Field Trips

Brisbane offers a great range of wildlife and cultural experience for a group like ours. We’ve planned field trips from the fabulous sub-tropical rainforests of Lamington and Springbrook National Parks to the great sandy islands of Moreton Bay – on water and land. You will see plenty of wildlife on those trips into the wild, or can get up close and personal at Lone Pine Sanctuary, Australia Zoo or at a small, local bat sanctuary “Batzilla the Bat”. Four rare-book libraries, all with fabulous historic illustrations, will be open to you, as will some of the hidden collections of the Queensland Museum. You can even round all this off with an evening cruise on the beautiful Brisbane River, to celebrate July 4th.

*Field trip schedule and events subject to change.

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 ©Louise Saunders 

 ©Louise Saunders 

 ©Louise Saunders

Field Trip # 1
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary          

Date: Thursday 4th July

Time: 8.30 am – 4.00pm

Cost: $140.00          

ITINERARY

Depart UQ: 8.30 am to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary by bus
Arrival : by 9 am
Depart : 3.30 or make your own way back to the Women’s College
Expected return to campus: 4.00 pm

Meet some of Australia’s wonderful wildlife.  There are so many options available to you; cuddle with a koala, feed the kangaroos or tour the facility to see the many animals housed at the sanctuary.

There will be plenty of free time to sketch and photograph the many animal exhibits.

You need to book your own wildlife experience. The registration only pays for your entry and your bus.

 Please book  your private wildlife experience here.

What to bring: Sketching supplies/ Reusable water bottles/ Camera / Hat/ sunscreen/ warm coat.
Time for sketching available: Yes
Handicap accessible: Yes
Difficulty of terrain:  walking on flat/paved paths/
Indoors or outdoors: Indoors & Outdoors
Benches/shady places available: Yes
Restrooms available: Yes
Travel Time: by private bus charter (travel time 30 minutes each way)
Website: to view facilities and wildlife here

 ©Louise Saunders 

 ©Louise Saunders

North Gorge Walk

North Gorge, © Geoff Thompson

Straddle main beach

Main Beach, 20 miles long,
© Geoff Thompson

Field Trip #2
North Stradbroke Island with an Aboriginal Guide      

Date: Thursday 4th July

Time: 7.30 am – 5.00 pm

Cost: $150.00

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ITINERARY

Depart UQ: 7.30 am allow 1 hour+ to Cleveland
Barge Leaves Cleveland: 9 am
Arrives Stradbroke: 9.45 – 9.50 am
Barge Leaves Stradbroke: 3 pm
Barge returns to Cleveland: 3.45 – 3.50pm
Expected return to campus: 4.30 – 4.45pm

Leaving UQ by bus, travel to Cleveland to take the car ferry to North Stradbroke Island. Our Aboriginal Guide will give us a cultural experience, touring ‘Minjerribah’ (North Stradbroke Island) to learn about the culture of the Quandamooka people, discover the rich history and how they were one with the land and the sea.

Visit the Museum for the history of North Stradbroke Island. The Salt Water Murris Art Gallery & the Gallery of Delvine Cockatoo Collins.

Dunwich – At the early European pioneer cemetery we will hopefully see Whistling kites, a flying-fox colony and the possibility of seeing Koalas in the wild.

Point Lookout - stroll along the North Gorge Boardwalk for breathtaking ocean views of the coastline. The walk is about 1.5km, and weaves down into the gorge itself before twisting back up towards Point Lookout again. Along the way, spot dolphins surfing the waves, turtles, manta rays and whales may be seen out in the Pacific Ocean. There may also be honeyeaters feeding in the  Banksias, eucalypts and melaleuca trees that line the boardwalk. Main Beach & Cylinder beach – Sit on the beach or swim in the patrolled area.

BYO lunch or purchase takeaway at Point Lookout.

What to bring: Sketching supplies
Reusable water bottle
 Camera
Sunscreen
Bathers
Beach Towel/Sunscreen/Hat/Lunch optional
Time for sketching available: Yes
Handicap accessible: Yes
Difficulty of terrain: Easy to moderate (walking on flat ground/sand/paved paths/boardwalks)
Indoors or outdoors: Bus and outdoors
Benches/shady places available: Some
Restrooms available: Yes
Lunch: You can bring your own lunch or purchase takeaway food at Point Lookout.

