Mission Beach

Eighty per cent of Australia’s bird species are found in Queensland, and the holy grail for birdwatchers is undoubtedly the endangered southern cassowary. This is the Australian rainforest’s largest native animal. Look out for its blue head and pendulous red wattle. Be aware that cassowaries can deliver a painful kick if they feel threatened. The lowland rainforests around Mission Beach are one of the best places to spot them.

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