Our Wildlife News Blog

Wild Pigeons & Finches in Western Australia

A very special Maximum Wildlife trip to Western Australia's Pilbara & Exmouth regions. On the red rocky hillside, pebbles were rolling slowly down towards the water. But it wasn’t pebbles we could see, it was wild Spinifex Pigeons. .. It was our first morning at...

Unusual Australian Animals, part 1

On a trip to the United States years ago I met a family while waiting for some food. Chatting, the father asked me where I was from. “Australia,” I replied. He bent down to his small daughter and said: “Honey, this lady is from the place where kangaroos live.”...

Seeing Albatrosses in southern Australia

Australia is the land of the albatross. We are a nation surrounded by ocean – the Pacific to the east and north, the Indian to the west and north, and the wildest of them all – the Southern Ocean, to the south. The Southern Ocean is the only ocean that completely...

Best island for wildlife

Raymond Island, in the Gippsland Lakes National Park, is one of Australia’s best islands to see wildlife. On a recent Maximum Wildlife tour, an Echidna was calmly foraging in the picnic ground. We had come there to enjoy lunch, but the echidna photographing...

5 Amazing Facts: Australian Fur Seals

The Australian Fur Seal is only found along the south-east coast of Australia: in Victoria, Tasmania & South Australia. Due to historic hunting, it is one of the rarest fur seals in the world. If you haven’t had an Australian Fur Seal encounter yet, consider going...

Superb Lyrebird plumage & that amazing tail!

Superb Lyrebirds light up the dark rainforest on winter days with their thrilling song and flashy tail. One day in early spring I was walking with guests along a rainforest creek in the Snowy River National Park. We heard a male Superb Lyrebird singing at full...

Red-necked Wallabies socialising

On every Wildlife Journey tour there is a time-stopping, plan-changing wildlife event. One of those moments in nature when nothing else matters, you just watch.... transfixed. Recently, we were driving along the Marlo Plains Road in East Gippsland looking out for wild...

Dolphins of the Great Ocean Road & East Gippsland

A handy summary guide to the dolphins of the Great Ocean Road & East Gippsland, in Victoria Australia. Dolphins can be seen along the Victorian coast all year round. They frequently play and hunt in the surf near the shore, in pods of 6 or more. In Victoria we...

5 Amazing Facts about Eastern Snake-Necked Turtles

Travelling along Australia's Great Ocean Road, you are sure to see lots of wildlife in their natural habitat, including possibly an Eastern snake-necked turtle Chelodina longicollis. Here are 5 amazing facts that will help you enjoy and understand these sweet (but...

Different forests, different koalas

On our Great Ocean Road tour, we usually see koalas every day. But each visit to a wild koala in a forest is different, and exciting. Some wild koalas are seen in dry open forest: furry grey bundles on a huge silver branch, with blue sky as a backdrop. Others live in...

Wild Koala Day: our favourite images of the year

Every year for Wild Koala Day, we compile our favourite wild koala images of the year, taken by our Wildlife Guides and Koala Researchers.  This is the best of the best for 2018 - 2019. Please comment to let us know which is your favourite! #1. The featured image...

Koala climbing, part 3: Style

One of the most exciting things we see on Great Ocean Road and Wildlife Journey tours is a koala climbing up or down a tree. They climb rather like we would, if we had the arm strength, the sharp claws and the grippy hands and feet that koalas have. Read about koala...

Sand is a travel destination

Sand is a destination. There’s a park called the Perry Sandhills just outside of Wentworth in New South Wales, Australia. Tomato-red sand dunes rise like standing waves above the saltbush plains, then collapse into the Murray River. There is wildlife too, but the main...

Rare reptile sighting on Mungo Outback Journey Australia

by Janine Duffy It’s rare to see wild pythons in southern New South Wales and Victoria. Australia has a lot of pythons, but most species are in the north where it is hot all year round. So, in southern Australia, any python sighting is a very special event, and an...

See the world’s most beautiful cockatoo

Pink Cockatoos: there’s something about them. Actually, there’s 5 things about them that make them very, very special. Its needless to point out that they are gorgeous. Just look at them. John Gould, pioneering ornithologist, called the Pink (Major Mitchell) Cockatoo...

Flying-foxes: A must-see in Bairnsdale.

Seeing the Grey-headed Flying-foxes of Bairnsdale, East Gippsland is one the world’s top wildlife spectacles. We parked the car and walked into the forest beside the river. The tree branches joined up over our heads, so looking up was a deep dark green with only...

Wild Pigeons & Finches in Western Australia

Wild Pigeons & Finches in Western Australia

A very special Maximum Wildlife trip to Western Australia's Pilbara & Exmouth regions. On the red rocky hillside, pebbles were rolling slowly down towards the water. But it wasn’t pebbles we could see, it was wild Spinifex Pigeons. .. It was our first morning at...

read more
Unusual Australian Animals, part 1

Unusual Australian Animals, part 1

On a trip to the United States years ago I met a family while waiting for some food. Chatting, the father asked me where I was from. “Australia,” I replied. He bent down to his small daughter and said: “Honey, this lady is from the place where kangaroos live.”...

read more
Seeing Albatrosses in southern Australia

Seeing Albatrosses in southern Australia

Australia is the land of the albatross. We are a nation surrounded by ocean – the Pacific to the east and north, the Indian to the west and north, and the wildest of them all – the Southern Ocean, to the south. The Southern Ocean is the only ocean that completely...

read more
Best island for wildlife

Best island for wildlife

Raymond Island, in the Gippsland Lakes National Park, is one of Australia’s best islands to see wildlife. On a recent Maximum Wildlife tour, an Echidna was calmly foraging in the picnic ground. We had come there to enjoy lunch, but the echidna photographing...

read more
5 Amazing Facts: Australian Fur Seals

5 Amazing Facts: Australian Fur Seals

The Australian Fur Seal is only found along the south-east coast of Australia: in Victoria, Tasmania & South Australia. Due to historic hunting, it is one of the rarest fur seals in the world. If you haven’t had an Australian Fur Seal encounter yet, consider going...

read more
Superb Lyrebird plumage & that amazing tail!

Superb Lyrebird plumage & that amazing tail!

Superb Lyrebirds light up the dark rainforest on winter days with their thrilling song and flashy tail. One day in early spring I was walking with guests along a rainforest creek in the Snowy River National Park. We heard a male Superb Lyrebird singing at full...

read more

Choose your nature & wildlife tour

Australian animals tour wild emu

7 - 21 DAY TOURS

Maximum Wildlife

A NATURE LOVERS WILDLIFE TOUR This is the ultimate Australian wild animal tour. Travel with us to the very best locations for IN THE WILD Australian wildlife viewing with the best Wildlife Guides.

wild top end tour

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Wild Top End

KAKADU - CROCODILES, DINGOS, BIRDS

wildlife journey nature tour echidna

4 DAY WILDERNESS COAST

Wildlife Journey

EAST GIPPSLAND AUSTRALIA

wild kangaroos

AFTERNOON & EVENING TOUR

Sunset Koalas & Kangaroos

WILDLIFE IN THE WILD

Mungo Outback Journey

DESERT OUTBACK WILDLIFE

Mungo Outback Journey

KANGAROOS - EMUS - COCKATOOS

great ocean road animals tour

3 DAY AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS TOUR

Great Ocean Road

SMALL GROUPS - WILDLIFE SAFARI

Australian animals tour

1 DAY NEAR MELBOURNE

Koalas & Kangaroos

IN THE WILD TOUR