Straddie Kingfisher Tours

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Straddie Kingfisher Tours began over 15 years ago because Dave and his wife Margaret have such a passion for the Island. They just wanted to show this Island Paradise to the world in an eco friendly, informative and sustainable way. Being part of the Island community since 1966 they can offer you that local knowledge and give you that personal touch.

You get to see the wonderful scenic vantage points on Straddie to observe all the dolphins, turtles, manta rays and the Humpback Whales from June to November each year.

Morning tea and their famous barbecue on the beach for lunch has been included for you to enjoy. You will get to look for koalas and kangaroos as you travel around this Island Paradise and may see many of the 253 different varieties of birds that inhabit the Island.

This tour is conducted at a leisurely pace so you can unwind and really get the feeling of "Straddie" time!

You will have a camera full of memories and a smile to suit.

Facilities

  • Car park
  • Kiosk
  • Public Telephone

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking/Trekking
  • 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

City to Straddie Four Wheel Drive Eco Tour

Pick up time is at 7:15 to 7:30am outside your Hotel/accommodation in Brisbane or Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. They then drive to Cleveland for the trip across Moreton Bay to Dunwich.

Arriving in Dunwich, travel to Brown Lake for swimming, photographs and commentary. They have the morning at Ti tree Brown Lake. Then drive through the Blue Lake National Park to Main Beach stopping on beach for photos and "Pippy" digging.

Heading to Point Lookout's North Gorge, they hope to see dolphins, turtles and manta rays. From June to November, spot Humpback whales from this stunning vantage point. Then drive onto Flinders Beach for their famous "Aussie" barbecue on the beach for lunch (sausages, salad, coleslaw, beetroot, pineapple and a fruit drink). At lunchtime you can take more photos, swim, enjoy beach games or just simply relax.

After the barbecue lunch they drive to Amity Point where they meet the friendly koalas. Then drive back into Dunwich for the return to Cleveland at 2:50 pm. Arrival back at your Hotel is at 4.15pm.

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$195 $195
North Stradbroke Island Whale Watching Tour

Your family or group will need to catch the 8.55am Water Taxi from Cleveland to Dunwich and there Barefoot Dave will meet you as you step ashore at 9.20am.

They then travel through Dunwich (looking for koalas) to Main Beach where they stop for a Cuppa and some "Aussie Damper" for morning tea (looking for whales and eating).

Travelling further north along Main Beach now with the whales that they have spotted, they arrive at the North Gorge. Here is free time to do the complete North Gorge walk. This is the most Easterly Point in Queensland and very popular for its beautiful blue scenic outlook. They also can see dolphins,turtles, manta rays and sharks can be seen from this vantage point.

Lunch is provided at the Captain Cook's seat just in front of a grassy hill with a great view. Food you can carry around like egg and lettuce sandwiches or ham and salad rolls, cake, fruit plus a drink. After lunch more Whale Watching until 2.00pm then they drive back to Dunwich for your return at 2.25pm.

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$70 $70
Half Day Four Wheel Drive Eco Tour

This tour give you a glimpse of the best vantage spots on the Island. More for the time conscience people. You will be picked from your Island accommodation (or water taxi terminal in Dunwich if you are coming from Cleveland).

You drive the full circle of the Northern section of the Island to get to know first hand all the best vantage points. This includes the beaches and bush tracks.

During their drive around they'll stop off for a "Cuppa" and some "Aussie Damper" at an ideal location or when they're thirsty or hungry.

Drive through the Blue Lake National Park to Main Beach stop on Main beach for photos and "Wildlife Watching".

From June to November they can spot the majestic Humpback Whales from this beach. Then to Point Lookout for a toilet stop and then onto Flinders Beach. They drive along the beach to Amity Point where they have a couple of resident Koalas to photograph.

They look at and talk about the history at Amity and then head back to your Island accommodation or water taxi terminal in Dunwich about three to three and a half hours later.

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$35 $60
Sand Boarding

They will take you to the Straddie Desert to experience the thrill of sand boarding.

Straddie Desert session times ar either 10am to 11.45am or 12pm to 1.45pm. You can choose the session to suit you - either before lunch or after lunch. Or they can tailor the times to suit your group! Just ask them!

