Maximum Wildlife

7 to 21 days of wildlife
for nature lovers

This is the ultimate of Australian wildlife tours: the very best locations for IN THE WILD animal viewing with the very best Wildlife Guides.

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Travel to Australia’s best locations for wildlife diversity – the coastal wilderness and world biosphere reserve of Croajingolong National Park, the rainshadow woodlands of Snowy River National Park, the famous wild cliffs of the Great Ocean Road, and the red sand Outback with World Heritage Aboriginal History.

From rainforest to desert, from coast to mountains, from shorebirds, wallabies & wombats to brilliant parrots, emus & kangaroos – this trip is the best Australian vacation package.

This tour to Australia is made for photographers, birders, families, people who love nature and being outdoors.

This package combines our 4 day Croajingolong Journey and 4 day Wildlife Journey to Australia’s coastal wilderness; our 3 day Great Ocean Road tour and our 3 day Mungo Outback Journey to give an unparalleled overview of the wildlife of Australia. Add on our 6 day Wild Top End to Australia’s Northern Territory for the total experience of Australian wildlife.

This tour starts in the Northern Territory Top End, exploring Kakadu and Mary River National Parks over 6 days.  Saltwater Crocodiles, Agile Wallabies, Jabiru (Black-necked Stork), Dingoes and Brolgas are some of the highlights of this spectactular region.

Next stop is the Outback, at Mungo National Park in New South Wales, for 4 days.  Highlights includes many kangaroos of two species – Western Grey & Red, Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos, Mallee Ringneck, Bluebonnet and Mulga Parrots and Central Bearded Dragons. The Aboriginal History of this region is ancient and fascinating too.

To the coast at the famous Great Ocean Road – a region known for its scenery, but also a hotspot for wildlife.  Koalas, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Cape Barren Geese, Emus and Rufous Bristlebirds are some of the exciting species we see.

Finally to East Gippsland – the wildlife jewel in the crown – for 8 days.  This coastal rainforest and mountain forest region has the highest bird count in Australia for its size.  Superb Lyrebirds, Wonga Pigeons, Echidnas, kangaroos and wallabies, wombats, seals and dolphins, Eastern Whipbirds, five or more species of cuckoo, goannas (Lace Monitors), Gippsland Water Dragons are just the start.

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Start in The Desert Outback, at Mungo National Park in New South Wales, for 4 days.  Highlights includes many kangaroos of two species – Western Grey & Red, Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos, Mallee Ringneck, Bluebonnet and Mulga Parrots and Central Bearded Dragons. The Aboriginal History of this region is ancient and fascinating too.

To the coast at the famous Great Ocean Road – a region known for its scenery, but also a hotspot for wildlife.  Koalas, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Cape Barren Geese, Emus and Rufous Bristlebirds are some of the exciting species we see.

Finally to the rainforests of East Gippsland – the wildlife jewel in the crown – for 8 days.  This coastal rainforest and mountain forest region has the highest bird count in Australia for its size.  Superb Lyrebirds, Wonga Pigeons, Echidnas, kangaroos and wallabies, wombats, seals and dolphins, Eastern Whipbirds, five or more species of cuckoo, goannas (Lace Monitors), Gippsland Water Dragons are just the start.

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Maximum Wildlife tour 15 days

To the coast at the famous Great Ocean Road – a region known for its scenery, but also a hotspot for wildlife.  Koalas, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Cape Barren Geese, Emus and Rufous Bristlebirds are some of the exciting species we see.

Next to the rainforests of East Gippsland – the wildlife jewel in the crown – for 4 days.  This coastal rainforest and mountain forest region has the highest bird count in Australia for its size.  Superb Lyrebirds, Wonga Pigeons, Echidnas, kangaroos and wallabies, wombats, seals and dolphins, Eastern Whipbirds, five or more species of cuckoo, goannas (Lace Monitors), Gippsland Water Dragons are just the start.

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7 day Maximum Wildlife tour

Start in The Desert Outback, at Mungo National Park in New South Wales, for 4 days.  Highlights includes many kangaroos of two species – Western Grey & Red, Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos, Mallee Ringneck, Bluebonnet and Mulga Parrots and Central Bearded Dragons. The Aboriginal History of this region is ancient and fascinating too.

To the coast at the famous Great Ocean Road for 3 days – a region known for its scenery, but also a hotspot for wildlife.  Koalas, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Cape Barren Geese, Emus and Rufous Bristlebirds are some of the exciting species we see.

