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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!

by Wildlife Guide Sally Hennessy 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....

About Koala Ngardang

Ngardang Origin of name: Ngardang means sister 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...