BRI Triunia robusta specimen

Queensland Herbarium specimen © State of Queensland 2018 

Euphorbia vicina

Euphorbia vicina, by Will Smith © State of Queensland 2010

Field Trip # 3
Behind the Scenes at the Qld Herbarium – ½ Day Tour

Date: 4th July

Time: 10 – 12pm

Cost: $65.00

 

ITINERARY:

Depart UQ: 9.30 am by bus
Meet inside foyer Herbarium: 10 am
Bus back to Women’s College: 2 pm
Expected return to campus: 2.20 pm

A tour behind the scenes at Queensland Herbarium, illustrations dating back to 1890 to today. Cross referencing illustrations, photographs and specimen either pickled or dried. The Herbarium houses Queensland’s plant specimen collection of more than 850,000 specimens, representing Queensland’s native and naturalised plant species and 150 years of species discovery.

View Herbarium Collections, books and illustrations with Gordon Gymer.

12 – 2pm Free time to wonder around the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha.

What to bring: Reusable water bottles/ Camera/ Closed in footwear/ BYO Lunch or buy some at the café.
Time for sketching available: Yes
Handicap accessible: Yes
Difficulty of terrain:  walking on flat/paved paths
Indoors or outdoors: Indoors/ and outdoors
Benches/shady places available:  Yes
Restrooms available: Yes
Lunch: bring your own or purchase at the cafe

Brisbane River Cruise

 ©Louise Saunders

Brisbane River Evening Cruise

©Geoff Thompson

Brisbane River Evening Cruise

©Geoff Thompson

Field Trip #4
After Dinner Cruise Brisbane River – Evening Cruise   

Date: Thursday 4th July

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Cost: $70.00

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ITINERARY

Depart UQ: Catch Bus 66 (15 min trip) from UQ Lakes station, leaves every 10 min. to Cultural Centre
Walk: 5 minutes, 350 metres to Wheel of Brisbane for boarding at 6 pm
Location: Jetty A South Bank Parklands (on the river in front of the Wheel of Brisbane)
Cruise start: 6 pm
Cruise finish: 8 pm
Return to Women’s College: At leisure catch bus 66.

River Cruise to view the city of Brisbane by night.  Enjoy the company of other delegates. Fully licensed for on board purchases of drinks.  Commentary provided.  At this time of night, it will be past sunset so the lights of the city will be beautiful. A two hour private river cruise with finger food served throughout the cruise.

What to bring:  Camera/ warm jacket
Time for sketching available: No
Handicap accessible: Yes
Difficulty of terrain:  walking on flat/paved paths/on board boat
Indoors or outdoors: Outdoors and on board
Benches/shady places available: On board boat, yes
Restrooms available: Yes
Sea Sickness: No, this will be on Brisbane River
Website: River City Cruises

O'Reilly Rainforest

 ©Louise Saunders 

Crows nest fern, Asplenium australasicum, in trees, Lamington National Park

 ©Geoff Thompson

Field Trip #5
O’Reilly’s - Rainforest and Wildlife Tour Lamington National Park         

Date: 5th July

Time: 7.30 am – 5.30pm

Cost: $120.00

ITINERARY

Depart UQ: 7.30 am by bus
Expected time at O’Reilly’s: 9.30 am
Depart: 3.30 pm
Expected return to campus: 5.30 pm

Explore the natural beauty of Lamington National Park. You can feed the birds, walk through the rainforest, walk in the treetops on the air walk and hopefully see lots of wildlife. Our Guides will take groups to the best spots for photography, wildlife spotting and beautiful scenic views. A reasonable level of fitness will be required for the bush walk to the Antarctic Beech Forest and to Elabana Falls.
If you would like to see the ‘Bird of Prey’ show at $15.00pp we can book on arrival.

Bird watching video

What to bring: Sketching supplies / Reusable water bottles / Camera / Walking shoes/ Warm Jacket/ Lunch or buy at cafe
Time for sketching available: Maybe depending on what you want to do
Handicap accessible: Yes
Difficulty of terrain: Easy to moderate (walking on rainforest tracks/boardwalks)
Outdoors: Yes
Benches/shady places available: Yes
Restrooms available: Yes
Lunch:  BYO or buy at the cafe

Dolphins in Moreton Bay

© Damien Saunders

Moreton Island

© Geoff Thompson

Moreton Bay

© Damien Saunders 

Field Trip #6
Wild Dolphin Cruises - Moreton Bay Marine Park & Moreton Island –
Day Tour

Date: Friday 5th July

Time: 7am – 5.30pm

Cost: $240.00

ITINERARY

Depart UQ by private charter bus: 7 am sharp
Boarding Newport Marina: by 8 am
Depart Newport: 8.30 am
Expected Return to Newport: 4 pm
Bus depart for UQ: 4.30 pm
Expected return to campus: 5.30pm

Cruise beautiful Moreton Bay Marine Park to spectacular Moreton Island. Feed the fish, swim with tropical fish over the ship wrecks, see dolphins, turtles, wobbegong sharks seabirds and dugong, maybe a whale or two!

