Suggested months: May, June, July, August.
For visitors wanting to tick off Australia's most iconic marsupials and marine mammals, this adventure is a perfect match. Just west of Melbourne, the You Yangs and Great Ocean Road is a sanctuary for Koalas, with guests venturing out with a Koala researcher to learn about the behaviour and life history of individuals within the colony. The coastal landscapes, rainforests and open plains also offer the opportunity to see kangaroos, wallabies, parrots, bushbirds, raptors and Emus.
Off Phillip Island, guests will be captivated by a massive colony of Australian Fur Seals, with pods of dolphins, seabirds and White-bellied Sea Eagles also welcome residents. Tasmania is a haven for many kinds of marsupials including the Platypus, Common Wombat, Short-beaked Echidna, Eastern and Spotted Quoll, Southern Brown Bandicoot, Long-nosed Potoroo, Tasmanian Pademelon and the iconic Tasmanian Devil. Kangaroo Island is also rich in marsupials and birds and provides the unique opportunity to walk on the beach with Australian Sea-lions, with adorable pups always curious at the sight of visitors.
Minimum Suggested Nights: 13 nights, plus a couple of nights on arrival and departure from Australia if desired.Kangaroo Island Phillip Island Tasmania You Yangs & Great Ocean Road
Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared
Duration: Day Trip: Approximately 8 hours
Logistics: Fly into Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL).
Kangaroos and Koalas in the Wild
Traversing through captivating natural bushland across the You Yangs and Serendip National Parks, this one day adventure provides up-close encounters with Australia’s most endearing animal, the Koala. Guests will have the opportunity to meet famous wild Koalas through a eucalypt forest with a naturalist guide, sharing stories about each individual koala’s history, social life and family.
Importantly, the tour contributes to the health and wellbeing of this iconic animal through removal of noxious weeds to expand their habitat. In the forests, there are also Swamp Wallabies, Echidnas, Laughing Kookaburras, Tawny Frogmouths, cockatoos, parrots and honeyeater birds. Later, guests walk through the grasslands and around a billabongs in search of Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Emus and raptor birds.
Male emus sitting on nest, striped emu chicks hatch, Scarlet Robin, Eastern Yellow Robin, Rufous Whistler, White-browed Scrubwren, Jacky Winter, Restless Flycatcher, Grey Fantail, Cape Barren Geese, Magpie Geese, Black Swans, Australian White Ibis, Yellow-billed Spoonbills, Australian Shelducks, Australasian Grebes.
Eastern Grey Kangaroo joeys discover the world outside, learn to hop, play and graze, Swamp Wallabies, Red-necked Wallabies, Koalas, Common Brushtail Possums at dusk and early evening.
Duration: 2 hours
Logistics: Overnight in Melbourne. Take a 1 hour 30 minute drive or private transfer to Cowes. Alternatively, take the Metro Train on Frankston line to Stony Point, then Inter Island ferry across the bay to Cowes.
Seal Watching Cruise
Spectacular close up encounters with Australia’s largest population of Australian Fur Seals is promised on this scenic coastal boat tour. Venturing to the aptly named Seal Rocks, visitors will drift amongst 7000+ seals. Seals are present all year round, from young pups to adult bulls, with the crew providing insights into the fascinating social displays of these agile and playful creatures. The spectacular coastline along the northern and western shores of Phillip Island, provide abundant viewing opportunities for dolphins, Little Penguins and a vast array of seabirds.
Short-tailed Shearwaters feed up before their epic northern migration, Shy Albatross chicks fledge mostly in April, Crested Terns, Pied & Black-faced Cormorants, Australasian Gannets, Little Penguins feeding close to shore, White-bellied Sea Eagles and Wedge-tailed Eagles.
Peak season for Shy Albatross, Crested Terns, Giant Petrels, Australasian Gannets, Fluttering Shearwaters, Black-faced and Pied Cormorants, Australasian Darters, Little Penguins, Sooty and Pied Oystercatchers, and migratory Ruddy Turnstones.
Australian Fur Seal pups very playful, Short-beaked Common Dolphins, Small pods of up to 10 Bottlenose Dolphins forage for squid and fish.
Humpback Whales migrate from Antarctica, Australian Fur Seal pups, Short-beaked Common Dolphin sightings increase, Southern Right Whales and Orcas occasional sightings.
Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared
Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Logistics: Take a 1 hour 15 minute flight from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL) to Hobart Airport (HBA).
8 Day Tasmanian Wildlife Encounter
Over one-third of the ‘island’ state is reserved as a conservation area and this epic adventure traverses through some of the most scenic parts, including the World Heritage Listed Cradle Mountain, Rocky Cape, Narawntapu, and Freycinet National Parks. A mix of expansive ancient temperate rainforests, spectacular coastlines, rugged mountains and sparkling highland lakes provide refuge and habitat for a rich array of rare and endemic plants and animals.
