Woman with camera photographs birds in Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory  © Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught

Yellow Water Cruises, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory © Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught

Birdwatching in Australia

Sooty Terns flying over Lord Howe Island with views across to the Admiralty Islands © Zach Sanders

Lord Howe Island, New South Wales © Zach Sanders

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Top tip

Early mornings are great for birdwatching. Most birds are more active then and will call more often, making them easier to find.  

Penguins walking on the beach at Phillip Island Nature Park © Tourism Australia

Penguins, Phillip Island Nature Park, Phillip Island, Victoria © Tourism Australia 

King Parrot on a brance in Lamington National Park © Tourism Australia

King Parrot, O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park, Queensland © Tourism Australia 

Fun fact

The pheasant-sized lyrebird loves to copy other birds’ calls. These avian pranksters can even mimic human noises, like car alarms.

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A Southern Cassowary in Daintree National Park © FNQ Nature Tours

Southern Cassowary, FNQ Nature Tours, Daintree National Park, Queensland © FNQ Nature Tours

Inala Nature Tours, Bruny Island, TAS © Tourism Australia

Inala Nature Tours, Bruny Island, Tasmania © Tourism Australia

A yellow-tailed Cockatoo in a tree on Kangaroo Island © Exceptional Kangaroo Island

Yellow-tailed Cockatoo, Cygnet River, Kangaroo Island, South Australia © Exceptional Kangaroo Island

Emus in a field near Exmouth © Tourism Western Australia

Emus, Exmouth, Western Australia © Tourism Western Australia

A flock of birds flying over wetlands at Bamurru Plains © Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris

Bamurru Plains, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory © Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris

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When to go

The best time to see birds near Darwin is during the drier months of May to October. As flooded rivers contract, the birds become concentrated in smaller areas.

Two visitors walking through Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve in Canberra © VisitCanberra

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory © VisitCanberra