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Come visit Abberton...
where birds abound - and the keyword is flexibility !

Abberton is situated in the heart of Queensland's bird-rich Lockyer Valley, a little over an hour's easy drive west of Brisbane on modern roads, and just 15 minutes outside the Garden City of Toowoomba, which holds all amenities including banking and modern shopping facilities etc.

Not only do we have the best and cleanest air, water and soil - we don't even have any light pollution! If you're so inclined you can get a really good look at the Southern Stars and the Milky Way from here.

At Abberton, our aim is to make it easy for you to see birds in a very special environment with as much or as little guidance as you want. You can bird around the property, take guided trips out to local birding hot-spots, have help to find particular 'target' birds, or if you like - just settle on to the verandahs and see what turns up. Whatever the time of year, the wildlife here includes seasonal specials in addition to the resident populations.

There is no fixed agenda - we do whatever suits visitors' particular preferences, be it casual birding or tracking down target birds or endemics. There is plenty of birding from the verandahs, but there are also plenty of other top birding spots nearby.

We dropped in on this Powerful Owl at his rainforest roost on the way home from the airport in July 2015.

Style of visit

There are two basic tour rates

- one including transfers between Abberton and Brisbane - and one for self-drive visitors.

Fully inclusive Birding tours, from 2 to 7 nights, Brisbane to Brisbane

Accommodation is in a Queen-size garden room, with private facilities and 
hydrotherapeutic spa in the Helidon Natural Springs Spa Resort Motel, 
just five minutes from Abberton Reserve.

Each morning, after breakfast you transfer to Abberton for coffee/tea and birding from the verandahs,
where we build our day around what the birds are doing, your own ambitions, 
and any hot birding news from elsewhere in the valley.

Expert personalised guiding is provided at Abberton and throughout the Lockyer Valley,
plus guided full day trips to birding hotspots further afield. 

Included in your tour are: 

transfers between Abberton and Brisbane (or O’Reilly’s Rainforest Guest house, 
or Mt Glorious Rainforest Getaways); 
accommodation in Queen-size garden room with private facilities and natural spa bath; 
light breakfast;
daily transfers between Helidon Natural Springs and Abberton (five minutes); 
expert personalised guiding at Abberton and throughout the Lockyer Valley; 
guided half-day or full-day trips to birding hotspots further afield; 
‘bottomless’ tea and coffee on the Abberton verandahs;  

Not included in the tour price are:

lunch or snacks which are bought en-route depending on the day’s plan;
evening meals, which are available at very reasonable prices at the Lockyer Motel restaurant;
incidentals, such as phone calls, alcohol, etc. 

Visitors are welcome to use wi-fi facilities at Abberton at no cost.

Birding tours, from 2 to 7 nights, without transfers
i.e. for the self-drive visitor.

A different tariff applies, but otherwise the programme, activities, tours etc are the same 
as in Option 1 above, with the exception only of the transfers.

Flexibility and satisfying the ambitions of our visitors
are what we pride ourselves on at Abberton.

If what you see above doesn't fit your needs, please just let us know
and we'll be pleased to work out something that's better for you!

For tariff details or any further information please email us at

Please feel free to CONTACT US with any questions !
We are always pleased to answer any queries and to help 
you in any way we can to plan your trip to Queensland.

email us at:

Bill Jolly, Abberton, Helidon, Qld
(27º 34' 21' S; 152º 08' 21' E)