Duration: Full Day - Sydney
Type: Groups, Shared.
Departs: Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Interests: Birds, Land Invertebrates, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Reptiles & Amphibians.
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.
Guests will depart Sydney at approximately 12:30pm during the Summer months (October - March) or approximately 11:30am during the Winter months, with groups limited to a maximum of eleven.
Upon boarding the luxury Mercedes 4WD vehicle, travellers will escape the busy city afternoon to the tranquil environment of the Southern Highlands in search of Australia’s most beloved species including wild Eastern-grey Kangaroos, Koalas, Red-necked Wallabies, Common Wombats, Platypus and many bird species.
Guides will enjoy the expert interpretation from guides, learning about the importance of the Great Western Wildlife Corridor; a critical parcel of woodland vegetation through the Southern Highlands, providing migration routes for native species between the southern Blue Mountains World Heritage area and Morton National Park further south.
The Wingecarribee Shire is also an important catchment area for water supply to Sydney, Wollongong and the Northern Shoalhaven. Several rivers flow through the region, including the Wingecarribee, Wollondilly, and Paddy’s river, providing the opportunity to see one of Australia’s most curious creatures, the Platypus. There are currently projects underway to map the location and movement of Platypus in the area and provide more complete data to assist decision-makers support the local Platypus population in the future.
After dinner at one of the oldest country inns in Australia, groups are provided with the opportunity to go spotlighting with flashlights, looking for the numerous nocturnal species in the region including Brush-tailed Possums, Greater & Sugar Gliders and Common Wombats, before returning to Sydney in the evening at approximately 10pm.
Inclusions: Hotel pickup & drop off, fully guided wildlife tour with naturalist guide, all entries to parks & private farms, light lunch (April - Sept) or afternoon tea (Oct - March), & hearty dinner, luxury 4WD with binoculars & spotlights.
Shared Tour Pricing: from $299 adult, $249 children (aged 12 years and under)
Group Size: Minimum of 2 guests, maximum of 11 guests
Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Sydney Hotels and City Centre
Pick-up and Drop-off Time: April to September (between 11:00am-12:00pm returning approximately 10:00pm), October to March (between 12:00pm-1:00pm returning approximately 10:30pm)
Vehicles: Modern air conditioned 4WD Mercedes Benz Sprinters
Private Touring: Available at additional cost - please contact us directly with your group size & interests.
This tour is available to be booked online via the button below. If you have any queries or would prefer to book a private tour, please contact our friendly team via our enquiry form - there are some essential details to help us provide the best options for you. We will be in touch via your preferred contact method.
"The highlight of our visit to Sydney. Nothing can beat seeing wildlife in their natural environment and our guide excelled in his attempt to show us as many as humanly possible. We especially were impressed with spotlighting a mother wallaby with her joey in pouch. The pub stop in Berrima NSW was a delightful break. The food was delicious and plentiful. The staff was welcoming to our little tour group. The water dragons and platypus in the creak were a surprise as were the mobs of kangaroos gliding through open fields. We are so glad we chose a different path and allowed this company to take us wild." - Langley, California
"Skip the zoos and wildlife parks - this is a great way to see Australian wildlife and learn so much more about the different species and where they live! Our guide's (Ben) knowledge was incredible! It is a long day, but we saw koalas, echidnas, platypus, kangaroos, wombats, possums and wallabies! The places you stop for food are excellent, especially the pub for dinner. Well worth it." - Pagophilus, Guelph
This was the highlight of our trip! Cliff was our guide and he was very knowledgeable and quite entertaining. We saw every animal that we hoped to see when we started. We say a glimpse of a platypus in the water along with a distant view of an emu. We found two koalas, many kangaroos, wombats, wallabies, two kinds of possums, and water dragons. Seeing two different koalas in the wild is something very few people can say they have done and was definitely worth the price. The meals were both good and the small group had some nice conversations to share. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Sydney. Get out of the city! - Cajwh1, South Carolina