Suggested months: January, February, March, April.
Take an expedition to Bremer Canyon, to see pods of Killer Whales, followed by a visit to the wildlife haven of Kangaroo Island, concluding with a stay in Melbourne. Here you will meet a wild colony of Koalas and see Australia's largest colony of seals off Phillip Island.
Highlights of this wildlife vacation include:
Minimum Suggested Nights: 12 days - 2 days Albany/Bremer, 2 days Perth, 3 days Kangaroo Island, 5 days Melbourne
Price Guideline: Typically, the budget for small group touring packages across Australia excluding flights is:
5-star: AUD $500 - $1,400+ per person per day (USD $350-$1,000+)
4-star: Minimum AUD $400 per person per day (USD $300)
Duration: Full Day (approx 8 hours)
Logistics: Fly into Perth (PER) and then a 1 hour flight to Albany (ALH) to Overnight. Return trip to Bremer Bay available with Big Blue Bus or Private Transfer.
Suggested Luxury Accommodation: Maitraya Private Retreat
Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Expedition
The Bremer Canyon has become one of the most sort after whale watching expeditions across the globe, with over 100 Killer Whales (Orcas) returning to the submarine canyon each year from January to April; the only place in Australia where you can regularly encounter Killer Whales in the wild. During the season, travellers can encounter these apex predators engaging in a variety of activities from hunting to socialising in family groups.
The offshore marine environment of the Bremer Canyon supports an incredible diversity of wildlife. As well as encountering Killer Whales over 95% of the time, other species seen include Bottlenose, Striped and Common Dolphins, Long-Finned Pilot Whales, Sperm Whales, Hammerhead, Oceanic Blue and Whaler Sharks, Australian Sea Lions, New Zealand Fur Seals, Giant Squid, Oceanic Sunfish and even the rare Beaked Whale.
It’s also a pelagic birdwatchers dream, with an astonishing array of seabirds including the Wandering Albatross, Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Flesh-footed Shearwater and petrel species.
Every expedition by Naturaliste Charters is led by a qualified marine biologist with extensive knowledge and experience in local marine ecology, wildlife and environmental education. Voyages also provide opportunities for guests to learn more about the amazing underwater ecosystem and contribute through adding to the Project Orca photo database amongst other scientific studies regularly carried out on-board.
Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared
Duration: 2 days/1 night
Logistics: Fly to Adelaide (ADL), via Perth (PER). Option to overnight in Adelaide. or connect to a 30 minute flight to Kingscote (KCG).
Suggested Luxury Accommodation: Southern Ocean Lodge
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.
About Exceptional Kangaroo Island: Craig and Janet Wickham and their enthusiastic team have been sharing Kangaroo Island's secrets with guests since 1990 and have won numerous national and international awards for their tours. The family-owned operator specialises in deluxe wildlife tours which create an atmosphere where guests find themselves treated as friends, with tours run as a conversation not a commentary, promising good food, good wine and wildlife in the wild.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared
Duration: Day Trip: Approximately 8 hours
Logistics: Fly back to Adelaide (ADL) and connect through to a 1 hour flight to Melbourne (MEL).
Suggested Luxury Accommodation:
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
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.
About Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours: Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours was founded by Roger Smith and Janine Duffy in 1993, with the vision to bring people and wildlife together for mutual benefit. The award-winning team believes that observing and connecting with wildlife is a key element in enriching the lives for people of all backgrounds; whether this interaction is for pleasure, new experiences and learning, for connection to the land or the basic needs for humans to breathe clean air and drink clean water via healthy ecosystems.
When guests travel with Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours, part of the trip involves travellers contributing to a project that actively helps wildlife.
Rainbow Bee-eaters can be found nesting in river banks, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Little Corellas, Galahs, Red-rumped Parrots, Crimson Rosellas, Eastern Rosellas, Gang-gang Cockatoos, Grey Goshawks, Nankeen Kestrels, Swamp Harriers, White-winged Choughs, Singing, New Holland & White-plumed Honeyeaters, Common Bronzewings.
Koalas most active in the summer breeding season, with males singing during the day and night, Eastern Grey Kangaroos mating, Swamp Wallabies, Red-necked Wallabies.
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 - Phillip Island
Logistics: From Melbourne, take a 1 hour 30 minute drive, helicopter transfer from or private vehicle transfer to Cowes.
Option to extend beyond the Seal Cruise to watch the world-famous Penguin Parade
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.
About Wildlife Coast Cruises: Founded by John Dickie, Wildlife Coast Cruises has shown locals and visitors the spectacular wildlife and coastal scenery around Phillip Island, Seal Rocks, Westernport Bay and Wilsons Promontory for over 23 years. As a long-term ambassador and award winner in the eco-tourism space, Wildlife Coast Cruises boasts many environmental and tourism accreditations, and offer a range of up close and personal wildlife experiences, shared through engaging commentary and warm hospitality.
Crested Terns, Silver Gulls, Pacific and Kelp Gulls at rookeries, Australasian Gannets, Shy Albatross, Giant Petrels, Australasian Darters, Little Penguins, Short-tailed Shearwaters return to their burrows on Phillip Island, White-bellied Sea Eagles and Wedge-tailed Eagles.
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.
Male Australian Fur Seals territorial behavior and fighting, Adult females give birth to one pup and seal population swells to over 30,000 seals, Bottlenose Dolphins, Short-beaked Common Dolphins, Orcas occasionally spotted.
Australian Fur Seal pups very playful, Short-beaked Common Dolphins, Small pods of up to 10 Bottlenose Dolphins forage for squid and fish.