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Mammal & Reptile Mania

Suggested months: January, February, September, October, November, December.

A wonderful blend of Austraila's unique marsupials, birds, reptiles and marine mammals awaits travellers on this itinerary. The trip begins in the spiritual heart of the continent, with the opportunity to see the amazing rock formations of Uluru and Kata Tjuta whilst spotting reptiles, raptor birds and bushbirds that congregate around the region's waterholes.

Flying south to the Eyre Peninsula, the wonders of the Southern Ocean awaits with the opportunity to swim with Australia Sea-lions and cage dive with the Great White Shark out at the Neptune Islands. The region also offers opportunities to spot Koalas, kangaroos, Emus, bushbirds and waterbirds.

Final stop is an amazing four day walk across Maria Island, renowned for its rich marsupial and bird life including Common Wombats, Tasmanina Devils, wallabies, Tasmanian Hens, Swift Parrots and the rare Forty-spotted Paradalote.

Minimum Suggested Nights: 12 nights, plus a couple of nights on arrival and departure from Australia if desired.

Eyre Peninsula Maria Island Uluru-Kata Tjuta & Red Centre
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Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared

Duration: 4 days/3 nights - Uluru & Alice Springs

Logistics: Fly into Alice Springs Airport (ASP).

SEIT Track the Red Centre Extended Tour

Traversing through ancient rocky and rugged ranges, vivid red sandstone canyons that are 350 million years old, rich ochre coloured sand dunes, vast expanses of Mulga and Spinifex and the awe-inspiring rock formations of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, this is the ultimate exploration of the Red Centre.

This small group, three or four-day immersive adventure showcases this beautiful desert region and the amazing flora and fauna that have evolved to thrive in this arid environment including numerous skinks, the iconic Thorny Devil, bushbirds, raptor birds, Kangaroos, Common Wallaroos and fascinating insects.

Guests will see Mt Conner, the third iconic rock in Central Australia, take in a stunning sunrise over Kata Tjuta’s spiritual domes and spend an afternoon exploring Uluru, the most culturally significant monolith in Australia.

As a finale, guests will travel to impressive Kings Canyon to undertake the inspirational Rim Walk or stroll along Kings Creek and marvel at the sandstone rock walls, towering more than 300 metres above the valley floor before returning to Alice Springs.

Seasonal highlights

Summer: Dec-Feb - Birds

Black-breasted Buzzards, Brown Falcons, Australian Hobby, Nankeen Kestrels, Wedge-tailed Eagles have fledged, White-plumed Honeyeaters, Yellow Throated Miners, Crested Bellbirds, Chiming Wedgebills, Pied Butcherbirds, Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes and Willie Wagtails. Waterholes draw Painted Firetail, Grey-headed Honeyeaters and Zebra Finches and Budgerigars depending on rains.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Birds

Black-breasted Buzzards, Black Falcons, Wedge-tailed Eagles, Nankeen Kestrels and Brown Goshawks nesting. Crested Pigeons, Mudlarks, Butcherbirds, Fairy Martins, Yellow Throated Miners, Crested Bellbirds, Chiming Wedgebills and occasionally the Spinifex Pigeons, Major Mitchell Cockatoos, Rainbow Bee-eaters and Red-capped Robins. Australian Ringneck Parrots, Galahs and Emus.

Summer: Dec-Feb - Reptiles & Amphibians

Reptile eggs are hatching in the summer season. Blue-tongued Lizards, Central Netted Dragons, Sand Goannas, Bearded Dragons, Black-headed Monitors, King Brown and Western Brown Snakes.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Reptiles & Amphibians

Lizards emerge from winter hibernation. Blue-tongued Lizards, Perenties, Sand Goannas, Bearded Dragons, Central Netted Dragons, Long Nose Water Dragons and Thorny Devils all possible sightings.

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Type: Private Charter

Duration: 4 days/4 nights

Logistics: Take a 2 hour flight from Alice Springs Airport (ASP) to Adelaide Airport (ADL) , then connect to a 50 minute flight to Port Lincoln Airport (PLO).

Port Lincoln Wildlife Encounters

This four day adventures combines the best terrestrial and marine protected areas across the region including Lincoln National Park, Coffin Bay National Park, Neptune Islands Conservation Park and Mount Dutton Bay Conservation Park. Being one of the only places to swim with wild Sea-Lions, visitors will be mesmerised by the agility, curiosity and playful interaction from these ‘puppy dogs of the sea’.  

