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Koala, wallaby and kookaburra in first two hours

We picked folk up for a custom tour this morning (4.00am!) to take them seeking wild koalas and wallabies on their way from Brisbane to the Gold Coast.

It was raining at our first stop, but we walked for about half an hour through the bushland – no koalas and one possible fleeting glimpse of a wallaby.

Okay, off to the next possibility, and within two minutes we were looking up at a female koala in a gum tree, in a most classic koala pose, calmly looking down at us, and staying that way for multiple photos.

Next stop – almost immediately a female red-necked wallaby with a fairly large joey grazing the grass beside her. Joey looked at us and decided he’d be safer back in poor Mum’s pouch. Just around the corner was a large male, who seemed quite unperturbed by our presence, and soon a small joey popped his head out of another female’s pouch – another great photo opportunity.

Our next bushwalk produced no koalas or wallabies (the latter possibly because on our arrival a couple were illegally exercising their unleashed, barking dogs.

I had just pointed out a termite nest in a tree that looked as though a kookaburra had excavated for its own nest, when a kookaburra started laughing.

Koalas, wallabies and kookaburras laughing – not a bad introduction to Australia within two hours of leaving the international airport.

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.