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Tours in 2021


Covid-19 has closed the doors for our usual international guests.
We have re-opened our usual tours for Aussie travelers and possibly New Zealanders
We are also now offering 5 new experiences:

Birdwatching and bird behaviour for beginners
Mountain Getaway Seniors special Nature and Science for families Island tour Seniors special Student Tours: Nature and Science
cockatoo
rainfoest track
moon
Coochiemudlo
frog



Birdwatching and bird behaviour for beginnerLewin's honeyeaters

(mid-week 3d2n)

Birdwatching is so  much more than just ticking off a list of birds seen. Birds are a very diverse group of animals, with important ecological roles and fascinating behaviour.

During the three days you will:

  • visit wetlands, eucalypt forests and rainforests, observing birds and their behaviour
  • search for nocturnal birds (no guarantees of sightings)
  • learn the basics of bird identification, including how a knowledge of behaviour can assist
  • learn about different foraging methods, and what to look for in individual birds and flocks of mixed species
  • learn about some courtship and parental behaviour to look for
  • learn about important ecological roles of birds
  • discuss what is special about Australia's birdlife
  • find out how to be a citizen scientist by recording bird observations, and experience some actual citizen science

Excursions will normally depart from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, either in our vehicle or as a tagalong.
Overnight with be at the Kooralbyn Valley or other locations within the Scenic Rim, TBA soon.




 Mountain Seniors special (Binna Burra and Tamborine Mountain)

(mid-week 3d2n)rainforest

Day 1
  • Leave Brisbane or Gold Coast 9.00am on a Monday or Tuesday either in our minibus or as a tagalong
  • Visit Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk for morning tea and a very safe and gentle journey into the rainforest canopy
  • Visit Cedar Creek Estate for lunch and optional wine-tasting and a tour of the glow worm caves and Frog Hollow.
  • Leave Tamborine Mountain for Beechmont, short visit to Dave Groom's art gallery (grandson of Binna Burra's founder, with an unmistakable style of representing the rainforest landscapes)
  • Settle into SkyLodge accommodation at Binna Burra.
  • Dinner followed by optional short walk seeking nocturnal wildlife

Day 2

  • Optional early birdwalk
  • Breakfast, gentle interpretive walk in rainforest and discussion of its fauna, flora and general ecology
  • Morning tea followed by free time to explore the forest or Binna Burra memorabilia or just relax and enjoy the view.
  • Lunch at Lamington Tea House followed by further free time
  • Afternoon tea
  • Gentle interpretive walk in rainforest and eucalypt forest
  • Sunset watch
  • Dinner, free time

Day 3

  • Breakfast, time for packing up
  • Travel to Canungra for morning tea at the Outpost
  • Visit O'Reilly's Vineyard for wine-tasting, lunch and meeting friendly alpacas
  • Return to Tamborne Mountain to explore Botanic Gardens, Gallery Walk or both
  • Return to Brisbane or Gold Coast



Nature and Science for families

(weekend 3d2n)

kanga-joeySelf drive to Kooralbyn Valley resort Friday afternoon or early evening

ACTIVITIES (with a scientist with long experience of explaining science and nature to people of all ages)
  • Fun ways into understanding scientific inquiry
  • Natural history games and art/craft
  • Watching and understanding behaviour of birds and kangaroos
  • Astronomy
  • Using insect life to assess water quality
  • How to be a citizen scientist


Island tour Seniors special

(mid-week 3d2n)

 beachDay 1
  • Leave Brisbane or Gold Coast by mini bus or tagalong 10.00am, travel to Victoria Point
  • Morning tea
  • Short ride on car ferry to Coochemudlo ("red rock") Island
  • Lunch
  • Short beach walk to the red rocks that give the island its name
  • Afternoon tea, discussion of island's fauna
  • Dinner, optional short walk on beach at night
  • After-dinner snacks

Day 2

  • Gentle walks to explore mangroves, woodland and sandy and rock beaches and their fauna and flora
  • Plenty of free time to just relax
  • Three meals and snacks

Day 3

  • Breakfast, free time, morning tea
  • Leave island, explore the bushland, lagoon  and native gardens of Redlands Indigiscapes
  • Lunch at Indigiscapes
  • Return to Brisbane or Gold Coast

Student Tours

(mid-week 3d2n)

Variety of options involving scientific method, environmental science, zoology and botany for all levels

 

Please email us for further details









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