WELCOME TO BUSTARD DOWNS - Outback Cairns Accommodation

Outback Cairns Accommodation, Atherton Tablelands Accommodation, Mareeba District Bed & Breakfast (B&B) Bustard Downs Farm Stay Guesthouse, Mary Creek Caravan & Camping Ground and Farm Cottage, Outback of Port Douglas, Gateway to Cooktown and Cape York, Far North Queensland, Australia.

Bustard Downs Tropical dry Savannah Farm Stay is in the Mitchell River Watershed, is close to Mt. Lewis National Park Daintree State Forest, Mount Carbine Tableland, Australian Wildlife Conservancy Brooklyn Station and Mareeba Wetlands

Bustard Downs is a 220acre cattle property offering private self-contained accommodation at the Farm Cottage, an original tobacco farm house set above the Mary Creek within our 5 acre Mary Creek Caravan & Camping ground.  

Bed and Breakfast at our Farmstay Guesthouse set within the family home gardens includes exclusive use of our 20meter fresh water swimming pool. Receive a friendly warm welcome and personal insight into our bio-dynamic/organic tropical food garden, dog, chooks and small herd of Brahman cows.  Depending on the time of year you visit you can see cattle up close when we are feeding in the yards. 

Birdwatchers from all over the world enjoy the biodiversity of wet and dry land species seen on Bustard Downs. A comprehensive bird list, 160 species, helpful hints on viewing the Australian Bustard and self-guided walking maps are provided. Explore a gallery forest of giant Melaleucas along 1km of private creek frontage, take a refreshing dip with no Crocodiles. See Agile Wallabies, in the early mornings and late afternoons.  

So come and experience a taste of the real Australia.  Wake to the morning bird songs, see Cattle grazing together with Bustards, smell the fresh country air, see the stars at night, toast marshmallows on an open fire.



  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking 
  • Bicycle 
  • Self-guided walks, maps provided
  • Astronomy 
  • Photography
  • Wild life spotting
  • Campfire
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Fly a kite
  • Day drive the local area


You can download the complete bird list for Bustard Downs and surrounding areas here.




getting great photos, was one of the
major highlights of my birding life.

J. Whitelaw

filled Anzac weekend in a funky

Toshi & Karen