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Daintree, Tablelands, Great Barrier Reef & Sydney

Suggested months: April, May, June, July, August, September, October.

Combine one of the world's favourite cities with the only place where two World Heritage sites meet; the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef at Cape Tribulation. A visit to the Atherton Tablelands, provides access to a rich array of habitats for marsupials, reptiles, Platypus and over 320 species of bird.

Highlights of this wildlife vacation include:

  • Nocturnal spotlighting in the Southern Highlands for iconic marsupials including Koalas, kangaroos and wombats
  • Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef
  • Daintree National Park nocturnal walk and river cruise spotting Saltwater Crocodiles
  • River drift snorkelling on the Mossman River
  • Platypus viewing and visit to the Cathedral Fig Tree, a gigantic 500-year-old strangler tree

Minimum Suggested Days: 8 days - 4 days Sydney, 4 days Far North Queensland.

Price Guideline: Typically, the budget for small group touring packages across Australia excluding flights is:
5-star: AUD $500 - $1,400+ per person per day (USD $350-$1,000+)
4-star: Minimum AUD $400 per person per day (USD $300)
3-star: Minimum AUD $250 per person per day (USD $170)

Cairns Southern Highlands NSW
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Type: Groups,Shared

Duration: Full Day - Sydney

Logistics: Fly into Sydney (SYD)

Suggested Luxury Accommodation:
Sydney City Centre Hotels

Southern Highlands Wildlife Day Tour

Just 90 minutes south of Sydney, guests will venture to the pristine bushland of the Southern Highlands, to observe several of Australia's most iconic species in the afternoon and evening. With the help of a knowledgeable and passionate Naturalist Guide, travellers will have the opportunity to spot Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Koalas, Red-necked Wallabies, Platypus and some of the 260 bird species that call the area home.

Travelling in a luxury 4WD vehicle to private farmland and bushland locations, the specialist guides will share information on this importance of the Great Western Wildlife Corridor, a key migration route between the southern Blue Mountains World Heritage area and Morton National Park further south.

After a hearty country-style dinner in one of Australia’s oldest country inns, the group will go night-spotting for some of the region's most curious crepuscular and nocturnal species, including Common Wombats, Sugar Gliders, Brush-tailed Possums and Tawny Frogmouths.

About Boutique Wildlife Tours: This family owned business has been offering unique wildlife viewing experiences since 2010 in the Southern Highlands, just South West of Sydney. The company has a strong focus on quality interpretation from guides, allowing for a high degree of customisation depending on guest interests, with the team committed to preserving the environments visited and supporting local and responsible businesses to maximise benefit to the regional communities.

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Type: Private Charter

Duration: 2 days/1 night

Logistics: Fly into Cairns (CNS) - 3 hours

Included Accommodation:
Ferntree Resort (4 star)

Daintree & Cape Tribulation Tour Ultimate Nature (including Great Barrier Reef)

This spectacular two day tour showcases the only place on earth where two World Heritage Sites meet; the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef at Cape Tribulation. The Daintree National Park is the largest section of tropical rainforest in Australia and oldest continually surviving rainforest in the world. This region is home to thousands of species including around one-third of Australia’s frog, reptile and marsupial species, around two-thirds of Australia’s bat and butterfly species, over 400 bird species and 12,000 insect species.

The adventures include a ‘river drift’ snorkel, where guests will look for over 33 species of fish, turtles and eels in the Mossman river along with a snorkel of the Great Barrier Reef to spot soft and hard corals, sea turtles, reef sharks, myriads of tropical fish, eagle rays, giant clams and starfish. A visit to Cape Tribulation will provide the opportunity to spot the endangered Southern Cassowary.

An interpretative guided nocturnal walk will reveal a different side of the Daintree Rainforest providing the opportunity to spot wildlife such as the Daintree River Ringtail Possum, Northern Long-nosed Bandicoot and Northern Bettong. Wildlife enthusiasts will be captivated by the wildlife cruise of the Daintree River, full of opportunities to observe and photograph the region’s apex predator, the Saltwater Crocodile, along with iconic species such as the Boyd’s Forest Dragon, Ulysses butterfly, Spectacled flying-fox, White-lipped tree frog, Azure, Little & Sacred Kingfishers and Wompoo fruit dove.

About FNQ Nature Tours: After ten years of guiding nature and wildlife safaris in Northern Australia, James Boettcher established FNQ Nature Tours in 2015, with a firm belief that tourism is the key to the protection and conservation of this World Heritage area. The company offers tours designed for nature minded travellers desiring a personal, educational and interactive guided experience, whilst sharing the necessity of protecting the natural wonders and biodiversities of this world famous region.

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Type: Private Charter,Shared

Duration: Full Day

Logistics: Suggested Accommodation:
Cairns City Centre Hotels

Tablelands & Crater Lakes

On this adventure, guests will experience a spectacular mix of habitats across the Atherton Tablelands; from lush rainforest, volcanic lakes, wetlands through to savanna country. Located in the highland region southwest of Cairns, this tour covers landmarks such as the Cathedral Fig Tree, Lake Barrine and Milla Milla Falls.

The rainforests of the Tablelands provide habitat for a rich array of marsupials, reptiles, invertebrates and over 320 species of bird. Iconic bird species include the Victoria’s Riflebird, Golden Bowerbird, Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Atherton Scrubwren, Bridled Honeyeater, Pied Monarch, Stone Curlew, Black-faced Monarch, Red-backed Fairy-wren and Forest Kingfisher.

A visit to Lake Barrine provides a very high likelihood of seeing the elusive Platypus along with opportunities to see a the Red-legged Pademelon, Musky Rat Kangaroo, Snapping Turtle, Giant Eel, Eastern Water Dragon, Saw-shell Turtle and one of the areas most iconic species, the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo.

About FNQ Nature Tours: After ten years of guiding nature and wildlife safaris in Northern Australia, James Boettcher established FNQ Nature Tours in 2015, with a firm belief that tourism is the key to the protection and conservation of this World Heritage area. The company offers tours designed for nature minded travellers desiring a personal, educational and interactive guided experience, whilst sharing the necessity of protecting the natural wonders and biodiversities of this world famous region.

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