Duration: Day Trip: Approximately 8 hours
Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.
Interests: Birds, Land Invertebrates, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Reptiles & Amphibians.
Traversing through captivating natural bushland across the You Yangs and Serendip National Parks, this one day adventure provides up-close encounters with Australia’s most endearing animal, the Koala. Guests will have the opportunity to meet famous wild Koalas through a eucalypt forest with a naturalist guide, sharing stories about each individual koala’s history, social life and family.
Importantly, the tour contributes to the health and wellbeing of this iconic animal through removal of noxious weeds to expand their habitat. In the forests, there are also Swamp Wallabies, Echidnas, Laughing Kookaburras, Tawny Frogmouths, cockatoos, parrots and honeyeater birds. Later, guests walk through the grasslands and around a billabongs in search of Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Emus and raptor birds.
Travelling 45 minutes from Melbourne, guests will reach the magnificent open woodland of the You Yangs Ranges. The park is home to a healthy population of wild Koalas, which the wildlife guides research to ensure premium sightings.
Walking through eucalypt gum forests, the group will search for Swamp Wallabies, Eastern Grey Kangaroos and numerous birds including Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Long-billed & Little Corellas, Galahs, Laughing Kookaburras, Superb Fairy-wrens, White-winged Choughs, Emus, Cape Barren and Magpie Geese, Brown-headed, New Holland and White-plumed Honeyeaters, Whistling and Black Kites, Australian Magpies, Magpie-larks, Red Wattlebirds, Red-rumped Parrots and alluring Eastern Rosellas.
Every koala seen on the adventure is an individual that has been watched by researchers their whole lives. Your Wildlife Guide will share the history and community life of each koala with you. We observe the koalas from 10 metres away, a self-imposed limit we maintain to ensure the koalas do not experience undue stress, but this provides amazing photographic opportunities.
Afterwards, guests stop for a few minutes to create koala habitat by removing invasive Boneseed weeds. A picnic lunch of gourmet sandwiches, fruit and cakes, and delicious Australian “Billy tea” is served under the gum trees for a truly remarkable day in the Australian bush.