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About Koala Wooloomanata

Wooloomanata Origin of name: One of the original names of the You Yangs is Wooloomanata, and one of the historic properties adjacent to the park has this name. Known since: “Wooly” was first seen in January 2015, about 4km west of where he has been seen lately. How...

About Koala Carninje

Carninje Origin of name: Carninje is named to honour the Carninje Balug People of the Wathaurong or Burrumbeet tribe. Their clan area is around Linton, west of Mt Buninyong. Known since: She was first seen on 30 November 2011 as a mature, breeding female koala. She...

Where to photograph Kangaroos, Cockatoos and Emus.

Taking photographs and videos of wildlife is one of the most popular travel hobbies. But it can be hard to know where to go to photograph iconic Australian animals like kangaroos, emus and colourful cockatoos. Experienced Wildlife Guides know the where, when and why...

Australia’s Weirdest Animals We See On Tours, Part 2

When you spend a lot of time in The Australian Bush, some odd little characters become a highlight. Here’s 7 of the cutest, odd, strangely appealing, weirdest Australian animals we really do see on wildlife tours. And because we’re Downunder, we will start with Part...

Escape to Australia’s Forests, Beach & Outback

Travel to Australia’s forests, beach, tropics and outback. When you’re hard at work, do you long for a soothing green forest? Or does a golden sandy beach, stretching for miles, appeal? Do you love to escape to the warm turquoise tropics, or the vast red sands of the...

About Koala Jin Jin

Jin Jin Origin of name: Jin Jin was an Aboriginal man in the Melbourne area at the time of European invasion and settlement. He was imprisoned with Tullamarine, but they escaped by setting fire to the jail. Known since: He was first seen in early 2013. How often seen:...

About 3 year old female koala CoCo

CoCo Origin of name: As her mother’s name is YuYu, and CoCo is a baby name – it seemed to fit. Known since: She was first seen on 20 October 2015. She was probably 7 or 8 months old by that time. That makes her 3 years old now. How often seen: CoCo is a shy one. She...

About Koala Bunyip

Bunyip Origin of name: We asked some travellers for suggestions for a really Australian name. Boomerang and Bunyip were the two favourites. Bunyip is a Wemba-wemba Aboriginal word for a scary monster that lives in billabongs and waterholes. We decided that as...

About Koala Pickle

Origin of name: I know, Pickle!!!??? Well it goes like this…. Our wonderful Wildlife Guide Brett and his partner Jess wanted to call a koala joey Pickle in 2017. I (Janine) resisted as I thought it was a bit of a tough name to grow up with. Then one day in 2018 our...

Wild wallaby drinking

At the end of a long hot Australian summer day, everyone needs a drink. Even wallabies. Swamp Wallabies – Wallabia bicolor - live in the You Yangs and at Serendip, near Melbourne, but hide out in the shade during hot days. By late afternoon they are becoming active,...

About Koala Ruth

Ruth Origin of name: One of our lovely guests, Leslie, was so keen to meet our koalas that she booked a Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD tour, made a donation to Koala Clancy Foundation and respectfully asked if she could also join our Koala Conservation Day for Locals...

About Koala Mara

Mara Origin of name: Mara is named to honour the Gunditj-mara Aboriginal People of western Victoria. Learn about the Gunditj-mara People and take a tour with Budj Bim Tours Known since: Mara was first seen on 19 January 2016. She appeared to be a young mature female...

Watch: kangaroo mating

Have you ever seen kangaroos mating? You might feel like a weirdo searching “kangaroos mating” online, but admit it – if it was happening in front of you, you would be fascinated. I am, and I see it all the time. One of the greatest things about Eastern Grey Kangaroos...

Dragonflies of Northern Territory, Australia

When you think of iconic wildlife of northern Australia, insects might be low down on your list. But when a huge traffic-light red dragonfly lands beside you on a water lily in a billabong, you may reconsider. Australia is quite rich in odonates (dragonflies &...

About Koala Mabo

Mabo Origin of name: Mabo is named to honour Eddie Mabo – the Torres Strait Islander man who was responsible for changing the Native Title laws in Australia. Read about this amazing man here. How long have we known him? Mabo the koala was first seen in early January...