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7 day Desert and Coast wildlife

 

Wild Top End tour August 2017

David & Joyce, UK write about their Wild Top End tour in August 2017:  Our first ever trip to Australia and having changed all of our arrangements to accommodate the Wild Top End tour the big question was whether we had made the right decision.  The answer is a...

Maximum Wildlife 23 to 29 October 2017

Orbost, Snowy River, Mallacoota & Gipsy Point, East Gippsland and the Western Treatment Plant with Wildlife Guide Janine Duffy. Highlights of this trip include: an Echidna mating train, Sugar Glider, Grey Goshawk (white morph), White-bellied Cuckooshrike dark...

Maximum Wildlife 18 Oct to 2 Nov 2017

Part 1: Mungo Outback. Wildlife Guide: Roger Smith Highlights of this part of the trip include: Western Grey & Red Kangaroos in big numbers, Major Mitchell's Cockatoos, Red-backed Kingfisher at nest, Black Falcon, Regent Parrot, Chestnut-crowned Babbler,...

PRICES

This Australian tour is tailored for your interests, party size and duration. Contact us to request a quote.

The package can run as All Private (ie just for your party) or Part-Shared/Part-Private. Shared tours operate at limited frequencies – see detailed tour page for each shared component. Shared tours operate with a total of 8 adult passengers.

Australia Total Option

For a total overview of Australian wildlife north and south, add on 6 day Wild Top End for one of the best Australian vacation packages. Fly to Darwin on Day 15 from Melbourne, Sydney or Adelaide. Begin Wild Top End on Day 16, finish & fly out late on Day 21. (Note: this option only available for travel dates between late July and mid September each year. Share tour available on August dates shown here, private available other times. Tour can also be taken as a pre-tour on Days 1 to 6, start Maximum Wildlife on Day 7)

Kangaroo Island Option

Add on 2 days of Sea-lions, Kangaroo Island Kangaroos, Tammar Wallabies and more with Kangaroo Island wildlife specialist Exceptional Kangaroo Island. Flights from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island can be arranged on Day 15; or as a pre-trip.

INCLUSIONS

Tour includes: Safari trips in Australia with full interpretation by experienced Guides, meals and accommodation as described below, entry fees and on ground transport ex Mildura Airport.

Duration:  15 or 21 Days – Grade – easy.

Departs: on request all year (except Dec 25/26)

Most meals are included.

Expert Wildlife Guides: Echidna Walkabout’s Wildlife Guides are recognised as some of the best in Australia. Our Wildlife Guide training program ensures that all Guides have an in-depth knowledge of the wildlife and environments you will see.

They are friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about wildlife – some of them have over 20 years experience working with wild animals, several are volunteer wildlife carers and rescuers and most have travelled extensively throughout Australia and the world.

Many hours of wildlife research work precede the tour to ensure that you see and learn about native wildlife in its natural environment. Guides carry two way radios and mobile phones which link them to other Wildlife Guides and to emergency services. Guest safety is of paramount importance to us.

Accommodation:  generally 3.5 to 4.5 star accommodation with ensuite bathrooms.

Transport: In comfortable air conditioned vehicle.

Drinking Water: Tap water is completely safe and drinkable and available at the accommodation, and a large storage is carried on board the vehicle each day. We recommend you bring a re-usable water bottle which we can refill during the day. If you don’t like to drink tap water we highly recommend you bring a filter to reduce plastic waste.

NOT INCLUDED tour price: Flights. Airport transfers to and from airports. Alcoholic beverages.

Reviews of Maximum Wildlife

Maximum Wildlife 16 days

“I am left breathless by all we saw and learned… We saw scores of koalas, ‘roos, wallabies, echidnas, lizards of all sizes, breaching whales, flying foxes, parrots, cockatoos, honeyeaters, raptors, waterbirds… AND a potoroo”

Beverly, USA November 20, 2017

Itinerary

Departs and Returns to Melbourne. This wildlife tour Australia is fully customisable and can be tailored to your timeframe, interests, party size and budget. If you want to experience Australian Wildlife, then this is the tour for you.

The Croajingolong Journey private tour

A World Biosphere Reserve

Early transfer from your Melbourne or Sydney accommodation to fly direct to Merimbula where you will be met by our Wildlife Guide and start a 4 day journey through Croajingolong National Park and nearby locations.

