Queensland Rainforests & Great Barrier Reef wildlife holiday

Description of Queensland Rainforests & Great Barrier Reef wildlife holiday

Mix Scub-Diving & Snorkelling with rainforests and rivers as we head to Queensland and explore the Great Barrier Reef (for turtles, sharks and a plethora of marine life) as well as Daintree and Atherton (for crocodiles, cassowaries, tree kangaroos and many other birds, mammals and reptiles).

Introduction:

We are specialists in tailoring wildlife watching all over the world and we have a great range of wildlife tours in Australia which combine various different wildlife watching locations and spectacles throughout Queensland, from the deep rainforests, colourful Great Barrier Reef and the highland forests of Atherton. In order to develop our unrivalled range of combined wildlife watching holidays, our guides and colleagues around the world have spent years searching out the world’s best wildlife watching locations as well as visiting some seldom visited areas. This dedication has led us to create this wonderful tour that starts and ends in the northern city of Cairns, in between you will 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 some of the strangest animals in the world such as Lumholtz tree kangaroos, musky rat-kangaroos, southern cassowaries and the platypus. There are few other places in the world that can boast the range of marine life that Queensland can and when you couple that with some of the most biodiverse habitats in the world this is holiday is a wildlife watchers dream. All of our tours are guided by our own professional zoologist so you are sure to be in the best hands possible for the best sightings. Our escort for this tour has experience working on with sharks in South Africa and in Australia as well as working with whales and dolphins in the UK. So you are in safe hands when it comes to understanding the marine ecosystems here.

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 and so have a great network of colleagues and contacts all over the world who are the people on the front line in search of the best new locations for wildlife watching. All of these reasons and many more make us experts in arranging safaris and are able to tailor a safari to any location to try to find your targeted species. All you have to do is to get in touch with your budget and your group size and where you would like to go to try and find rare and elusive species.

Price Includes:

Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private air conditioned vehicles with an excellent driver for all transfers. Where possible we use two brilliant guides; first a professional zoologist will escort you on all your excursions and will act as your driver throughout and also very knowledgeable English speaking 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 you what behaviours you are seeing.

The local guides have spent years searching out the best wildlife watching locations and have an unrivalled knowledge of where some of the most elusive Australian animals are. As well as having years of experience in bringing people out to see reef fish, turtles and endemic Australian marsupials such as tree kangaroos and other wildlife safely. 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. Any trips out with researchers and scientists to see the wildlife of Atherton Tablelands will also be included (subject to availability).

We include more time spent in the field searching for wildlife per day than any other tour operator around; 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 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.

Seasons:

Early May to mid August. 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 25-27oC and through June – August the temperatures drop slightly to a nice warm 22-24 oC 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.

Why Choose this Tour:
• All of our wildlife watching holidays are guided by a zoologist as well as local naturalist guides and also scientists or researchers where possible, this not only gives you numerous sets of trained eyes to find the animals but also gives you the chance to understand the behaviours and habits of the wildlife your watching.
• Our zoologist that escorts all our wildlife tours has great experience working with and studying wild animals all over the world and has experience in working on shark and marine mammal conservation and research projects on 3 continents.
• We will hire the services of a local Atherton expert guide who has made special arrangements to visit some private farmlands were a family group of Lumholtz tree kangaroos are known to live as well as finding other wildlife that lives in and around the farms and country homes of the Tablelands.
• Snorkel and or scuba dive at some of the best Great Barrier Reef destinations including outer reef dives. We will visit the Great Barrier Reef twice during this tour.
• Have two wildlife watching river cruises down the Daintree River, in search of giant saltwater crocodiles and other rainforest inhabitants.
• Enjoy some spotlighting guided walks through private land deep in the rainforest, where reptiles and amphibians abound.
• We can also bring thermal imaging and night vision equipment as well as hydrophones (on request) to also aid in finding the nocturnal mammals after dark and listen in on the underwater conversations of whales and dolphins.
• We use camera traps (where available) which will increase the chances of getting close up pictures and movies of rare animals and other rare nocturnal wildlife.
• Enjoy whale watching in the stunning Hervey Bay and see humpback whales and their calves in the crystal clear waters of the bay.
• Be taken around the largest sand island in the world and experience some of the most breathtaking freshwater lakes in the world as we search for turtles and dingos.
• Stake out the unique platypus in the water ways of the hidden forests of Eungella.
• All the above reasons give our Queenslands reefs and rainforests tour a great success rate of seeing the best wildlife around here. We have an unrivalled network of experts and guides throughout Australia so that we can try and find and observe animals such as the saltwater crocodiles, reef fish, dolphins, humpback whales, Lumhotz tree kangaroos, platypus, cassowaries and hundreds of other species throughout Queensland. Whether it is the Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania, South Australia, Ningaloo Reef, New South Wales and Victoria or any of the other many wildlife watching locations you want to visit we can arrange it. Please inform us if you wish to receive more information about any of these locations and booking a safari.
• Unlike many tour operators we are willing to run this tour for a single person (on request).

Locations:

This tour travels from Cairns north to the rainforests and rivers of Daintree, inland to the Atherton Tablelands and Eungella and offshore to the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island and Hervey Bay.

Fitness Level:

There are a few physical activities on this tour, firstly the ability to swim and snorkel in essential (if you can scuba-dive this can be arranged as well – certified dive log book and certificate required) and the ability to swim in open water for over 1 hour is needed. There is also walking involved and the temperature and humidity in Queensland can be hot and humid, even during their winter. So we require people to be used to walking in the heat.

Equipment:

When you book onto the tour we will send you a comprehensive pre-departure pack which will include a full packing list of recommended equipment; the equipment list will vary from tour to tour and from location to location so it is best to contact us or wait until you receive the pre-departure pack after booking.

Minimum Age: 18 Years Old

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Queensland Rainforests & Great Barrier Reef wildlife holiday

Environment

In 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. At the end of each we offset our carbon footprint (based on the number of tours we have completed and the number of passengers we have taken with us), with the Carbon Trust.

Wildlife Promise:

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.

Community

As with any of our tours of Australian tours or elsewhere in the world we always employ local guides and experts where ever possible. They have a much better local knowledge and also helps to bring in revenue sources to the local community. All of the accommodations that we stay in make sure that all their resources such as food, drink and equipment is locally sourced. Some of these towns and villages are very remote and by using locally owned business and sourcing as many things from the local area we contribute to the benefit of the local economy. We also participate in locally run naturalist and cultural tours that showcase the local wildlife, ecosystems as well as Aboriginal cultures and histories, these tours are helping to keep alive some of the smaller traditional communities and ways of life. During our trips of the Atherton Tablelands we often travel on private land to find some of the animals and we make sure that the land owners are compensated for the use of their land. This helps to keep sustainable practises going and preserve the local ecosystems as well as providing a direct income from wildlife watching to the local land owners. We also encourage the purchasing of local handicrafts which are all created in a sustainable way and provide great unique souvenirs.

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