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NOTE: We have been closed due to Covid-19 lockdown but are now re-opening for guests within Australia and hope to welcome guests from afar once again  in 2022

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Also see: What to bring on your tour  and Safety on our tours

Pickup from Brisbane for most tours

Wildlife Tours and other Nature Tours with multi-award-winning Araucaria Ecotours include:

Day tours
red-necked wallaby
eastern yellow robin
Coochiemudlo Island
riding at Thunderbird Park

See plenty of wild kangaroos,wallabies, fruitbats and birds (also reptiles in warm months), walk through an open-air koala enclosure, a day-into-night glow worm cave and a rainforest canopy. Also walk in eucalypt forest, and if time permits also see a tea-tree wetland and a waterfall. We may also see wild koalas: numbers in our region are sadly declining, due largely to habitat loss and an increase in traffic (if you'd like to make some suggestions to our government, be our guests: we've also been doing so), but we can still be lucky.

Come bird-watching in wetlands, eucalyptus forest and rainforest with a zoologist who has conducted research on local birds for over 3 decades. Beginners to experienced birders welcome but please note our focus is bird ecology and behaviour rather than life lists.

Coochiemudlo Island

Gentle walking on the  scenic and varied Coochiemudlo Island,
just a 10 minute ferry ride from the mainland sandy beaches, rocky shores, mangroves,  coastal forest.

This can be extended into an overnight tour (with sufficient notice)


Mostly for groups of 4 or more, best to  inquire at least 2 months before

Multi-day tours
kangaroo and joey
                              through forest
Wildlife overview

3 days, 2 nights, travel with wildlife experts, enhance your understanding of Australia's fauna,  seek animals in the wild both day and night and visit a wildlife park for hard-to-find ones. Camping or comfortable lodge accommodation. Rainforest, other forests, wetlands, beaches etc. During winter months and early spring, we can offer a four-day version to include a whale-watching tour with Spirit of the Gold Coast. 

:  we will probably be discontinuing the camping option next year.

6 days/5 nights or 8d/7n. True outback, away from tourist routes, plenty of emus, red kangaroos, red sand, birding hotspots ...
Accommodation is not luxury but safe and comfortable, in places where we are close to the birds and kangaroos when they are most active - dawn and dusk


usually for groups of 4 or more,best to inquire at least 2 months before preferred departure. Tours to Bunya Mountains, Girraween National Park, other destinations, can include adventure activities, Indigenous culture, special birding or photography tours, ecology or ecotourism, sustainable agriculture

We can offer deas for self-drive Our Wildlife Ecology Centre is currently under renovation but will be open for visits later this year

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What to bring on tour with Araucaria Ecotours

Day tours

  • camera!
  • sun hat (we do usually have spares if you forget)
  • comfortable walking shoes - you won't need mountain boots, but  something with a non-slip sole is safest, especially if it rains (sneakers are fine)
  • raincoat or small umbrella (again, we have spares)
  • binoculars: we still supply them but we've been surprised by the frequency of damage through knocking against things, being dropped or bits coming loose through excessive 'fiddling' (and not just by children). We can't always keep repairing or replacing, and can' afford to provide he more expensive models, so best to bring your own if possible.
  • swimsuit/bathers and a towel if coming to Coochiemudlo or choosing the camping option for our 3-day wildlife tour in warm weather
  • warm jacket for wildlife day-tour for  early evening (may not be needed in summer)
  • insect spray and sunscreen (again we usually carry these if you forget, and we don't get swarms of troublesome insects, just occasional mosquitoes etc.)
  • bottle of drink or your own re-fillable waer bottle  if desired (we do include refreshments, but you may like an additional drink while walking or traveling)
  • money for any additional snacks (e.g. ice creams or  chocolates when we stop for fuel) or souvenirs you might like to buy along the way.  We don't make any specific shopping stops, but some of the places we visit (e.g. O'Reilly's, Binna Burra, Cedar Creek Winery and Glow Worms, Skywalk, David Fleay Wildlife Park do have interesting books and/or souvenirs available)

Longer tours - as for day-tours plus:

  • warm clothing for evening and early morning (it gets cold in the mountains at night, often even in summer, and outback evenings can be quite chilly even after a very warm day).
  • even more warm clothing if camping in winter (we do have frosts June - August)
  • all personal items (toothbrush etc.) and medications (we travel with a first aid kit but we are not permitted to give pain-killers, antihistamines or other oral medications)
  • if you are bringing your own towel and sleeping bag on camping trips, this makes it easier for us, but otherwise let us know and we'll provide them
  • small torch (flashlight): we can supply one if you forget