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A residence, small-scale tourist accommodation and dedicated wildlife sanctuary


Christina and Thomas are the owners of Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers' Cabin, a property located in Wondecla, approximately 80km southwest of Cairns, Queensland. The property is currently used as a residence and dedicated wildlife sanctuary, as well as a small-scale tourist accommodation. Christina and Thomas intend to continue preserving native habitat on the property and have recently secured a Nature Refuge status for the sanctuary.

The property covers approximately 14 hectares and borders Herberton Range National Park and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The property is covered by wet sclerophyll forest transitioning to tropical rainforest and houses many rare flora and fauna species. A wide range of plant species are found on the property, primarily rose gums (Eucalyptus grandis), red mahogany gums (Eucalyptus resinifera) and Turpentine trees (Syncarpia glomulifera), interspersed with brush box (Lophostemon confertus) and forest oaks (Allocasuarina torulosa).

A wide range of wildlife is found on the property, including short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), Lumholtz’s tree kangaroos (Dendrolagus lumholtzi), common (Trichosurus vulpecula) and coppery (Trichosurus johnstonii) brushtail possums, green (Pseudochirops archeri) and lemuroid (Hemibelideus lemuroides) ringtail possums, yellow-bellied (Petaurus australis), sugar (Petaurus breviceps) and feathertail (Acrobates frontalis) gliders, rakali (Hydromys chrysogaster) and swamp wallabies (Wallabia bicolor).

Reptiles and amphibians are also numerous throughout the property and include Boyd’s forest dragons (Hypsilurus boydii), carpet pythons (Morelia spilota), spotted tree (Varanus scalaris) and lace (Varanus varius) monitors, green-eyed tree frogs (Litoria serrata) and northern barred frogs (Mixophyes schevilli).

A vast array of birdlife - many endemic to Queensland – can also be found on the property. They include southern cassowaries (Casuarius casuarius), grey goshawks (Accipiter novaehollandiae), eastern spinebills (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostrus), pied monarchs (Arses caupi), Victoria’s riflebirds (Ptiloris victoriae), superb (Ptilinopus superbus) and Wompoo (Ptilinopus magnificus) fruit-doves and rufous owls (Ninox rufa).

Property Name Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers' Cabin
Property Size 14 hectares
Property Features Sanctuaries You Can Stay, Nature Refuge
Owners Christina and Thomas
Member Since 2018
Website http://www.athertontablelandsbirdwatcherscabin.com.au/Home