Australian Wildlife Tour in Southeast Queensland
This 3-day Australian wildlife tour not only shows you some of Australia's most famous animals and others not so well-known, it includes a kind of fun-to-learn mini-course on Australia's wildlife that enhances knowledge and deepens understanding Australia's wildlife and ecosystems as a whole, with special attention to those of southeast Queensland. This makes it ideal as a first experience of Australia, putting into context all the wildlife and wild places that may be seen in subsequent travels round the country. It can also tie a lot of information and sightings together at the end of a traveller's wanderings around Australia, or just provide a memorable three days of wildlife encounters if time is too short to visit the rest of the country.
Wildlife seen on tour in the wild include kangaroos (always, and they can usually be approached quite closely for excellent photos if everyone is quiet), wallabies (always), koalas (almost always, but also in captivity), possums (often), gliders (occasionally), bandicoots (occasionally), echidna (occasionally) platypus (often, but also in captivity), fruitbats (almost always), dolphins (very often), humpback whales (occasionally in distance in winter) kookaburra (always), rosellas (always), lyrebirds (occasionally), bowerbirds (almost always), many other forest birds, many waterbirds, eagles (often), carpet pythons (occasionally), freshwater turtles (very often in summer), lace monitors (often, but also in captivity), other lizards and snakes, frogs (often in summer), eels (occasionally), various marine invertebrates washed up on shore, many butterflies and other terrestrial invertebrates. Guides also introduce guests to native plants that are important to wildlife, and some of which have their own intriguing adaptations.
A couple of well-run wildlife parks are also visited for a close-up view of koalas, gliders and platypus, as well as some outback species such as bilbies, hopping mice and emus, and northern species such as tree-kangaroos, cassowaries and crocodiles.
The tour visits mountain rainforests, eucalyptus forests (the typical "Aussie bushland"), tea-tree wetlands, mangroves, sandy beaches and rocky headlands. As well as the wildlife, we view some wonderful scenery with great photo opportunities, see plants and landforms important to Indigenous Australians, and enjoy hearty and tasty meals, many with locally-grown produce. The accommodation is clean, comfortable and friendly, with wildlife living just outside.
Take-home printed material is provided, and guests can request either one free paperback copy of Ronda's book "Understanding Australia's Wildlife" to be given during the tour or a free pdf of same to be sent prior to the visit.
Alternative Tour Name: Australian Wildlife Overview Tour