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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...

About Koala Shaz

Shaz Origin of name: Shaz is just such an Aussie name! Known since: We first saw Shaz in November 2015. She looked very young, maybe just 2 years old. How often seen: Shaz was only seen once in 2015, twice in 2016, not at all in 2017. In 2018 she was seen just two...

Wildlife Journey January 2019

Highlights of 4 day Wildlife Journey to East Gippsland, Australia, with Wildlife Guide Martin Maderthaner:   All pictures by Martin.  Header image is a lovely young Lowlands Copperhead. Reptile species seen: 7 Goannas, Grass Skink, Jacky Lizard, Gippsland Water...

A day in the life of a Koala Researcher

A day in the life of a Koala Researcher

It's 06.57am and the first Whats App message comes through: “Weather 7-13 cloudy” The sun has just risen, and already a Koala Researcher is walking through the gum trees, looking. The morning is full of life – Laughing Kookaburras & Rufous Whistlers are yelling,...

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Our new baby koalas of 2019!

Our new baby koalas of 2019!

Spring is an exciting time in the forests of southern Australia: its baby koala season! Koala joeys usually emerge from their mother’s pouch in July, August and September. They have been in there for six months, but mother koalas are experts at hiding their baby...

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5 Amazing Facts: Beautiful Rainbow Bee-eater Birds

5 Amazing Facts: Beautiful Rainbow Bee-eater Birds

By Morwenna Petaia Rainbow Bee-eaters are beauty, brains and bravery combined.   On the Wild Top End tour, almost every day we hear a guest exclaim with delight: “What is that beautiful bird?” Almost without looking we know it is a Rainbow Bee-eater. Even after...

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Tiny Stars: Finches of the Northern Territory

Tiny Stars: Finches of the Northern Territory

Across a glary blue sky a flock of 30 tiny birds zipped past. They were silent, flying fast and straight, on a mission. All you saw was a flash of gold, or rosy-brown, or white. They were gone before you had a chance to wonder what they were. Oh well, back to watching...

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Butterflies of Northern Territory, part 2

Butterflies of Northern Territory, part 2

When I first wrote about the butterflies of the Northern Territory I was in the early stages of learning about these magnificent creatures. Back then, I only saw a few of the hundreds of species of butterflies present in the Top End. That first article opened my eyes,...

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Cute and Playful Young Dingo

Cute and Playful Young Dingo

He looked at us, warily. We stayed still. We expected the cute young Dingo to run off, wary as most predators are. We have seen wild Dingoes in East Gippsland, Victoria, and they’ve always been very quick to disappear. He trotted away from us along the roadside for a...

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