Cheapest and most effective way to see the Palm Cockatoo

Cheapest and most effective way to see the Palm Cockatoo

by Jason
(Melbourne, Australia)

I live in Melbourne and would like to visit Cape York to see the Palm cockatoo (in the wild!).

I am trying to figure out the cheapest way to do so.

From this site so far it seems that getting a 4WD in Cairns and driving up to Iron Ranges/Kutini-Payamu seems to be it, but am I missing something?

Is it better to fly closer directly?

Or should I try a different spot in Cape York?

Thank you.

Comments for Cheapest and most effective way to see the Palm Cockatoo

Click here to add your own comments

Hi Jason,
by: Katrin

Sorry that i had not yet managed to make a note on the web page of the palm cockatoo, that there is now a whole chapter in the Destination Guide about where to spot all the rare local wildlife including palm cockatoo, but also the green tree python, cuscus, amethystine python, tree kangaroo, cassowary, crocodile, and more.

It is not a chapter copied from other web sources, not even other books - like everything else in the Destination Guide it is first hand information by a local of Cape York - where we live with palm cockatoos and have our own hot spots.

So, yes - there are some other places than Iron Range alone, and you could look at them all and also look at all the detailed information (with prices or at least links) about how to get here and how to get to all of these different spots.

With plenty of other local tips that will only give you more great ideas :-)

Palm cockie
by: Dave

Always plenty of palmies in Lockhart and immediate surrounds.

Dry season drive from Cairns (9-10 hours) should get you sorted.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Cape York Travel Forums.

cape york travel

Plan Your Trip... the FREE Cape York Travel Pocket Guide

Get this 50 pages guide totally for FREE. It contains information that helps you getting started with planning of your trip. You get to make early-stages desicions such as when to go, how long time you should take, how to get there and get around, where to stay (general info), what will it cost.. and a short insight to what is there to see and do in Cape York.

Plan and Bring to the Trip... the full Destination Cape York Travel Guide

visit cape york

This complete 300 pages travel guide is all you need before and during your trip. Besides the background chapters on the peninsula's history and wildlife; and the comprehensive detail about all the places (down to prices, opening hours and full contact detail), it has invaluable information on at least 10 four wheel drive tracks, at least 30 guaranteed FREE camping spots on the Cape (and at least 150 on your way to the Cape), at least 40 best swimming holes, all mapped; as well as practical things - from fuel, roads, wireless internet and mobile phone reception, how to deal with the national parks booking rules; and Aboriginal land entrance and camping permits and alcohol restrictions - to vehicle preparation and accessories and necessary recovery gear by my vehicle-recovery-guy partner). Not to mention locals' tips on how to spot that croc and palm cockatoo ;-)

If you liked the books or this website, let others know about it! 

Link to it from your website, your blog, your forum post... Share it on Facebook, Tweet about it...

Every link helps other travellers!

Thank you for doing the right thing and letting others know :-)

destination cape york

Latest Pages

Notice Board

Ask a Question

YOUR Adventure

YOUR Cape Memories

Keep yourself updated
on the latest -
weather, roads,
free travel tips,
and get the
FREE Cape York
Pocket Guide!




Don't worry - your email address is totally secure.
I use it only to send you the Cape York News.

Get the FREE Pocket Guide:
cape york travel free pocket guide

Get the Big Destination Guide
destination cape york book

Available with the Big Destination Guide:
cape york dog caravan trailer
FEEDBACK Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
cape york businesses

loyalty beach