This is a short tour which visits some of the best habitat in the Brisbane area. Starting in the Freshwater Wetlands close to the airport we move onto the nearby mangroves, salt marsh and tidal flats which can be access by pathways and broad walks. Moving inland we travel through tall eucalyptus forest and farmland before climbing up into the subtropical rainforest and wet eucalyptus forest of the Lamington plateau.
Here a network of walking trails lead us through the forest and often take us to beautiful panoramic lookouts. The final day sees us in a very different habitats, an area of rich farmlands with a number of wetland areas and patches of remnant woodland. This offers many new bird species not seen elsewhere on the tour.
Accommodation in the Green Mountains is at the famous and comfortable O’Reillys Rainforest Lodge and is of a high standard with 24 hour electricity and air conditioning available in all rooms. Elsewhere accommodation is in comfortable motels with private bathrooms.
This is an easy tour which can be easily adjusted to suit almost all fitness levels. Most walks are easy strolls on well maintained tracks, though for the more adventurous more strenuous hikes can be introduced. Driving distances are not great and roads are well maintained.
- 3 nights accommodation
- Meals as itinerary (check PDF itinerary)
- Transport including fuel
- Guide services of tour leader
- Site & entry fees
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Visa fees and entry clearing fees
- Flights (Domestic or International)
- Drinks & Snacks
- Items of a personal nature
Day 1 - Brisbane to Green Mountains. Birding along the way
Arrive in Brisbane, meet with guide and slowly make your way up into the Green Mountains stopping at some great sites along the way. Wetlands with Wandering Whistling Duck, Comb-crested Jacana and possibly Baillon’s Crake, tidal flats where we can find Far Eastern Curlew, herons and terns and mangroves home to Mangrove Gerygone and Collared Kingfisher which can all be found in close proximity to the Brisbane CBD. If time allows Koalas can often be found at Daisy Hill. Pretty-face (Whiptail) Wallaby and Red-necked Pademelon may also be seen on our way up into the mountains.
Day 2 - Explore Green Mountain area (1)
Staying at O’Reillys Guest House means you are ideally situated to explore the Green Mountains area. Albert’s Lyrebird, Noisy Pitta, Logrunner and the stunning Regent Bowerbird can all be seen within walking distance of the lodge.
Day 3 - Explore Green Mountain area (2)
While some elements of the days schedule will be similar to that of the previous day we will drive to other parts of the plateau to look for Paradise Riflebird, ShiningBronze Cuckoo and Wedge-tailed Eagle.
Day 4 - Canungra & Lockyer Valley birding before heading to Toowoomba
Leaving O’Reilly’s straight after breakfast we will head back down towards Canungra and then out to the Lockyer Valley. This farming area contains a number of dams, reservoirs and wetland sites which are home to a huge variety of waterfowl including Plumed Whistling Duck, Yellow-billed Spoonbill and sometimes Blue-billed Duck and Cotton Pygmy Goose. In the late afternoon we will head towards Toowoomba.
Day 5 - Lockyer Valley birding
After an early breakfast, we will return down the range to the Lockyer Valley to concentrate on forest and woodland birds between Helidon and Lockyer Waters. Target species will include Grey-crowned Babbler, Noisy Friarbird, Fuscous Honeyeater and Variegated Fairywren with a chance of Speckled Warbler, Little Bronze-Cuckoo and (in season) Channel-billed Cuckoo. Square-tailed Kite can sometimes be seen gliding over treetops. We may see Double-barred Finch, Striated Pardalote and Blue-faced Honeyeater in open habitats. After lunch we will drive south to Warwick and Stanthorpe, stopping occasionally for raptors, parrots and grassland birds such as Musk Lorikeet, Spotted Harrier and Horsfield’s (Singing) Bushlark.
Day 6 - Stanthorpe area birding
As this is often the coldest town in Queensland, we will make a more leisurely start today, then drive less than an hour south to the outskirts of Girraween National Park. We will amble along quiet country roads with remnant woodland (eucalypt dominated) beside cleared fields with rock outcrops, to search for Dusky Woodswallow, Diamond Firetail and Brown Treecreeper with a good chance of Turquoise Parrot and Yellow-tufted Honeyeater. Later the tour will head to the Glen Lyon area, or similar mixed woodland patches, hoping to add more bush birds such as Scarlet Robin, Little Lorikeet and White-eared Honeyeater. After a picnic lunch we will check water storages for waterbirds not yet seen on the tour. Common (additional) species around our accommodation will likely include Red Wattlebird and Eastern Rosella and Eastern Grey Kangaroo should be encountered.
Day 7 - Head back to Brisbane, birding along the way
We will check out soon after breakfast and retrace our route back to Warwick, then into the Goomburra Valley on the inland side of the Scenic Rim. At a leisurely pace, we will scan fields and woodland remnants for raptors and parrots; Ground Cuckoo-shrike has been occasionally seen here. Within the Goomburra section of Main Range National Park we plan to walk the road or forestry track looking for Glossy Black- Cockatoo; other possible birds include Red-browed Treecreeperand Wonga Pigeon. After lunch we resume travel toward Brisbane with options to stop at one or more of the following sites, as time permits: rainforest at Cunningham’s Gap (Main Range NP); eucalypt forest at Pine Mountain; wetland ponds at Moggill; or woodland at Anstead. Guests delivered to accommodation or airport in Brisbane, late afternoon.