Mangrove magic

How would you like to walk on water? You can – by visiting the mangroves in Darwin, Northern Territory Australia. Have you ever watched fish swimming below you? Or heard kingfishers splash into the water beside you? In Australia’s Top End, you can – by visiting the...

About Koala Lakorra

Lakorra Origin of name: Hannah, one of our Koala Researchers, and an Aboriginal woman living on Wathaurong Country, proposed the name. Lakorra means sky in the Wathaurong language. Known since: We first saw Lakorra as a tiny joey on Ngardang’s belly on 23 September...

We See Wildlife in Surprising Places!

Sometimes, if you know where to look, you can see wildlife in the most surprising places….. Like a scene from Mad Max, the wide red dirt road ends in a huge concrete ramp. The sun is hot, and the wind picks up dust from the road, coating everything with a rusty sheen....

About Koala Gulkurguli

Gulkurguli Origin of name: Gulkurguli means boy in Wathaurong, the original language of the You Yangs region. A book by Bruce Pascoe: “Convincing Ground: Learning to Fall in Love with Your Country” includes a reference to the Wathaurong word gulkurguli. Known since:...

About Koala Jandamarra

Jandamarra Origin of name: Jandamarra is named after the famous Aboriginal freedom fighter of the Bunuba People of the Kimberley region, Western Australia. Read about this amazing man here. Known since: He was first seen in January 2017 . How often seen: Jandamarra...

About Koala Zack

Zack Origin of name: It just seemed to suit him.. Known since: He was first seen in October 2013, as a fairly young male. We assume he was around 3 years old at that time. How often seen: Zack has already been seen 29 times in 2018. He is a frequent superstar! Family:...

Outback Reptiles of the Mungo tour

Australian reptiles are a highlight of our Mungo Outback Journey tour. Lizards are plentiful in the sandy, sunny mallee woodlands and saltbush plains of Mungo. Here are some of the reptiles we have seen on tour in the Outback: Goannas/Monitors Goannas (Monitors) are...

About Koala Bermborok

Bermborok Origin of name: The Bermborok Clan of the Wathaurong Aboriginal People lived for tens of thousands of years around the Brisbane Ranges, just west of the You Yangs. The current town of Beremboke is sourced from this name. Known since: She was first seen in...

About Koala Cruiz

Cruiz Origin of name: At first we mostly saw Cruiz in summer, on days when we were running shore excursions off cruise ships. These days we see him all year round. Known since: We first saw Cruiz as a big healthy young male, possibly about 3 years old, in November...

Walk Into The Mallee For Wildlife

On our Mungo Outback Journey tour, our Wildlife Guides can’t wait to walk into The Mallee. What is The Mallee? Mallee means many things. At Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours mallee means sunny, sandy wild country brimming with colourful wildlife.   Mallee trees are...

About Koala Bungaleenee

Bungaleenee Origin of name: Bungaleenee was an Aboriginal man from Gippsland at the time of European invasion. He was accused of involvement in a crime (which probably never happened) and imprisoned, and his two sons were taken away and ‘educated’ at the Merri Creek...

Kangaroo photography for all ages

The wildlife photographer went silent and squatted to the ground, swinging his camera to his eye in one practiced movement. The boy went one further, lying full length along the ground. His expensive camera had been working hard on this trip. Subconsciously, his...

About Koala Wemba

Wemba Origin of name: Wemba is named for the Wemba-wemba Aboriginal People of northern Victoria. Our former chief Koala Researcher, Melinda, is descended from the Wemba Wemba.  Melinda and her family have been influential throughout Echidna Walkabout's history. Known...

About Koala Winberry

Winberry Origin of name: Winberry was an Aboriginal man living around Melbourne at the time of Melbourne’s invasion. Known since: He was first seen on 19 December 2009 in the area he still lives today. How often seen: Winberry is one of our most frequently-seen...

Australian Birds On A Crepuscular Tour!

Tawny Frogmouths are the sleepy non-responsive teenagers of the bird world. They become active at night. By day they can barely open their eyes to regard you with a disgusted stare. But for some reason we love them to bits. Tawny Frogmouths Podargus strigoides are a...

About Koala Djadja

Djadja Origin of name: Djadja is taken from Djadja-wurrung, the Aboriginal People of northern Victoria. Known since: Koala Djadja was first seen on 4 October 2016 as a 6 month old joey. That puts her birthday at around March/April 2016. How often seen: She was seen 15...

