Subtropical Rainforest in South East Queensland AustraliaSubtropical Rainforest in South East Queensland Australia help protect and restore ancient Gondwanan Rainforest near Springbrook on the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Subtropical Rainforest in South East Queensland Australia
- Explore the ancient Gondwanan Rainforest and visit ancient Antartic Beech trees all while looking for pademelons, land mullets and satin bowerbirds.
- Help protect and restore the ancient Gondwanan Rainforest through weed removal and tree planting.
- See for yourself the famous Natural Bridge and look for glow worms and glow in the dark mushrooms.
- Encounter nocturnal wildlife including frogs, gliders and possums while stargazing.
- Visit the Cave Creek while on a private tour of Germaine Greer’s home-grown rainforest.
Note that itineraries, activities and visited places may vary based on seasonal weather conditions.
Day 1 – Meet the local team at 8am at the meetup point in Brisbane. From there, you will travel south to Springbrook and get settled in the ranger’s quarters where you will be staying. You will start conservation activities in the afternoon with tree planting and weed removal. You will be provided with Lunch and Dinner.
Day 2 – You will have an early start for morning bird-watching before breakfast. You will then carry out with conservation activities started the day before. You will also get to hear from the local rangers about conservation in Springbrook. You will be provided with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 3 – You will drive to the famous Natural Bridge after completing conservation tasks and visit the waterfall. From there, you will have the chance to get a private tour of Germaine Greer’s home-grown rainforest at Cave Creek, a 65-hectare ex-grazing property that is being transformed from bare ground to lush rainforest. You will then return to your original spots to look for glowing mushrooms and glow worms. You will be provided with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 4 – You will complete your conservation activities before driving to Binna Burra for lunch and a hike. The hike leads to ancient Antarctic Beech trees, which are named for fossils of this same species found in Antarctica. You will spend the rest of the day spotting wildlife including pademelons, satin bowerbird, mullets, cat-bird and Albert’s Lyrebird. You will be provided with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 5 – Head back to Brisbane for 4pm via the Daisy Hill Koala Centre to see koalas. You will be provided with Breakfast and Lunch.
Subtropical and temperate rainforests are overall the most threatened ecosystems. Australia have listed these type of ecosystems endangered nation-wide. Springbrook is the last intact rainforests (it’s known to have been reduced only 0.89% of its former range), which explains the important to protecting it. Protection of these ecosystems happens through weed removal and tree planting which both activities are critical to ensure the subtropical rainforests survive into the future.