Echidna Walkabout’s incredible team

Echidna Walkabout in 2017 l to r: Roger Smith, Olivia Bilson, Carol Challis, Emma Swann, Allan (Bart) Bartholomew, Melinda King and her son Rylie, Michael Williams, Jiri Haureljuk, Kirby Leary, Sally Hennessy, Brett Howell, Martin Maderthaner, Caz Bartholomew, Jo Young.  Not in photo: Janine Duffy, Harry Fry, Hannah Black, Sue Connelly, Cathy Warburton, Rebeca Normington.

Martin Maderthaner

Wildlife Guide & Operations Manager

Martin joined us in 2007. He is our most senior Wildlife Guide, and our top Bird Guide.

He was trained as a Field Guide in southern Africa, where he was born, and spent many years guiding at some of Africa’s top lodges.  He still runs amazing wildlife tours in Africa every year for his own company Explore Nature.

Martin runs our bird tours, Maximum Wildlife extended tours,  4 day Wildlife Journeys and any of our other tours.

Kirby Leary

Wildlife Guide & Development Co-ordinator

Kirby joined us in 2011. She is one of our most experienced Wildlife Guides.

She is a sensational wildlife spotter, with a particular interest in conservation.

Kirby runs Private, Sunset and Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD tours.  She also organises tree planting and Koala Conservation Days for Koala Clancy Foundation.

Brett Howell

Wildlife Guide

Brett joined us in 2016 and rapidly became one of our top Wildlife Guides.

He has great eyes for wildlife, a tremendous sense of humour and a seemingly inexhaustible positivity.

Brett runs 4 day Wildlife Journeys, 3 day Great Ocean Road tours, Private, Sunset and Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD tours.

Michael Williams

Wildlife Guide

Michael joined us in 2016.

He has a real interest and great knowledge of every part of the natural world with a particular passion for frogs.  Michael is also a very talented professional photographer – his work can be seen here: It’s A WildLife 

Caz Bartholomew

Webmaster & Accounts

Caz has been part of Echidna Walkabout from the very beginning – it would not exist without her support and advice.  She has filled many roles over the years, and is currently working with Accounts, and as webmaster and Secretary for Koala Clancy Foundation.

Janine Duffy & Roger Smith

Co-owners and founders

Janine & Roger founded Echidna Walkabout in 1992.


Roger runs Wild Top End tours, Mungo Outback Journey and any of our other tours.  Janine runs Wildlife Journey tours, bird tours, Mungo and Wild Top End and Koala Conservation Days for Koala Clancy Foundation.

Emma Swann

Wildlife Guide

Emma joined us in 2016 on her return to Australia after travelling in South America for many years.

She speaks Spanish, and has enormous enthusiasm for everything she does.

Emma runs 3 day Great Ocean Road tours, one day Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD, Sunset Koalas & Kangaroos and private tours.

Sally Hennessy

Wildlife Guide

Sally joined us in 2017 upon returning to Melbourne from guiding in The Kimberley in northern Western Australia.

Sally runs one day Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD, Sunset Koalas & Kangaroos and private tours.

Jiri Haureljuk

Wildlife Guide

Jiri joined us in 2017

Born in Czechoslavakia, Jiri spent many years guiding in Africa before migrating to Australia. Jiri and his partner Michelle run Roar Foundation, a charity in Africa.

Jiri runs one day Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD, Sunset Koalas & Kangaroos and private tours.

Joanne Young

General Manager

Jo joined us in 2005 and was a Wildlife Guide for many years.

Carol Challis

Wildlife Guide

Carol joined us in 2015


Carol runs one day Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD.

Cathy Warburton

Wildlife Guide

Cathy joined us in 2014


Cathy runs one day Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD 

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Our Guest's Reviews ...

Koalas & Kangaroos: Une journée incroyable in the wild

Une journée passée avec notre guide Michael dans une forêt d’Eucalyptus à 45’ de Melbourne. Incroyable! Les senteurs d’Eucalyptus nous restent en mémoire une semaine après; Nous voulions voir des animaux typiques de l’Australie, nous avons été servi! Ne ratez pas cela lors de votre visite à Melbourne!!!
Translated: A day spent with our guide Michael in a Eucalyptus forest 45 minutes from Melbourne. Unbelievable! The scents of eucalyptus we remain in memory a week after; We wanted to see typical animals of Australia, we were served! Do not miss this when visiting Melbourne !!!

Capra L June 5, 2018