Tour Info & FAQs2024-01-04T02:01:00+00:00

Tour Information & Frequently Asked Questions

Where do we meet? PLEASE READ!2024-02-03T23:19:51+00:00

For Shroomin Tours… scroll down for details.

For Let’s Go Buggin Tours (Morning and Night Walks) 

Please come to the Cairns Botanic Gardens and we will meet at the main entrance on Collins Ave.  There are some seats in a covered entrance.  Please wait here and I will meet you and finalise any last-minute details.  There are toilets behind the cafe about 50 metres inside the gardens.  NIGHT WALKS PLEASE NOTE:  No access to garden toilets!

Cairns Botanic Gardens Meeting place for Let's Go Buggin Tours Cairns

 

For Let’s Go Shroomin Tour

Please meet at the main sign (see picture below Google Maps link) for the Nature Playground, Centennial Lakes, Greenslopes Street, Edgehill.  Please wait here and we will conduct a short safety briefing before we start.  There are toilets only 25 metres inside the playground.

Meeting Place Let's Go Shroomin Nature playground

Tour Times2024-06-14T00:28:10+00:00

Morning Tours  8:30-10:30 am, (finishing 11 am for Shroomin Tours).  Afternoon Tours and Private Tours are available on request. Please send an email.

Night Walk  7 pm start.   Other Nights are available on request.  Special Night Walks in the School Holidays are 6.30 – 8.30 pm.

What should I wear?2021-10-11T02:32:04+00:00

I strongly suggest closed shoes, with light long sleeves and long pants.  Wearing this will allow you to avoid using any or excess repellent for mosquitoes and sandfly (midges and no-see-ums) bites which may affect your chances of getting that closeup shot of a critter. During the wet season however, it is advisable to wear repellent on any exposed skin.  Also please consider wearing sunscreen and a hat.

What should I bring?2022-09-26T04:05:25+00:00

Suggested items to bring include…

ALL WALKS:  Your choice of camera, your prescription eyewear. During the wet season, camera protection is recommended, and you may like to bring a poncho or light raincoat in case of a short shower.    If you don’t have a camera, perhaps you would like to Hire one?  See Camera Hire.

BUGGIN MORNING WALKS:  Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses. Most areas are shady however, there are a few sunny spots as well.

NIGHT WALKS: Torches are needed for Night Walks.  The light on your mobile phone will not be bright enough to give any decent visibility in the rainforest.  Feel free to bring your own, or I have some simple head torches to use free of charge.

SHROOMIN WALKS:  If you like to get onto the ground to take pics of mushrooms (recommended for the best angles), then I suggest a towel or pants that you don’t mind getting dirty.  Knee pads for the serious mushroom photographer.  I highly recommend light, long sleeve shirts and pants for this walk to avoid mosquito and midgee bites.

 

Car Parking, Buses, Taxi’s & Uber2024-02-03T23:02:44+00:00

PARKING – There is plenty of on-street parking around the Cairns Botanic Gardens.

 

BUSES – Plan your journey here: 

Bus stop (750144) at the main entrance on Collins Ave (Buggin Morning & Night Walks)

Bus Stop (750384) on Greenslopes St (Shroomin Walks). Short Walk to Nature Playground.

 

TAXI – Cairns Taxi’s Phone: 07 4048 8333

What is the minimum age?2021-10-11T02:32:46+00:00

Minimum age of 8 please. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

What will I see?2021-10-11T02:33:00+00:00

MORNING WALKS: I have specific locations to see Cairns Birdwing Caterpillars, Four O’Clock moth caterpillars, Dwarf Eastern Tree Frogs, Orange Tortoise Beetles and many other animals which have a regular host plant that they live on. As we are in a natural environment, there are no guarantees of seeing a specific creature. Most animals in the insect kingdom will move from plant to plant so they can be spotted anywhere.  Rest assured I have excellent bug-spotting eyes and will see things most people won’t notice.

NIGHT WALKS:  There is a number of nocturnal insects and spiders that can be seen all year round for example, Crickets and Katydids, Huntsman spiders and Net Casting spiders.  Flying Foxes and Microbats are also seen all year round.  Frogs can be seen all year round, but we see MANY during the wet season.   Papuan Frogmouth Birds, Striped Possums, Giant White-tailed Rats, Bandicoots are seen regularly.  Occasional encounters with Pythons, Echidnas, Pademelons.

