Cassowary House

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Welcome to Cassowary House
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A regular visitorCassowary House is a small family run guest house which lies in the world heritage tropical rain forests of Far North Queensland, within 30 minutes drive of Cairns. It was established in 1985 as a guest-house for those with an interest in natural history, particularly birds, and was one of the first birding businesses to set up in Far North Queensland.

We offer a true rainforest experience. Apart from a small garden envelope immediately adjacent to the main house, the grounds and surrounding area are  unspoilt rainforest, a great place to sit and relax or take quiet walks. The verandahs on the main house and also on the twin guest rooms are elevated and look straight out into the branches of the surrounding trees. The single rooms are under the main house and Cassowaries and musky rat-kangaroos are frequently seen from their patio. Cassowary House is a great place for those with an interest in bird and wildlife photography, and one of the best places in the world to see wild Cassowary, with thousands of birders getting their lifer here!

We are happy to help with all your birding needs whether it be site information and mud maps or guided birding and wildlife watching. Our 3 locally based expert guides can take you on a selection of ready made tours, or are happy to devise a customised day to suit particular wants whether it be a particular species hit list, a photographic tour or just a general day out.

There is plenty to see and do around here with Cassowary House being in one of the best birding sites in Queensland. We have  Cassowaries visiting almost daily , wandering from the adjacent world heritage rainforest.The local endemic bird of paradise, Victoria's Riflebird has display posts around the grounds and often joins us at breakfast and throughout the day. The colourful and elusive Noisy Pitta also lives in the area and is frequently heard calling although actually seeing one requires a bit more application! Other local birds include Red-necked Crakes and Grey Goshawks, both of which breed in the garden, Lesser Sooty Owl, Brush Turkey and Orange-footed Scrubfowl, King Parrot, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Topknot Pigeon, Spotted Catbird, Black Butcherbird, Chowchilla, Lovely Fairy-wren, White-eared, Spectacled and Pied Monarchs plus Yellow-spotted, Graceful and Macleay's Honeyeater and the distinctive yorki form of Helmeted (New Guinea or Hornbill) Friarbird.

A variety of mammals also frequent the grounds including the endearing musky rat kangaroo and several species of bats which roost in the most unlikely places. Red-legged pademelons are regular visitors while striped possums can often be seen when the bunches of bananas are ripe. Bandicoots, giant white-tailed rats, antechinus, melomys and the prehensile-tailed rats are amongst the other mammals also on the property. Platypus live in the local creek  and can sometimes be seen from the bridge in the early morning. We have a great reptile and frog list and butterflies are well represented with the list  including the spectacular swallowtail Papilio ulysses and Cairns Birdwing.

Bird, mammal, reptile and butterfly lists are to be found in the rooms and we have an extensive library of bird and natural history books to help you identify what you see.

Wireless internet is available at no extra charge.




Last Updated on Monday, 01 August 2011 08:10





After not seeing Father Cassowary for so long he came back in today visiting twice with his chick (who is now approximately 3 months old!). He is rather the worse for wear with missing feathers on his belly and left leg and while he ignored the dogs letting us know of his arrival he was rather mistrustful of people. We don't know what has happened during his time of absence but we are very pleased to see him again.


Unfortunately this has been a bad couple of months for the Cassowaries at Cassowary House. First Missy (our resident female) was found dead in a nearby garden then Dad (our resident male) and his small stripy chick also disappeared and have not been seen despite the placement of motion cameras on various cassowary trails around the property. In the 18 years we have lived here he has never gone missing like this and we fear the worst.

We have recently found fresh droppings which suggest that new birds are moving into the area and we would expect the territory to be snapped up quickly as there is a great pressure on available territories and we have frequently had other Cassowaries come through to be chased away by our resident birds.

In the meantime we have access to a nearby property with Cassowaries and are seeing them regularly there. We can arrange morning or afternoon visits to look for them.