Australia’s TOP Birding Sites

A suggestion by the author of The Complete Guide to Finding Birds of Australia (CSIRO Publishing) inspired us to wonder, what are the best birding destinations in Australia? We had a crack ourselves but soon realised no one of us can possibly claim to have the answer.

So we asked Australian birders to list their TOP10 favourite places to watch birds. The response has been great. As more TOP10s have arrived, we’ve had to update the list, as second place is now shared between Gluepot (SA), Lamington National Park (Qld) and Capertee Valley (NSW). The resounding top destination however, is

- Western Treatment Plant, Werribee, Vic

The TOP10 was actually shared by 13 locations (marked on the map with gold pins).

#1 Werribee Sewage Farm (T-section; Spit NR)
#2 Gluepot
#2 Lamington NP (O’Reilly’s)
#2 The Capertee Valley
#3 Hattah/Kulkyne National Park
#4 Broome (including Broome Bird Observatory & Roebuck Plains)
#4 Cheyne Beach
#4 Chiltern (Green Hill Road Dam)
#4 Bruny Island
#4 Bowra Station
#4 Cairns
#4 Iron Range (Portland Road)
#4 Kakadu

Where further information is available, there are links to give you information about access and what’s been seen. You can also find who’s available as a tour guide. Don’t forget, you can check our ‘where to watch’ pages for more information, accessed via the menu bar above. Also, why not grab a copy of The Complete Guide to Finding Birds of Australia to take with you? Happy birding !

Long list of sites

The left hand side is lists in alphabetical order. The right hand side is by state.

