Australian Natural History Safaris
Australian Natural History Safari is a Tropical North specialist, led by Port Douglas-based naturalists, David and Diane Armbrust.
Personalised 4WD excursions into the wilds of Daintree and the Outback of Northern Australia are limited to groups no bigger than four. This is to ensure participants enjoy a quality experience observing wildlife, to maximise animal encounters and to ensure any personal interests or specialisation requests are easily accommodated.
David and Diane make use of their private nature refuge at Thylogale; they also use a discreet and well-appointed Toyota Landcruiser GXL vehicle, modified from a seven-passenger to a four-passenger for extra comfort.
All guiding is done by David, a local with a lifetime spent living in the region, and a committed conservationist. He has over 24 years guiding experience in the Wet Tropics.
Location: Tropical North Queensland
The Tropical North is bounded by the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park in the north, the quaint cane-field villages in the south and the magnificent Coral Sea coastline abutting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to the east.
The region is home to Queensland’s two highest peaks – Mt Bartle Frere (1622m) and Mt Bellenden Ker (1593m) – and is rich with diverse scenery including mountains, beaches, tidal wetlands, freshwater lakes, mudflats, mangrove swamps, bays, rivers, estuaries, and rich coastal plains are the dominant features of this tropical environment.
Cairns is a thriving town (one of the fastest-growing in Australia) and a popular holiday destination. Nearby Port Douglas is one of Australia’s most fashionable resort destinations with five-star restaurants, art galleries and designer boutiques. It’s located at the end of a peninsula, benefitting from tranquil waters and famous Four Mile Beach.
The Great Barrier, the world’s largest reef system comprising nearly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands – it is also the planet’s biggest single living structure, formed by billions of tiny organisms known as coral polyps. It stretches for over 2,600km, covering approximately 350,000 square kilometres.
A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the impact of human use.
Individual tour description
Full Day Safari
David will collect you from your accommodation and take you to the Armbrust’s own rainforest property, Thylogale, situated in the mountains to the west of Port Douglas.
Your unforgettable wildlife experience begins with a walk through the private rainforest where normally shy marsupials and birds emerge from their natural habitat.
After a morning at Thylogale, you continue to the World Heritage listed Mount Lewis National Park. Lunch is a highlight – sumptuous pan-fried barramundi and fresh salads served beside the confluence of two streams in the rainforest.
The afternoon provides a total contrast in both ecosystems and wildlife as you travel west into the dry eucalypt forest of the Australian Outback.
Single day tours are available throughout the year.
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