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Prices to 31 March 2019

A note on prices        Dates of travel     How to book

Prices are per person, in Australian dollars and include GST

Children's prices are to age 16 if accompanied by an adult

Day tours (all include lunch and refreshments)

Bird watching (see note on children on birdwatching tours)
Coochiemudlo Island
Australian Wildlife and Forests
Glow Worms, rainforest and wine
Custom tours

Longer tours

Australian Wildlife Overview (3 days, 2 nights, Wed-Friday, all-inclusive):

camping (tents, seeping bags etc. provided by Araucaria)
lodge / guest house (twin/double or sharing with up to 3 others)
lodge / guest house (solo occupancy)
Outback tour (6 days 5 nights or 8 days 7 nights, autumn & spring, all-inclusive)
Nature study weekend (self-drive, self-cater): bird identification an behaviour, ecology of local wildlife, introduction to identifying local plants, children's activities TBA
Custom tours: Bunya Mountains Girraween National Park, variations on our regular tours  above or something completely different: usually or groups of 4 - 8, with at least 1 month's notice for a one-day tour, or 3 months' notice for a longer tour. 

A note on prices

Darren with guestsFingalWe haven't raised our prices in quite a while, as we like to stay affordable for budget travelers while still providing top service, but rising costs are forcing us to increase our rates.

We specialize in small-group tours with high-quality guiding in natural areas. 

Companies that take large groups can spread the travel cost  over more  passengers  and so charge less, but with small groups and a genuine interest in sharing our passion for wildlife, we can walk more quietly in the forest, listen to your questions and cater to your special interests and needs.

It costs us just as much in time and fuel to run a one-person tour as an 8-person tour (although obviously less for meals, accommodation etc.).  We never cancel a tour if you do turn out to be the only one on a tour, but we do then need to charge an additional $50.00/day (even then we don't really cover costs, but appreciate it of you can tell others of your experience afterwards).  

Dates of travel

We do not run tours in the Christmas - New Year period (23 Dec to 2 Jan) or the Easter break, when venues tend to be either closed or very crowded, and traffic is heavy (sometimes crazy!).

The 3-day wildlife overview tour runs Wednesdays to Fridays throughout the year. except for the Christmas - New Year period (when we are closed from 23 December through to 2nd January) and the week before Easter, (when we run this tour from Tuesday to Thursday instead).  We can sometimes also slip in an extra Sunday to Tuesday tour if you give us ample notice.

The outback tour runs a maximum of four times a year - up to twice in autumn and twice in spring (summer is very hot, and reptiles are not active in winter). Dates vary from year to year based on demand and availability. Let us know well in advance if you'd like to join us (you may even be able to name your dates if far enough in advance).

Day-tours run throughout the year, mostly on weekends, Mondays or Tuesdays, but are possible on other days.

Custom tours can be run at almost any time with sufficient notice preferably at least three months).

Booking a tour

A deposit of 10% of the tour price or $50.00 Australian per person (whichever is highest) is required at time of booking, and can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa) or electronic transfer.

Cancellation: the deposit is refundable if cancelled more than 14 days prior to the departure date of the tour.
To book please email us or see our 'contact' page

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                                        young travelerChildren of all ages are very welcome on most of our tours. We generally don't take the very young  on birding tours that include other birding guests, as some find it very difficult to be quiet enough. However, we are very happy to take families on birding tours if the children  are interested and able to talk quietly, and our other guests for the day are okay with this.

Some children are very fit and love walking, but some are not  accustomed to much exercise and tire very quickly - please let us know before the tour the relative fitness of your children so we can plan accordingly.