tours with Araucaria Ecotours
Southeast Queensland is one of the most scenic and species-rich regions of Australia, and is readily accessible from Queensland's capital, Brisbane. In fact Brisbane itself has many large tracts of natural habitat remaining in its suburbs, ideal for bushwalking and harbouring a surprising variety of wildlife: wallabies, koalas, fruitbats, brush turkeys, eagles, pythons and much more. The famous rainforests of Lamington National Park are just 90 minutes away, and a short ferry ride reaches a beautiful little island of varied habitats.
Extended (overnight and longer) tours
This is our longest-running tour, and still our most popular one. We visit rainforests, eucalypt forests, coastal woodlands, mangroves and quiet beaches to seek the wild kangaroos and wallabies, koalas, platypus, forest birds, waterbirds, reptiles, frogs and many other creatures in the wild, and also view some rare and threatened species in a wildlife park devoted to conservation breeding, and our Wildlife Ecology Centre. Throughout the tour we give you an overview of Australia's major groups of wildlife and what is so different about Australia, and you receive a very informative booklet on Australia's wildlife to take home with you. Accommodation is in a beautiful bed-and-breakfast in secluded tall forest or a campsite (we provide tent etc.) ...
Read more about the Australian Wildlife Overview Tour
Come to the lands of red sands, red kangaroos, dusty roads, emus and brolgas... This is not a luxury tour. There are no five star or even four-star hotel out where we're traveling, and our tour vehicle is a Toyota 'troopie,' possibly the most popular vehicle throughout the outback but not a luxury coach. We do however have comfortable beds and some great meals. And if you'd like a taste of the genuine outback rather than tourist resorts, to wait at an outback waterhole for the dawn chorus of birds or red kangaroos coming to drink at dusk, to look for sand goannas and shingleback lizards, or flocks of Major Mitchell cockatoos, to see vast inland lakes internationally known as important bird breeding areas, to meet locals in little country towns, to lie under brilliant starry skies, and maybe indulge in a mud bath while sipping wine and eating dried fruit and nuts ...
Read more about the Outback Wildlife Tour
This is a no-frills self-catering camping weekend, which we started when the 3-day wildlife tour prices of necessity had to be raised above the budget of some backpackers. We provide all camping equipment and take you to see wild kangaroos, walk in rainforest, through the Scenic Rim Wildlife Ecology Centre. We also stop at shops of your choice along the way to buy food for the weekend (we have an icebox you can use, and can store a few small items overnight i the fridge))
Read more about the Budget Weekend Wildlife Camp
There are many possibilities for extended as well as one-day custom tours, if we are approached well in advance of the date you are interested in.
Past custom tours have involved additional wildlife viewing, birdwatching or hiking in various localities, horse-riding, canoeing, Indigenous culture, farm visits, whale watching , visits to wildlife parks and theme parks, and more.
Other possibilities include snorkeling, rock-climbing and other adventure activities, with accommodation ranging from primitive camping to luxury hotels.
Group size for custom tours is usually between 4 and 10 persons, but we can also take less (additional charge per person) or more (additional charge for taking two vehicles or hiring larger vehicle).
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Wonderful mountain scenery, lush forests, quiet beaches, wildlife-viewing, great little cafes, interesting small museums, adventure activities .... an extended self-drive through southeast Queensland can be very rewarding, with overnight stops varying from campgrounds, cabins of various styles, ecolodges, farnstays, bed-and-breakfast guest houses, motels and hotels. We can also advise on routes to travel when driving to southeast Queensland from further afield ...