About Koala Babarrang

Babarrang Origin of name: Babarrang means auntie in the local Wathaurong Aboriginal language. Known since: She was first seen in November 2013, with a joey. She appeared mature when first seen, so she was probably at least 3 years old at that time. How often seen:...

Sunset tour: finding carnivorous Australian plants!

The You Yangs is a granite mountain range to the west of Melbourne. The sclerophyll forest surrounding the rocky ridges is home to an array of native Australian animals and a diverse range of trees and smaller native herbs and shrubs. All of the species are equally...

About Koala Ngardang

Ngardang Origin of name: Ngardang means mother in the Wathaurong Aboriginal language of the You Yangs/Geelong/Ballarat region. Known since: 2014 – she was first seen as a tiny joey with her mum Babarrang. We estimate she was born in January 2014. How often seen: She...

Great Ocean Road Eagles & Birds of Prey

We see a lot of eagles and birds of prey along the Great Ocean Road on our 3 day wildlife tour. We travel across a great variety of habitats – coastline, open plains, mountain forests, dry woodland – all home to different species of raptors. Here are just a few of...

Great Ocean Road Gang Gang Cockatoos

The Great Ocean Road, Australia is home to many famous and beautiful cockatoos. Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are white with a yellow crest – they are huge, noisy and numerous. Long-billed Corellas are also white but their crest is small and white, and they have a sweet...

Wallaby swimming on the Great Ocean Road

Kangaroos and wallabies are land animals that hop – they are famous for it. So it comes as a bit of a surprise to find out that they can swim! Wildlife Guide Brett and his Great Ocean Road group had stopped to look at a group of herons and spoonbills on one of our...

Where To Watch Australian Animals, part 2.

Do you have a particular animal you want to watch in Australia? Do you have a passion for cuckoos, or snakes, or gliding possums for example? Or maybe you love skinks, or endemic rodents, or monarch flycatchers or woodswallows. This article, in partnership with Part...

Maximum Wildlife: our top Wildlife Guides

When you do a wildlife tour, your guide is influential. Yes, the wild animals are the reason, but a top Wildlife Guide makes it unforgettable. In Australia, there are a few tourism companies that specialise in birds, native animals and plants. Echidna Walkabout is...

Macropods (Kangaroos) of Australia

Kangaroo: seen one, tick! Bucket list: done. But what sort of kangaroo did you see? It was just a kangaroo, aren’t they all the same? No! There are 71 species of kangaroo/wallaby, all different and fascinating. For a full list and tips on where to see them, click...

Maximum Wildlife, Maximum Wildflowers!

Australia has a rich and exotic flora. Our wildflowers compete with our parrots for colour intensity, and with our weird and wonderful mammals for bizarre forms. Echidna Walkabout is a wildlife tour operator, and though wildlife is often interpreted as wild animals,...

How Echidnas Walk

Echidnas are special in many ways. They lay eggs, but are mammals. They can move rocks many times their own weight. And…. Echidnas have two front feet that point forwards (as do most feet in the animal kingdom), and two back feet that point backwards. BACK FEET THAT...

Wild koala walks to tourist

Pat is a wild koala who lives in the You Yangs near Melbourne, Australia. She first met researchers from Echidna Walkabout in 2006, when she was a joey living with her mother Smoky. Now 12 years later, she is an older female still living in the same home range she had...

Winter Wildlife in Australia

by Janine Duffy If you love wild animals, and want to come wildlife watching in Australia in May, June, July, August or September, where are best places to go? Kangaroos & Crocodiles 10 days Tropical North Queensland from May to September is warm and sunny, and in the...

About Koala Bobo

Bobo Origin of name: Suggested by Wildlife Guide Kirby - seemed to fit with YuYu Known since: Bobo first emerged from YuYu's pouch on 19th November 2017 How often seen: Bobo has been seen 9 times in 2018. That might change when he becomes independent, but at the...

About Koala YuYu

YuYu Origin of name: Named by one of our best supporters after her pet, but changed a little to incorporate the sound of the You Yangs. Known since: YuYu was first seen on 16th November 2014 How often seen: YuYu was seen 13 times in 2017. She is not seen as often as...

