Gold Coast and Hinterland Day Tours
1. Gold Coast Wildlife Day Tour
After travelling south to the Gold Coast (a one and a half hour drive south of Brisbane), our tour follows the Coastal Esplanade and take in the sights of Surfers Paradise. A picnic morning tea on the foreshore is included. Walk the Spit and view Surfers Paradise and South Stradbroke island. This is a great spot for turtles, dolphins and lots of seabirds. Between May and October the Humpback whales travel past the coastline and often come in quite close to shore. The tour then continues into the hinterland for short walks in the rainforest and returns to Brisbane through rural countryside. Tiny wallabies, flying fox colonies, scrub turkeys and many rainforest birds are some of the animals commonly seen. Another option is to stop at either the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to handfeed the kangaroos and cuddle a koala or check out the crocodiles and birdlife at the David Fleay Wildlife Park. (Entry to the Wildlife parks is at own expense)
2. O’Reilly’s Green Mountain Day Tour
From your pickup point, we head to the Green Mountain section of the Lamington Plateau and enjoy the spectacular views and rainforest surrounds. We stroll along the Treetop Boardwalk and the adventurous can climb to the top of the treetop lookout above the canopy. After morning tea, we take a fully guided walk through pristine rainforest (remnants from Gondwanaland) with fantastic Antarctic Beech trees some between over 3000 years old. There is plenty of amazing and diverse fauna and flora to see on this eco tour. We often see wallabies and koalas in this area. On our return, we enjoy a picnic or cafe lunch and there is the opportunity to handfeed the rosellas and king parrots. On the way back, we stop at the Alpaca farm and / or the historic village of Canungra.
3. Mt Tamborine Day Tour
We travel to Mt Tamborine through picturesque farmland and towering Eucalypt forests and stop at lookouts for views of Surfers Paradise and the Scenic Rim. We start with a fully guided bushwalk. There are many to choose from, such as the oldest National park in Queensland – Curtis Falls, 30 minute walks with wheelchair access or longer walks – up to one and a half hours or two hours duration. You choose the length and pace to suit you. There is prolific birdlife – you may be lucky and spot a bower bird nest or hear the catbird calling – as well as interesting reptiles, waterfalls and spectacular forests. This eco tour also includes options to spend the afternoon enjoying the Gallery Walk with its arts & crafts galleries, visit some local wineries breweries or distillery and/or the Glow Worm Cave before heading back.
4. Lamington National Park or Springbrook Day Tour
Both of these parks are about one and a half hours drive south of Brisbane and west of the Gold Coast. They form part of the Gondwana Rainforests of the Australian World Heritage area. These parks conserve a rich diversity of wildlife, including more than 1700 species of flowering plants and 500 vertebrate animals. We provide fully guided bushwalks on this eco tour in either of these parks. Choose from a large choice of walks in these parks to suit your interests and level of fitness. Allow about 20 to 30 minutes to walk one kilometre, with time for photo opportunities.
There are spectacular waterfalls like Purlingbrook Falls at Springbrook. This fall plunges more than 100 metres into a gorge filled with palms and lilies. This is a class 3 level walk requiring a reasonable level of fitness and takes about two hours to walk the four kilometres. In contrast, the Best of All Lookout walk is only 600 metres return taking about thirty minutes to pass through ancient Antarctic Beech forest with views to Mt Warning in New South Wales.
Our Day Tour to the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park offers half day walks ranging from thirty minutes to longer walks up to four hours. This Eco tour features diverse wildlife, spectacular views of surrounding valleys and mountain formations. The diverse vegetation and habitats creates the opportunity to observe unusual wildlife such as the freshwater crayfish and eels, catbirds, lyrebirds and bowerbirds plus paddymelons (tiny rainforest wallabies) and koalas.
We can supply day use of packs, water bottles, binoculars, scope, raincoats and morning / afternoon tea & lunch, if necessary, depending on the length of the walk. It is important to wear suitable clothing and footwear and carry essential items as advised. These eco tours can be combined with other attractions in the same area such as wineries, historical museums, local farm produce or arts and craft galleries if time permits.
At all National Park locations, Full Day hikes of up to six to eight hours can be arranged but a very high level of fitness is required. More information is available on request.
Overnight tours to Stanthorpe and Girraween National Park or to the Sunshine Coast can also be organised with sufficient notice (prices on application). This would allow for two days of touring and bushwalking as well as travel time to and from the area (three hours drive to Stanthorpe from Brisbane). Accomodation expenses are not included.