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Great Northern Tours

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About Great Northern Tours
Great Northern Birdwatching Tours offer local and extended, small group 'Birdwatching' tours. From our base in Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia we visit some incredible birding destinations, including the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics, Lakefield and Iron Range national parks, Cape York, Gulf of Carpentaria, and the bird-rich Mt Isa and Winton regions of North-West Queensland. Whether you choose one of our scheduled tours or prefer a tailor-made private charter, your local North Queensland guide, David Mead, will make sure your personally guided tour is both memorable and rewarding.
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Lynette wrote a review 5 Feb.
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I travelled with David et al to Iron Ranges in Oct 2020. It was fabulous and I was in birding heaven. David and Janet (behind the scenes) are extremely personable and organised. Everything was taken care of and all I had to do apart from be driven by David in a very comfortable large 4WD to the next spot, was “bird”! Accommodation and catering were excellent. Really looking forward to my next trip with David in June for Outback Queensland.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Jenny H wrote a review Aug. 2020
Melbourne, Australia22 contributions2 helpful votes
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Three days with David have been a highlight of our trip to Queensland. We covered Cairns local area, Atherton Tablelands and Mt Molloy Julatten areas. He is an excellent guide who knows exactly where to look for birds, including rare species. He is also very knowledgeable about bird behaviour, species interactions and broader aspects of the environment which has great for my partner who is not such a keen birder. As well as a very good driver, with a lovely vehicle that is clean every day; he is personable and very easy to spend time with. Over the three days we saw more than 130 species, which was fantastic as i had specifically said to David that i wasnt interested in shorebirds or waders. Species we saw included Spotted Catbird, Victoria's Riflebird, Blue Faced Parrot Finch, Wompoo pigeon, Pacific Baza (actually more than 10 different raptors). I was particularly happy with the number and range of birds we saw as it was winter. I like to not only see birds, but get a good look and watch them and photograph them. We certainly go to do that and we were close enough to get some terrific photos. We will look forward to birding with David again.! It was a great three days and we will certainly
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from David M, Owner at Great Northern Tours
Responded 5 Aug. 2020
Thank you very much for your positive feedback Jenny. I really enjoyed the few days we spent birding the region with you both. It's always a pleasure to go birding with people who also love the diversity of environments that we are so fortunate to have up this way. (Love your photos!) Great to meet you both and all the best in your future travels.
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lindyj21 wrote a review Nov. 2019
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
I've been on a few guided bird trips in the past, but David Mead's was by far the most outstanding. His knowledge of the country - every lagoon, pond, creek - meant that he knew where to find the birds. His patience and expertise meant that his guests found them too! The pace of the trip was nicely judged, with time to explore at the various places we stayed (most comfortably!) as well as the various side-trips looking for our target species. Nothing was too much trouble, and his courtesy, good-humour and flexibility meant everyone enjoyed the trip. All in all, a marvelous experience, and I would unreservedly recommend it to any other birder! Lindy J
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from David M, Owner at Great Northern Tours
Responded 20 Nov. 2019
Thank you Lindy! This generous and positive response from you is greatly appreciated. Our group certainly worked well together in chasing our target species. With such an entertaining team of birders it all helped to make the trip relaxing and entertaining. Thanks again and all the best to you on your next great birding adventure.
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Stephen B wrote a review Nov. 2019
Sydney, Australia10 contributions9 helpful votes
My wife and I did Dave's 10 day Cape York trip in October 2019. It was fantastic! An excellent journey through part of the country we would not see by ourselves (not being 4WDers), and with over 50 species new to us, and around 200 species overall. As a long-time local, Dave knows the country like the back of his hand, and knows the birds just as well, and exactly where to go looking for them. He is tireless in searching out the birds and goes well out of his way to look after his guests, and what each may want to do (or not do). We were in a "mixed" party, and Dave was sensitive to the different requirements of all 4 of us. The accommodation and catering was good, as good as you could expect, and at a number of stops better, for such a remote area. Highlights were the birds at the Kingfisher Lodge at Julatten, the palm cockatoos, golden-shouldered parrots and superb fruit dove, but really the whole experience. Thanks Dave. Stephen and Zorica
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from David M, Owner at Great Northern Tours
Responded 10 Nov. 2019
Thank you Stephen and Zorica, your feedback has been most welcomed and appreciated. I agree with you on what a wonderful trip we all had and thanks to a great bunch of birders for being flexible and with the added bonus of being so well-traveled and interesting. It all helps to make birding in Cape York so enjoyable. Look forward to meeting you both again and all the best to your next adventure. David.
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Lizzie0909 wrote a review Oct. 2019
Munlochy, United Kingdom2,650 contributions354 helpful votes
My husband and myself have just finished a 7 day birding trip with David Mead to Cape York. If I could give him more than 5* then I would, everything about our trip was first class. His knowledge of the birds and nature in general was excellent, he also knew which were the best places to get coffee! He organised all of our accommodation and meals and everything was great. We were very comfortable in his Land Cruiser which was very necessary for the journey as the roads were difficult, to say the least. David was very easy to get on with and had a good sense of humour. We definitely recommend Great Northern Tours.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from David M, Owner at Great Northern Tours
Responded 4 Nov. 2019
Thanks very much Liz, your positive and generous response is most appreciated. Look forward to seeing you again over here in Australia and wishing you great birding and safe travels on your next adventure.
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