The Fraser Coast region is a temporary home to some 49% of the migratory bird species that visit Australia each yearand almost half the total bird species that exists in Australia reside in our region.
The diverse habitats of the Fraser Coast region offer amazing bird-watching opportunities – from Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Strait to Howard and Maryborough. The Great Sandy Strait is officially recognised as among the most important roosting sites for migratory shorebirds in Australia. It is home to several rare and threatened species including the rare little tern. At least 40,000 birds choose the wetlands of the Great Sandy Strait as their summer feeding grounds, coming from as far away as Japan, Alaska and Siberia.
Waders use the expansive tidal flats intensively, especially near the seagrass beds. The area is also of importance for yearling birds, especially eastern curlews, which do not return to the northern hemisphere until the following year.
Fraser Island is another popular spot for twitchers. Its diverse habitats attract over 350 species of native birds, including the rarely-seen ground parrot and 18 birds of prey, among them the osprey and brahminy kite. Arkarra Lagoons at Dundowran is also one of the best bird watching areas on the coast.