Australian Nature Guides

Rolleston, Central Highlands Area

Australian Nature Guides are Carnarvon Gorge's only specialist guiding service - with twenty years experience based in this iconic Queensland landscape. Their small group tours deliver big experiences.

Walking with their highly trained guides is like stepping into an Attenborough documentary. You won't miss anything.

Meet the smallest bird in Australia and the tallest orchid on the same track. Then discover how they fit into the Gorge's ecosystems.

Encounter more of the local creatures (great and small) touring with expert wildlife spotters. Discover another side to the Gorge on their exclusive Night Safari Tours.

Explore ancient Rock Art sites indepth, with a guide fluent in the Archaeology and Anthropology of Central Queensland.

Get access to exclusive locations and experiences on private tracks and trails. Enjoy a touch of the simpler life with some billy tea in the bush. Or salute the sun at dawn or dusk from their secluded lookout over the Gorge.

Bring your camera along for a hands-on exploration of the Milky Way on their Stargazing tours. Learn how to take stunning images of the night sky, while using telescopes to travel out beyond the solar system.

They don't just show the Gorge, they know the Gorge!

Carnarvon Gorge Discovery Centre
2/4043 O'Brien's Rd
Rolleston, Central Highlands Area
Queensland
Australia

Our Tours

Lower Gorge Explorer

The Lower Gorge Explorer Tour is for those that wish to truly understand Carnarvon Gorge's landscapes, plants, animals, people and how they all fit together.

The tour takes in the greatest diversity of experiences possible in a moderate day's walking. It has been operating continuously for 17 years in Carnarvon Gorge - a track record no other tour operator can come close to.

Watch the warm morning light colour the cliffs as you search for wildlife and unusual plants along the path into the Gorge. Listen to the chorus of birds as they glean breakfast from the forest. Hunt for tiny orchids in moist undergrowth.

At the Art Gallery, explore an internationally significant Rock Art site from both an indigenous and western perspective, gaining a deeper understanding of its place in traditional and modern culture.

Put the kettle on in Ward's Canyon's unique microclimate and enjoy a hot drink next to a colony of rare king ferns.

Wander into the magical atmosphere of the Amphitheatre, whose sandstone walls record over two million years of geological history.

Relax in the Moss Garden with the soothing sound of water falling out of the cliffs from the largest spring in Carnarvon Gorge.

Indicative rates

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$55 $55
Carnarvon Night Safari

If you are interested in incredible wildlife encounters, this is the tour for you!

Experience a side of the Gorge that few others will, as you venture out in search of nocturnal wildlife.

Five of Australia's six species of marsupial gliders occur in Carnarvon Gorge's forests, including the metre long Greater Glider and the charismatic Yellow-bellied Glider.

The Carnarvon Night Safari Tour is your best chance to see these furry aerobatic animals in action.

Along the way, you'll also have a chance to encounter echidna, platypus, owls, frogs, bats and some of the creatures that come out after dark in Carnarvon Creek.

Great fun for the whole family.

Indicative rates

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$25 $25

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Black Swamp Wetlands

Cleveland, Redland City Area
Free Entry
The Black Swamp Wetlands is within walking distance from Cleveland train station and the Central Business District. It has a significant amount of birdlife, animals, and vegetation with a small viewing deck each side, making it a delightful hub of wildlife in the heart of Cleveland.

Lamb Island

Lamb Island, Redland City Area
Get away from it all and rest in the peaceful and tranquil waters of Moreton Bay. Lamb Island was known by the Aboriginal people of Moreton Bay as Nguderoo, or paperbark trees. It is the second smallest of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, is easily navigable, has a general store, recreation club and a swimming enclosure for cooling off in the bay waters.

Karragarra Island

Karragarra Island, Redland City Area
Karragarra is a great day-trip destination and is the smallest of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, about half a kilometre wide and four kilometres long. The experience starts with a short water taxi ride from Redland Bay.

Cleveland

Cleveland, Redland City Area
The leafy streetscapes of Cleveland are a welcoming gateway to iconic North Stradbroke Island and and the perfect place to start your Redlands adventure. Cleveland is easily accessed by road or rail where you can make the most of beautiful foreshores, parks and playgrounds, as well as a wide range of dining and retail choices.

Victoria Point

Victoria Point, Redland City Area
Victoria Point's abundance of parks and esplanades make it the perfect place for leisurely days spent strolling, swimming, cycling and enjoying a barbecue with family and friends. Whether your outdoor exploits include taking the kids for a dip at Thompson's Beach, trying your hand at paddle boarding, or enjoying a seaside picnic, the area is an oasis for alfresco activities.

Mount Cotton

Mount Cotton, Redland City Area
Scenic Mount Cotton is a semi-rural area known for its pretty country drives, invigorating bush walks, and award-winning Sirromet Winery. After a visit to the vineyards, you can rest in comfort and tranquillity at a luxury guesthouse and wake to the sound of wildlife in a stunning bushland location.

Cornubia Forest Park

Cornubia, Logan City Area
Free Entry
Cornubia Forest Park is a wonderful place to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and reconnect with nature. Explore the lush 196 hectare forest or just breathe in deeply and relax. Keep an eye out in this pristine bushland for koalas, bandicoots, water dragons, wallabies, greater gliders and around 50 species of native birds.

Macleay Island

Macleay Island, Redland City Area
With an emerging arts culture, Macleay Island has a range of art to explore within the Macleay Island Arts Complex Inc. There are several beaches for swimming and fishing, with barbecue facilities in the foreshore parks.

Redland Bay

Redland Bay, Redland City Area
Charming and friendly bayside suburb with a village ambience and sea breezes. Situated at the southern end of the Redlands area, it is the departure point for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. Regular passenger ferry and vehicular barge services depart from Redland Bay for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

Russell Island

Russell Island, Redland City Area
Be greeted by an amazing mosaic masterpiece that will set the mood for your visit to Russell Island, the largest of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. For fishing, there's a jetty at the northern end of the island, with a nearby fenced swimming enclosure for cooling off on a hot day.
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