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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...