Birdwatching and Wildlife Noosa Biosphere Full-Day Experience

Summary

Designed for the avid birdwatcher, fauna and flora enthusiast and nature photographer to see as much wildlife as possible and share interests.  In a roomy, air-conditioned mini-van we visit 8 - 12 locations with short tranquil easy walks, no more than a few hundred meters, to a vantage point. Ample time and opportunity to photograph and observe flora and fauna in their natural habitat is factored into this tour. The UNESCO Noosa Biosphere Reserve is a unique area where tropical and temperate zones overlap, providing varied ecosystems and where we visit 3-4 locations which include Mangroves, Wallum, Wet and Dry Eucalyptus forests and rain forests. 40% of Australia’s bird species are found in this area, some 304 species including Miratory wader species. Other fauna species include Eastern Grey kangaroo, Koala, Grey-headed flying fox, Echidna, Brush-tail possum, Ring-tail possum, Platypus, Carpet python. Rich in biodiversity we absorb the ambience of this very special nature while enjoying a delicious, locally sourced morning tea. Refreshed we head inland to the Hinterland, drive through little villages with cafes, colorful roadside fruit stalls, climb the majestic Blackall Range to the Mapleton area.  Here we visit 3-4 locations that include subtropical rain forest including bunya pine, piccabeen palms, towering Eucalyptus stands, rich in plant and wildlife.  Species of this region include Wompoo fruit-dove, Sulphur-crested cockatoo, Australian king parrot, Bell miner, Whip bird, Peregrine falcon to name just a few. Climbing further up the eastern scarp of the Great Dividing Range we visit Conondale National Park known for its pristine beauty of vast and varied landscape, from rain forest gullies overtopped by Eucalpyt stands.  Conondale avifauna reflects the special diversity of this area. The forest contains over a quarter of Queensland's wildlife, 242 species of birds, including 22 rare and endangered species. Apart from the frogs, significant fauna include the rare Plumed or Marbled Frogmouth, Red Goshawk, Coxen's Fig Parrot, Powerful Owl, Black-breasted Button-quail, Paradise Rifle Bird and the Giant Spiny Lobster. It is considered one of the premium bird watching areas in Queensland. A perfect place to enjoy a fresh, locally sourced packed lunch and fruit salad and immerse in the natural green world surrounding you. On the return home we stop along the Obi Obi Creek wetland of creeks, cascades, waterfalls, rocky waterholes, gorges and scarps. This area has cultural value to the Indigenous Gubbi Gubbi people, who used the ranges for meetings and bunya nut festivals. Known for its buttressed gallery forest of fig and black bean, a large number of native frog and turtle species reside here including platypus and the vulnerable Mary River cod. Back at your accommodation enjoy a soak in a spa, perhaps a sun downer, before dinner to relax and reflect on the day of wildlife experiences.

Tour info

Duration
10 hours
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Why take this tour?

Discover the UNESCO Noosa Biosphere Reserve and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.  The UNESCO Noosa Biosphere Reserve is a unique area where sub-tropical and temperate zones overlap, providing varied ecosystems home to 300+ Australian bird varieties, with 60 ecosystems, 1300 plant species, pristine coastal & mountain landscapes.  Further inland along the eastern escarpment of the vast Great Dividing Range lies the pristine and remote Blackall and Conondale Ranges providing gullied rain forests over topped by towering eucalyptus stands and an enormous diversity of plants, wildlife and bird-life to discover.

What’s included?

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • National Park fees

  • Please advise any dietary concerns

  • Professional guide

  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

  • Coffee and/or Tea

  • Snacks

  • 1 Lt. water minimum

  • Available:

  • Bring:

  • Camera (no tripod)

  • Hat

  • Insect repellent

  • Light, quick-dry clothing

  • Ponchos

  • Small selection of basic binoculars

  • Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes/boots

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

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Before you book

  • Duration: 10h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Covid Policy

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Due to Covid19, we advise customers to provide their own lunch

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Operated by:

Tropical Treks Birding Adventures

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About operator:

Welcome to Tropical Treks Birding Adventures specialists in small group, personalised guided birding and wildlife experiences in the Hinterlands of Noosa and the Sunshine Coast. This region supports over 300 species of birds within a Sub-tropical zone of incredible beauty and diversity. We visit the UNESCO Noosa Biosphere Reserve, exploring Mangroves, Wallum, Rainforests and Eucalypt forests in search of birds and other wildlife. Some bird species seen: Satin Bowerbird, Regent Bowerbird, Paradise Riflebird, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Eastern Osprey, Golden Whistler, Shining Bronze-cuckoo, Wompoo Fruit-dove, Rose-crowned Fruit-dove, Topknot Pigeon, Channel-billed Cuckoo, White-throated Gerygone, White-eared Monarch, Spectacled Monarch, Great Crested Grebe, Tawny Frogmouth, White-throated Treecreeper, Pacific Baza, Glossy Black-cockatoo, Australian King Parrot, Red-backed Fairy-wren. Other species: Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Lace Monitor, Grey-headed Flying-fox, Red-legged Pademelon.

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