Araucaria Ecotours

Multiple Locations

Learn about Australian wildlife with Araucaria Ecotours' wildlife experts while traveling from Brisbane to rainforests, bushland, wetlands, quiet beaches, scenic mountains,outback plains and other habitats, seeking kangaroos, koalas, platypus, bats, dolphins, birds, reptiles, frogs and other wildlife for a day or several days. Gain deeper understanding of what makes Australian wildlife so different from other world regions and also what is special about southern Queensland.

Day tours include wildlife-viewing, bird-watching for novices and experienced birders, a scenic little island close to Brisbane, or glow worms, waterfalls and rainforests.

The three-day wildlife overview tour (with choice of camping or guest house) introduces you to the major groups of Australian wildlife and ecosystems while visiting a variety of habitats and a wildlife park specializing in breeding threatened species. Six or eight day outback tours are run on demand in spring and autumn.

All ages and fitness levels are welcome on most tours. Walking is gentle, with emphasis on viewing and photography. Seniors, families, students and special interest groups are happily catered for, and customized tours are possible. Special diets and other needs can be accommodated. Pickup is from accommodation in Brisbane Central Business District or inner southern suburbs, or Brisbane Transit Centre.

Facilities

  • Car park
  • Pets allowed, enquire on booking

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Swimming

Other Information

Accessibility:

Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Our Tours

Enjoy a zoologist-designed introduction to Australia's major wildlife groups, their ecology and behaviour, find why Australia is so different, and visit wonderfully scenic wild places. View wildlife in rainforests, eucalypt forests, wetlands and other native habitats, plus a wildlife park devoted to conservation breeding of rare species. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Choose between camping and a beautiful bed-and-breakfast by the forest.

See kangaroos, koalas, platypus and other icons as well as lesser known creatures. Watch the flight of thousands of large and noisy fruit bats. Receive a custom-written book on Australia's wildlife detailing the major groups, some of the plant groups important to them and an overview of the evolutionary/ geological history of our country. Advanced eco-accreditation.

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$462 $735

Travel way out west through brigalow, mulga and other semi-arid habitats to Currawinya National Park in the true outback Red sand, red kangaroos, emus, Major Mitchell cockatoos, mulga parrots, other colourful outback parrots, wood swallows, brolgas and other birds in arid shrub lands, waterholes, creek beds, freshwater and saltwater lakes. Be prepared for a long drive on the first and last day. Accommodation a combination camping, small outback hotels and a former cattle station in a birding hotspot. Advanced eco-accreditation. Option of mud bath at Eulo. Spend one night camping and one or more at Bowra Station (birding hotspot).

With advance notice, may be extended to eight or 10 days. Their most active times are early morning and late afternoon (wildlife activity times).

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$1485 $1485

Enjoy an easy to moderate bushwalk (you choose the pace) in a variety of forests within Greater Brisbane with interpretation of flora and fauna. You will usually see a variety of birds, butterflies and wildflowers, often wallabies and sometimes koalas. There is a picnic lunch and refreshments provided. Advanced eco-accreditation.

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$99 $99

Enjoy a day of gentle walking on scenic sandy beaches, rocky shores, mangroves with flora and fauna interpretation, close to Brisbane but away from the crowds. Have a swim on a quiet beach if weather conditions permit. Fauna on the island usually include raptors (especially whistling kite, brahminy kite, osprey), bush stone-curlews and other birds, butterflies, crabs (sometimes hundreds of blue soldier crabs marching across the beach), molluscs and other shore life. Explore mainland forest with a reasonable chance of koalas on the way back to the city. Advanced eco-accreditation.

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$132 $132

For absolute beginners through to professional birders, visiting eucalypt forest, rainforests, coastal habitats and/or wetlands (and sometimes heathlands). Travel with a research ornithologist. Main focus is on seeing birds in their natural habitat and discussing their behaviour and ecology. Gentle walking (unless you advise beforehand if you want extended walks). Let them know at time of booking if your own interests are maximising number of species, seeing particular species, experiencing the rainforest with birds as a bonus, etc. Advanced eco-accreditation.

Not all venues will be visited on a particular day. Their usual route includes Eagleby Wetlands and Lamington National Park. For extended birding, consider their three-day wildlife overview tour, outback tours or a custom tour. First to book for the day gets to choose the starting time.

