Every year, large flocks of stately grey birds gather on the Atherton Tablelands for the winter. Cranes are the subject of myth and legend around the world, they are immortalised in art and photography and are woven into the fabric of ancient cultures. They leap and dance, they bugle and call, and they enrich our lives. It's crane season on the Tablelands!
If you live on the Tablelands, it's not hard to spot the cranes, feeding in farmers' paddocks during the day, and flying in v formation every evening across the winter sunset to their favourite roosting sites.
Crane Week is a celebration of these ancient mythical birds. Join us for Tablelands Crane Week: watch, learn and photograph, spread an appreciation of cranes, and you will help to ensure a safe future for them in the beautiful region of Australia we call home.
An entry in Crane Behaviour 2015 - Highly Commended - Sandy Carroll
We had a great time in Crane Week over the previous years. During this week long festival we enjoyed talks, wildlife viewing, children's activities, and of course the photography competition. We especially thank Dr George Archibald, President of the International Crane Foundation, for joining us in 2014 and sharing his incredible knowledge and worldwide stories of adventures saving cranes. Our Crane Decoys looked fantastic outside the Malanda Falls Visitor Centre! We look forward to once again holding Crane Week on the Atherton Tablelands in September 2016 even with reduced activities.
Crane week was generously sponsored and supported by the following people and businesses.
We thank them for their support and vision, and hope you will too.
If you would like to help or support Crane Week in 2016, please contact us on
Jon Nott Building, Peeramon Hotel, Gallo's Dairyland, Ozcranes, Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, Tablelands Regional Council, International Crane Foundation, Willdife Conservancy of Tropical Queensland, John Grant, Alan Gillanders , Jabiru Safari Lodge, Mungalli Bio Dynamic Dairy, Harvey Norman , Atherton Art Framers, Stanley and Kaisa Breeden , Jurgen Freund and the volunteers at the Malanda Falls Visitor Centre.