Araucaria Ecotours

Adventure and Outdoors Tours

Travel with Araucaria Ecotour’s wildlife experts from Brisbane to rainforests, bushland, wetlands, beaches, mountains and outback on small group tours, all with advanced eco-certification. Seek kangaroos, koalas, platypus, bats, dolphins, forest birds, waterbirds, raptors, reptiles, frogs and other wildlife.

Their emphasis is on helping you gain a deeper understanding of the wildlife’s diversity, behaviour and ecology and what makes it so different from other regions

Day tours include wildlife-viewing, bird-watching (novice to experienced, good bird variety but emphasis more on bird ecology, behaviour and photography than intensive life-listing) and Coochiemudlo, a scenic little island near Brisbane.

The wildlife overview tour is a kind of mini-course introducing major groups of Australian wildlife and ecosystems while visiting a variety of habitats and a wildlife park.

Outback tours are run on-demand in Spring and Autumn.

Custom tours are possible.

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. Special diets and other needs (including lightweight wheel-chair) can be accommodated. Pickup is usually from Brisbane City or the inner southern suburbs.

They practice environmentally sound procedures and contribute to wildlife conservation and research

Facilities

Service Types

Adventure and Outdoors Tours Nature and wildlife Walking and Biking Tours

Activities

Birdwatching Camping Swimming Walks

Fitness

Basic

Disabled Assistance

Caters for limited mobility Disabled access available Wheelchair access

Membership

Queensland Tourism Industry Council Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation

Accreditation

ECO Certified (Advanced Ecotourism) by Ecotourism Australia

Services

From $220 to $330

For absolute beginners through to professional ornithologists, 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. The usual route includes Eagleby Wetlands and Lamington National Park. For extended birding, consider a three-day wildlife overview tour, outback tours or a custom tour.

The main focus is on seeing (and often photographing) birds in their natural habitat and discussing the behaviour and ecology of those you 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 Araucaria 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.

The first guest to book for the day chooses the starting time (usually between 6am and 8am).

The tour has advanced eco-certification.

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

From $2662 to $3300

Travel way out west for 6 or 8 days through brigalow, mulga and other semi-arid habitats to Bowra (a well-known birding hotspot) and possibly Currawinya National Park or Charleville 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 is usually a combination of camping, small outback hotels and a former cattle station. Option of mud bath at Eulo. Spend one night camping if desired, and one or more at Bowra Station.

Advanced eco-accreditation.

With advance notice, may be extended to 10 days.

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

From $140 to $1980

Enjoy a zoologist-designed overview of Australia’s major wildlife groups, their ecology and behaviour, the evolutionary/biogeographical reasons Australia is so different from other world regions, and what makes the Scenic Rim such a special part part of our continent. Visit wonderfully scenic wild places. View wildlife in rainforests, eucalypt forests, wetlands, wild coasts and other native habitats, plus a wildlife park run by National Parks. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Choose between camping and a beautiful bed-and-breakfast by the forest on the first night and an ecolodge by rainforest on the second.

Seek kangaroos, koalas, platypus, kookaburras and other icons as well as lesser known creatures. See a colony of large and noisy fruit bats and watch for dolphins from coastal cliffs. 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 Australia.

Spend two nights in the Kooralbyn Valley resort which is visited by wild kangaroos, many birds and occasionally koalas.

Advanced eco-certification.

With sufficient notice this tour can be extended to four days to allow other experiences such as whale-watching (in winter), snorkelling, horse-riding or Aboriginal culture.

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

From $220 to $330

See wildlife in forests in Greater Brisbane, the SCENIC rim and the Gold Coast. Visit rainforests, eucalypt forests and tea-tree wetland, looking for wild koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, fruitbats, birds, lizards (in warmer months), butterflies and other wildlife, and learn about their ecology and behaviour. There are no guarantees of particular species, but you will certainly see wildlife. Visit a realistic man-made cave to see thousands of glow-worms (usually only visible at night) and walk through a koala enclosure. Experience the rainforest canopy on a safe elevated platform. Morning tea and lunch included. All ages welcome.

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

From $165 to $264

Enjoy a day of gentle walking on scenic sandy beaches, rocky shores, mangroves, tea-tree wetland and eucalyptus forest, with flora and fauna interpretation, close to Brisbane but away from the crowds. Fauna on the island usually include raptors (especially whistling kite, brahminy kite, osprey and white-bellied sea-eagle), bush stone-curlews and other birds, butterflies, molluscs and crabs (sometimes hundreds of blue soldier crabs marching across the beach if the tide is right), molluscs and other shore life.

Advanced eco-accreditation.

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

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