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Wildlife Safaris & Activities

Daily wildlife safaris and all activities are included in the Lodge's All-inclusive tariff and are available for day visitors and bed & breakfast guests.

Our custom-designed, open safari vehicle allows excellent wildlife and birdlife viewing as we tour the Reserve at a leisurely pace. Kangaroos, wallabies, wallaroos, emus and wild pigs are regularly sighted, along with many of the 222 bird species sighted on the Reserve. The highlight of any wildlife safari is Pandanus Lagoon and its prolific birdlife viewed from our Bird-hides.

The seasonal evening roost of several hundred Brolgas and Sarus Cranes, the prolific birdlife of Pandanus Lagoon include Jabirus, Jacanas, Black Swans, Pelicans, Magpie Geese, Egrets, Ibis, Cormorants and Darters,

For further information on the prolific birdlife please refer to our full Reserve Bird list, the Mammal list, the Frog list and the Reptile list.

Sunset Wildlife Safari

Enjoy the afternoon eco-cruise at 3.30 by quiet battery-powered boat on Clancy's Lagoon then travel in our custom-designed, open safari vehicle into the heart of the 2000 hectare Reserve for wildlife viewing, bird watching and some billy tea at Pandanus Lagoon. Cap off a wonderful day by enjoying wine and cheese while the sun sets over the picturesque lagoon. Click here for a detailed itnerary.

Sunrise Wildlife Safari

Enjoy the early morning delights of the Mareeba Wetlands with a morning guided tour departing at 7:00am. We drive in our custom-designed, open safari vehicle through the Reserve to Pandanus Lagoon and beyond for wildlife and birdlife viewing. Click here for a detailed itnerary.

Outback Explorer Safari

Departing at 11.30 am, you travel by our open safari vehicle, specially-designed for wildlife viewing through the Reserve to Balancing Lagoon with wildlife spotting en-route. We stop for a snack and a swim at Douglas Cascades returning to the Lodge by 1.30pm. Click here for a detailed itnerary.

'Early Birders' Safari

Designed for the seasoned birder, our birding expert will take you on a 3 hour birding safari sighting up to 60-70 species (depending on season). Departing at 7.00am, the tour concludes with morning tea as we verify the species sighted. Targeted species include Squatter Pigeon and Black-throated Finch and the Black form of the Brown Treecreeper. To ensure availability, it is best if this tour is booked in advance. Click here for a detailed itnerary.


Take a leisurely paddle around Clancy's Lagoon at your own pace in a locally-made handcrafted wooden canoe.

Nature Eco Cruise

A relaxed 30 minute nature-focussed guided eco-cruise in a battery powered boat explores the birdlife and wildlife of Clancy's Lagoon with full interpretive commentary.

Private Guiding

The services of our expert guide are available to assist you in fully appreciating the delights of the Reserve. A private guiding experience will allow the enthusiast to spot that elusive bird and animal species and learn about the savannah and wetland environments under the watchful eye of our seasoned professional guide. $89.00 per hour.

Self Guided Walks

Explore the Savanna and wetlands environment at your leisure with over 12km of marked walking trails. Interpretive information is available at the Interpretive Centre on 4 separate easy-graded walks of one or two hour duration. Click here for a map of the walking trails.

Interpretive Centre

In the midst of the dry savanna country of the Australian Outback lies Clancy's Lagoon with its spectacular Interpretive Centre. The Interpretive Centre is a blend of modern and vernacular North Queensland architecture using the traditional materials of corrugated iron and timber with sweeping views across Clancy's Lagoon to the Hann Tableland National Park. The centre is staffed by expert guides ready with advice and assistance on activities and the Reserve’s natural history.

The Centre is the hub for all tours and activities and houses the Gouldian Finch breeding aviary for the reintroduction program, reference library, interpretive information on conservation projects and the birdlife of the Lagoon and a spotting scope for birdlife and wildlife viewing from the deck.

Whether exploring by foot, electric boat, canoe or vehicle, Jabiru Safari Lodge allows guests to fully experience the wildlife and outback environment.

Bookings & Enquiries

Please contact us for enquiries, or click here for secure online bookings.

Advanced Eco Tourism Accredited

Tourism Tropical North Queensland Tourism Award Finalist

Cairns Highlands

Jabiru Safari Lodge is located in the Mareeba Wetlands Reserve 1 hour west of Cairns and 1 hour SW of Port Douglas - Click here for driving directions.

Wildlife Conservancy Of Tropical Queensland

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     Pickford Road, Biboohra, Queensland
     P: 07 4093 2514 (Intl: + 61 7 4093 2514) | E: info@jabirusafarilodge.com.au

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