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Concierge.com's insider take:
An hour's drive southwest of Port Douglas but an ecological world away, Mareeba's wetlands give refuge to hundreds of bird species, including ospreys, sea eagles, black swans, red-tailed black cockatoos, pink-eared ducks, rare Gouldian finches, and Australia's only stork, the Jabiru. The terrific two-and-a-half-hour guided Twilight Safari combines a tranquil bird-watching cruise on a lagoon, a leisurely drive through termite-mound-dotted savanna, and a stop for "billy" tea (boiled in a tin pot over a fire). Back at the visitors' center afterward, you can chat with other wildlife enthusiasts over fine Australian wine, cheese, and (bird)song as the sun sets over Clancy's Lagoon. Call ahead to get detailed driving directions from the reserve staffers.
Closed January to March.
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