Todays activities include: wildlife walk at nearby wetlands, travel south towards Gipsy Point off the beaten track, stopping at a number of places to look for wildlife.

Arrive at Gipsy Point, take an orientation walk in the Croajingolong National Park before dinner.

Overnight: Gipsy Point/Mallacoota accommodation (brunch,L,D)

The Croajingolong Journey private tour

Mighty eucalyptus forests

This morning you may awake to the calls of dozens of birds – this region is famous for its myriad “fly pasts” of colourful parrots and lorikeets.

If you rise early you can watch them as the sun rises over the lakes. If you are quiet your kangaroo tour begins here – you may see Eastern Grey Kangaroos grazing near your apartment.

The forests of Croajingolong are unique – and complex – and contain possibly the widest variety of species of the genus Eucalyptus in Australia. These forests merge into corridors of warm temperate rainforest and a wide variety of other forest types – hence Croajingolong’s high status as a national park.

Today’s activities include: a number of walks through these widely diverse forests to view all sorts of wildlife including koalas, macropods and birds with the potential sighting of the rare Glossy Black-cockatoo and Southern Emu-wren.

Dinner precedes an evening spotlighting for flying possums and other nocturnal creatures.

Overnight: Gipsy Point/Mallacoota accommodation (BLD)

The Croajingolong Journey private tour

The estuary and the Ocean

Today is dedicated to the magnificent estuary and the ocean systems of Mallacoota. Mallacoota Inlet was formed after the last ice age when a coastal river system was drowned by the sea. This lake system is comprised of a smaller, inland, ‘top’ lake connected by a narrow section of inundated river valley to a larger ‘bottom’ lake that finally overflows into the Southern Ocean.

Many smaller “arms” of water branch off the main lakes. A large semi-submerged sand bank called the Goodwin Sands sits in the middle of the Bottom Lake and is home to both migratory and local birds. The shoreline of the lake system and the outlet to the sea are home to many bird species.

Today’s activities include: a boat trip across the inlet looking for birdlife, a day walk to the ocean beach near the south-eastern corner of Australia.

This nature walk Australia will take us through 4 completely different coastal environments offering us the possibility of seeing many forest and water birds, mammals, reptiles and sea creatures (dolphins, seals and others).

Overnight: Gipsy Point/Mallacoota accommodation (BLD)

The Croajingolong Journey private tour

Genoa: the Mountain and the River

Today will take us to the highest mountain in Croajingolong, Genoa Peak, followed by a trip to a secret location on nearby Genoa River to search for Platypus and other mammals.

Activities include: a walk up the slopes of Genoa Peak where we often see the famous Superb Lyrebird and many other birds and mammals.

We can walk to the very top of Genoa Peak for tremendous views over the whole south-eastern corner of Australia and out into the Southern Ocean.

Later in the day we’ll head out to the Genoa River for an evening dinner beside the river looking for the shy and elusive Platypus (they frequent this location but only seen if we are quiet) followed by an evening of spotlighting for wombats and other marsupials.

Overnight: Gipsy Point/Mallacoota accommodation (BLD)

The Wildlife Journey share tour or private tour

Snowy River Country

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Share tour or private tour.

Into Snowy River Country and the Southern Ark.

Drive westward towards the Snowy River valley along the northern border of Croajingolong National Park. This area has been designated the Southern Ark due to its unique wildlife heritage which is endangered by introduced animals and plants. The Southern Ark project aims to rid the region of feral pests and has been very successful in achieving many of its aims.

Activities today include: investigate some of the very remote parts of this area if time and weather permit, visit to Point Hicks, a large granite promontory jutting out into the Southern Ocean above which stand some of the highest sand dunes in Australia.

Point Hicks is a magnificent wild place – we can walk high into the dunes looking for wildlife then walk back down to the coast along the river that borders the dunes.

Overnight: Snowy River Homestead (near the town of Orbost) (BLD)

The Wildlife Journey share tour or private tour

Snowy River Wilderness

Rugged mountain forests.

The Snowy River is legendary in Australia for its wildness and individuality – it flows directly off the top of our highest mountain (Mt Kosciusko) then breaks all the rules and flows southwards rather than westward.

The diverse forests of of the deep gorges cut by this river are the reason that wildlife is so abundant.

Activities today include: visit both dry and wet mountain forests, walk beside the Snowy River and a wilderness creek where the landscape changes dramatically from the sunny, dry slopes to the near-rainforest of the gully.

