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Banyandah Alpacas

Gympie, Gympie Area

Banyandah Alpacas welcomes local families and tourists to pet and feed the friendly alpacas between 10am and 4 pm on Wednesdays and weekends.. Bus/coach tours are welcome any day by prior arrangement. Hot water is provided for those tour groups wishing to bring their own refreshments, but Zesty Edibles at Gunabul Homestead, also in Power Road, provides lunches and teas in a tranquil setting if preferred. Dawn gives an interesting talk about alpacas to tour groups.

The on-farm retail shop stocks a wide range of products fashioned from alpaca fleece as well as unprocesed alpaca fleece, both suri and huacaya, tops and yarn made from Banyandah's alpacas for discerning crafters.

Banyandah Alpacas sells animals, breeding females, some with cria at foot, stud males, guardians, grasseaters and pets, all at competitive, realistic prices. Many of Banyandah's alpacas have been ribbon winners at shows.

Twice yearly Dawn conducts Alpaca Management Days for potential alpaca owners and new owners to assist them in the management and healthcare of their alpacas. Educational days can be individually designed for school groups.

Banyandah is a WWOOFer Host and welcomes WWOOFers from around the world to help with the management of the animals and the paddocks.

Entry Costs

Entry Cost AUD Valid From Inclusions
Family $5.00 2 July 2014 – 30 June 2016 Costs for each bus/coach group is negotiated at time of booking. A bag of pellets for feeding the alpacas is provided to family groups. Bus/tour customers may purchase bags of pellets at 50cents each.

Open Times

Public Holiday: Wednesdays and weekends or by appointment ...... 10.00 to 1600

Facilities

  • Car park
  • Child Activities
32-34 Power Road
Southside
Gympie, Gympie Area
Queensland
Australia

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Mothar Mountain Rockpools

Gympie, Gympie Area
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Looking for a relaxing, sheltered place to while away some hours, you can't go past the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools. Located in the Woondum National Park, about a 20 minutes, 16 kilometres drive from Gympie's Central Business District, the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools day area provides the perfect family friendly location for a barbecue or picnic. Tables, wood fire barbecue, water and public amenities are all provided for your use on site. On a hot day immerse yourself into the pools to cool off. Set amongst a mixture of tall Eucalypts and rainforest you can take the opportunity to relax and unwind to the sound of water gently flowing over ancient granite outcrops. Or if you are feeling more energetic, enjoy one of the nature walks. There is a short 500 metre (20 minute) forest walk or a rather more serious 3.5 kilometre (2 hour) walk to explore.

Cooloola, Great Sandy National Park

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
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In Cooloola, Great Sandy National Park you can experience the majesty of nature's sculpture in sand. Massive dunes, towering cliffs of coloured sands and wide ocean beaches have been etched by wind and water. Tall forests, fragrant wildflower heaths and paperbark swamps decorate the sands. Water features abound, including surf, freshwater lakes and the undisturbed upper Noosa River. Walk one of the scenic tracks to highlights such as the historic Double Island Point lighthouse. Pack a tent for the two to four day Cooloola Wilderness Trail. Drive along the beach or take the Cooloola Way and Freshwater Road through tall open forests and heathlands. You will need a four wheel drive vehicle with high clearance to enjoy driving the sand tracks or the beach at low tide. Canoe the Noosa River. Camp in a variety of areas: from formal campgrounds with facilities to wilderness camps. Visit information centres at Tewantin and Rainbow Beach.

Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
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The Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area separates open ocean surf from the sheltered estuary waters of Tin Can Bay and the Great Sandy Strait. This is a wetland of international importance. The sand spit is clad in casuarina, cypress pine and other coastal vegetation, providing a great habitat for birds. The beaches and mudflats are roosts for waders and thousands of resident and migratory shorebirds. Bring your own drinking water and camp in one of four shady camping areas. Enjoy wide ocean beaches. Watch sunsets over quiet bay waters. Dogs are permitted in the recreation area, but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times. Bring your binoculars to view birds in the early morning or late afternoon. Look for button-quail on the sandy tracks and shorebirds (in summer). Watch for dugong, turtles and dolphins in the bay. You must bring your own firewood for campfires, but best to bring a fuel or gas stove and reduce your use of campfires.

Wolf Rock Dive Site

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
Free Entry
Wolf Rock consists of five interconnecting granite pinnacles rising from 40 metres aligned on a north-south axis. The southern pinnacle reaches 19 metres, the next two break the surface, the northern pinnacles are at 11 and 16 metres. The terrain varies; the eastern sheer walls drop to 35 metres; the western side has a wide gutter at 25 metres plus. Black coral trees, spiky soft corals, hard corals, gorgonians and spiral sea whips. Grey nurse sharks, spotted eagle rays, turtles, Queensland gropers, schools of batfish, trevally and surgeonfish, as well as sweetlips, bream, angelfish, goatfish, globefish and fairy basslets. In the shallows look for the smaller critters including moray eels, nudibranchs, gobies, scorpionfish, sea stars, shrimps and coral crabs.

Tin Can Bay Wildflower Walk

Tin Can Bay, Gympie Area
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Tin Can Bay is blessed with a unique collection of spectacular wildflower species. Many natural areas throughout the Bay come alive with brilliant colour in the Spring months, although wildflowers can be seen year round. Their indigenous wildflowers, like other local native flora species, have adapted to living in soils largely deficient in nutrients. Take a close look at their wonderful wildflowers in their natural environment.

Wolf Rock Dive Site

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
Free Entry
Wolf Rock, north of Double Island Point and just off the coast of Rainbow Beach near Gympie, is a behemoth of granite. With five interconnecting pinnacles rising from 35 metres deep, all are of varying heights - with two breaking the water's surface. Divers love to explore the peaks of the pinnacles, with one sitting at 11 metres deep, one at 16 metres, and one at 19 metres, while others enjoy exploring the sheer drops for close encounters with resident grey nurse sharks and spotted eagle rays. Black coral trees, spiky soft corals, hard corals, gorgonians and spiral sea whips decorate the granite. The gutters running along the shallow rocks are home to moray eels, nudibranchs, gobies, scorpionfish, sea stars, shrimps and coral crabs. Other common visitors include turtles, gropers, batfish, trevally and angelfish.

Bird Watching - Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay, Gympie Area
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The Cooloola Coast is part of the Great Sandy Strait, which is an internationally important wetland. It is an area of tidal swamps and intertidal sand and mud flats. The vegetation includes beds of seagrass, mangrove forests and saltmarsh wetlands. The Great Sandy Strait supports 38 species of shorebirds including 18 migratory species. The area is also used by other threatened species such as turtles and dugongs. The Cooloola Coast is a perfect place for shorebirds. At low tide there are extensive sand banks where the birds can search for food and at high tide there are secluded places where they can roost and rest without disturbance.

Kin Kin

Kin Kin, Noosa Area
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Boreen Point

Boreen Point, Noosa Area
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Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay, Gympie Area
Secluded in the midst of picturesque Tin Can Inlet, experience a tranquil getaway to this area known for its eco-tourism surroundings. Tin Can Bay is a perfect place to unwind and relax. Originally known by the aborigines as Tuncanbar, this peaceful bayside town is well known for its recreational fishing and boating pleasures. There's an excellent public boat ramp. Indeed, fishing is the major industry here, with prawning fleets based in Schnapper Creek. There's a range of accommodation options in the township, from caravan park to holiday units. Tin Can bay is about 210 kilometres north of Brisbane.
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