I love the regular encounters with wild-life that come with living in far north Queensland. So many critters, and you don’t have to go too far to find and see them. We’re especially famous the world over for our birds – and we have so many great places to watch them.
Head for the Atherton Tablelands, about 90 minutes drive from Cairns and you’ll 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.