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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