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Wildlife Walking Safaris

Suggested months: March, April, September, October.

This is the perfect adventure for travellers who like to combine gentle walking with spotting a diverse array of marsupials, birds and reptiles. Traversing across coastal, open woodlands, cloudforest and semi-arid landscapes, highlights on Maria Island include seeing Common Wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Tasmanian Pademelons, Bennett's Wallabies, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, Cape Barren Geese and numerous Tasmanian endemic bird species including, Tasmanian Native Hens, Green Rosellas, Yellow Wattlebirds, Forty-spotted Pardalotes as well as a host of honeyeaters.  

At Arkaba Widlife Conservancy, autumn and spring conditions are ideal to see a variety of bushbirds and parrots including Emus, Galahs, Red-rumped Parrots, Mulga Parrots, Australian Ringnecks and Rufous Whistlers. The area is rich in Macropods, with Red Kangaroos, Common Wallaroos, Western-grey Kangaroos and the gorgeous Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby.

Minimum Suggested Nights: 8 nights, plus a couple of nights on arrival and departure from Australia if desired.

Flinders Ranges Maria Island
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Type: Groups,Shared

Duration: 4 days/3 nights

Logistics: Fly into Hobart International 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.

About The Maria Island Walk: Ian and Bronwyn Johnstone developed their dream to start The Maria Island Walk in 2002, showcasing this magical island to a new band of travellers that valued natural wildlife encounters in remote and tranquil settings, combined with world-class hospitality. Central to the company’s philosophy is the importance of creating connection between walkers and guides, with a maximum of ten guests led by two professional guides. Working closely with Parks and Wildlife Tasmania, the walk has received widespread acclaim for its environmentally friendly practices, contribution to conservation projects as well as leadership in the ecotourism and walking sectors.

Seasonal highlights

Autumn: Mar-May - Birds

Pacific, Kelp and Silver Gulls, Crested Terns, Little Pied and Great Cormorants and Australian Pelicans, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, Cape Barren Geese, Tasmanian Native Hens, Green Rosellas, Grey Fantails, Flame Robins, Golden Whistlers, Eastern Spinebills and the Beautiful Firetail, Wedge-tailed Eagles.

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.

Autumn: Mar-May - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Tasmanian Devils typically breed in March with young born in April, Common Wombats abundant, Tasmanian Pademelons, Forester Kangaroos, Red-necked Wallabies abundant and occasionally Short-beaked Echidnas.

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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Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared

Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Logistics: Take a 1 hour 20 minute flight from Hobart Airport (HBA) to Melbourne Tullamarine (MEL), then connect to a 1 hour 20 minute flight to Adelaide Airport (ADL). Choice of a 5 hour drive, 65 minute private air charter to Hawker. Alternatively overnight in Adelaide and on 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.

Seasonal highlights

Autumn: Mar-May - Birds

Black-eared Cuckoos and Brown Songlark migration, Grey-shrike Thrush, Rufous Whistlers, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes, Galahs, Australian Ringnecks, Red-rumped Parrots, Emus preparing for the breeding season.

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. 

Autumn: Mar-May - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Western Grey Kangaroos are abundant, Red Kangaroos, Common Wallaroos, Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies, Dingos breeding and occasionally sighted but often heard.

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.

Autumn: Mar-May - Reptiles & Amphibians

Thick-tailed Gecko (also known as the Barking Gecko) can be heard with it’s distinctive call, Masked Rock Skink, Tree Skink, Boulenger's Snake-eyed Skink, Bynoe's Gecko and Central Bearded Dragon, Yellow-faced Whipsnakes.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Reptiles & Amphibians

Breeding males for the Painted, Tawny and Red-barred Dragons exhibit brilliant colours, Central Bearded Dragons, Nobbi Dragons, Thick-tailed Geckos with their barking calls.

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