For each session in the desert they start off on the smaller slopes in order to get your technique correct and then build up to the "A" grade slopes and then to the extremely fast monster slope!

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$35 $35
Kayaking

Suggested itineraries include:

"Adventure Amity" will take you kayaking around the Amity Point area called the Spit to a "Hidden" Creek amongst the Mangroves which is full of fish, turtles and stingrays, so always be on the lookout not only below but above as many species of birds habitate these mangroves as well. This is a lovely area where there is a chance to see the beautiful starfish in abundance and paddle around some of the bigger boats that are mored out in the channel. After experiencing plenty of Natures Little Wonders you can go for cool off swim around the rock wall at Amity Point South of the jetty.

"Adventure Myora" will take you from the foreshores of the One Mile area in Dunwich around to the beautiful Myora Channel and paddle past the many mored boats there and continue to paddle to a ship wreck which you can explore and watch the Bream and other coloured fish dart in and around this wreck as they swim for shelter.

Always be on the lookout for big Turtles, Stingrays, Dolphins and Dugongs as they also frequent these waters all the way up to Amity Point and beyond.

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$45 $160
North Stradbroke Island Locals Four Wheel Drive Eco Tour

They will give you the opportunity to explore the beauty of North Stradbroke Island in an Eco friendly and environmentally sustainable way! Visit all the hidden spots not readily accessible from a normal car. The Full Day Eco Tour comes with everything supplied! Swim freshwater lakes. Enjoy Aussie damper for morning tea, including their famous barbecue on the beach for lunch! Let Dave show you this Island Paradise in style. Unforgettable!

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$80 $80

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Mothar Mountain Rockpools

Gympie, Gympie Area
Free Entry
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.

Dugong Sanctuary - Clairview

Clairview, Isaac Area
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In 1997, the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Council established Clairview (a small beach town approximately 1.5 hours south of Mackay) as a dugong sanctuary. Often dugongs can be spotted when they surface to breathe from the shore, or in the water, when in a kayak, boat or other recreational vessel - so keep an eye out for these majestic creatures! Be sure to slow down your vessel in areas dugongs are known to inhabit, don't litter and help us protect these magnificent animals. The fully protected dugong is a large herbivorous mammal which spends its entire life at sea. It has paddle-like forelimbs, no hind limbs or dorsal fin, and its tail is broad and horizontally flattened. Adults grow between 2.5-3.5 metres long and weight about 230-240 kilograms. For more information, visit Isaac Regional Council's web site.

Condamine Gorge '14 River Crossing'

Killarney, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
Accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles only, the Condamine Gorge's '14 River Crossings' track is appropriately named after the 14 river crossings you have to make exploring this beautiful part of the Gorge. During normal conditions the crossings of the Condamine River are relatively shallow. However, during wet weather the river will rise rapidly making it impassable. It is advisable to check conditions with the Warwick Visitor Information Centre or Bureau of Meteorology prior to visiting. The Condamine Gorge is home to a number of endangered species, please respect this precious environment. Note that private properties either side of the track may not be fenced, so please keep to the road and creek area and observe the 'no trespassing' signs. To commence the track from Boonah, start opposite the Police Station, travel out from Boonah along Rathdowny Road and turn right at Carney's Creek Road. Travel out approximately 12 kilometres to cross Teviot Brook floodway and then turn right to The Head. The low road is Condamine Gorge. This track is only accessible when the weather is dry, take the high road when river is flowing. From Killarney, turn left into Condamine Gorge just after the abattoir.

Heart Reef

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Heart Reef, in the Great Barrier Reef of the Whitsundays, is a stunning composition of coral that has naturally formed into the shape of a heart. Located in Hardy Reef, Heart Reef is best experienced from the air by helicopter or seaplane, as visitors are unable to snorkel or dive there due it's protected status. Many tour companies will combine a scenic flight over Heart Reef with other breathtaking spots in the Whitsundays, including Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. A certain highlight of any visit to the Whitsundays. Heart Reef was discovered in 1975 by one of Air Whitsunday's pilots and is now an internationally-recognised attraction of the Whitsundays and features on many postcards and brochures promoting the Whitsunday region and the Great Barrier Reef. Many an amateur photographer has been amazed by the fact that their own photos look just like the brochures! Heart Reef has been the site of many proposals and declarations of love over the years. If planning on making the ultimate romantic gesture, let your pilot know your plans and they'll be able to help you with some extra flight time over the famous icon.

