Araucaria Ecotours

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Enjoy learning about Australian wildlife with Araucaria Ecotours' wildlife experts while travelling from Brisbane to rainforests, bushland, wetlands, quiet beaches, mountains and the outback plus sustainable wildlife-supporting agricultural properties and conservation-oriented wildlife parks, seeking kangaroos, koalas, platypus, bats, dolphins, birds, reptiles, frogs and other wildlife for one or several days. Gain a deeper understanding of what makes Australian wildlife unique.

Day tours include wildlife-viewing, bird-watching (suitable for all levels), a scenic little island near Brisbane, glow worms or (new!) sustainable farms supporting biodiversity.

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 specialising in conservation-breeding. 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 learning and photography. Seniors, families, students and special interest groups are happily catered for, and customised tours (day or longer) are possible. Special diets and other needs can be accommodated. Pickup is from accommodation in Brisbane Central Business District, inner southern suburbs or Brisbane Transit Centre.

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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
Bird-Watching Day Tour

For absolute beginners through to professional birders, visiting eucalypt forest, rainforests, coastal habitats and/or wetlands (and sometimes heathlands). Travel with a research ornithologist.Not all venues will be visited on a particular day. Our usual route includes Eagleby Wetlands and Lamington National Park. For extended birding, consider our three-day wildlife overview tour, outback tours or a custom tour.
Our main focus is on seeing (and often photographing) birds in their natural habitat and discussing the behaviour and ecology of those we see or hear, the differences of Australia's birdlife compared to other world regions, and conservation issues.
Tours involve gentle, short walks (unless you advise beforehand that you want extended walks, or have mobility problems: you can still see a lot even from a wheelchair). Let us know at time of booking if your interests are mainly seeing as many species as possible, seeing particular species, learning about local birds, or just experiencing the rainforests and others habitats with birds as a bonus, etc.
The first guest to book for a particular day gets to choose the starting time (usually between 6.00am and 8.00am, but can be earlier or later).
The tour has advanced eco-certification.

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$198 $248

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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