Photography tour of Queensland: Mammals, birds & Butterflies
Our Through the Lens Tours focus on having the time to take good photographs; so more time in the field at fewer localities, with fewer hotels, and less time spent travelling. Our photography leader Chris Gardner (see his images on wwww.chrisgardnerphotography.com) will guide you and offer expert tuition in the field on subjects such as composition, lighting or camera use, or indeed whatever you’d like to ask them. These are tours that offer great opportunities for experienced photographers and beginners alike to work on macro photography of butterflies, insects and flowers, bird and mammal photography, and plain old magnificent scenery shots!
The photography can begin at the bird feeders around our hotel in Lamington National Park which attract slick black-and-gold Regent Bowerbirds, glossy black Satin Bowerbirds, and dapper Green Catbirds. Stunning Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots are bold and approachable, and we’ll be keen to capture images of the dazzling Superb Fairy-wren. Red-necked Pademelons are common along the forest edges which reverberate to the remarkable calls of Albert’s Lyrebirds. Areas of tall eucalypts give us a good chance to see Koalas. Blue Spiny Crayfish, Red-eyed Tree Frogs, Richmond Birdwings and Cool Skinks add to a fascinating mix. Frequent mists envelop the spectacular Bunya Pines Araucaria bidwillii that form Queenland’s most westerly subtropical forest. Camera-friendly Red-necked Wallabies are common, whilst Swamp and Black-striped Wallabies are likely while spotlighting may produce Echidnas and Squirrel Gliders. Birdlife includes Paradise Riflebird, the beautiful yet cryptic Australian Logrunner and Noisy Pitta. We’ll have a great chance of Photographing the unique Duck-billed Platypus fossicking in ponds surrounded by the lush palm-filled forests of Eungella National Park will surely be a tour highlight. The supporting cast includes Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfishers, the rare Eungella Dayfrog, superbly camouflaged leaf-tailed geckos, and the localised giant fern Angiopteris evecta whose fronds can be thirty-feet long! At night well-habituated Sugar Gliders and beautifully marked Striped Possum come out to play and can easily be photographed and we’ve a good chance to see superbly camouflaged Papuan Frogmouths in the gardens of our lodge in the Atherton Tablelands. Spotlighting tours further afield will bring us Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo, Green Ringtail, Lemuroid and Northern Coppery Brushtail Possums. Amongst a host of superb wildlife is Orange-thighed Frog, Green-eyed Tree Frogs, Joseph’s Coat, Atlas Moth and the amazing iridescent blue Ulysses Swallowtail. Nearby Crater Lake has immense specimens of the Gondwanaland survivor Agathis australis, whilst huge Rainbow Pythons haul out to sunbathe along the lake edge. Amid the architectural Licuala Palms and tree ferns of the ancient lowland rainforests around Daintree are ninety percent of Australia’s butterfly species as well as an important and thriving population of Southern Cassowary. We’ll seek Double-eyed Fig-Parrot, Great-billed Heron, Lovely Fairy-Wren, and the Superb Fruit-Dove, as well as Agile Wallaby, Spectacled Flying-Fox, White-lipped Tree-Frog, Major Skink, the impressive Boyd's Forest Dragon, Common Green Tree-snakes, the Cairns Birdwing Butterfly, and Ambrax Swallowtail.
For those interested in underwater photography or just some relaxing snorkelling an extension takes us to the unique and globally important Great Barrier Reef.
Photography of the natural world, particularly birds and mammals. Also the macro-photography of Queensland’s amazing insect and amphibian life.
Easy. No more than three or four miles a day for the most part and always on paths, trails or tracks and always at a slow pace, well suited to photographers.
Included in the Price
All flights. Transport, accommodation and all meals in Queensland. Services of your leaders. Entrance fees to national parks. Please note: Travel insurance, drinks, tips and items of a personal nature, are not included.
The minimum is 5 and the maximum is 8. To gain the most from Chris’s expertise and to get the best opportunities to photograph Queensland’s fantastic fauna and flora it is essential to have a small group!
We start the tour with four nights at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. O’Reilly’s is all elegant modern comfort in a stunning rainforest location with abundant wildlife as soon as you step out of the door. At Bunya Pines and in Eungella National Park (2 nights at each) we’ll be staying in small comfortable country hotels. Next are four nights at Chambers Rainforest Lodges. In a beautiful setting amid forests on the shores of Eacham Lake this lodge has excellent modern rooms designed to give you plenty of opportunity to see the rainforest wildlife around you without even leaving your room! We finish the main tour with three nights at Kingfisher Park, a motel style hotel renowned as a birding lodge.
UK flights are from London Heathrow via Kuala Lumpur or Singapore* to Brisbane, returning from Brisbane via Kuala Lumpur or Singapore* to London Heathrow. There are internal flights from Brisbane to Mackay and from Cairns to Brisbane on the tour. Other indirect routes from regional UK Airports* may be available.
*These routes may incur a supplement.
Warm to hot in the lowlands although it rarely exceeds 29°C. The ‘spring’ season here has moderately high humidity and there may be some rain. Temperatures are somewhat lower on the Atherton Tablelands where it can feel quite cool at night.
How to Book
Contact us to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form or contact us and we will send one to you. Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. This will contain up-to-date health information. Bird and mammal checklists are available.