Bird Watching

If you are coming for the birds, you’ve come to the right place. A location used by researchers and videographers of a wildlife documentary, birdwatchers from around the world have used Greenhoose as a base for their trips. Birds such as the Magnificent Riflebird, Eclectus Parrot, Green-backed Honeyeater, Northern Scrub-Robin and the renowned Palm Cockatoo are common sightings in the area and are Cape York specialties.

When it comes to bird watching in Australia, few places offer the diversity, beauty and adventure of Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park. Located 800km north of Cairns and covering an area of 346km2, Iron Range National Park surrounds Greenhoose, creating a unique living environment nestled amongst the rainforest. Guests seeking to find birds can often spot them from their verandah and down by the creek a short walk away.

Birdlife International has classified the Iron Range and neighbouring McIlwraith Range as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) for IBA criteria A1 (globally threatened species), A2 (restricted range species) and A3 (biome restricted species). There are many parallels between these tropical rainforests of Cape York and those of Papua New Guinea, most prominently highlighted by their similarities in bird species.

Greenhoose has had the pleasure of hosting a variety of guests fascinated by these captivating animals. From the crew of a Japanese wildlife documentary and university researchers to private and group birding tours that keep coming back, you can be sure you’re in for a treat.



Birds can always be seen and heard with bird watchers visiting throughout the year, so there’s a high chance you’ll get to experience something found nowhere else in Australia. If you’re seeking to find a specific bird species, it’s best to research their patterns and eBird is also a useful tool for recent sightings. Cape York experiences distinct weather seasons that are referred to as dry (May to November) and wet (December to April). Typically the wet season and just prior are good times to come and see the birds due to increased activity levels.

Birdlife Australia has created a full list of birds in the Iron Range area that you can find here.

See our gallery below for a glimpse into a few of the birds spotted here at Greenhoose, including the Northern Scrub Robin, White-throated Honeyeater, Tawny-breasted Honeyeater, Eclectus Parrot and Palm Cockatoo.

Bird Watching Gallery

WhY Our Customers Keep Coming Back

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Great Spot, Great Hosts!

"Highly recommend. The rooms and premesis are very clean and tidy. The location, tucked into the vibrant rainforest just out of town and the hosts Jane, Luke and team were so friendly and helpful. Having self catering and a takeaway shop on the doorstep gives you options after a busy day."
Terri S
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Beautiful Oasis in the Rainforest

"Beautiful and relaxing! I stayed at the Greenhoose for a few weeks for work. The rooms were clean and the staff were friendly. It was a nice getaway from work on the weekends and I would definitely stay again for a holiday."
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An Oasis!

"The Greenhoose caught my eye from the road, after a dusty drive on warm day it looked like a tranquil oasis. Beautiful green gardens give this place a relaxed feel. Jane was super helpful and friendly & June is a born host. Excellent new kitchen facilities and wifi are available. My room was clean and comfy, with the veranda looking out onto the natural forest. This place is well cared for and a credit to all those making it happen. Thank you :)"
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The Local Experience

"The owners of this wonderful venture are hosts in every sense of the word. They're proud of what they've created and justifiably so. You'll get an authentic slice of local experience when you stay, and their home-cooked meals are a delight"
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Excellent Hospitality and Great Birdwatching

"I recently stayed at the Greenhoose for four nights in early October 2018. Although the room was small, it was clean and comfortable with A/C and tv. Meals were served family style on the covered porch and were plentiful and delicious. I especially enjoyed the locally caught, chilled prawns. The hosts and their family members were all very welcoming and eager to share their knowledge about Cape York. Finally, the birdwatching on and around the property was fantastic. Thank you for a great Cape York experience."
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What a gem!

"We were very surprised by the Greenhoose. We expected “rustic” from the website but received one of the friendliest stays we have experienced in remote accommodation. The staff are so friendly. The price is very reasonable. The facilities are really good. There is a very comprehensive kitchen if you bring your own food but meals can be purchased."