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Splendours of the Southeast

Suggested months: January, February, November, December.

Mixing a diverse array of habitats within Australia's southeastern quadrant, this journey offers premium bird and marsupial spotting across semi-arid, open woodlands, dry rainforests, cloudforest and coastal heathlands.

Highlights include seeing Tammar Wallabies, Kangaroo Island Kangaroos, Brush-tailed Possums, Glossy-black Cockatoos, Scarlet Robins and Australian Sea-lions on Kangaroo Island. At Arkaba, this season provides abundant opportunities to spot skinks, dragons, geckos, parrots, Rainbow Bee-eaters, Red Kangaroos, Common Wallaroos and the endangered Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby. Further south in Tasmania, Forester Kangaroos, Swamp Wallabies, Bennett's Wallabies, Tasmanian Pademelons and Bettongs, Long-nosed Potoroos, Common Wombats, Little Penguins and the iconic Tasmanian Devil, is just a small sample of the amazing fauna that calls this island home.

Flinders Ranges Kangaroo Island Tasmania
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Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared

Duration: 2 days/1 night

Logistics: Fly into 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.

 

Spring: Sep-Nov - Birds

Short-tailed Shearwaters migrate to the area, Superb Fairy-wrens breed and the spectacular blue males are a stunning splash of colour, New Holland, White-eared Honeyeaters, Eastern Spinebills. Rainbow Lorikeets, Purple-crowned Lorikeets. Chestnut-breasted Shelducks, Yellow-billed Spoonbills, Australian White Ibis and White-headed Stilts abundant.

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.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Kangaroo and wallaby joeys emerge from pouches for the first time, Koala mating begins to occur from September onwards until March, Short-beaked Echidnas will feast upon eat large amounts insects and larvae during Spring.

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: Private Charter,Shared

Duration: 3 days - Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Logistics: Take a 30 minute flight from Kingscote Airport (KGC) to Adelaide Airport (ADL),. Choice of a 5 hour drive, 65 minute private air charter to Hawker. Aalternatively for Monday through Friday Sharp Airlines operates an early 50 minute commercial flight from Adelaide to Port Augusta, where guests will be picked up and take a 1 hour 15 minute guided transfer to Arkaba.

Three Day Safari Drive

This extended safari drive option provides wildlife enthusiasts the option to explore and immerse themselves in a diverse range of habitats found across the Arkaba Wildlife Conservancy, from the comfort of an open-top safari vehicle. From dry creek beds, waterholes, rocky outcrops, spinifex country and river red gum courses, there are abundant opportunities to spot Ringneck, Mulga, Red-rumped and Elegant Parrots, Emus, Wedge-tailed Eagles, Brown Goshawks and Rufous Whistlers to name a few.

It is a prime region to observe Macropods including the gorgeous Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby, Common Wallaroo, Red Kangaroo and Western Grey Kangaroos. These habitats also provide a rich offering of reptiles including beautiful Bearded Dragons, Painted Dragons, Barking Geckos, Shinglebacks and numerous skinks.

Please note that this tour is only available to guests staying at Arkaba Homestead.

Seasonal highlights

Summer: Dec-Feb - Birds

Mulga, Ringneck and Red-rumped parrots, Wedge-tailed and Little Eagle, Black Kite, Brown Goshawk. Sightings of Red-backed Kingfishers, Cockatiels Budgerigars, Zebra Finches more common at this time around pockets of water.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Birds

Striped Emu chicks following their fathers, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Little Eagle, Black Kite and Brown Goshawk fledging, Rainbow Bee-eaters and Sacred Kingfishers arrive to breed. 

Summer: Dec-Feb - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Red Kangaroos joeys, Common Wallaroos, Western Grey Kangaroos, Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies around water courses.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Short-beaked Echidnas, Red Kangaroo joeys born, Western Grey Kangaroos, Common Wallaroos feeding on shoots and vegetation, Fat-tailed Dunnarts and Stripe-faced Dunnarts breeding and very occasionally sighted.

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Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

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.

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.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Birds

Fan-tailed, Pallid and Shining Bronze Cuckoos migrate to breed along with Welcome Swallows, Tree Martins, Dusky Woodswallows, Striated Pardalotes, Grey Fantails and Silvereyes and Swift Parrots, 18 million Short-tailed Shearwaters arrive. Little Penguins breed along with Red-capped Plovers, Hooded Dotterels, Pied & Sooty Oystercatchers, Cormorants, Masked & Banded Lapwings and a variety of Gulls and Terns.

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.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Spring is the peak season for seeing a number of Tasmania’s baby marsupials including Forester Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies, Tasmanian Pademelons, Common Brushtail and Ringtail Possums. Long-nosed Potoroos, Tasmanian Bettongs and Tasmanian Devils also sighted.

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