Nature and Wildlife

Brisbane

Dolphin Hand-Feeding at Tangalooma

The highlight of any visit to Tangalooma is the opportunity to hand-feed one of the wild bottlenose dolphins that visit the shores each evening at sunset. There is a large family of these playful dolphins that visit regularly, each with their own distinctive and unique personalities.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Rated one of the top 10 zoos in the world, this is the largest koala sanctuary down under.  You can hop on Mirimar Cruises, which will take you along the river directly from the CBD to Lone Pine, showcasing Brisbane’s riverside suburbs along the way.

Mt Coot-tha Summit Circuit

This roughly 5-kilometres circuit is a great walk for families. Take the Summit Track (a paved walk of around 2 kilometres) up to the lookout and then return on the Mahogany Trail, a dirt track of approximately 3 kilometres.

Summer Land Camel Farm

Australia’s largest wild camel training centre and dairy operation.  Experience camel feeding, farm tours and make camel milk, cheese and gelato at Summer Land Camel Farm.

Gold Coast

Whale Watching (June – October)

Get up close with migrating humpback whales on a whale-watch cruise. These majesty whales are a sight to behold!

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Cuddle a koala and get up close with Tasmanian Devils at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Discover Gems in the Hinterland

Explore Gold Coast’s lush hinterland with Southern Cross 4WD Tour. Go on a guided hike to see waterfalls and wildlife, learn to whip-crack and throw boomerangs. Enjoy an Aussie BBQ lunch and stop by Gallery Walk at Mount Tamborine for lovely arts and crafts shops.

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

50 minutes drive away from Gold Coast, the walk begins on an elevated walkway through the middle and upper canopies of the Tamborine rainforest, before descending to the lower canopy where you will have a view of the rock pools and creek below. At 30 metres high and 40 metres long, you can appreciate views from the creek and rainforest canopies.

Catch-a-Crab

Trap Queensland’s mud crabs for lunch, have a go at yabbie pumping and feed wild pelicans! You can also visit an oyster farm.

Birds of Prey, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

Up at O’Reilly’s in the Scenic Rim see aerial predators including owls, falcons and eagles in free flight perform amazing natural aerobatics. The show starts at 1pm every day and afterwards you’ll have the chance to meet the stars and get photos.

Sunshine Coast

Maleny Botanic Gardens

One of the most exquisite gardens you ever see with a magnificent view of the Glasshouse Mountains. Do not miss the Bird Aviary with its amazing encounter with the most colourful birds of the world from finches to macaws.

Maleny Dairies

A local family-owned business in Sunshine Coast. This is a premium milk and dairy producer. Visit and learn the process of milk making, from the cow to the bottle and everything in between!

Humpback Whale Watching Tour

Immerse yourself with a majestic humpback whale watching tour in the calm protected waters of Hervey Bay and Mooloolaba.

World Heritage Listed Fraser Island

Explore spectacular World Heritage listed Fraser Island, swim in pristine Lake McKenzie and walk through untouched rainforests.

Noosa

Renowned as one of Australia’s most celebrated resort destinations, Noosa is set on a headland and surrounded by stunning national parks and golden beaches. You can cruise the pristine coastal waterways on an Everglades tour or take the Noosa River Ferry and experience the waterway canals of Noosa and surrounds. Sit back and watch the world unfold at a cafe on Noosa’s elegant Hastings Street or nearby Noosaville’s river dining precinct.

Cairns and The Great Barrier Reef

Kuranda Village

Take a day trip to Kuranda Village where there are rainforest walks, markets, cafes and wildlife sanctuaries to visit. To get there, hop on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway that spans 7.5km, giving you a bird’s eye view over of the ancient tropical rainforest. Head back to the city via the famous 100-year old Kuranda Scenic Railway that travels through lush rainforest, 15 tunnels, 98 curves and 40 bridges.

Great Barrier Reef

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef – the world’s largest coral reef system after all, a collection of just under 3000 individual reefs and 900 islands across near 350,000 square kilometres. The only problem with its size is that it can be hard to know where to begin; but that is where we step in. Before slipping into the Coral Sea, it is best to educate yourself on what you will greet with a short seminar at Reef Teach.

Fitzroy Island

Stunning beaches, a fringing reef and coral gardens beg to be explored. Get amongst the action quickly with a 25-minute glass-bottom boat ride, followed by a 50-minute snorkel. Wander the walking track to more secluded Nudey Beach (but keep your kit on), pay a visit to the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre or make use of the kayaks, SUPs and watersports available.

Daintree Rainforest

The world’s oldest tropical rainforest by an impressive 10 million years, so it is no wonder that visitors can feel the ancient energy with every step. Just as special as the forest itself are the experiences you will find within it, from crocodile spotting to spear fishing. Indulge in the healing properties at a luxury spa, float gently down the river on a raft and soak up generations-old knowledge from the area’s traditional custodians, the Kuku Yalanji.