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$154 $154

See some of the wildlife around Greater Brisbane's outer suburbs - look for wild koalas, wallabies, fruitbats, birds, lizards etc. For additional cost and advance planning, they can go further afield to seek wild kangaroos or visit a wildlife park. There are no guarantees, but you will visit places they are very likely to see wildlife and they've never yet failed to at least see wallabies, fruitbats and a variety of birds. Although they don't always find wild koalas (they are now declining in Brisbane) they do see a couple of captive ones in a large walk-through enclosure owned by National Parks. At dusk they watch thousands of fruitbats flying, then experience the Australian bush at night, listening for owls, sometimes seeing possums, gliders, owls, frogs or frogmouths.

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$99 $99

Experience a very well-designed artificial limestone cave housing many happily breeding glow-worms that take the pressure off the colonies in the National Parks. There is nothing artificial about the insects themselves, and in fact this is now the largest glow worm colony in the world. Taste a few local wines (or sip a fruit juice) and enjoy a sumptuous meal while viewing the lake, birds and landscaped gardens. Walk through eucalypt forest and lush rainforests to giant trees, cycads and waterfalls. Enjoy a boardwalk into the rainforest canopy.

For a group wanting a simplified tour just to the glow worms and forest, without the canopy walk or the restaurant, they can do this at reduced cost. Advanced eco-accreditation.

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$165 $165

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Wooroolin Wetland

Wooroolin, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
The Wooroolin Wetland is located at the township of Wooroolin, 16 kilometres north of Kingaroy along the Bunya Highway. Wooroolin Wetlands was declared a fauna sanctuary in 1973, now classified as a palustrine wetland, a non-tidal, inland, seasonally flooded, vegetated swamp.

Nanango Fauna Reserve

Nanango, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
The Nanango Fauna Reserve offers many different environments of seasonal waterholes, eucalypt woodland, acacia scrub, and dry vine scrub. It is a birdwatcher's delight with a variety of birds to be found including the Yellow-Faced Honeyeater, Australian Darter, Varied Sittella, Nankeen Night Heron, and Little Black and Little Pied Cormorant.

Benarkin State Forest Park

Benarkin, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Benarkin State Forest on the Blackbutt Range is a great spot to picnic, fish, spot platypus or hike or ride on forest trails. From the D'Aguilar Highway an unsealed 16 kilometre scenic forest drive leads through rainforest, hoop pine plantations and eucalypt forests containing blackbutt, tallowwood, white mahogany, gums and ironbarks to small flats beside the inviting waters of Emu Creek.

Bunya Mountains National Park

Bunya Mountains, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
The Bunya Mountains National Park is perched 1100 metres high and 200 kilometres north-west of Brisbane and considered Queensland's second-oldest national park being gazetted in 1908. It's there ancient rainforest-clad peaks stand tall and shelter the world's largest formation of bunya pines (Araucaria bidwillii) - once a popular meeting place for Aboriginal folk to gather nuts in the 1800s.

Boat Mountain Regional Park

Murgon, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
This distinctive flat-topped ridge, shaped like an upturned boat, is a landmark near Murgon. Rising to a height of 589 metres, Boat Mountain is covered in dry rainforest with areas of open eucalypt forest.

Jimna State Forest

Jimna, Somerset Area
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Jimna State Forest has had a colourful history of gold mining and timber milling. The last flurry of mining, in the 1940s, yielded 2.8 kilograms of gold. Attractions include creeks, log bridges and wildlife including platypus and many species of birds.

Gordonbrook Dam

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
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The Dam is the sole source of water supply for Kingaroy; it was built in 1941 to provide water for the Royal Australian Air Force Training Base during WWII. In 1987 due to increased demand the dam wall was raised and the inundated area is now 229 hectares.

Coomba Falls

Maidenwell, South Burnett Area
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Coomba Falls, at Maidenwell, is an exceptionally beautiful place, featuring a deep natural swimming hole and striking granite cliffs. The water is icy most of the year, so it's the ideal site to cool down on a hot day.

Coral Gardens Dive Site Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
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Located on the Inner Gneerings off Mooloolaba, the Coral Gardens are like a small section of the Great Barrier Reef on the Sunshine Coast. Lovely hard and soft corals rule this reef in depths from 10 to 15 metres, with the site topography dominated by a series of gutters.

Lake Boondooma

Proston, South Burnett Area
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Peaceful Lake Boondooma is paradise for anglers, campers, bird watchers and water sports enthusiasts. The 1,900 hectare dam was purpose-built across the Boyne River in 1983 to provide a water supply to the Tarong Power Station.
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