How do I find out about the prices and book your tours?
The competitive and affordable prices for our tours are listed on the tour page. You can safely book online at our secure payment facility.
The prices listed are valid for tours until 31 March 2017. The prices quoted for our multi-day tours are for twin share accommodation and a single supplement needs to be added to the amount for single accommodation.
Child rate applies up to and including 13 years of age and infants to 2 years are FOC – however we must be notified of their ages. Child seats are legally required in Australia for babies/children up to about 26kg (58 pounds) and we can arrange child seats for around $20 AUD per seat.
What should I bring on tour?
Comfortable walking shoes or boots, clothing to suit variable weather conditions [layers], sun hat, rainproof coat, insect repellent, sunblock and 1 litre water bottle.
Baggage limit on Great Ocean Road, Mungo Outback Journey and East Gippsland tours: 1 soft sausage-type bag and 1 small carry-on or day pack only per person. Detailed itineraries for longer tours include a suggested packing list.
All necessary equipment will be supplied. All you need to bring are personal items such as clothes and toiletries and of course your camera and binoculars if you have them.
What environmental policies and practices do you have?
Echidna Walkabout’s driving principle, from inception, is positive conservation – see Our Environmental Practices.
We believe that people protect what they know, and what they love. So we set out to create a style of tourism that not only minimizes negative effects on the environment, but positively creates a sense of wonder, an understanding, a power to change for the better – see our environmental practices for more information.
Among other acknowledgement of our conservation efforts, we were recognised with a global award as Best for Wildlife Conservation at the Responsible Tourism Awards in London in November 2014.
Who goes on your tours?
We have been joined by people of all ages from babies to above 75 from all over the world. They have had varying levels of fitness. Some are on their first visit to Australia or are frequent visitors who wish to experience something different.
You don’t have to be a wildlife specialist – we find that watching kangaroos, koalas and big flocks of wild birds is interesting to most people.
If you are a wildlife lover, please book! All our guides are well trained and experienced naturalists and can provide information to suit your needs.
What is the weather likely to be?
Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD – summer daytime temperatures range from 20 – 35C [70 – 100F]. Winter daytime temperatures range from 12 – 18C [54 – 66F]. Expect a shower of rain from July to October.
Great Ocean Road – same as for Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD but often windy so bring a jacket all year.
East Gippsland – is warmer in winter and cooler in summer than Melbourne. Expect some rain in July to October.
Are meals/food included on my tour?
The itinerary for each tour details what meals are provided. If there is something you can’t eat or don’t like let us know and we’ll arrange a menu to suit your needs.
Are there insects, bugs, snakes, spiders in the bush and what precautions/treatment is there?
Yes there are bugs, snakes and other animals living in the bush, but they are unlikely to cause any problems. If fact, we see far fewer dangerous bugs and spiders in the bush than we do at home!
If you are interested in seeing snakes and spiders, we will endeavour to find them, but usually we don’t see them at all. Safety is one of our very high priorities. We have experienced First Aiders and are in easy radio contact.
What bathroom, toilet and showering facilities are there?
Showers and toilets are available on all our tours. Facilities vary from trip to trip. Some trips have full hotel style facilities while others may have more basic facilities.
If you prefer a higher standard of facilities try the Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD, Great Ocean Road or East Gippsland Wildlife Journey or one of our private tours.
Does the travelling vehicle have air conditioning?
Our vehicles are airconditioned, well maintained and comfortable.
Can we do a special tour?
Yes certainly, the Mungo Outback Journey and even the occasional Wild Top End – 6 days tour are our special private or group tours. The Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD can also be a private tour for your group.
Also, with a group of 4 or more we can provide you with a quote for a tour tailored to your group’s special interests – eg bird watching, wildflowers, Aboriginal culture, etc.
Where do you pick up from?
Pick up is usually from Melbourne’s city hotels or Southern Cross railway station for most of our tours.
Koalas and Kangaroos IN THE WILD –
There is a set pickup schedule for the Koalas and Kangaroos IN THE WILD formerly the Savannah Walkabout one day tour to minimise unnecessary travel emissions. (see our Environmental Practices. We have chosen five hotels that are quick and easy to access, are easy to find, and are already popular with our guests and agents. Upon receiving a new booking, we will suggest a pickup location from this list below (or you can). Please provide your contact phone number or accommodation details so that we can confirm pickup time and provide a map, if required.
Please be ready at the pickup point 5 minutes before the pickup time.
08.10am Langham Hotel (1 Southgate Avenue Southbank)
08.15am Crown Promenade Hotel (8 Whiteman St, Southbank)
08.40am Rydges Melbourne Hotel (186 Exhibition St, Melbourne City)
08.45am Swanston Grand Mercure Hotel (195 Swanston St, Melbourne City)
09.00am Holiday Inn on Flinders Hotel (575 Flinders Lane/corner Spencer St, Melbourne City)
You will be returned to the same location as pickup.
A pickup time and location must be booked at time of tour booking. The tour vehicle will not go to pickup locations unless they are booked for that day. So if you change your plans, you do need to tell us.
If you have any queries regarding the tour, pickup point, times, etc we recommend you call us on your arrival in Melbourne [9646 8249] or from interstate [03 9646 8249].
Note – The Private Koalas and Kangaroos IN THE WILD tours and other tours usually pick up at your hotel or prearranged pickup point.
Do you pick up from private residences?
We cannot pick up from private residences – see above regarding the Koalas and Kangaroos IN THE WILD special pick up points in particular.
If you are not staying at a city hotel, The Holiday Inn on Flinders Hotel near Southern Cross railway station can be reached by train [and many buses] from suburban and country Victoria. Please contact us about 24-48 hours prior to departure date if directions, etc are needed.
Do you pick up from Melbourne Tullamarine airport?
We do not pickup at the airport for one day tours due mostly to time limitations and to minimise travel emissions. The airport is located well away from the city centre and many transfer options are available. If required for guests on extended tours a transfer fee will be charged.
Drop off points?
We usually return you to your pickup point. If you need to be transferred to the airport we may be able to assist and will charge a transfer fee.
Can I leave the booking until I arrive in Australia/Melbourne?
Our tours are popular so we recommend you prebook to avoid disappointment. However, it MAY be possible and we would be pleased to hear from you and will try to arrange for you to join us on tour at short notice.
What languages are available on your tours?
Our tours are usually available in English only. Janine has been learning some Italian and if another language is required for a group we can provide you with a quotation which includes an interpreter.