Queensland Wildlife Tours
Araucaria Ecotours is a family wildlife business run by Ronda, Denis and Darren Green since 1997, located in Southeast Queensland (just across the board from NSW) and in close proximity to a number of national parks. Your main guide will be Dr Ronda Green, who has conducted extensive research over the years in bird behaviour and ecology in Australian forests, especially those of south-east Queensland.
Araucaria Ecotours deepens visitors’ understanding of Australia’s wildlife while seeking kangaroos, platypus, fruitbats, birds, reptiles and much more with wildlife experts on eco-certified tours through coasts, mountains and outback in areas of high biodiversity.
Southeast Queensland is one of Australia’s most diverse regions in terms of species and habitats, and what better way to explore it than with wildlife experts who have conducted years of ecological research and fauna surveys in the area? If short on time, you can choose to see kangaroos, koalas, glow worms, fruitbats, rainforests, typical Australian bushland and waterfalls all in one day by exploring a scenic little island with many habitats very close to Brisbane, or go birdwatching in wetlands, bushland and lush rainforest.
To get a substantial grasp of what makes Australia’s wildlife so different from the rest of the world, the wildlife overview tour is hard to beat. You will visit mountains, forests, wetlands, a wildlife park dedicated to conservation breeding and a sandy beach edged by woodland, instead of tourist accommodation. You will seek kangaroos, platypus, fruitbats, dolphins, birds, reptiles, and other wildlife as well as receiving a take-home book on Australia’s wildlife written by proprietor Ronda Green (PhD in zoology, many years’ experience in wildlife research and teaching all ages from kindergarten to university and adult education and author/editor of numerous publications on wildlife and wildlife tourism).
Outback tours run once or twice a year (autumn and spring), not to crowded tourist destinations but to wide open spaces way out west that maximise chances of red kangaroos, emus, colourful parrots, lizards and other wildlife. Other tours (on demand) include a three-day visit to the pre-historic-feeling tall forests of the Bunya Mountains, or to Girraween, with its massive granite boulders, many kangaroos and birds, and brilliant wildflower displays in spring.
Araucaria Ecotours offer custom Queensland wildlife tours with sufficient notice. All tours have advanced eco-certification, most are suitable for all ages and abilities, and all cater for special diets and many other individual needs. Most of the wildlife tours depart from Brisbane.
Araucaria Ecotours is a member of Ecotourism Australia, Wildlife Tourism Australia, Queensland Tourism Industry Council, Brisbane Marketing and Scenic Rim Escapes
Australian Wildlife Overview Tour
Forest & Wetland Birding Trip
Wildlife & Forests Trip
Coochiemudlo Island Trip
For more Queensland wildlife tours visit the Araucaria Ecotours website.
Please note the Araucaria Ecotours reserves the right to change listed pricing anytime at their discretion. Please contact them directly to confirm.
Eastern Grey Kangaroo
Orange-eyed Tree Frog
Grey-headed Flying Fox
Whiptail wallabies, red-necked wallabies, red-necked pademelons and red-legged pademelons are often seen, and more rarely swamp wallabies, rock-wallabies or bettongs. Possums are encountered on most overnight tours, when koalas, bandicoots, bats, owls, frogmouths, nightjars, fireflies, frogs, nocturnal snakes and other creatures may also be found. Nine species of cockatoo live in southern Queensland, with at least three seen on most tours.
Raptors include Australia’s two largest eagles (wedge-tailed eagle and white-bellied sea-eagle), the smallest (nankeen kestrel) and several others. The world’s only subtropical bird of paradise (Paradise riflebird) is often seen at Lamington National Park, as well as two species of bowerbird (satin and regent), green catbirds, log-runners, pittas, brush turkeys, crimson rosellas and many others.
Most of Australia’s waterbirds are nomadic, so their presence at wetlands is somewhat unpredictable, but include black-necked storks, magpie geese, black swans, pelicans, darters, cormorants, spoonbills, herons, avocets, dotterells, ducks, swamphens and others. Kookaburras, other kingfishers, fairy-wrens, mannikins, grassbirds, many honeyeaters and other species are seen in more open habitats, and outback trips always include sightings of emus, apostlebirds and various parrots, and usually brolgas, choughs, chats, babblers and others.
Mid-spring brings northern migrants such as channel-billed cuckoos, koels and dollarbirds. One of Australia’s largest (but non-venomous) snakes, the carpet python is common, and sometimes the odd little bandy-bandy is out at night. Then there are lizards, big green treefrogs and many other frogs, bright butterflies and dragonflies and much more.
Large banksias, flowerspikes of grasstrees, red bottlebrushes, and massive flowering of creamy tea-tree and eucalypt blossoms attract birds and butterflies, yellow wattles (acacias) seasonally brighten the bushland, and in the warm months rainforest fruits entice frugivores such as the colourful wompoo fruitdoves. Hanging lichens, large ferns and orchids adorn treetrunks in the rainforests, which harbour hundreds of species of trees, shrubs and vines.
The Araucaria team are heavily involved with the Scenic Rim branch of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, and also conduct fauna surveys for conservation groups and for local councils for conservation management.
Travelers wishing to book tours at a time when such projects are happening are sometimes invited to participate in such activities, with no additional costs except meals and sometimes accommodation or travel that is separate from Araucaria Ecotours.
Guests on tour are encouraged to help find and photograph examples of animal/plant interactions, especially possibilities of pollination and seed dispersal, to assist with research by the proprietor which has conservation implications for designating, managing and enhancing local reserves and habitat corridors between them.
Coochiemudlo Coast Care is a conservation group conducting a weeding program, and guests on ecotours can with prior notice assist with this, enabling the establishment of ephemeral orchids and other vulnerable plants and assisting the movements of small ground-dwelling lizards, frogs and other native creatures.
Bags and gloves are often carried on tour for the collection of litter, including plastics that could otherwise end up in the sea to be swallowed by turtles, seabirds and marine mammals.
Unusual sightings of threatened species on the tours are reported to relevant bodies such as Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, to research ecologists or to local councils to assist with conservation plans.
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