International students travel with Araucaria Ecotours
Last week Darren and I had fun taking a group of International Students Ambassadors (through Brisbane Marketing) on a day-tour last week, showing them a couple of places we visit on our 3-day Wildlife Overview tours and our Tamborine Mountain day- tour.
Students aged from early twenties to mid-thirties, and from places as diverse as Bangladesh, Singapore, Mexico, China, Sri Lanka, France, Ecuador, India and Indonesia joined us for the day.
We started with a gentle bush-walk at Daisy Hill, through eucalypt and tea-tree forests, seeing a wild red-necked wallaby and finding scratch-marks of koalas but no wild koalas that day.
Two sleepy koalas awaited us in the Daisy Hill Koala Visitor Centre, and one managed to lift his head and look at everyone for perhaps a minute or two.
A walk to a waterfall was next on the agenda, followed by an excursion into the canopy at Skywalk on Tamborine Mountain, and a stroll through the tsall forest floor to giant trees and mountain streams.
Clouds were darkening and a light sprinkle fell, so we abandoned our idea of a picnic in the national park and headed to the shelters of Jubilee Park in Beaudesert to feast on corn wraps filled with salad, Camembert, other cheeses, olives, avocado, hummus and other goodies.
Our final destination for the day was Kooralbyn, where we found another red-necked wallaby and plenty of whiptail wallabies (below) and eastern grey kangaroos.
Darren and I were delighted to see it wasn’t just the kangaroos that were jumping …
Some of their comments and photos can be seen on the Araucaria Facbook