Birdwatching And Wildlife Noosa Biosphere Full-Day Experience - Noosa Heads

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    07:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Return transfers to and from accommodation in Noosa area.  Accommodations from other areas: Meet at Noosa Junction Bus Station, Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Junction. Pick up time: at 6:45 am.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

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 ecosystemshome to 300+ Australian bird varieties, with 60 ecosystems, 1300 plant species, pristine coastal & mountain landscapes. Further inland along the eastern scarp of the vast Great Dividing Range lies the pristine and remote Blackall and Conondale Ranges providing gulled rain forests over topped by towering eucalyptus stands and an enormous diversity of plants, wildlife and bird-life to discover.

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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 Australias 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.

Inclusions

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

Exclusions

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

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

A maximum of 6 people per booking

Adult fares apply. Charters available for large groups or groups with children

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those using a wheelchair

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Some walking is involved

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

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

Traveler Reviews

  • 13-Dec-2019

    I have just had a fantastic days birding with Steve, from start to finish it was a first class day, there is so much to see around the Noosa area, It was a privilege to be in the company of such an experienced birder. And , Winnie’s mid morning cake and lunch was fabulous , thank you Winnie. I most definitely would go out with Steve again, if you are looking for a first class birding experience when visiting Noosa, do look up Steve and Tropical Treks. Thank you Steve for a brilliant day.

  • 02-Nov-2018

    Steve came to knock on the door at the exact pickup time in the early morning where I booked tour. Together with other two passengers, we were driven to various places to do birding throughout the day. I was thrilled to have sightings over 70 species of birds in one day. Steve has deep knowledge of regional birds species, as well as regional conservation management, where I have benefited a lot from. I would sign up again if I ever come back to Noosa! Last but not least, the breakfast and lunch provided were very yummy, healthy and homemade! It's absolutely the highlight of my trip, that I would recommend to everyone.

  • 22-Oct-2018

    We went with Steve on the Birdwatching full day trip. We started early, at about 7 am and had a very enjoyable day, finishing after 5 pm, almost at dark. We enjoy birding but are not real "serious" birders and didn't know much about the local birds when we started the tour. Steve tailored the day to our interests and that of the other person on the tour. He was pleasant, interested in his work, very knowledgeable about the local birds, and was great at spotting the birds. We went to quite a few sites, didn't have excessive down time despite driving around the area, and ended up seeing almost 80 species for the day. We also had the best lunch I've ever had on a birding trip, compliments of Steve's wife, Winnie. This tour has been the highlight so far of our month long tour of the area and is definitely something people with an interest in birds should consider if in the Brisbane area.

  • 09-Sep-2018

    Had a most enjoyable and rewarding day bird watching with Steve, easily organised via the Tropical Treks website with his wife Winnie just a couple of days earlier. As a relative beginner I appreciated being shown how to listen to and observe birds in various locations at a gentle pace. We didn't have the best weather, and it really didn't matter, because Steve's knowledge and flexibility meant he could readily change plans. So we drove when it rained, had lunch in a sheltered spot and make the most of the sunshine. The food was beautifully prepared and delicious and the whole outing was totally nourishing. Highly recommended.

  • 23-Jul-2018

    I'd recommend this outing for anyone who's interested in Bird Watching. Steve has an in depth knowledge of where to find the birds and their habits. He has a very sharp eye and pointed out birds that I hadn't noticed. He also knows their calls and so knows what birds are in each area. We started out near the beach at Coolum and then went in an anti-clockwise circle through Peregian, Doonan, Mapleton, Wappa Dam, Yandina, Bli Bli and back to Coolum. The car was very comfortable, the morning tea and lunch were good and the Bunyee Walk and seeing the two Bunya Pines and all the Elks and Stagehorns was a bonus. We also saw Kangaroos.

  • 18-Apr-2018

    We had a great trip with Steve in April 2018. We were the only two booked on the tour, so were lucky enough to get a personal pick-up/drop-off from/to our accommodation. It was a fairly early start (7am), but this is needed when birdwatching to see as much as possible before it gets too hot. We returned at about 5.30pm. Steve's car was large and very comfortable, with big windows which made spotting things on the drive really easy. We stopped at 6 different places (between Noosa and Moolalaba in the sunshine coast), ranging from the side of the road, to beautiful national parks - we even saw a waterfall and beautiful rainbow. There was a minimal amount of walking, the longest being about 30-45 minutes, so you don't ever get to hot (or wet if it's raining!). This also means that you can leave a lot of your gear in the car and just take small amounts with you on the walks. Steve was very patient if we wanted to take photos of the birds, or to stop and look at a bird that we'd driven past. A brief idea of the sort of birds you might expect to see: Kookaburra, Swamp Harrier, Great Egret, Jacana, Nankeen Night Heron, Paradise Riflebird, Azure Kingfisher, etc. Steve was incredibly knowledgeable and we really enjoyed his company. Not only to talk about the wildlife, but also to get an Australian's view on other items of interest (such as the Commonwealth Games, recycling, quality of life in Australia, etc.) Steve also provided us with a bird list the next day, so we could remember everything we'd seen/heard. We even saw a kangaroo which was great! Booking the trip was really easy, and we had constant email communication with Winnie about our trip. The food that was provided was delicious (we requested a vegetarian option), morning tea with some cake, then a great lunch (frittata and salad with fresh fruit). I cannot recommend this trip enough, a must if you're a birdwatcher staying in the Sunshine Coast.

  • 07-Dec-2017

    Highly recommended for anyone interested in seeing a wide variety of birds in multiple habitats in the beautiful sunshine coast area. Steve was very personable and knowledgeable, the tour was well organised and very good value for money and the food was delicious. This day was the highlight of my holiday in the sunshine coast hinterland.