp late in the tropical dry season. Click the audio player to hear Martin describe the bird-life at this beautiful spot.
More info and useful links at http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/hasties-swamp/index.html
More about Martin Cohen at http://www.wildaboutaustralia.com/