Echidna Walkabout’s incredible team

Echidna Walkabout in 2017 l to r: Roger Smith, Olivia, Carol, Emma, Allan (Bart) Bartholomew, Melinda & Rylie, Michael Williams, Jiri, Kirby Leary, Sally, Brett Howell, Martin Maderthaner, Caz Bartholomew, Jo Young.  Not in photo: Janine Duffy, Hannah Black, Sue Connelly, Cathy Warburton, Rebeca Normington and Vanessa Nicholas.

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.

Read more about Martin here

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 

Michael guides Maximum Wildlife, Great Ocean Road, Mungo Outback Journey, Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD and Sunset Koalas & Kangaroos tours.


Read more about Michael here. 

Joanne Young

General Manager

Jo joined us in 2005 and was a Wildlife Guide for many years. She now oversees all of the office, admin and reservations teams and ensures that all the tours run smoothly.

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.

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Our Guest's Reviews ...

Amazing fun-filled day in The Bush

Where to begin?! Such an incredible time!  We saw a mama koala holding a baby. Then we went out in the bush and must have seen 100 kangaroos! I would definitely recommend this tour!

kristendantus, California USA December 3, 2018