Chip & Bere Tour to New Zealand and Australia –Australia Day 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22.


Southern Africa Conservation and Communities Tour to New Zealand and Australia – July and August 2011


Wednesday 13th July – Hello Australia

View over Brisbane

Flew out of New Zealand and arrived in Brisbane, Australia.  Went to Mt Coot-tha, a viewpoint which gives you a panoramic vista of Brisbane City and surrounding areas.  When you see the wide river running through Brisbane, you can understand why they were so badly affected by the recent floods. It was amazing to see parrots flying in the wild.


Thursday 14th July

Did a presentation to at the University of Queensland, Department of Biological Sciences.  Footage of a rhino that had its horn hacked off and was left to die left many visibly horrified and moved by the reality of what is happening back in Southern Africa with rhino poaching.

Meeting a curious koala.

Visited Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary with over 130 koala.  Coming from Southern Africa we had the privilege of seeing animals we do not have back home like the kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, Tasmanian devils and platypus to name a few.  A well developed park where you can walk among the kangaroos and feed the wild lorikeets.  The most interesting bird was the endangered Southern Cassowary, the third largest flightless bird.  They live a solitary life and there is an estimated population of 1,500 left.

They are the third largest flightless bird and choose to live solitary lives.


Friday 15th July

View from McCarthy’s lookout in Malaney.

Went to Maleny, a small scenic town 90 km north of Brisbane in the Blackall Range hinterland overlooking the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Maleny has a sub-tropical climate with cool clear winters and warm wet summers and is also known as ‘rainy Maleny’, it certainly lived up to this on our short visit.  Prior to European settlement, the area was covered in thick sub-tropical rainforest with huge hardwood trees. Sadly, heavy logging in the late 19th and early 20th century practically wiped out these magnificent forests with the wood being sent to Europe. Today, small pockets of rainforest remain and we walked through a rainforest which was so re-energising.  A special moment was spotting a Pademelon, a shy, miniature kangaroo that lives in the rainforest.

The community of Maleny today are very environmentally conscious and have established an organisation called Sustainable Maleny which is run by volunteers to promote sustainability and community strength in Maleny and its environs, with projects supporting local food, local economy and renewable energy.

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July

Flew from Brisbane and arrived in Sydney Saturday evening.  Sunday was spent getting up to date with work and emails.


Monday 18th July

Radio 2UE 954 Talk News - Interview with David Oldfield in Sydney.

Charlie did a radio interview with David Oldfield from 2UE 954 Talk Radio.  That evening we did a presentation to Rotary Sydney CBD Club.  A fun club, but on a more serious note, got to hear about the extent and cost of the damage from the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand.  Up to date reports put the cost of the damage at a staggering NZ$22 billion, 9% of their gross GDP!


Tuesday 19th July

Spent the day with another much needed catch up on work.


Wednesday 20th

Marina surrounded by beautiful forests in Sydney.

Left for central Sydney early in the morning for a breakfast presentation to Rotary Sydney Darling Harbour Club – it was dark, cold and raining when we left to catch the train into the City.  We took the opportunity after the talk to take the ferry over to Manly to get a ‘sheltered’ view of Sydney without getting wet!












  1. I live in Sydney and I’ve never seen a pair under a hundred daorlls.I saw some last week around Circular Quay and (I’m not 100% sure, as I wasn’t really looking to find the price of them, but just turned a pair over to see ..) I think they were around $ 150.Not sure who told you $ 30 but no way!!!I’ll have another look this afternoon and update my answer tonight if I remember. I’d steer clear of buying them around the touristy areas like Circular Quay, The Rocks etc, as they’re likely to be pricier.

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