State Place Name State Place Name
WA Abrolhos Island NSW Capertee Valley
NT Alice Springs Sewage Ponds NSW Round Hill
Offshore Ashmore Reef NSW Royal National Park
QLD Atherton Tablelands NSW Lake Cargelligo area
VIC Axedale NSW Barren Grounds
QLD Barkly Tablelands NSW Borah Travelling Stock Reserve (TSR)
NSW Barren Grounds NSW Binya State Forest (& Cocoparra NP)
NSW Binya State Forest (& Cocoparra NP) NSW Deniliquin
SA Birdsville Track NSW Fivebough Swamp
SA Bool Lagoon NSW Goobang National Park
NSW Borah Travelling Stock Reserve (TSR) NSW Gulpa Forest
QLD Bowra Station NSW Iluka & the Lower Clarence Valley
QLD Brisbane, Manly Area (Shorebird Roost) NSW Long Reef
NSW Broadwater NP NSW Maroubra
WA Broome NSW Pallaibo Trail, Kosciuszko NP
TAS Bruny Island NSW Southwest Rocks
QLD Cairns NSW Sturt National Park
VIC Cape Schanck NSW Warriewood Wetland
NSW Capertee Valley NT Kakadu
WA Carnarvon NT Darwin
WA Cheyne Beach NT Alice Springs Sewage Ponds
VIC Chiltern (Green Hill Road Dam) NT Darwin, Bird Billabong
Offshore Christmas Island NT Deep Well Road (Santa Theresa Road)
Offshore Cocos Keeling, North Keeling Island NT East McDonnell Ranges
SA Fleurieu Pen. (Comet Bore) NT Glen Helen Resort
WA Cue (see also, Nallan Stn) NT Kunoth / Hamilton Ds Yth Cmp Rd
NT Darwin NT Kuyunba Conservation Reserve
NT Bird Billabong NT Old Andado Stn
NT Deep Well Road (Santa Theresa Road) NT Owen Springs Conservation Reserve
NSW Deniliquin NT Tingkarli (Mary Ann Dam)
WA Dryandra State Forest NT Trephina Gorge
QLD Durakai State Forest Offshore Christmas Island
QLD Eagleby Wetlands Offshore Ashmore Reef
TAS Eaglehawk Neck pelagic Offshore Cocos Keeling, North Keeling Island
NT East McDonnell Ranges Offshore Macquarie Island
WA Eyre Bird Observatory QLD Lamington NP, Queensland
NSW Fivebough Swamp QLD Bowra Station
SA Flinders Ranges QLD Cairns
NT Glen Helen Resort QLD Iron Range
SA Gluepot QLD Kingfisher Park
NSW Goobang NP QLD Mt Lewis
WA Gracetown QLD Atherton Tablelands
NSW Gulpa Forest QLD Eagleby Wetlands
NT Kunoth / Hamilton Ds Yth Cmp Rd QLD Inskip Pt
VIC Hattah/Kulkyne National Park QLD Lawn Hill NP
WA Herdsman Lake QLD Sundown NP
TAS Hobart QLD Barkly Tablelands
NSW Iluka & the Lower Clarence Valley QLD Brisbane, Manly Area
QLD Inskip Pt NSW Broadwater NP
QLD Iron Range (Portland Road) QLD Durakai State Forest via Warwick
NT Kakadu QLD Karumba
QLD Karumba QLD Kilcowera Station
WA Katherine QLD Lockyer Valley
QLD Kilcowera Station QLD Mt Isa
QLD Kingfisher Park QLD Mt Tamborine
WA Kununurra QLD Paluma Range
NT Kuyunba Conservation Reserve QLD Plenty Highway
WA Lacapede Islands QLD Townsville Common
NSW Lake Cargelligo area QLD Tyto Wetlands
WA Lake Eda SA Gluepot
WA Lake Mclarty SA Strzlecki Track
WA Lake Monger SA Birdsville Track
QLD Lamington NP (O'Reilly's) SA Bool Lagoon
QLD Lawn Hill NP SA Comet Bore
QLD Lockyer Valley SA Flinders Ranges
NSW Long Reef SA North Flinders Ranges
Offshore Macquarie Island SA Port Augusta Botanical Park
VIC Mallacoota SA Port MacDonnell Pelagic
NSW Maroubra (Mistral Pt; Magic Pt) TAS Bruny Island
TAS Melaleuca TAS Hobart
WA Big Mitchell Falls TAS Melaleuca
WA Mornington Station TAS Eaglehawk Neck pelagic
TAS Mt Field TAS Mt Field
QLD Mt Isa VIC Werribee Sewage Farm
QLD Mt Lewis VIC Hattah/Kulkyne National Park
QLD Mt Tamborine (Witches Creek Falls) VIC Chiltern
WA Nallan Station VIC Mallacoota
SA North Flinders Ranges VIC Warby Ranges Vic
NT Old Andado Stn VIC Axedale
VIC Otway Ranges VIC Cape Schanck
NT Owen Springs Conservation Reserve VIC Otway Ranges
NSW Pallaibo Trail, Kosciuszko NP VIC Pink Lakes
QLD Paluma Range WA Broome
WA Parry Lagoons, Wyndham WA Cheyne Beach
WA Pemberton/Manjimup area WA Dryandra
VIC Murray Sunset NP (Pink Lakes) WA Kununurra
QLD Plenty Highway WA Two People's Bay
SA Port Augusta Botanical Park WA Abrolhos Island
SA Port MacDonnell Pelagic WA Carnarvon
WA Roebuck Bay (Broome Bird Obs) WA Cue
WA Rottnest Island (Herschel Lake) WA Eyre Bird Observatory
NSW Round Hill WA Gracetown
NSW Royal National Park WA Herdsman Lake
WA Shark Bay WA Katherine
NSW Southwest Rocks WA Lacapede Islands
WA Stirling Ranges (Stirling Range Retreat) WA Lake Eda
SA Strzlecki Track WA Lake Mclarty
NSW Sturt National Park WA Lake Monger
QLD Sundown NP WA Mitchell Falls
NT Tingkarli (Mary Ann Dam) WA Mornington Station
QLD Townsville Common WA Nallan Station
NT Trephina Gorge WA Parry Lagoons, Wyndham
WA Two People's Bay WA Pemberton/Manjimup area
QLD Tyto Wetlands WA Roebuck Bay
VIC Warby Ranges Vic WA Rottnest Island
NSW Warriewood Wetland WA Shark Bay
VIC Werribee Sewage Farm (T-section; Spit NR) WA Stirling Range Retreat
NT West McDonnell Ranges WA Rottnest Island
NSW Winmalee, in Blue Mountains NP WA Shark Bay
VIC Winton (Winton Wetlands) WA Stirling Range Retreat
VIC Wonga Wetlands WA Two People's Bay


Acknowledgments

Thanks to everyone who sent in their TOP10: Geoffrey Jones, Grant Brosie, Geoff Price, Bob Cook, Frank O'Connor, Chris Watson, Rosemary Royle, David Kowalick, Carl Weber, Mark Carter, Chris Sanderson, Alan McBride, Josh Bergmark, Steve Murray, Max, Troy, Sandra Galienne (BrisBOCA), Stephen Ambrose, Kay Parkin, Michael Ramsay, 'Gemfyre', David Taylor, Laurie Knight and Justine Jansen.