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Fauna of the Forests

Suggested months: January, February, December.

Traversing through some of Australia's most beautiful eucalypt woodlands, wet & dry rainforests and alpine forests, this adventure combines breathtaking scenery with forest dwelling birds and mammals. Highlights include seeing Red-necked, Swamp and Tammar Wallabies, Tasmanian Pademelons, Eastern-grey Kangaroos, Kangaroo Island Kangaroos, Tasmanian Bettongs and Long-nosed Potoroos.

Koalas can be spotted on Kangaroo Island and East Gippsland, whilst Tasmania provides the opportunity to see Eastern & Spotted Quolls, Eastern Barred & Southern Brown Bandicoots. Birding highlights include Superb Lyrebirds, Satin Bowerbirds, King Parrots, rosellas, lorikeets, honeyeaters, wrens, pardalotes, Glossy-black Cockatoos and several species of robin.

Minimum Suggested Nights: 14 nights, plus a couple of nights on arrival and departure from Australia if desired.

East Gippsland Kangaroo Island Tasmania
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Type: Groups,Shared

Duration: 4 days/3 nights - East Gippsland

Logistics: Fly into Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL).

Wildlife Journey

Venturing across East Gippsland’s magnificent lush rainforests, coastal heathlands, giant eucalypt groves, white sandy beaches and pristine rivers and estuaries, this four day immersive adventure offers encounters with a diverse array of species.

It is especially attractive to enthusiasts looking to spot some of the more shy forest dwellers including Yellow-bellied and Greater Gliders, Swamp Wallabies, King Parrots and the piercing call of the Eastern Whipbird. Other highlights include walking with Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Echidnas on Raymond Island, searching for koalas in eucalypt forests, spotting Lace Monitors lazing beside secluded rivers and listening for Superb Lyrebirds mimicking other birds on the fertile rainforest floor.

Guests also spend a little time helping nature on a remote beach by removing disused fishing nets, preventing injury to local fish, marine mammals or birds. Charming lodge-style, owner-operated boutique accommodation ensures a comfortable sleep across the journey.

Seasonal highlights

Summer: Dec-Feb - Birds

Scarlet Honeyeaters and Black-faced Monarchs migrate to the area, Satin Bowerbird nesting, Red & Little Wattlebirds, Eastern Spinebills, Tawny-crowned, Blue-faced and Crescent Honeyeaters, King Parrots, Crimson and Eastern Rosellas, Golden Whistler, Eastern Whipbirds and Flame Robins.

Summer: Dec-Feb - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Grey-headed Flying Foxes roost in camps of thousands of individuals with juveniles clinging under their mothers arm, Swamp Wallabies, Yellow-bellied and Greater Gliders in the mature eucalypt forests.

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Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared

Duration: 2 days/1 night

Logistics: Take a 1 hour 20 minute flight from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL) to Adelaide Airport (ADL), and connect to a 30 minute 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.

Seasonal highlights

Summer: Dec-Feb - Birds

Hooded Dotterels nest upon sandy beaches, aggregations of waterbirds such as Black Swans, Royal Spoonbills, migrant Common Greenshanks, Crested Terns, Caspian Terns, Freckled Ducks, Elegant Parrots, Rock Parrots, Crimson Rosellas and occasionally Budgerigars.

 

Summer: Dec-Feb - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Kangaroo Island Kangaroos switch to being more active in cooler mornings and later in the day, Koalas are active across the island as it is breeding season, Echidnas can be seen across the island.

Summer: Dec-Feb - Marine Mammals

Long-nosed and Australian Fur Seals congregate to breed, Australian Sea-lions bask on sandy beaches at Seal Bay, Bottle-nosed Dolphins around bays and coves.

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Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared

Duration: 8 days/7 nights *** SPECIAL OFFER: ONE NIGHT FREE ACCOMMODATION PRE-TOUR ON SELECTED DATES ***

Logistics: Take a 30 minute flight from Kingscote Airport (KGC) to Adelaide Airport (ADL) then connect to a 1 hour 20 minute flight to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL) and a 1 hour 20 minute flight to Hobart Airport (HBA).

8 Day Tasmania 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.

SPECIAL OFFER:
Departures on the 18th of December 2017 and 29th January 2018 receive a complimentary night accommodation pre-tour in Hobart (1 night per booking).

Seasonal highlights

Summer: Dec-Feb - Birds

Little Penguins breed, Kelp, Pacific & Silver Gulls, Pied Oystercatchers, Hooded Dotterels, Crested Terns & Fairy Terns nest. Migratory waders include Eastern Curlews, Curlew Sandpipers, Ruddy Turnstones, Red-necked Stints, Common Greenshanks. Black Currawongs, Green Rosellas, Olive Whistlers, Pink Robins, Grey Goshawks, Australian Shelducks, Chestnut Teals, Australasian Shovellers, Great Crested Grebes.

Summer: Dec-Feb - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Peak time to see young carnivorous marsupials including Tasmanian Devils, Spotted-tailed and Eastern Quolls and occasionally Platypus. Eastern-barred Bandicoots, Southern-brown Bandicoots, Long-nosed Potoroos, Forester Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies, Tasmanian Pademelons and Tasmanian Bettongs.

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