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                                        Mountains 1.Testimonials - hear what others have said about us

2. Awards: tourism awards won by Araucaria Ecotours       

3. Memberships of tourism and other societies        

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Sample of what some of our guests have said about us, reproduced with their permission:

Ron Mader
                    and RondaLois Evans, Manchester, UK:
"Araucaria Ecotours offered me the opportunity to visit rainforests for the first time. We have a lot of rain in Manchester (UK), but no rainforests. Ronda and Darren proved to be excellent guides and I was very impressed by their extensive and expert knowledge. Thanks to them I was able to view wildlife and learn about the magnificent trees and plants which make up the various types of rainforest. I came away with great respect for the wonderful Australian ecological heritage and a renewed enthusiasm for conserving the few truly wild parts of the world that are left to us."

Ian Duncan, Ontario, Canada:
"I want to thank you so much for the fantastic day we had birdwatching at O'Reilly's. It really was the highlight of my visit to Australia. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it - and seeing the Platypus at the end of the day was the icing on the cake! You can be sure that I'll be recommending you to anyone I know who is going to be visiting Australia."

June Wan , Hong Kong:
"Thank you Ronda, for putting together a tour that is tailor-made to my many special requests!
I have enjoyed the magnificent scenery and wildlife as well as your company . The kind hospitality and great food of  Elizabeth and Hugh at Cougal Park is a once -in-a-lifetime experience too ! Thanks a lot"

Matt Rynalski, Florida, USA
"Fantastic tour, and I loved the platypus and the nature walks!"

Nicola Holt, New Zealand
"I am just back from Brisbane today and I wanted to write to thank you so much for a wonderful trip in the Binna Burra last Sunday.  I enjoyed it enormously and really appreciated all the effort you had put in to make it such a special day.  I was fascinated with everything, and I am looking forward to downloading my photos when I get a moment.  Thank you so much for a very happy and memorable day."

Ron Mader (pictured above with Ronda), Mexico, editor of Planeta:
"During my visit to Australia earlier this year, Ronda and her son Darren were superb guides. They knew where to find the wildlife, they knew how to make the approach."

Heather Wardell, Adelaide, SA
"This year I was injured while on holidays. I had two days of birding tours booked with Araucaria Wildlife Tours before my flight home. I asked Ronda if she could cater for me - yes. Ronda opened and closed the vehicle door, did up my seat belt, tied my shoe laces in preparation for walking, took photographs and ticked off the birds we saw. Thank you for ending my holiday on a pleasant note. Heather"

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We have been identified as a Rough-Guide Recommended Operation after one of the Rough Guide reps came with us on a day tour. 

Lonely Planet folk have also visited and written about us favourably in their guides to Australia and Queensland

Terra Incognita have recognised us as one of the top global ethical birding ecotours
Top Ethical Birding Ecotours 2020

Tourism Awards for Araucaria Ecotours

2020 - Ecotourism Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame Ecotoursm Australia
Tours have been eco-certified for over 20 years with Ecotourism Australia

Also recognised as a Green Leader

ITSA award2014 - Award at ITSA conference for best industry presentation 
(Ronda Green was presenting as chair of Wildlife Tourism Australia, but her experience as proprietor of Araucaria Ecotours contributed significantly to the presentation


  • receiving
                                                          nature tourism

    2002 - Ecotourism Award (jointly with O'Reilly's Guest House): Beaudesert Shire Council
  • 2008 - Rainforest Way Ecotourism Award:  Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • 2008 - Hidden Jewel Award for Queensland: OM4 Tourism
  • 2009 - Nature Tourism Award: Scenic Rim Regional Council

  • We've been a bit too busy in recent years to spend the time applying for awards, but we received a grant in 2011 (from Southeast Queensland Catchments) to construct fences to separate our horse-grazing from our rainforest restoration, and Ronda completed an International Mentoring program with Tourism and Events Queensland in 2013.
  • All our tours have achieved advanced eco-accreditation with Ecotourism Australia

Hidden Jewel Award

Scenc Rim
              Regionl Tourism Awards
wildlife and outback tours