About Barry Davies
Barry Davies is an experienced Naturalist, Environmental Interpreter, Tour Guide and Tour Leader and is a Certified EcoGuide with Ecotourism Australia. In 2005 and 2009 he was Australian EcoGuide of the Year.
Barry is based in Beechmont on the edge of Queensland’s Lamington National Park. He grew up in New Zealand, where he developed his passion for wildlife, before moving to Australia to complete an environmental science degree in the 1970s. After 3 years with Queensland National Parks as an Ecologist he spent 20 years as a Guide and Activities Manager at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge. At Binna Burra he established a reputation for excellence as an Interpretive Guide, Naturalist, Trainer and host. In 1993 he won the prestigious Gold Coast Supreme Hospitality Award.
In 2004 he started Gondwana Guides, to provide a freelance Interpretive Guiding service, and Gondwana Environmental Consulting to work with ecotourism operators, mining companies, developers, local government and educational institutions consulting on interpretation and training and wildlife and vegetation management.
In recent years Barry has specialised in organising and leading bird watching, natural history, cultural and walking tours in every state and territory of Australia & New Zealand, Norfolk Is, New Guinea and Sabah (Borneo). He has lead tours for Wildside Birding Tours (USA), Birding Ecotours (SA), Sunrise Birding Tours (USA), Zoothera Birding Tours (GB), Cheepers Birding Tours (USA), International Park Tours (AUS), Auswalk (AUS), Zegrahm Eco Tours (USA), Asian Transpacific Journeys (USA), Stanford University Alumni (USA) and for Gondwana Guides. He leads bird watching and wildlife tours for individuals and small groups all over Australia and has clients from around the world. He is also a field lecturer with the University of Georgia Athens (USA) and other American universities for their study abroad programmes in Australia.
He has lead five tours to Papua New Guinea and has developed a close relationship with local communities in key areas visited by travellers to that wild and mystical country as well as knowledge of the culture and wildlife. In 2015 he led a very successful birding and wildlife tour to Sabah.
In association with wildlife photographer Michael Snedic he runs a birding and photography tour to Bowra Sanctuary in August and whilst not a photography himself he is very familiar with the special requirements of wildlife photographers.