Birdwatching at Bustard Downs

BUSTARD DOWNS Organic Farmstay, Birdwatching, Accommodation, Caravan and Camping  Mt. Molloy - Maryfarms – Mt. Carbine, Tropical North Queensland, Australia.

Suggest a 3 night stay birdwatching at Bustard Downs to take full advantage of bird life on Bustard Downs and its close proximity to birding hot spots - Mt. Carbine, Mt. Molloy, Julatten, Abattoir Swamp Environmental Park, Mt. Lewis National Park, Lake Mitchell and Mareeba Wetlands Visitor Centre. Travellers with time on their hands enjoy a week stay at Bustard Downs for the tranquility, mountain views, bird life and serenity.

Key Species: Squatter Pigeon, Australian Bustard are prolific here,  Northern Fantail, White-browed Robin, Black-throated Finch, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-winged Parrot, Pale-headed Rosella, Blue-winged Kookaburra.

What to look for: Grass Owl across the paddocks at night, Red Goshawk, rare, sightings reported nearby   Restless Flycatcher, Peaceful, Diamond and Emerald Dove, Tawny Frogmouth, Barred Cockoo-shrike, Scarlet, Yellow, Dusky, Brown, Brown-backed, Macleay’s, Bridled,Blue-faced and White-cheeked Honeyeaters, Bush Stone-curlew, Great Bowerbird, Olive-backed Sunbird, Spangled Drongo, Pheasant Coucal,  Red-backed fairy-wren. Azure Kingfisher.  An impressive list of birds of prey include Black-breasted Buzzard, Pacific Baza, Whistling, Black, Square-tailed Letter-wing, and Black-shouldered  Kites, Nankeen Kestrel Brown and Grey Goshawk, Spotted Harrier, Wedge-tailed Eagle and Little Eagle.  Migrants include Channel-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Koel and a rare sighting of a Yellow Wagtail reported by several birders in April 2016

Best time to see Bustards displaying late August, Sept. Oct. Nov. and December until wet season rains come. Otherwise a reliable place to see Bustards all year round.  

Ask for a property map when you arrive to access up to 7km of private walking tracks through open woodland in tropical dry savannah, native grass lands, farm tracks, wetland, along the Mary creek gallery of Maleuccas

We’re not bird experts but chances are its not as crowded as other places and  your support means 100% of your payment goes back into our ongoing  land care management and keeping the farm Gate Open for guests to stay here.

© Photos by Ofer Levy


Bustard Downs bird list, 160+species.

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

“Always an interesting place to birdwatch as you can never quite be sure what will pop up around the area.”


“Seeing the Bustard in full display, and getting great photos, was one of the major highlights of my birding life.  A magnifiecent place to stay”  -Dr J Whitelaw


Birder reports 50 species seen in 24hrs at Bustard Downs camp ground.

Birdwatchers  3 different accommodation options 

Please note Bustard Downs is a private property and a working organic farm.  We are not open to visitors, just our paying guests. Entry to this private property incurs an admission fee.