Tasmania is a delight for Marsupial lovers, with opportunities to spot Pademelons, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies, Common Wombats, Tasmanian Bettongs, Long-nosed Potoroos, Quolls and of course the carnivorous Tasmanian Devil. A wide variety of songbirds, bushbirds, shorebirds and seabirds, including the Little Penguin are also highlights. Guests will be captivated by a cruise on the final day around Bruny Island, spotting Dolphins, Australian Fur Seals and seabirds along the towering 200m dolerite cliffs.
Departures on the 18th of December 2017 and 29th January 2018 receive a complimentary night accommodation pre-tour in Hobart (1 night per booking).
Summer migrants arrive including Welcome Swallows, Tree Martins, Dusky Woodswallows, Striated Pardalotes, Grey Fantails and Swift Parrots. Short-tailed Shearwaters leave the Tasmanian coast on their migration along with other migratory waders such as, Ruddy Turnstones, Red-necked Stints, Common Greenshanks and Eastern Curlews. Beautiful Firetails and Green Rosellas a highlight.
Little Penguins, Cattle Egrets, Australasian Shelducks, Australasian Shovellers, Australasian Bitterns, Forty-spotted Pardalotes, Green Rosellas, Yellow Wattlebirds, Strong-billed, Yellow-throated and Black-headed Honeyeaters, Native Tasmanian Hens breeding, Spotted Pardalotes, Brush Bronzewings, Golden Whistlers, Eastern Spinebills, Flame Robins, Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea Eagles, Brown Falcon, Brown Goshawk and Swamp Harriers.
Forester Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies, Tasmanian Pademelons, Tasmanian Bettongs and Long-nosed Potoroos have joeys that are weaned off at this time. Tasmanian Devils breed in March, Common Wombats, Short-beaked Echidnas.
Eastern-barred and Southern-brown Bandicoots breeding also occurs in early winter, Common Wombats, Long-nosed Potoroos, Forester Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies and Tasmanian Pademelons common. Tasmanian Devils start to emerge from their dens towards the latter part of winter, with imps (baby devils) often seen on their backs.
Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared
Duration: 2 days/1 night
Logistics: Take a 1 hour 20 minute flight from Hobart Airport (HBA) to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL) and connect to a 1 hour 20 minute flight to Adelaide Airport (ADL),. Connect to a 30 minute regional flight to Kingscote Airport on Kangaroo Island (KGC).
Kangaroo Island In Style
This tour combines the two most popular full day landscape and wildlife experiences; Island Life and Flinders Chase Focus. Guests will be exposed to a broad range of elements that make this island so celebrated, including the the Island's history, ecology, wildlife, landscape and contemporary lifestyle. Regions visited include the Cygnet Valley, north coast landscape at Stokes Bay, central plateau, south coast landscape at Seal Bay to walk on the beach with Australian Sea-lions and the spectacular wilderness and the dramatic coastline of Flinders Chase National Park.
Iconic landscapes in the southwest corner will deliver endless photographic opportunities especially at Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Cape du Couedic. Key species regularly encountered are Koalas, Tammar Wallabies, Kangaroo Island Kangaroos, endangered Glossy Black Cockatoos, Short-beaked Echidnas, Australian Sea-lions, Long-nosed Fur-seals and a variety of bush birds and shorebirds and seabirds.
Glossy Black Cockatoos nest in large hollows, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos aggregate post breeding (they breed in summer), Red Wattlebirds abundant, Black Swans, Royal Spoonbills, Crested Terns, Caspian Terns, Crimson Rosellas.
Likely Sighting Chance: Black Swans nesting and cygnets abundant, Cape Barren Geese nest keeping an eye out for predatory Australian Ravens, Wedge-tailed Eagles, Scarlet Robins, Beautiful Firetails, Red-browed Finches, Striated Pardalote, Hooded Plover, Yellow-tailed Cockatoo and Crimson Rosellas.
Moderate Sighting Chance: Red-browed Finches, Swamp Harrier, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Royal Spoonbill, Australasian Gannets, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Osprey.
Occasional Sighting Chance: Southern Emu-wren, in late winter the incessant calls of Western Whipbirds are heard, Southern Stone Curlew, Peregrine Falcons, Yellow-nosed Albatross with strong winds,
Young Tammar Wallabies are weaned off their mothers and form their own social groups, Kangaroo Island Kangaroo joeys following their mothers around, Short-beaked Echidnas, Common Brushtail Possums usually have one joey at a time in Autumn.
Short-beaked Echidnas breed where females attract up to 10 males, which follow the female in a procession. Kangaroo Island Kangaroos abudant grazing in open pasture adjacent to woodlands.
Australian Sea-lions bask on the sand in-between fishing trips to the continental shelf, Long-nosed Fur Seal pups can be seen playing around the rock ledges and pools at Cape du Couedic.
Australian Sea-lions prey upon fish, squid, cuttlefish, octopus, rock lobster, other small crustaceans and penguins. Sea-lion pups and territorial fighting between bulls can be seen. Bottle-nosed dolphins can bee seen around the bays and coves, often surfing waves on the south coast.