Smorgasbord lunch is provided, Salads, bread rolls, cheese, prawns, chicken, ham. Licensed bar, soft drinks, chocolate, chips for purchase. Morning/Afternoon tea provided.

Optional extra – pay on board $20 if you want to get snorkelling gear and a wet suit to swim over the wrecks to see tropical fish. You must be able to swim. 

N.B. NO EFTPOS on board – CASH ONLY

What to bring: Sketching supplies/Reusable water bottles/ Camera/ bathers/togs/swimsuit! / Beach Towel/ Snorkel & Flippers (optional/available to hire) / Hat/ Sunscreen
Time for sketching available: Yes
Handicap accessible: Yes
Difficulty of terrain:  walking on flat/paved paths/on board boat
Indoors or outdoors: Outdoors
Benches/shady places available: On board boat, yes
Restrooms available: Yes
Lunch: Supplied on board
Snorkeling gear: Bring your own or supplied, mask, snorkel, wetsuit  for $20
Sea sickness: Travel Calm is recommended
Bring CASH 

Queensland Museum

 ©Louise Saunders 

Queensland Museum

"The Golden Shield" Case from the Dodd Collection. © Queensland Museum, Geoff Thompson

Queensland Museum

 ©Louise Saunders 

Field Trip #7
Behind the Scenes at Qld Museum

Date: Friday 5th July

Time: 10 am – 12pm

Cost: $60.00

ITINERARY

Depart UQ: bus 66 from UQ Lakes station (15 min trip) leaves every 10 min. 6 stops to Cultural Centre, walk via walk way to Qld Museum
Meet inside Museum foyer: 9.45 am
Expected return to campus: Return via Bus 66 at leisure
OR join State Library Tour at 12.45 pm

A tour behind the scenes at Queensland Museum, including a visit to their fabulous library, housing illustrated books dating back to 1554.

Just a taste of what may be seen on the day:

The seal woodcut illustration, Guillaume Rondelet, 1554
Coloured Lithograph of Deep-Sea Medusae, Thamnostylus dinema,1895
Lithograph of Pentacrinus maclearanus, 1895
Scientific Illustration, Queensland Museum

What to bring: Reusable water bottles
 Camera 
 Closed in footwear
Time for sketching available: Possibly
Handicap accessible: Yes
Difficulty of terrain:  walking on flat/paved paths/
Indoors or outdoors: Indoors
Benches/shady places available:  Yes
Restrooms available: Yes
Lunch: bring own/or cafe

 

Old State Library

 ©Louise Saunders 

Old State Library

 ©Louise Saunders 

Field Trip # 8
White Gloves Room at the Qld State Library     

Date: Friday 5th July

Time: 1pm

Cost $25.00

ITINERARY

Depart UQ: bus 66 from UQ Lakes station (15 min trip) leaves every 10 min. 6 stops to Cultural Centre
Meet inside Sate Library Foyer: at 12.45pm
Expected return to campus: at leisure

Hands on (with white gloves) for a chance to see a selection of the State of Qld’s fascinating collection of rare books and illustrations from Australia and overseas.

What to bring: Reusable water bottles/ Camera (no Flash on)/ Closed in footwear
Time for sketching available: Maybe
Handicap accessible: Yes
Difficulty of terrain:  walking on flat/paved paths/Indoors
Indoors or outdoors: Indoors
Benches/shady places available:  Yes
Restrooms available: Yes

Bazilla the Bat

 ©Louise Saunders 

Bazilla the Bat

 ©Louise Saunders 

Bazilla the Bat

 ©Louise Saunders 

Field Trip #9 & #13
Bats up close with Batzilla the Bat

Date: Friday 5th & Saturday 6th July

Time: 3.00pm – 5.30pm

Cost: $55

ITINERARY

Depart UQ: 3.00pm
Expected arrival time: 3.30pm
Departure Time: 5.00pm
Expected return to campus: 5.30 – 5.45pm

Come and have an up close and personal with our fabulous Australian Flying-foxes. No touching or entry to the huge aviary but you will be able to sketch and photograph 3 different species of flying-fox that are only metres away! Jump on board the bat bus to meet the face behind the world famous ‘Batzilla the Bat’ Facebook page. With 290K followers Denise Wade is a volunteer flying-fox educator, rescuer and rehabber! This will be a great opportunity to see up to 40 flying-foxes getting ready to wake up – it will be their dinner time so these amazing nocturnal forest makers will be very active.

