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Australian Wildlife Overview Tour

5based on 1 review
Australia 3 Days
Starting From AUD 902 / per person

Araucaria Outback Tour

4.83based on 1 review
Australia 6 Days
Starting From AUD 2,684 / per person

Wildlife & Forests Trip

5based on 1 review
Australia 1 Days
Starting From AUD 231 / per person

Coochiemudlo Island Trip

Australia 1 Days
Starting From AUD 187 / per person

Forest & Wetland Birding Trip

5based on 1 review
Australia 1 Days
Starting From AUD 220 / per person
Albert’s Lyrebird
The world’s best mimics (and Australia’s largest songbirds) are the lyrebirds, both species endemic to Australian forests, and this one to southeast Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales. We don’t see them on every tour but have been having more success in recent years.
Platypus
Usually seen on the three-day wildlife tour, and possibly the world’s most unusual mammal. Females lay eggs, but give milk to furry youngsters. The male is the world’s only known venomous mammal, sporting a painful spur. They hunt their prey by sensing electrical vibrations with their duck-like bill.
Satin Bowerbird
One of the finest avian architects, the male attracts the female by building an avenue of twigs and decorating it with as many blue objects as he can find. Guests are shown the bowers, and very often the birds themselves, on birdwatching day-tours and 3-day wildlife overview tours.
Eastern Grey Kangaroo
Guests always see these – the world’s second largest species of kangaroo – on the wildlife overview tour, the wildlife day tour, and several other tours, often with joeys in the pouch. Its slightly larger relative – the red kangaroo – is always seen on outback tours
Eastern Whipbird
One of the most familiar calls of Australia’s eastern rainforests is the clear whistle and crack of the male, answered by a double-syllable call from the female. Although more often heard than seen, good close-up views are very often enjoyed on birdwatching tours and wildlife overview tours
Lace Monitor
One of Australia’s largest lizards, the lace monitor (often called "goanna") is a smaller cousin of the Komodo dragon, and often seen on tour in the warmer months, climbing the trees or lumbering across the ground with its primitive-looking gait.
Orange-eyed Tree Frog
These and almost forty other species of frogs live in the Scenic Rim, and are often seen on warm wet evenings. Frogs are generally heard on overnight tours throughout the year, although in winter very few species remain active.
Grey-headed Flying Fox
This is one of the world’s largest bats, with approximately a one metre wingspan. It doesn’t echolocate but finds fruits and flowers by sight and smell. Although once abundant, its numbers are declining. Tours visit an important breeding colony, sometimes staying to watch hundreds take flight at dusk.
Koala
Seriously declining in numbers in southeast Queensland, these endearing animals are now only occasionally seen in destinations where just a few years ago they could be almost guaranteed. Wild ones are still seen on some of our tours, but no longer reliably: we do visit captive ones in wildlife parks run by National Parks, and there is still one site where we find wild ones on about 80% of our visits
Ring-tailed Possum
Like all possums they are nocturnal, and quite often seen on our night-time walks, as are the brush-tailed possums, and more rarely gliding possums. All are very different from the opossums of the Americas, which show more similarities with our carnivorous marsupials.

The Araucaria team are heavily involved with the Scenic Rim branch of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, and we 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. Thus 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.

  • You must book.
    Australian Wildlife Overview Tour
    Susan Smith1 Jun 2018
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    We booked 2 days with Araucaria and enjoyed it so much we managed to extend to 4 days. This mother and son team have an intimate knowledge of their area. Which meant we saw almost everything we wanted to. Although it has to be remembered it is wildlife and unpredictable. In the 4 days we photographed 70 species of birds and saw many more, birds being mostly secretive we could photo all. in their natural environment. We also saw many animals including Koalas in the wild and swamp wallaby's. The locations were stunning and I wish I could share some of my photos. We were well looked after, I use a crutch and we are both retired but the pace was very well managed. Far superior to our previous tours with other operators, in Cairns that were rushed. I don't think you could beat Araucaria for value or content. I just wish we could leave a higher score. If ever we return to Australia the whole holiday will be booked with this special team.
  • Once-in-a-lifetime experience
    Araucaria Outback Tour
    Cheuk Ho WU1 Aug 2018
    4.83
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    I booked a customised 3days tour for my parents, relatives and I (5 ppl in total), it was definitely one of my favourite ecotours in my life. Reasons: 1. Ronda and Darren (operators) are very passionate, knowledgeable, experienced in the wild. They know how to spot, they respect wildlife, they are even more patient than my mum to interpret the nature, well, they are just amazing! 2. I found the tour interesting because of my academic background is ecology and environmental science...but this operator knows how to simplify the info for my parents 3. Operator taught us and let us experience aboriginal cultural, those memories will never be faded. 4. Value is actually pretty okay in Australian standard, I gave 4 stars just because I evaluated it in my family standard. BUT, the itinerary, content, and profession of Araucaria is absolutely above standard :)
  • wildlife eco tour
    Wildlife & Forests Trip
    Elise Winter19 Sep 2018
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    My family and I had a wonderful day exploring the forests & wildlife of Queensland. We really enjoyed the passion and expertise of Rhonda and Darren. My kids also had a blast and it is an experience we'll never forget!! Thanks Rhonda!
  • Great tour
    Forest & Wetland Birding Trip
    Julius Simonelli9 Nov 2018
    5
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    We had a great tour with Ronda and her son. They were very knowledgeable and we saw all of the key species I wanted to see.
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