On shore, there is an abundance of seabirds, shorebirds, songbirds, parrots (including the beautiful Port Lincoln Parrot) and raptors including Osprey and White-bellied Sea Eagles, with Western Grey Kangaroos, Emus, Koalas and Rosenberg’s Goannas a delight for visitors.

For an adrenaline rush, guests  will venture out to the Neptune Islands to try and observe the Great White Shark via a cage or 360 degree underwater viewing pod, using a bait and berley free approach to witness the ocean’s most formidable predator.

Seasonal highlights

Summer: Dec-Feb - Fish & Marine Invertebrates

Male Great White Sharks are seen around the Neptune Islands.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Fish & Marine Invertebrates

Male Great White Sharks around the Neptune Islands. Water visibility reaches its peak around September and October, whilst late November is the start of the Long-nosed Fur Seal pupping season. 

Summer: Dec-Feb - Birds

Nesting season for Pied Oystercatchers, Hooded Dotterels, Red-capped Plovers. Common Greenshanks are migratory visitors. Big Swamp provides sanctuary for Black Swans, Grey Teal Ducks, Chestnut Teal Ducks, Pink Eared Ducks, Musk Ducks and Black Winged Stilts. Port Lincoln (Australian Ringneck) Parrots, Common Bronzewings, Striated Pardalotes, Spiney-Cheeked Honeyeaters and White-Browed Scrubwrens abundant. Pallid Cuckoos migrate to the area.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Birds

White-bellied Sea Eagles and Osprey nesting and fledging, Striated Pardalotes, Western Yellow Robins, Golden Whistlers, Superb Blue Wrens, White-Browed Babblers, Red Wattlebirds, Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes, New Holland Honeyeaters, Brown-Headed Honey Eaters along with Port Lincoln and Rock Parrots, Eastern Reef Egrets, Australiasian Shovelers, Cape Barren Geese.

 

Summer: Dec-Feb - Marine Mammals

Australian Sea-lions haul out at Hopkins Island eager to swim with snorkellers, Long-nosed and Australian Fur Seals congregate to breed with 3,500 pups born at this time, Bottle-nosed Dolphins are common encounters in the region.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Marine Mammals

Male bull Long-nosed Fur Seals claim their territory with fierce territorial battles in anticipation of the breeding season, Bottle-nosed Dolphins are common encounters across the bays and coves of Coffin Bay and Port Lincoln National Parks.

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Type: Groups,Shared

Duration: 4 days/3 nights

Logistics: Take a 50 minute flight from Port Lincoln Airport (PLO) 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).

The Maria Island Walk

This four day guided walk across magnificent Maria Island, combines intimate wildlife encounters, fascinating history, pristine white sand beaches, and locally sourced gourmet food. Small groups of maximum 10 guests and 2 guides, will explore the World Heritage Listed island with gentle walks by day and enjoy elegant private accommodation and candle lit gourmet dining each night.

As a vital location for numerous threatened and endangered species, Maria is now an island sanctuary and one of the best places in Australia to observe Common Wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Cape Barren Geese, Forester Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies and 125 species of birds; including all of Tasmania’s endemics, the beautiful Swift Parrot and the endangered 40 Spotted Pardalote.

Seasonal highlights

Summer: Dec-Feb - Birds

Forty-spotted Pardalote, Yellow Wattlebird, Black-headed and Strong-billed Honeyeaters are common. Migrants nesting include Swift Parrots, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Satin Flycatchers, Yellow-rumped Thornbills. Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers, Crested Terns, Pacific Gulls, Hooded Plovers and Short-tailed Shearwaters, Cape Barren Geese and Tasmanian Native Hens abundant.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Birds

Swift Parrots, Fan-tailed Cuckoos, Welcome Swallows, Tree Martins, Dusky Woodswallows migrate to nest. Hooded Plovers, Sooty & Pied Oyster Catchers nest on Maria’s pristine beaches, White-bellied Sea Eagles and Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagles fledge. Forty-spotted Pardalotes, Spotted and Striated Pardalotes, Scarlet Robins, Silvereyes, Green Rosellas, Yellow-rumped Thornbills and Strong-billed, Yellow-throated, Black-headed, Crescent and New Holland Honeyeaters.

Summer: Dec-Feb - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Common Wombats, Bennett’s Wallaby breeding typically commences late in the summer, Tasmanian Pademelons, Young Tasmanian Devils as they become more independent from their parents. 

Spring: Sep-Nov - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Peak season for seeing the numerous baby marsupials including Forester Kangaroos, Tasmanian Pademelons,  Bennett’s Wallabies. Tasmanian Devils emerge from their dens with imps (baby devils) often seen on their backs towards the start of Spring.

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