Your Wildlife Guide provides detailed information of the formation of these mighty forests, and helps you search for Lyrebirds, parrots, goannas, wallabies and honeyeaters.  Birds and reptiles are abundant, but other human visitors are few.

Overnight: Snowy River Homestead (BLD)

The Wildlife Journey share tour or private tour

Palms and Rainforest by the sea at Cape Conran

Near its entrance to the sea the Snowy River has created a 10 kilometre linear backwater flanked by a plain. Both areas contain abundant wildlife.

Today we’ll explore this area including: walk into a large lowland (warm temperate) rainforest filled with Cabbage Tree Palms in search of birds and wallabies, walk through a heathland and along a forest-lined river to its estuary in Australia’s Coastal Wilderness.

Search for Sea Eagles, cockatoos, kingfishers, swans, huge goanna lizards and ocean-going birds.
walk on the nearby rocky headland, peering into rock pools, walking past wind-sculpted coastal shrubs looking at the expanse of the 90 mile beach.

Become involved in our conservation project where remove old fishing nets – they wash up from the sea, and sometimes wash back out, where they trap and kill sea creatures.

Our dinner tonight is a picnic in the bush overlooking the beach (weather permitting). On our way back to our Homestead we search the plains for wallabies, kangaroos and wombats.

Overnight: Snowy River Homestead (BLD)

The Wildlife Journey share tour or private tour

Mouth of the Snowy River,
Koala Island – into Melbourne

This morning we depart East Gippsland and travel west to Melbourne.

Activities today include: one last visit to the beach at the Mouth of the Snowy River at a magnificent place called Frenchs Narrows where we can walk beside the river for as far as we wish before starting back to Melbourne, stop for lunch at Raymond Island set deep within one of Australia most important Ramsar Wetlands.

This island is not only home to many birds but also to a large population of koalas.
search for Grey-headed Flying-foxes in their daytime roosts beside the Mitchell River.

Arrive in Melbourne in the late afternoon.

Overnight: Melbourne city hotel (BL)

OPTION: enjoy at free day at your leisure in Melbourne between trips. Adds one day to the itinerary

The Great Ocean Road share tour or private tour

Koala Conservation

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Koala Conservation, Serendip Sanctuary, optional Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Centre.

Today you will visit and be involved in 3 very important conservation centres and be involved in a major Koala Conservation Project. This is a unique day that has been put together especially for very keen wildlife enthusiasts.

Activities include: a visit to the You Yangs Regional Park where you will become involved in our Make a Home for Koala Clancy conservation project (link to KCF web). You will meet one of our Koala Researchers and learn about Echidna Walkabout’s wild koala tracking program and other conservation projects in the area.

Visit Serendip, home to large mobs of wild Eastern grey Kangaroos, and endangered animal breeding centre. Your guide will take you out into the open grasslands and walk you up close to wild Eastern-grey Kangaroos – this is a unique experience. We have special behind-the-scenes access to the entire sanctuary.

OPTIONAL: finally we’ll visit Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Centre, a large privately owned open-range sanctuary which breeds and protects some of Australia’s rarest marsupials. Tonight we’ll take a spotlighting trip to see some of these very rare creatures in the wild.

Overnight: Little River B&B (BLD)

The Great Ocean Road share tour or private tour

The Great Ocean Road Wild coastal cliffs

Today we’ll see some of the world’s most spectacular coastal scenery.

Activities include: walk in the magnificent rainforests of the Otway National Park. Your Wildlife Guide will explain the formation of these mighty forests.

Port Campbell National Park, looking out for echidnas, wallabies, lizards and colourful birds which make their home in the coastal heathlands.

Linger a while to take in some of nature’s handiwork at the Twelve Apostles and the Loch Ard Gorge.

Overnight: Port Campbell accommodation (BLD)

The Great Ocean Road share tour or private tour

The Great Ocean Road Great Western Plains

The Great Western Plains – volcanoes and lakes in a great savannah (fly into the Outback).

This morning we have one last look at the coast in the dramatic morning light before returning to Melbourne across the vast grasslands of the Western Plains.

Created by intense volcanic activity over the past 2 million years, the 7000 volcanoes of the Western Plains are now extinct but the resultant vast crater lakes and open savannah are home to a myriad of waterbirds and other wildlife.

