Welcome to Feathers'n'Friends Cottage

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Where we are:

The Cottage (see map), is situated in Julatten, just behind Port Douglas, at the northern end of the Atherton Tablelands, far north Queensland (GP Cordinates at our front gate are: Lat -16.5782, Long 145.3645). The Julatten hinterland area is a quiet rural community between Mossman and Mt Molloy, and just over a one hour drive from Cairns International Airport.

Julatten is often referred to as the 'epicentre' of bird watching in north Queensland. The surrounding districts are a haven for bird watchers and Palm fanciers as well as providing ideal surroundings for mammal and reptile observation, bush walking and magnificent scenery suitable for photographers and artists to indulge their interests.

Julatten, which lies adjacent to the spectacular Mt Lewis National Park and a short drive to the Daintree National Park, has a reputation as having one of the 4 best climates in the world.


Accommodation:

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Feathers'n'Friends Cottage is a fully self-contained and well-appointed four bedroom house with facilities to suit up to 7 guests in complete comfort.
The cottage is a fully refurbished 1960's vintage farmhouse that can comfortably accommodate individuals, small groups and/or families.
The large country-style kitchen is fully equipped. A covered patio with outdoor furniture and a gas B-B-Q enables outdoor enjoyment for guests. We usually supply (when available and at no charge to guests) fresh organic eggs from our free-range chickens and organic fruit from the garden.
The cottage is supplied with linen and bedding. There is a convenient laundry in the cottage with modern washing machine and consumables to ensure guests are able to enjoy their stay with convenience and cope with extended stays. Satellite high definition TV, DVD player/recorder and a collection of nature DVD's is provided for guests.


Gardens:

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The cottage and its extensive surrounding gardens is at an altitude of 420 metres with an ideal, comfortable climate that enjoys a desirable lower humidity than coastal areas such as Cairns and Port Douglas. The climate supports a range of tropical and sub-tropical plant growth which surrounds the cottage and is ideal for casual and relaxed wandering. The gardens have a range of plant species, including a quite large collection of native and exotic palms. The existing palms were once part of a palmetum garden which had a reputation for hosting the largest collection of palms in Australia as well as a wonderful collection of rainforest and tropical fruit trees.
The property has differing habitats that encourages and supports a large number of endemic birds, butterflies, mammals and reptiles, and exhibits rainforest and other tropical plants that provide daily interest to visitors. In addition, the varying seasons provide birdlife migration opportunities to our property with many species moving in from nearby coastal and mountain areas as well as visiting southern and northern birds.
The property was afforded a grant for Habitat Regeneration (on those parts not covered by rainforest) a few years ago and the hosts have planted a large assortment of endemic rainforest fruiting and flowering trees to provide extended habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife. These trees are now flowering and fruiting, and are home for quite a few birds nests.


Local Interests:

For guests not wishing to prepare their meals, the local Highlander Bar and Bistro is just 4 km away. This top-class restaurant is reasonably priced and open for all meals 7-days/week. The Bistro sponsors a delightful 'Muso's night' twice monthly showcasing various local and visiting musicians which results in outstanding 'jam-sessions'. A little further away is the Mt Molloy Hotel which has great country pub food and typical country atmosphere. Mt Molloy also has a cafe specialising in mexican food and, reputably, the biggest and best hamburgers in Australia. Nearby Port Douglas offers an outstanding range of great restaurants and set-off points to the Great Barrier Reef.
Tourist venues abound in the Daintree, Mossman Gorge and other nearby areas and these will ensure guests have a great selection of interesting outings.


Bird watching:

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Orange Footed Scrub Fowl

Feathers'n'Friends cottage is in a central location that facilitates guests wishing to explore some of tropical north Queensland's main birding and palm species sites. Many of these sites are detailed within the Tour Guide websites (accessible on the Feathers'n'Friends 'Bird Watching, Birding Tours' link on the left).
The main areas for birding are around Julatten, Mt Lewis, Mareeba, Mt Molloy, Maryfarms and Mt Carbine. Additional nearby bird watching areas include the Atherton Tableland (Cairns Highlands), Great Barrier Reef and Cooktown.
Half and full day visits are easily accomplished to Mt Lewis, Mareeba Wetlands, Mount Carbine, Daintree Village and nearby Cape Tribulation. Daintree Village is the set-off point for specialised bird watch river trips on the Daintree River.
Approximately 220 bird species have been recorded in our local area. We have recorded 132 bird species in our cottage gardens which has, within just a few hectares, 4 different habitats - open grassland, regenerated rainforest, riparian zone along side a creek and garden plantings with both native and exotic species.
The Tour Guide links available on the left (Bird Watching, Birding Tours) detail more comprehensive information on bird watching and bird species in the area. If guests desire professional guidance and tours, these are readily available with local experts. Your hosts can assist you in making contact with these specialists.
Recent sightings of birds in north Queensland can be found on Birdline Recent Sightings.
Top photo at right - taken at nearby Mt Lewis - depicts a female Chowchilla (Orthonyx spaldingii melasmenus )
Bottom photo at right - taken in our cottage gardens - shows a pair of Orange Footed Scrub Fowl (Megapodius reinwardt).


We are here to help you:

Our aim is to provide a quiet, comfortable, smoke-free environment for guests to indulge in their interests. We would be delighted if you contact us for more information.


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Fred & Jeanette Birkbeck
Tel: 07 4094 1665
Email: freddy@feathersnfriends.com.au