Butterflies of Kakadu

One of the highlights of visiting the tropics is seeing large numbers of butterflies. The butterflies of Kakadu and Mary River National Parks are big, laconic and colourful, and many are active when we visit in July, August & September - the dry season. Kakadu...

Breakfast at Fogg Dam

Fogg Dam, One of Australia’s most famous birdwatching sites, is an hour’s drive from Darwin, the capital city of Australia’s Northern Territory. Written by Janine Duffy On our own, we are slow travellers. On our first wildlife watching trip to Fogg Dam, in the...

Mammals of the Great Ocean Road, part 2.

The Mammals of the Great Ocean Road are many and varied, and easy to photograph. The region is a popular holiday spot for humans – which is not a bad thing. The mammals have become accustomed to human sounds and go about their day to day business while being watched...

Great Ocean Road Mammals part 1.

If you love soft and furry creatures - mammals - the Great Ocean Road is a great place to visit. We see more mammals on our 3 day Great Ocean Road trip than on our one day Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD, partly because we have more time and partly because we visit...

Evening at ‘The Billabong Bar’

by Wildlife Guide Janine Duffy In the evening, the billabong comes alive. Like a pub or a bar, a billabong ticks along during the day, but at night it sparkles with song, chatter and a host of characters. A billabong is a waterhole in Australia. Its a special kind of...

Where To See Australian Wildlife, part 1.

Our Maximum Wildlife tours have been designed to offer the best and most Australian wildlife in the shortest comfortable duration. There is little overlap – so you will see different birds, mammals and reptiles in the Top End than in East Gippsland, which are...

The kangaroo that taught me a lesson

“Look up there, a friend is watching,” Aboriginal Guide Neville pointed high in the Arnhem Land Escarpment, in Australia’s Northern Territory. I’ll never forget those words. Casually, almost an afterthought, Neville showed me someone I had been waiting and working for...

About Koala Misty

Misty Origin of name: In 2014 she was taken into koala hospital due to heat stress after four days over 40 C. She enjoyed having a fine mist sprayed onto her. Known since: 18th January 2014 How often seen: She has been seen 31 times in 2017 Family: She has two...

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 big,...

Lyrebirds can fly!

On almost every Wildlife Journey we see Superb Lyrebirds, and they are walking on the ground. They are large birds, heavy-looking, with a huge tail. In fact everything about them is large – body, tail, feet, eyes – even their famous voice is larger-than-life.  Listen...

About Koala KiKi

KiKi Origin of name: KiKi seemed to fit with YuYu. It means new life. Known since: She was first seen as a tiny baby on 28 September 2016 with her mother YuYu. How often seen: KiKi has been seen over 25 times in 2017. Family: KiKi is the adventurous daughter of YuYu....

About Koala Kozo

Kozo Kozo is funny, curious and relaxed like her mother KiKi. Origin of name: a combination of KiKi and Cruiz. Kozo means “Happy Boy” in Japanese: at first we really though Kozo was a boy. Known since: September 2017 How often seen: Kozo was seen about six times in...

About Koala Anzac

Anzac Origin of name: Two other male koalas in the area were named Tim Tam and Vegemite – both popular Australian foods. Anzac Biscuits are much loved, and he was first named on Anzac Day. How long known: We first met Anzac in 2007. We watched him take over the home...

About Koala Pat

Pat Origin of name: When we first met Pat as a joey, we weren’t sure if she was female or male. Pat suits both, and it sounded good with her mother's name: Smoky. How long known: Pat has been known to our researchers since January 2006. She was still a baby living...

About Koala Clancy

Clancy Origin of name: The day we first met Koala Clancy we were running a charity program for families with very ill children. One of the families had to leave their sick daughter in hospital as she was too ill to come. When Clancy popped his head out of the pouch,...

Sunset is the best time to see koalas

Sunset is the best time to see koalas. In summer, sunset is time for the mating ritual to begin! Koalas have a complex social life, with a lot of ritualised interaction. When a female koala becomes ready to mate she goes to the home range of the male of her choice....

Wild Top End tour ‘Trip of the Month’ on global adventure website

We are thrilled to announce that our 6 Day Wild Top End adventure trip to the Northern Territory has been selected as Unordinary​ ​Trip​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Month​ ​by global adventure specialists InfoHub.com. InfoHub.com is the #1 travel portal on the internet specializing...