Queensland Rainforests & Great Barrier Reef wildlife holiday
Price depends on your party size (couples and private solo tours can be arranged).
Please contact us for a quote specific to your party size and requirements.
Minimum age: 18 years.
Description of Queensland Rainforests & Great Barrier Reef wildlife holiday
Mix scuba diving and snorkelling with rainforests and rivers as you head to Queensland on a tailor made two week tour that's all about experiencing an array of animal encounters alongside Australia's iconic and lesser-known marine and landscapes.
This is your chance to search the Great Barrier Reef for turtles, sharks and a plethora of marine life, prior to exploring Daintree rainforest and the highland forests of Atherton Tablelands on the trail of crocodiles, cassowaries and tree kangaroos.
In order to develop our unrivalled range of combined wildlife watching holidays, our guides have spent years searching for Australia's best wildlife watching locations and seldom visited areas. This dedication has led us to create this wonderful tour that starts and ends in the city of Cairns. In between you'll be taken to the pristine rainforests of the north and the wonderful highlands of the Tablelands as well as experiencing some of the best marine wildlife from Hervey Bay to the Great Barrier Reef.
Anyone interested in the marine world will no doubt know that there are very few better destinations than the Great Barrier Reef. But we will also explore some of the best kept wildlife secrets in Australia by travelling inland in search of Lumholtz tree kangaroos, musky rat-kangaroos, southern cassowaries and platypus. There are few other places in the world that boast the range of marine life of Queensland and when you couple that with such a biodiverse range of habitats this holiday is a wildlife watcher's dream. All of our tours are guided by our own professional zoologist so you can be sure you're in the best hands possible for the best sightings.
We also have a great network of local guides in Australia who have developed a great range of wildlife watching locations where the rarest species are commonly seen. We will spend as much time after dark in certain locations as you wish and with the help of a high powered spotlight we will search for nocturnal species. One of the reasons why our wildlife watching holidays are unique is that our background (as a company) is from a scientific and zoological standpoint. We have a great network of colleagues and contacts all over the world who are the people on the front line searching for the best new locations for wildlife watching.
Where possible we use two brilliant guides; first a professional zoologist who will escort you on all your excursions and will act as your driver throughout, and also very knowledgeable local guides who have decades of experience working and guiding through Queensland. Your zoologist escort is an expert in animal behaviour as well as marine biology and will be able to help you identify the different species as well as interpret what behaviours you're watching.
We have included wildlife watching in the wonderful Atherton Tablelands where some of the rarest marsupials in the world can be found including the Lumholtz tree kangaroo and several possum species. We also include all vehicle safaris, guided walks, spotlighting drives, scuba diving & snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, whale watching excursions, river cruises, park entrance fees and sightseeing entrance fees. We also look to hire scientists and researchers where possible to help find some of the rarer and more elusive species.
We include more time in the field searching for wildlife per day than any other tour operator. Only if you request to have a rest day will we not arrange a safari into the Australian bush or trip out to sea in Hervey Bay or the Great Barrier Reef. A comprehensive species list (which states the relative chances of seeing animals based on past tours) is included in the pre-departure pack. There is also a reference book library available for your use throughout the trip as well as some documentaries on the wildlife that you are likely to see which are available to watch throughout the tour.
Best time to watch wildlife in Queensland:
For this tour we have decided that the Southern Hemisphere Autumn and Winter is a good time of year to visit Queensland. The waters of the Great Barrier Reef are warm all year around and during May they are around 25-27C. Through June – August the temperatures drop slightly to a pleasant 22-24C and during all of this period the visibility is good. Also during June to August there are minke whales on the outer reefs and humpback whales migrating through. The terrestrial wildlife is also easier to see during this time of year as it is also the low rainfall season.
Recommended fitness levels:
There are a few physical activities on this tour. Firstly, the ability to swim and snorkel is essential (if you can scuba dive, dive trips can be arranged – certified dive log book and certificate required), and the ability to swim in open water for over 1 hour is also needed. There is also lots of walking involved and the temperature and humidity in Queensland can be hot and humid, even during the winter, so we require people to be used to walking in the heat.
Minimum age: 18 years
PlanetIn Australia (as with everywhere we go) we carefully choose accommodation, supplies and transportation that either minimises its effect on the environment or helps to contribute to its sustainable development. By choosing small, privately owned accommodation where possible as we are always looking at ways to lower our ecological footprint and smaller companies are usually much better at this than larger ones. Where possible, we make sure that the lodges, camps and ranches that we use support local projects for the protection of the wildlife and local communities which rely on tourism as the principal source of income. We try and make sure that all the accommodation that we use is are ecologically responsible and use solar power electricity and water recycling pumps etc as well as making sure that all the food consumed is produced locally. We also contribute and participate in as many studies that the local researchers are conducting as possible.
By bringing people here with a professional zoologist as well as professional local guides we aim to showcase the environment in full but also to allow you to learn about the problems facing the ecosystems here and highlight the ways that continued development and human exploitation are affect the species and how cutting edge research is countering the problems as well as showing you examples of success stories. We also keep a record of all the great sightings we see on each tour and record the environmental factors, this data is used by ourselves but also given to the researchers who are working on many of these species. Such as contributing our pictures and videos to the local and global humpback whale identification programs. We also help contribute to ongoing research of the Lumholtz tree kangaroo populations in Atherton Tablelands.