Tawau Hills Park
Tawau Hills Park was established in 1979, primarily as a protection for the water catchment area of Tawau. The park is 28,000 hectares of lowland rainforest surrounded by oil palm and cacao plantations.
There are over 240 species of birds that can be found here and most are primarily lowland species, and on the higher regions of the park, submontane and montane species can also be found. Some of the highlights here are the Helmeted Hornbill, Blue-Banded Kingfisher, Blue-Headed Pitta, Bornean Banded Pitta, Blyth's Paradise Flycatcher, and the Bornean Banded Kingfisher.
BIRDing locations + trails
Shorter trails around the park do not require guides, but it is recommended for longer trails into the jungle. Birding around the park headquarters can also provide interesting sightings.
Camping grounds, jungle lodges, and chalets are all available and can be booked through Sabah Parks.
Tawau Hills Park is located approximately 30 kilometres from Tawau and is reachable via sealed and gravel road.