MUSHROOM PHOTOGRAPHY WALKS: Stinkhorn Mushrooms (Phallus species),  Ganoderma species, Fairy Inkcaps, Mycena species, Gymnopus Species, Yellow Jelly Fungi, Boletus species, Earth Stars, Marasmius species, Birds Nest Fungi, and various slime moulds.

Why Book with us?2021-10-28T23:04:23+00:00

Whilst you can walk around the Cairns Botanic Gardens for free, my tour will give you the opportunity to see the smallest beautiful animals that live in the gardens. I have spent over 1000 hours scouting the gardens to find these creatures, many of which will go completely unnoticed by people. I have learned the host plants and behaviours of many animals so I can provide you a fast-tracked way of seeing them and photographing them in their natural habitat.

What’s the best time of year?2021-10-11T02:33:18+00:00

There is something to see all year round with changes in specific animals throughout the year. For example, Four O’clock Moth Caterpillars are seen mostly in the dry season and rarely seen the rest of the year. The fungi and mushroom species are only seen during the wet season.  I adjust the tour route accordingly to maximise the wildlife encounters.

Will the bugs bite?2021-10-11T02:33:35+00:00

I promote the ‘Take only photos, leave only footprints’ philosophy, and do not condone the touching of any animals or the removal of any plant matter, including leaves and twigs. As long as you stick to these rules there should be no risk of animals biting you.

Allergies and Bee Stings2022-09-26T04:07:11+00:00

If you have a known allergy to insects or bees, please advise me at time of booking and I may decide to alter the itinerary to better suit you.  Please take responsibility for your own allergies and carry any necessary medicines relevant to your allergy. Ie: Epipen.

Details2024-05-27T09:12:06+00:00

A Nature Photographers Trip of a Lifetime!

‘A surprise around every corner’

Aussie Macro Photos is proud to host a Sumatra Photography Expeditions.  This is a nature photographer’s trip of a lifetime, giving you access to some of the world’s most incredible creatures in the Sumatran rainforest. The Gunung Leuser National Park is extremely rich in biodiversity and has endless opportunities for photographers to capture gorgeous images.

Get up close and personal to the IUCN Critically Endangered Sumatran Orangutans, as well as a number of other monkeys & primates including Gibbons.  Marvel at the super-glamourous Great Argus Pheasant.  Stroll through the accommodation grounds and see a host of harmless tree snakes, and other beautiful reptiles.  Be wowed by the incredible colours and formations of arthropods, with endless butterflies, spiders and every other insect you can imagine!

This location is special for a number of reasons.  This patch of UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park once hosted a successful rehabilitation and release program for Sumatran Orangutans and thus many of the individuals are very used to humans.  We will have opportunities to get great closeup images of these gentle primates, many of which are nursing mothers.  Our accommodation, The Eco Lodge, backs onto this bio-centric wonder and does NOT use Palm Oil.  A true eco-lodge with utmost integrity for a nature lovers retreat.  The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable.  The restaurant provides a variety of classic Indonesian cuisine as well as Western meals.

Bridgette of Aussie Macro Photos has been to this location three times and has designed an itinerary for this Sumatra Photography Expedition from her experience to give you the best opportunities for seeing and photographing incredible creatures in their natural habitat.  Our local guides are extremely gifted at spotting their local wildlife and provide excellent service to ensure our comfort and enjoyment.

Itinerary2024-05-28T07:22:34+00:00

DAY 1

08.00 Pickup from dPrima Hotel Kualanamu

Transit to Bukit Lawang (Approx 4 hours), arriving lunchtime

Lunch at own expense

Expedition Welcome and Briefing

Afternoon Buggin (Insects, Arachnids, Reptiles)

Welcome Dinner (included)

Night Walk & Moth Trap (Insects, Arachnids, Reptiles, Amphibians)

DAY 2

Full day Jungle trekking (6-7 hours)  Morning Tea, Lunch provided. (Orangutans, Monkey’s, Birds, Insects, Arachnids, Reptiles)

Dinner at own expense

Day 3

Full day Jungle trekking (6-7 hours)  Morning Tea, Lunch provided. (Orangutans, Monkey’s, Birds, Insects, Arachnids, Reptiles)

Overnight in the jungle campsite, dinner provided

Night Walk & Moth Trap around Camp site (Insects, Arachnids, Reptiles, Amphibians)

