Suggested months: September, October, November, December.
If you are looking to experience an extended Australian wildlife itinerary in the Spring, look no further than this amazing voyage. Start by discovering the pristine wilderness and abundant marsupials across Tasmania, with the opportunity to spot Common Wombats, Tasmanian Pademelons, Long-nosed Potoroos, Platypus, Tasmanian Bettongs, 12 Tasmanian endemic birds and the iconic Tasmanian Devil.
Kangaroo Island is the next stop, where you will enjoy numerous species that reside across the dramatic coastlines, sandy beaches and vast eucalyptus groves, before heading out to Arkaba one of the most picturesque outback stations in Australia in the Flinders Ranges; to see kangaroos, emus, parrots and the endangered Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby.
Further east outside Melbourne, you will travel to Phillip Island to observe Australia's largest colony of seals at Seal Rocks off Phillip Island and a full day cruise to Wilsons Promontory. East Gippsland will provide access to almost half of Australia's bird count and many shy forest-dwelling species and iconic marsupials including wombats, Koalas, wallabies, kangaroos and echidnas. This extended voyage concludes in Sydney and the Southern Highlands, rounding out an exceptional blend of experiences across the south-eastern region of the continent.
Highlights of this wildlife vacation include:
Minimum Suggested Trip: 26 days - 8 days Tasmania, 4 days Kangaroo Island/Adelaide, 4 days Arkaba, 6 days East Gippsland/Phillip Island, 4 days Sydney
Price Guideline: Typically, the budget for small group touring packages across Australia excluding flights is:
4-star: Minimum AUD $400 per person per day (USD $300)
3-star: Minimum AUD $250 per person per day (USD $170)
Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared
Duration: 8 days/7 nights or 7 days/6 nights
6-8 Day Tasmania's Wildlife & Wilderness
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, Freycinet National Parks, Central Highlands, Maria Island and the Southwest World Heritage Area. 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 and endangered Orange-bellied Parrot (in warmer months) are also highlights. Guests will be captivated by the marine life, with the opportunity to spot dolphins, Australian Fur Seals and seabirds.
About Premier Travel Tasmania: Premier Travel Tasmania has been offering refined encounters with nature across the ‘island state’ for over 20 years. The company’s promise to share the diverse flora & fauna, pristine wilderness, rich heritage, gourmet food & wine and local characters, inextricably connects guests to what is quintessentially Tasmania. At the core of the company’s ethos is to preserve Tasmania’s endemic wildlife and their natural habitats, with major contributions provided towards saving the Tasmania Devil from habitat loss and disease.
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.
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.
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 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.
Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared
Duration: 2 days/1 night
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Type: Private Charter,Shared
Duration: 3 days - Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Three Day Safari
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.
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.
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.
Red Kangaroos joeys, Common Wallaroos, Western Grey Kangaroos, Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies around water courses.
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.
Duration: 6 hours
Wilsons Promontory Whale Cruise
Wilsons Promontory National Park is regarded as one of the most picturesque stretches of coastline in Australia. Up-close views of remote locations including Rabbit Island, Sealers Cove, Refuge Cove and the the historic Wilsons Promontory lighthouse will leave guests in awe of the area’s natural beauty and wildlife.
This six hour luxury cruise experience on the catamaran is fully catered and is the only means to see some of the regions most beautiful coves. Enjoy sights of diverse marine wildlife and seabirds, with regular sightings of the Shy Albatrosses, Australia Fur Seals, Common Dolphins and Australasian Gannets.
But the majestic Humpback Whales are the star attraction, as they make their epic southerly migration along this spectacular coastline during September to November.
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.
Approximately one million Short-Tailed Shearwaters return to Phillip Island from Alaska, very active Crested Tern rookery, White-bellied Sea Eagles and Wedge-tailed Eagles building large nests along the cliffs.
Male bull Australian Fur Seals territorial fighting, Common & Bottlenose Dolphin abundant, Humpback Whales with mothers and calves seen can be seen at the beginning of spring.
Duration: 4 days/3 nights - East Gippsland
East Gippsland 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.
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.
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.
Migrant Shining Bronze, Fan-tailed Brush and Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoos, Yellow-faced, Tawny-crowned, Blue-faced and Crescent Honeyeaters, Eastern-yellow Robins, King Parrots, Crimson, Eastern Rosellas, Rainbow & Musk Lorikeets, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, Galahs, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Beautiful Firetail, Mistletoebird, Fairy Wren and Spotted Pardalotes.
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.
Common Wombats, Echidnas are active and breeding with November being the peak viewing time, Swamp Wallabies, Red-necked Wallabies, Eastern Grey Kangaroos.
Duration: Full Day - Sydney
Southern Highlands Wildlife Day Tour
Just 90 minutes south of Sydney, guests will venture to the pristine bushland of the Southern Highlands, to observe several of Australia's most iconic species in the afternoon and evening. With the help of a knowledgeable and passionate Naturalist Guide, travellers will have the opportunity to spot Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Koalas, Red-necked Wallabies, Platypus and some of the 260 bird species that call the area home.
Travelling in a luxury 4WD vehicle to private farmland and bushland locations, the specialist guides will share information on this importance of the Great Western Wildlife Corridor, a key migration route between the southern Blue Mountains World Heritage area and Morton National Park further south.
After a hearty country-style dinner in one of Australia’s oldest country inns, the group will go night-spotting for some of the region's most curious crepuscular and nocturnal species, including Common Wombats, Sugar Gliders, Brush-tailed Possums and Tawny Frogmouths.
About Boutique Wildlife Tours: This family owned business has been offering unique wildlife viewing experiences since 2010 in the Southern Highlands, just South West of Sydney. The company has a strong focus on quality interpretation from guides, allowing for a high degree of customisation depending on guest interests, with the team committed to preserving the environments visited and supporting local and responsible businesses to maximise benefit to the regional communities.