Activities include: bird viewing at a number of crater lakes – we often see thousands of birds in these locations, journey beside Australia’s largest permanent wetland – Lake Corangamite. We often see numerous raptors in this region and stop en route to drive to the top of an extinct volcano with spectacular views across the plains.

In the afternoon we drive direct to Melbourne Airport where you take a short late afternoon flight to Mildura Airport where you will be transferred a short distance to your accommodation on the edge of the Outback in the little town of Wentworth to commence the outback portion of our wildlife tour Australia.

Overnight: Wentworth accommodation (BLD)

OPTION: enjoy at free day at your leisure in Melbourne or Mildura between trips. Adds one day to the itinerary

Mungo Outback Journey private tour

Rivers and Billabongs of The Outback

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Your guide will meet you this morning and begin your private Outback journey.

Today is an orientation day to give you a feel for the Outback wildlife of southern Australia. There will be minimum driving today as the next two days will involve quite a lot of driving.

We’ll also finish early as we will have an early rise tomorrow. Your first stop will be at the junction of Australia’s two great rivers – the Murray and the Darling – where they meet in the Outback.

It is surprising to see so much water flowing through this semi-arid region. Other activities today will include:
first opportunity to see some of the birdlife of the Outback including parrots, cockatoos, pigeons and finches.

Visit Kings Billabong, a large wetland beside the Murray River, where will take a number of walks amongst River Red Gum forests.

Towards the end of the day we head back to your accommodation to prepare for tomorrow’s journey to Mungo National Park.

Overnight: Wentworth accommodation (BLD)

Mungo Outback Journey private tour

Mungo National Park – Outback wildlife at its best

This morning we depart early for our special day at Lake Mungo National Park.

This will be a long day full of exciting adventures in and around the dry lakebed of Lake Mungo in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. We will join a local Aboriginal Guide who will help you interpret wildlife and landscapes.

Activities today include: an overview of the great significance of Willandra Lakes region including the use of the region by Aboriginal People for over 40,000 years and the now extinct megafauna. You will see evidence of both human and animal habitation in the distant past, then drive across Lake Mungo then begin a circumnavigation of Lake Mungo by vehicle and on foot.

You will travel through 4 ecosystems on this Australia tour, ranging from dry lakebeds to rich sandy bush country. As we travel we’ll stop often to search for birds and animals and learn about the vegetation in this constantly changing landscape.

Towards evening abundant wildlife begins to emerge including Western-grey kangaroos, Red kangaroos and Emus. We may sight the magnificent Major Mitchell Cockatoo – possibly one of the most beautiful cockatoos in the world.

This evening we’ll dine beside the lake as the sun lowers over this ancient landscape before driving back to your accommodation keeping an eye out for the Southern Cross in the constellations of the night sky.

Overnight: Wentworth accommodation (BLD)

Mungo Outback Journey private tour

Lake Victoria – a lake in the desert

Today we drive west into the arid country searching for wildlife and birds along the driest regions of the Murray River. We eventually come to Lake Victoria, a large lake in the middle of this arid region.

Activities today include: The lake supports large numbers of waterbirds including all four of Australia’s cormorants, pelicans, egrets and many more.

The lake also supports a large population of fish and reptiles. Often extraordinary numbers of water birds are seen here as they arrive out of the desert looking for food and water near the river.

Then, a visit to a red dune system, crossing the ancient bed of “Anabranch”, the original valley of the Darling River which has now moved 40 kilometres eastwards. Ancient River Red Gums still show where the stream bed used to be.

Overnight: Wentworth accommodation (BLD)

Mungo Outback Journey private tour

Back to the city

This morning you will be transferred to Mildura Airport for a short flight to Adelaide/Sydney/Melbourne.

AUSTRALIA TOTAL OPTION: for a total overview of Australian wildlife north and south, add on 6 day Wild Top End. Fly to Darwin on Day 15 from Melbourne, Sydney or Adelaide. Begin Wild Top End on Day 16, finish & fly out late on Day 21. (Note: this option only available for travel dates between late July and mid September each year. Share tour available on August dates shown here, private available other times. Tour can also be taken as a pre-tour on Days 1 to 6, start Maximum Wildlife on Day 7)

KANGAROO ISLAND OPTION: add on 2 days of Sea-lions, Kangaroo Island Kangaroos, Tammar Wallabies and more with Kangaroo Island wildlife specialist Exceptional Kangaroo Island. Flights from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island can be arranged on Day 15; or as a pre-trip.