iron range wildlife

Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park is Australia’s largest and most diverse lowland rainforest and acts as an environmental bridge from South East Asia to the Australian Mainland. The Iron Range and McIlwraith Ranges are lush rainforest areas with close affinities to Papua New Guinea in respect to flora and fauna. The rainforest is home to mammals like the Spotted Cuscus and Rufous Spiny Bandicoot. You may also see reptiles such as the amazing Green Tree Python and Australia’s largest snake the Amethystine python, also known as the Scrub Python. Inhabiting the creeks and rivers are also frogs, including the Australian Wood Frog and one we see regularly around Greenhoose is the large White-lipped Tree Frog.

The Iron Range is perhaps most renowned for its unique and diverse birdlife. According to Birdlife Australia, over 200 bird species have been identified in the Iron Range, including the Palm Cockatoo, Magnificent Rifle Bird, Northern Scrub Robin, Eclectus Parrot, Red-bellied Pitta and Southern Cassowary, the last of which the rainforest is named after (Kutini is the Kuuku Ya’u word for the Southern Cassowary). To learn more about birdlife in this fascinating region, visit our Bird Watching page.

In addition to it’s unique birdlife, over 200 species of butterfly have been recorded from the Lockhart region of which 10 are endemic to the region and a further 32 species are only found on northern Cape York Peninsula.  Five of the 10 endemic species and 22 of the 32 northern Cape York Peninsula species have been recorded to date at the Greenhoose.

Marine life also thrives off the coast. Fishing trips can deliver Spanish Mackerel, Nannygai, Golden Trevally, and Red Emperors and if you’re lucky you may see Green Sea Turtles and Humpback Whales along the way. Be aware that Saltwater Crocodiles also inhabit the rivers, beaches and offshore islands. Contact the Park Rangers to hear recent sightings and safety precautions.

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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 :)"
Pat W
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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."