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FNQ Nature Tours

5 Day Wildlife Photography Safari

From: $2,440 USD

Duration: 5 days/4 nights

Type: Groups, Shared.

Departs: On Request

Interests: Birds, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Reptiles & Amphibians.

This photography safari comprises the most successful interactive locations for viewing and photographing Far North Queensland's unique and endangered wildlife. Led by your expert guide, you will capture this World Heritage area's remarkable landscapes and across a diverse range of habitats.

  • There will be abundant opportunities to photograph flowering plants, butterflies, insects, frogs, reptiles, marsupials and a significant proportion of Australia’s glorious songbirds.

  • Expert advice in relation to shooting with the correct camera settings is available, ensuring that photographers are using the correct lighting settings due to the darker conditions often encountered in the region's beautiful rainforests.

Departure Dates

  • June 7 - 11, 2022
  • August 2 - 6, 2022

For more information about additional departure options, please use the enquiry form.

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.

Price per person, based on double occupancy, including touring, meals & accommodation. Pricing is subject to availability and all prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Currency fluctuations may affect prices as quotes based on AUD. Prices are current at time of posting (1/4/2021) and may differ when you book your travel. Please contact us for our current pricing and itinerary details*

Itinerary

Tour day-by-day

  • Day 1 & 2: Daintree

    The first two days of the photography safari are spent exploring the Daintree National Park; an area of ancient tropical rainforest spanning 120,000 hectares, estimated to be 180 million years old. This region was given World Heritage status in 1988 and has the highest diversity of rainforest mammals in Australia.

    Led by your expert guide, guests will explore several nature trails offering unique and remarkable opportunities to experience the natural scenery and endemic wildlife within the National Park.

    The famous Cape Tribulation valley resembles a giant amphitheatre with a semicircle of hills dominated by Mt Sorrow (850m) and Mt Hemmant (1000m). The south-eastern rainfall trapped by this valley results in a lush tropical climate with high temperatures, humidity and rainfall.

    On the second morning guests will depart on a private cruise the beautiful Daintree River with the dawn light, spotting wildlife on a quiet, clean solar electric boat with zero impact on the environment.

    This experience will provide abundant opportunities to spot Saltwater Crocodiles and some of the regions 420 bird species. The river is a haven for kingfishers, including the Azure, Forest, Little & Sacred species, cormorants, herons, ibis, spoonbills, flycatchers, Brahminy Kites, White-bellied Sea Eagles, Wompoo fruit doves, Sunbirds, Spotted-whistling ducks and Rainbow Bee-eaters, along with snakes, frogs and fish and bats. 

    e trees into Mossman Gorge provide the opportunity to spot the endemic Boyd‘s Forest Dragon (a chameleon that can adapt its colouring for camouflage), along with the beautiful White-lipped Tree Frog and iconic Ulysses Butterfly.

    Other Daintree wildlife sightings may include the Southern Cassowary, Boyd’s Forest Dragon, Green Tree-Snake, Shining Flycatcher, Ulysses butterfly, White-lipped Tree Frog, Eastern Tube-nosed Bat, Striped Possum and Jungle-carpet Python.

    Accommodation: Two night’s stay at Heritage Lodge, Cape Tribulation

     

  • Day 3 - 5: Tablelands

    Over the course of these two days, guests will explore the Tablelands' lush rainforests, volcanic lakes, wetlands through to beautiful savanna country. 

    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 you with 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.

    FNQ Nature Tours has exclusive access to a 5000 acre wetlands site owned by the conservation organisation, Forever Wild. We will spend time exploring the Shared Earth Reserve.

    The wildlife on the Tropical Wetlands Reserve is incredibly diverse, and the property has some of the highest avian diversity anywhere in Australia. Boasting over 220 species recorded, the highest bird count in a single day is 98 species. We know the property is critical habitat for the endangered Northern Quoll.

    Here we will look for several bird species, including the threatened Black-throated Finch. Sightings of Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Grey-crowned Babbler, White-throated Gerygone, Yellow Honeyeater, Red-backed Fairywren, Great Bowerbird, Pale-headed Rosella, Red-winged Parrot, Black-necked Stork (Jabiru) and Brolga are likely, and possibly even Sarus Crane! The reserve is also home to Agile Wallabies, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Common Wallaroos, some spectacular dragonflies including Graphic Flutterer and Scarlet Percher, and even the famous Frilled (Frill-necked) Lizard!

    Contribute to research with our guides by conducting a bird count of the wetlands. This data is invaluable for global bird exposure, recognition and understanding. 

    A wildlife tour in the Far North Queensland is not complete without a night walk. A large portion of the local wildlife has adopted a nocturnal lifestyle to avoid the heat of the day in the tropical climate. We visit 2 nocturnal sites over our final two nights to experience the overall diversity of wildlife in the Wet Tropics.

    2 Nights Accommodation at Chambers Wildlife Lodge - Hidden in 1200 acres of Lake Eacham’s highland rainforest in the beautiful Waterfalls and Crater Lakes district of the Atherton Tablelands, and pioneers in eco-tourism.

    Key Details

    Pricing:
    $3,208 per person based on double occupancy, $6,417 per couple.
    $3,942 Single Traveller Rate
    Group Size: Minimum of 4 guests, Maximum of 7 guests
    Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Cairns/Northern Beaches/Port Douglas
    Inclusions: 5 days touring with likeminded nature enthusiasts, 4 nights accommodation
    All meals provided, expert local guide and photographer, modern comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.

    Responsible Tourism

    As part of our commitment to sustainability we have developed a Code Of Practice relating to our wildlife interactions which is available for your reference. Our river affiliates are using only solar powers vessels, clean, quiet and zero impact on the environment during wildlife cruises. 

    As our way of contributing to the local wildlife community, we are heavily involved with FNQ Wildlife Rescue. Our organisation attends rescues and is active in sharing stories that may help educate our guests on safe and helpful practises for supporting injured or orphaned wildlife. We are also proud partners of the Australian Quoll Conservancy, dedicated to the conservation of the Spotted-tailed Quoll in North Queensland and Forever Wild; a charity set up to protect vast and wild places, rich in biological diversity and human culture including the Shared Earth Reserve in the Tablelands.

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