Glass House Mountains, Noosa, Noosa Everglades
Get more connected with nature on a bushwalking adventure in to one of our amazing National Parks, including Glass House Mountains ('Daki Comon' )and Noosa ('place of shade') National Park, with Tropical Treks. Heading along trails used by our Aboriginal ancestors, the Kabi Kbai and Jinibara people. this full day tour connects you with a very diverse range of nature - eastern grey kangaroos, koalas, grey-headed flying fox, echidnas, brush-tail possums, ring-tail possums, platypus and lace goannas. Our professional guides know all the best spots, so if you're feeling brace, ask them about our snakes!
If an on-the-water wildlife experience is more to your liking, then just 30 minutes north tucked away in the Cooloola ('place of thin cypress pines') section of the Great Sandy National Park and enveloped by the Great Sandy Biosphere is Noosa Everglades, one of only two everglade systems in the world. 44% of all Australian bird species are said to live or visit here - pelicans, black swans, cormorants, sea eagles and the rare Australian Jabiru. You may even see a kangaroo swimming alongside you!
Kanu Kapers offers an overnight, 2 or 3 day guided kayak tour deep into the Noosa Everglades wilderness or, if you're more intrepid than that, how about a self-guided overnight or 3 day kayak tour with Discovery Group or Kanu Kapers. Unlike its famous Florida namesake, there are absolutely no alligators or crocodiles in this river system.
If you'd like to connect with our elusive Australian platypus, then head for Mary Valley Country, just 40 minutes west of Noosa near Gympie ('stinging tree'). The best months for platypus sightings are July to October but we're told by locals that platypuses are there pretty much all year round - you just have to know where to look! Yabba Creek, off the Mary River (Moocoolaba or 'meeting of waters' to our first people) is one of those places, so why not hire a kayak and go platypus spotting on a self-guided kayak tour? Ride on Mary can provide you with kayaks along with all the latest tips on the best viewing spots, but these little guys are creatures of the morning so keep in mind, it's going to be a very early rise!
The Mary Valley River ('Moocoolaba') is also home to a wide range of rare fish, plants and animal species including the Mary River Cod, Mary River Turtle, the giant barred frog, the cascade tree frog and, the extremely rare Coxen's fig parrot and lungfish. So, once you've found that secret Australian platypus colony, let Tropical Treks guide you through some of the top spots to engage with these more vulnerable species as well as highlight some of the best 'camera-worthy' views that not event the locals can get you to! And if after all that, a restful country sleepover is what you're dreaming of - we know just the place. Mary Valley Views, Amamoor Lodge and Melawondi Springs Retreat could be just what you're after. Ask them about their country style breakfasts! You'll thank us for the tip!
If you're an early riser, here's another tip - pop over to Tin Can Bay, around 40 minutes' drive, to hand feed our family of Indo-Pacific Dolphins. Food is allocated to visitors on a 'first-come' basis, so this experience demands a very early starts or you'll miss out. Dont' be disappointed - get there early!