The northern end of the Atherton Tablelands, as it slopes downhill between Mareeba and Mossman, encompasses a broad range of habitats, from dry gum woodland to highland rainforest, open farmland, lowland wetlands and the coast, and as such is one of the richest areas for birding in Australia, with over 350 species recorded, including thirteen endemics. Several places along the Mareeba–Mossman road have set up as birdwatchers’ retreats, and can fill you in on places to improve your tallies.

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