Suggested months: June, July, August.
This comprehensive itinerary focuses on the southeast quadrant of Australia, showcasing stunning coastal landscapes combined with eucalypt woodlands, sub-alpine terrain, wet and dry rainforests, wetlands and semi-arid ranges.
Commencing in Victoria, visitors will witness the migration of majestic Humpback Whales and a large colony of Australian Fur Seals off Phillip Island. A tour along one of the world's most dramatic coastlines, the Great Ocean Road, will provide opportunities to see kangaroos, Koalas, Emus, wallabies and a vast array of parrots, nestled around rainforests, coastal heathlands and grassy open plains.
Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary for many Australian sub-species and provides the opportunity to walk on pristine beaches with the adorable Australian Sea-lion. Venturing north to Arkaba, guests will be captivated by the stunning semi-arid landscapes, with this area a hotspot for viewing four species of kangaroo. The final stop is in Tasmania which is a haven for many kinds of marsupials including Platypus, wombats, echidna, quolls, bandicoots, potoroos, pademelons and the iconic Tasmanian Devil.
Minimum Suggested Nights: 17 nights, plus a couple of nights on arrival and departure from Australia if desired.Flinders Ranges Kangaroo Island Phillip Island Tasmania You Yangs & Great Ocean Road
Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared
Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Logistics: Fly into Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL).
Great Ocean Road
This small group three day journey covers some of the most rugged and awe-inspiring coastline in Australia. Visits to the Serendip and You Yangs National Parks, the Great Ocean Road, Great Otway National Park, the Twelve Apostles, the Shipwreck Coast and volcanoes and lakes of the Western Plains provide dramatic backdrops whilst spotting wild animals including Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Koalas, Echidnas, Emus, Rosellas, Robins, Honeyeaters, raptor birds and various seabirds.
Guests will have the opportunity to walk beside the waves of the mighty Southern Ocean on pristine sands, experience an unforgettable sunset over brilliantly-coloured limestone cliffs and walk through dense rainforests of lush tree ferns. Led by expert guides, visitors will often be able to track and spot the Red-necked Wallaby and adorable Potoroo.
Male emus sitting on nest, striped emu chicks hatch, Scarlet Robin, Eastern Yellow Robin, Rufous Whistler, White-browed Scrubwren, Jacky Winter, Restless Flycatcher, Grey Fantail, Cape Barren Geese, Magpie Geese, Black Swans, Australian White Ibis, Yellow-billed Spoonbills, Australian Shelducks, Australasian Grebes.
Duration: 4 hours - Phillip Island ($125 per person)
Logistics: Overnight in Melbourne. Take a 1 hour 30 minute drive or private transfer to Cowes. Alternatively, take the Metro Train on Frankston line to Stony Point, then Inter Island ferry across the bay to Cowes.
Winter Whale Cruise
The pristine waters off Phillip Island play host to the majestic whales during their annual migration along this regions coastline every winter from June to August. Circumnavigating Phillip Island, visitors will see the spectacular coastal formations including Pyramid Rock and the rugged cliffs of Cape Woolamai. Thousands of Australian Fur Seals at Seal Rocks and regular sightings of seabirds and Dolphins delight guests, during the search for the enchanting Humpback Whale, with Orcas and Southern Right Whales also opportunistic sightings.
Peak season for Shy Albatross, Crested Terns, Giant Petrels, Australasian Gannets, Fluttering Shearwaters, Black-faced and Pied Cormorants, Australasian Darters, Little Penguins, Sooty and Pied Oystercatchers, and migratory Ruddy Turnstones.
Humpback Whales migrate from Antarctica, Australian Fur Seal pups, Short-beaked Common Dolphin sightings increase, Southern Right Whales and Orcas occasional sightings.
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.
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.
Likely Sighting Chance: Black Swans nesting and cygnets abundant, Cape Barren Geese nest keeping an eye out for predatory Australian Ravens, Wedge-tailed Eagles, Scarlet Robins, Beautiful Firetails, Red-browed Finches, Striated Pardalote, Hooded Plover, Yellow-tailed Cockatoo and Crimson Rosellas.
Moderate Sighting Chance: Red-browed Finches, Swamp Harrier, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Royal Spoonbill, Australasian Gannets, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Osprey.
Occasional Sighting Chance: Southern Emu-wren, in late winter the incessant calls of Western Whipbirds are heard, Southern Stone Curlew, Peregrine Falcons, Yellow-nosed Albatross with strong winds,
Short-beaked Echidnas breed where females attract up to 10 males, which follow the female in a procession. Kangaroo Island Kangaroos abudant grazing in open pasture adjacent to woodlands.
Australian Sea-lions prey upon fish, squid, cuttlefish, octopus, rock lobster, other small crustaceans and penguins. Sea-lion pups and territorial fighting between bulls can be seen. Bottle-nosed dolphins can bee seen around the bays and coves, often surfing waves on the south coast.
Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared
Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
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 a 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.
The Arkaba Walk
This four day walk traverses the ancient Flinders Ranges where 600 million years of geological history provide spectacular backdrops to the rich array of birds, reptiles and marsupials that call this region home. From dry creek beds, isolated waterholes, lined with 1,000 year old river gums to craggy ridge lines and rolling hills covered in cypress pines to the ancient ramparts of Wilpena Pound, this is some of the most stunning walking country in Australia and provides abundant opportunities to spot Red and Western Grey Kangaroos, Wallaroos, Emus, Wedge-tailed Eagles along with numerous parrots, songbirds, bushbirds and raptors.
Accompanied by expert guides, walkers are provided with a fascinating insight into the ecosystems located across the 60,000 acre private wildlife conservancy, along with the stories of the indigenous inhabitants, early explorers and pioneer settlers.
Emus begin laying their enormous eggs, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Pallid Cuckoo Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo migrate to the area, Galahs, Elegant Parrots and Mulga Parrots.
Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies basking in the sunlight across the rocky outcrops, Short-beaked Echidnas, Brush-tailed Possums, Western Quolls, Western Grey Kangaroos, Common Wallaroos and Red Kangaroos are abundant, grazing during the day.
Tree Skink, Boulenger's Snake-eyed Skink, endemic Masked Rock Skink and Gidgee Skink, Inland Carpet Python can be occasionally, Streambank Froglet.
Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared
Duration: 8 days/7 nights or 7 days/6 nights
Logistics: Take a 1 hour 20 minute flight from Adelaide Airport (ADL) to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, then connect to a 1 hour 20 minute flight to Hobart Airport (HBA).
7 or 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.
Little Penguins, Cattle Egrets, Australasian Shelducks, Australasian Shovellers, Australasian Bitterns, Forty-spotted Pardalotes, Green Rosellas, Yellow Wattlebirds, Strong-billed, Yellow-throated and Black-headed Honeyeaters, Native Tasmanian Hens breeding, Spotted Pardalotes, Brush Bronzewings, Golden Whistlers, Eastern Spinebills, Flame Robins, Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea Eagles, Brown Falcon, Brown Goshawk and Swamp Harriers.
Eastern-barred and Southern-brown Bandicoots breeding also occurs in early winter, Common Wombats, Long-nosed Potoroos, Forester Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies and Tasmanian Pademelons common. Tasmanian Devils start to emerge from their dens towards the latter part of winter, with imps (baby devils) often seen on their backs.