The Atherton Tablelands make up a vast area of Tropical North Queensland, larger in size than the island state of Tasmania. Just an hour’s drive from Cairns, the tropical Tablelands are set in a rolling plateaux at an average height of 700 metres above sea level and offer visitors a mix of rainforest, waterfalls and mountains as well as wildlife endemic to the region such as the tree kangaroo.
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Birdwatching in the Atherton Tablelands
Birdwatching in the Tablelands is world class, with more than 327 bird species recorded here, including 12 endemic species. The Mareeba wetlands and the Nyleta wetlands are marsh habitats while elsewhere are riverine, woodland, rainforest and grassland habitats. Between the warmer months of October and April many migrant species arrive from Papua New Guinea, including buff-breasted paradise kingfishers and channel-billed cuckoos. During the cooler, drier winter months between May and September, Victoria's riflebirds can be spotted, and brolgas (Australian crane) and sarus cranes are sometimes seen feeding in the fields.
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