Mount Fox

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
Located south-west of Ingham, Mount Fox was created by a violent volcanic explosion about 100000 years ago. In the explosion, a lava flow 10 metres thick spewed from the southern end of the crater and chunks of molten magma were thrown out of the volcano's vent. Today, the well formed crater, about 10 metres deep, is covered with sparse grasses and stunted trees amongst the eucalypt woodland environment. The pink and long-fruited bloodwoods are common in this area and vine thicket is found in a steep gully on the southern slopes. Mount Fox's tussock grass slopes shelter a number of small animals. On a cool day in the winter months, skinks and other reptiles can be seen basking on the volcanic bombs. During the hot summer months, the grasses provide protection from the sun and are ideal nesting places for ground-dwelling birds like the little button quail. After sunset, rufous bettongs (small wallaby-type mammals) emerge to feed on herbs and grasses. The large wing span of a wedge-tailed eagle can also be seen, as this bird of prey soars above the Mount Fox crater.
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Approximately ten kilometres from the Kennedy Highway on Tully Falls Road, Ravenshoe the upper car park is a shaded spot to leave your vehicle. You will need personal insect repellent for the walk to the waterfalls then return to your vehicle - the most rewarding way to complete your walk. Then proceed further south to Tully Gorge Lookout over the 275 metre gorge, your best chance for falling water is just after a storm in the "Green Season".

Wallabies on the Beach at Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Cape Hillsborough National Park, approximately 45 minutes north of Mackay, is where you'll find rainforest meets the shoreline, volcanic headlands, eucalypt forests home to koalas and kookaburras and prehistoric rock formations. Cape Hillsborough Beach, also know as Casuarina Beach, provides one of the most iconic Australian photo backdrops, the 'Roo on the beach' at sunrise. Wallabies and kangaroos scour the morning tide for mangrove seed pods, seaweed and coral sand dollars. Enjoy the sunrise as wild marsupials bound up and down the beach. Remember however, that these are wild animals and should be treated as such. Please do not feed the kangaroos and wallabies and ensure to keep a safe distance at all times.

Kinkuna Section

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
Kinkuna section of Burrum Coast National Park preserves a wilderness area of coastal vegetation and wide, unspoilt beaches, just 30 kilometres south of Bundaberg. The Burrum Coast National Park which also incorporates both Woodgate and Burrum River sections is part of the Great Sandy Region, of which Fraser Island is best known. Kinkuna offers a true coastal wilderness experience for camping or hiking. Sand tracks lead through the predominantly flat landscape dense with vegetation and along the oceanfront. Kinkuna section is renowned for its springtime wildflower displays. The vegetation of coastal heath and banksias grows in poor, sandy soils either swampy or very dry and as is often the case, these types of areas put on a spectacular wildflower show - where it seems every bush and tree is covered in pale blossoms of white, pink and yellow hues. August to October is the peak time to view these wildflowers here, in Woodgate section and also just to the north at the Coonarr Wildflower Reserve. Kangaroos and wallabies, emus and abundant birdlife are features of the park.
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Coongarra Rock

Biggenden, North Burnett Area
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For Four Wheel Drive enthusiasts, Coongarra Rock and Falls provide an opportunity to explore rocky outcrops, caves, rock pools and natural vegetation. It is possible to climb the rock but should only be attempted by fit and experienced bushwalkers. It is situated 24 kilometres south of Biggenden and Coalstoun Lakes. Lords Road is the turn off to Coongarra Rock. The road goes to within a short distance of this spectacular outcrop in a dry scrubby State Forest. The road to the falls branches off the road to Coongarra Rock and goes within walking distance of the top of the falls. The roads should only be attempted by Four Wheel Drive vehicles. These roads can be dangerous after heavy rain and care should be taken at all times.
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