Cairns School Holiday Program – Let’s Go Buggin – Photography and Nature Tour

School Holiday Program Lets Go Buggin Nature Photography Tour

Come and see our beautiful wildlife in the Cairns Botanic Gardens on a Let’s Go Buggin Nature & Photography Tour

Let’s Go Buggin is now offering a specially designed program during the School Holidays.  The tours have been packaged especially for parents and children to come and see our beautiful animals in their natural surroundings in the Cairns Botanic Gardens.   We will walk around the gardens to my ‘goto’ spot to find little bugs and fungi and I can assist you in photographing some critters with your phone or camera.

Itinerary: 

We commence our walk of discovery immediately after our briefing at the meeting point.  Depending on the season we will adapt the walking route to see what is around at that time of year.  There are a number of host plants that are habitats for our most regularly seen critters.  I will also try and incorporate any individual interests.

First stop… caterpillars, cocoons and butterflies in the conservatory.   Followed by a walk of discovery looking for tiny praying mantis, jumping spiders, crickets and grasshoppers.  We make our way to see the caterpillar of Australia’s largest endemic butterfly, the Cairns Birdwings.

We meander through the gardens looking for animals to photograph and I give the students information on the animals as we come across them.  We are likely to see many insects, tiny lizards and a variety of fungi.

In the second half of the tour we walk in a loop inside the rainforest boardwalk looking for frogs, beetles and bugs as well as seeing an amazing ‘Undescribed’ Lacebug that is currently in the early stages of being scientifically classified and named. (see last picture in gallery above)

We finish up by visiting our very gorgeous frogs that are hiding in the frog pond!  How many can you see?!

I’ll continually be checking in with you and your photography (if you are bringing a camera), and making sure they are getting the most out of what camera you are using.

Times: Tours run daily (Bookings Essential)

8:30 – 10:30 am

Afternoon Tours available on request

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SPECIAL SCHOOL HOLIDAY PACKAGE DEALS

$65 Adult & Child Combo

$20 Second Child (8-15) Must be accompanied by an adult

$100 Family (2 adults, 2 children)

$29 Camera – Pending Availability (Pre-book only, pay on arrival) includes 16GB memory stick for you to keep

Camera Hire  or  BYO

You can capture great pictures with some of the newer smart phones.  A lot of ‘point and shoot’ or ‘compact cameras’ have macro settings suitable to photograph small creatures.

Hire of Olympus TG5 for $29 Camera – pending availability (pre-book only) includes 16GB memory stick to keep.  If you want a hire camera, please mention it in the booking process.

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If you have a magnifying glass bring it along to get some closeup views of the tiny (4mm) bugs that were recently discovered on my tours.  The Midgey Bridgey is currently being studied at the University of NSW and will be named once the study is complete.  At the moment it only has a Genus of Lacebugs (Tingidae).

Photo by Brendan James

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SPECIAL SCHOOL HOLIDAY NIGHT WALKS

Saturday 3rd and 10th July (6.30 – 8.30 pm)

We will be conducting a Special Night Walk during the school holidays at the earlier time of 6.30 to 8.30pm on Saturday 3rd and 10th July.

The tour will introduce you to the much-loved White-lipped tree frog, Northern stony creek frogs and many other species of amphibians.  For those who like spiders, there are many that can be seen on the tour such as Net-casting spiders, Garden orb-weavers and Huntsmans.  For people not a fan of the spiders, they will be relieved to know that they are usually happily weaving their webs or sitting on tree-trunks out of range.  Most of these animals only come out at night and therefore are generally unseen by most people.

Other animals that can be seen on a Let’s Go Buggin Night Walk include Micro-bats, Papuan frogmouth birds, Striped possums, Speckled flying foxes, Cicadas, Crickets, Longicorn beetles and even Pademelons and Echidnas.

To Book a Night Walk on 3rd or 10th July, please contact us directly on 0409 90 20 10.

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