Sunday, July 10, 2011

Araucaria Ecotours

Brisbane International Student Ambassadors
are bringing you on a nature-based tour today
with Araucaria Ecotours

Araucaria Ecotours is a multi-award winning Ecotourism service provider
They are Eco-Certified!
Meaning under-graduates taking Ecotourism in Griffith University
can choose them as your topic in your final assignment
(this post can be your cheat list)
And yes, if you have been following my blog,
the previous Ecotour that I embarked on was also with them

Our first stop is Cedar Creek Winery
104/144 Hartley Road
North Tamborine

Matt went to taste some of their Queensland wines

Eden and myself

Doesn't the background look like its from the Teletubbies tv show?

Possum Nest

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves
10AM - 4PM
Photography: NOT allowed

These awesome caves are actually man-made to breed Glow Worms

We wore these glow-in-the-dark pendants
so we do not bump into each other

The Glow Worms!

They glow in the dark to attract lil insects to get stuck in their sticky strings
and sometimes the older larvae actually eats the younger ones

Tishta keeping herself warm

Glow Worm Food - caught live daily

Mishari, son of Rakan, having an awesome time!

Eden posing for Korean Drama Poster

Snack time by Guillaume

Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla)
also known as the Rose-breasted Cockatoo, Galah Cockatoo, Roseate Cockatoo or Pink and Grey, is one of the most common and widespread cockatoos, and it can be found in open country in almost all parts of mainland Australia.

We stopped by Jubilee Park for a toilet break

and they had a carnival so we went to check it out

Now we know Eden is afraid of crocodilas!

So he morphed into READING BUG mascot
Reading Bug is an initiative to encourage young children to read

Grace got her hands on some hula hoop action

Darren (one of our friendly guides) and Mishari is ready to go!

Along the way, we stopped to watch rare birds and animals
Can you spot the stock?

The Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) is a tall long-necked wading bird in the stork family. It is a resident species across South and Southeast Asia with a disjunct population in Australia. It lives in wetland habitats to forage for a wide range of animal prey. In Australia, it is sometimes called a Jabiru although that name refers to a stork species found in the Americas. It is one of the few storks that is strongly territorial when feeding.

Prank on Grace

Arrival at Running Creek

Darren sharing his knowledge with us

Picnic Lunch by the creek
Something you wish you could do every single day

Om nom nom!

Matt and Mishari having a game of frisbee after lunch

Next stop is at Scenic Rim Wildlife Ecology Centre
1770 Running Creek Road

Dr. Ronda explaining wildlife behaviour and ecology to us

Ronda bringing us back to 500million years in time to understand Australian Wildlife
We also watched the video clips from motion-detector cameras
that they've installed to study wildlife feeding habits

Eden playing an interactive game
trying to match a bird's call to its name

Fun animal games and puzzles for all ages!

Butterfly Walk
These butterfly exhibits are made exactly 10 times the actual size
with their foodplants beside, so the butterflies invite themselves to nest here

I think this is what we call - Free Range Chickens


We went to one of the hideouts to stalk
Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
keeping as quiet and motionless as we can

After 40min, all we got was this silly bugger..
Guess we weren't lucky enough as much as this is their regular hangout spot!

Darren feeding his horses!

Look at this fine beast!

Next we went to spot Wild Kangaroos

and Wallabies!!!

They live among us!

watch video here

Love Nature and the Great Outdoors?
This will be the MUST-GO for you!

MORE about Araucaria Ecotours here

Special Thanks to Ronda, Darren and Dennis for having us!

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1 comment:

Martin Haworth said...

You have shared amazing pictures of Mt. tambourine. I personally liked the glow worm caves. Mt. Tambourine is really a great place to watch. Thanks for sharing with us.