Tag Archives: Araucaria

Twin platypus babies!

I said Darren saw our pair of platypus with their baby, newly emerged from the burrow, here on the Araucaria property.  He took a video, with zoom, from the cliff top, and when he replayed it we realized there was not one baby but two!  They were swimming in circles, apparently play-chasing each other, their little tails and hind legs splashing energetically as though still getting used to this idea that they could really stay afloat and move through this strange new medium.

Having been so concerned that the platypus might never return after the massive flood of early 2008 destroyed burrows, creek banks and riparian vegetation, this was wonderful!

Eco-friendly way of exploring Brisbane

Statues in Brisbane citySome of our guests have come to Brisbane only to do our wildlife tours, arriving on the morning of the tour or the nigt before, and are then dropped off at the airport at the end of the tour.

There is actually quite a lot that Brisbane has to offer, both around the city centre (museum, botanic gardens, Southbank and Roma Street Parklands, ethnic cafes, the only mangrove boardwalk in an Australian capital city, ferries along the river…) and throughout the Greater Brisbane region, with its wonderful bushland reserves (Araucaria Ecotours operate wildlife and bushwalking day tours here).

A new tour group helps you to explore Brisbane by foot and bicycle.  Shaun Gilchrist is an enthusiastic and friendly guy who grew up here and now works for Brisbane Urban Adventures.  So if you’d like to consider an extra day or two exploring Brisbane in an environmentally friendly way while you’re here, visit the site and get in touch with Shaun.  His tours and ours could be a good complement to each other and you could develop your own package around them.

Koala at Araucaria property, Scenic Rim

The koala that arrived at our home property about a month ago seems to have decided to stay.  He has been moving from tree to tree, but staying in the same corner of our property, and we hear his grunts and  strange rattling noises through the bedroom window at night.

This is the first koala we’ve seen at home for almost two years, so we were very pleased when he moved in, and even more pleased that he’s decided to stick around a while

Breeding season starts soon, so we hope a female might join him briefly.  I say briefly because koalas are solitary creatures, coming together for breeding but then going their separate ways again.

We hope this and other  photos showing the pattern of markings on his rump will help us recognize him as an individual if he moves on and then returns some day.