What to bring: Sketching supplies / Reusable water bottles / Camera /
Time for sketching available:  YES
Handicap accessible: Yes
Difficulty of terrain: Easy
Outdoors: Yes
Benches/shady places available: Sit and sketch the bats or take photos
Restrooms available: Yes
Lunch:  Not required

Australia Zoo

 ©Louise Saunders 

Australia Zoo

 ©Louise Saunders 

Field Trip # 10
Australia Zoo     

Date: Saturday 6th July

Time: 7am – 5.30pm

Cost: $215

ITINERARY

Depart UQ: Charter bus leaving at 7.30 am
Arrival Australia Zoo: 8.50am
Depart Australia Zoo: 4pm
Expected return to campus: 5.20pm

A day at Australia Zoo the home of the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin. Come to sketch or photograph beautiful wildlife from around the world. Spread over 100 acres, Australia Zoo aims to be one of the best wildlife zoos in the world. With 1200 exotic and native animals in beautiful natural settings it will be a worthwhile experience.

What to bring: Sketching supplies/Reusable water bottles/ Camera/ BYO Lunch if staying at Women’s College
Time for sketching available: Yes
Handicap accessible: Yes
Difficulty of terrain: Easy (walking on flat/paved paths/boardwalks)
Indoors or outdoors: Outdoors
Benches/shady places available: Yes
Restrooms available: 
Yes
​​​​​​​Lunch: Bring own or /Café/restaurant

Springbrook National Park

© Geoff Thompson 

Springbrook National Park

 ©Louise Saunders 

Field Trip # 11
Natural Bridge & Springbrook National Park - World Heritage Rainforest  
Waterfalls Scenic Tour

Date: 6th July

Time: 7am – 5.30pm

Cost: $150

ITINERARY

Depart UQ: Private Charter leaving at 7.30 am

Expected return to campus:

A trip to the world heritage rainforests of Springbrook National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland of Queensland. The National Park is part of the Shield Volcano Group of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. Exquisite rainforest trees and plants, home to an abundance of wildlife. See and hear some of the 600 species of bird, a chance to see fresh water turtles, blue and white spiny crayfish, Pademelon Wallabies (a small Kangaroo), goannas and you may even see koalas. Easy rainforest walks with beautiful vistas. Natural Bridge is a naturally formed rock arch formation over a cave with a waterfall that drops into a crystal clear rock pool.

Watch a Gold Coast Hinterland Rainforest Walks Video 

What to bring: Sketching supplies / Reusable water bottles / Camera / Walking shoes/ Warm Jacket/ Own Lunch OR Packed Lunch from College/
Time for sketching available: YES
Handicap accessible: around parking bay
Difficulty of terrain: Easy to moderate (walking on rainforest tracks/boardwalks)
Outdoors: Yes
Benches/shady places available: At Stops Yes
Restrooms available: Yes
Lunch:  Bring packed lunch and reusable water bottles

Fryer Library Rare Book Collection

 ©Louise Saunders 

Fryer Library Rare Book Collection

 ©Louise Saunders 

Field Trip # 12
FRYER LIBRARY RARE BOOK COLLECTION

Date: 6th July

Time: 10 am – 12 pm

Cost: $25

ITINERARY

Depart UQ: Walk 5 minutes
Destination: Fryer Library, 4th floor, Duhig Building, The University of Queensland
Meet at Library: 10 am
Depart: 12 pm

A white gloves tour of the Fryer Libraries beautiful rare book collection as well as an opportunity to see a special exhibition of botanical art by the late Kathleen McArthur.

What to bring: Reusable water bottles/ Camera/ Closed in footwear
Time for sketching available: Yes
Handicap accessible: Yes
Difficulty of terrain:  walking on flat/paved paths/
Indoors or outdoors: Indoors
Restrooms available: Yes

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