Day 4

Morning Walk around Campsite (Monkey’s, Birds, Insects, Arachnids, Reptiles)

Breakfast & Morning Tea provided

Tube rafting return

Buffet Lunch (included)

Dinner at own expense

Night Walk & Moth Trap (Insects, Arachnids, Reptiles, Amphibians)

Day 5

Full day Jungle trekking (5-6 hours)  Morning Tea, Lunch provided. (Orangutans, Monkey’s, Birds, Insects, Arachnids, Reptiles)

Farewell Dinner (Included)

Day 6

Optional Add-Ons – Birding Tour, Local Market Tour (Not included in Expedition cost)

Lunch at own expense

Checkout

Transport to Medan/Airport (Approx 11am TBA)

Camera Hire2022-09-26T03:51:28+00:00

No camera? No Problem. There are 3 options available for camera hire, Beginner (Option 1), Intermediate (Option 2) and Advanced (Option 3).  Please visit Camera Hire for more information and to reserve.  Please come 20 minutes prior for your tutorial and a quick practice before we head off on the tour.

Night Walks2022-09-26T03:56:05+00:00

Night Walks offer an exciting alternative to see animals that we don’t normally see during the day.   We see many nocturnal insects, spiders and frogs.  If you want to take photos, I recommend buddying up with someone to help you take photographs.  One person shines the torch while the other takes the photograph, and then swap.   Feel free to bring your own torch, or I have some head torches available free of charge.   To read more about Night Walks please visit Night Walks. 

Do you do Group Bookings?2021-10-11T02:34:38+00:00

If you are interested in a group booking please email me details about your group to info@aussiemacrophotos.com

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?2021-10-11T02:34:50+00:00

While most of the gardens is wheelchair accessible, some areas are not. However, I can adapt the walking route to be wheelchair accessible. Please advise at time of booking.

What is Macro Photography2021-10-11T02:35:12+00:00

Macro photography is close-up photography of small subjects, including things like bugs and flowers.  By the original definition, a macro photograph is one in which the size of the subject appears life-size or greater.   More information can be found with a simple google search.

Included / Not Included2024-05-28T07:23:03+00:00

THE COST INCLUDES:

Transfers to and from Medan to Expedition in air-conditioned comfort

Welcome and Farewell dinner

National Park Fees and Permits

Local guides, Jungle treks, Morning walks, Night walks

1 night overnight in the jungle (plus holding your luggage and other items in your room)

All breakfasts, food & water on tours

Comfortable accommodations

THE COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: 

Flight costs to Medan

Accommodation in Medan, Sumatra

2 Lunches and 2 Dinners (See Itinerary for more info)

Alcohol

Overview2024-06-11T00:26:12+00:00

A Nature Photographers Trip of a Lifetime!

‘A surprise around every corner’

Aussie Macro Photos is proud to host a Sumatra Photography Expeditions.  This is a nature photographer’s trip of a lifetime, giving you access to some of the world’s most incredible creatures in the Sumatran rainforest. The Gunung Leuser National Park is extremely rich in biodiversity and has endless opportunities for photographers to capture gorgeous images.

Get up close and personal to the IUCN Critically Endangered Sumatran Orangutans, as well as a number of other monkeys & primates including Gibbons.  Marvel at the super-glamourous Great Argus Pheasant.  Stroll through the accommodation grounds and see a host of harmless tree snakes, and other beautiful reptiles.  Be wowed by the incredible colours and formations of arthropods, with endless butterflies, spiders and every other insect you can imagine!

This location is special for a number of reasons.  This patch of UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park once hosted a successful rehabilitation and release program for Sumatran Orangutans and thus many of the individuals are very used to humans.  We will have opportunities to get great closeup images of these gentle primates, many of which are nursing mothers.  Our accommodation, The Eco Lodge, backs onto this bio-centric wonder and does NOT use Palm Oil.  A true eco-lodge with utmost integrity for a nature lovers retreat.  The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable.  The restaurant provides a variety of classic Indonesian cuisine as well as Western meals.

Bridgette of Aussie Macro Photos has been to this location three times and has designed an itinerary for this Sumatra Photography Expedition from her experience to give you the best opportunities for seeing and photographing incredible creatures in their natural habitat.  Our local guides are extremely gifted at spotting their local wildlife and provide excellent service to ensure our comfort and enjoyment.

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