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Bushfires 2020: What are we doing?

Bushfires 2020: What are we doing?

Since the fires began, Echidna Walkabout has dedicated many hours to planning, advocacy for koalas and advice to koala groups.  Co-owner Janine Duffy is currently volunteering full time on koala projects. .. Our not for profit, Koala Clancy Foundation is fundraising...

Cool As: Rock-Wallabies of Australia

Cool As: Rock-Wallabies of Australia

Rock Wallaby? What is a rock wallaby? A wallaby is a well known Australian animal, and a member of Australia’s national rugby team. Normally when you put the word rock in front of something it makes it harder and cooler. Rock climbing: Climbing, but harder. Rock...

Koala Future: Joeys of 2019

Koala Future: Joeys of 2019

Do koalas have a future in the wild? We think they do. In the You Yangs near Melbourne, a population of healthy wild koalas have been monitored for 14 years by Echidna Walkabout & Koala Clancy Foundation. The population is declining, but that is not because of the...

Night sounds of the Northern Territory

Night sounds of the Northern Territory

At night, the Northern Territory Top End is for listening. There’s a special tropical hum in the air – the wonderful sound of healthy insect populations, particularly crickets and katydids, that come to life after dark in the Top End. But there’s another sound, a...

Frill-necked Lizard in Kakadu

Frill-necked Lizard in Kakadu

“Frilly!!” The vehicle swiftly pulled over and did a U-turn on the Arnhem Highway, somewhere in Kakadu between the South Alligator and Mary Rivers, Northern Territory. Frilly was still there, standing up with that upright posture that dragon lizards (agamids) have....

Antilopine Kangaroos of northern Australia

Antilopine Kangaroos of northern Australia

Antilopine Kangaroos / Wallaroos Osphranter (Macropus) antilopinus are large, graceful kangaroos of the tropical savannahs of Northern Australia. They replace the Red Kangaroo north of about 19 S latitude and are similar in colour and behaviour. They overlap a little...

Interesting Rainbow Pitta behaviour

Interesting Rainbow Pitta behaviour

The track through Kakadu beside the East Alligator River is narrow, short and walked by many. It is also one of the most reliable places to see a glorious top end bird: the Rainbow Pitta. Rainbow Pittas Pitta iris live in the monsoon forests of Australia’s Top End...

Why I love visiting the Western Treatment Plant

Why I love visiting the Western Treatment Plant

by Janine Duffy A pair of Brolga – Australia’s native crane – herd their vulnerable chick through the sedge swamp. The chick stands as tall as a 4 year old child, but still can’t fly, so the parents are cautious. Suddenly, a large brown bird erupts from the sedge,...

Bird tours with ethics

Bird tours with ethics

On Echidna Walkabout Bird Tours, ethics is top priority. Seeing as many birds as possible, and seeing them well, is a close and very important second. But on a bird tour, as on any tour, ethics can only be number one. Because nothing should ever be allowed to erode...

Wildlife Journey October 2019

Wildlife Journey October 2019

List of animals seen on Wildlife Journey tour to East Gippsland, Australia, from 14 to 17 October 2019, with Wildlife Guide Martin Maderthaner: .. Birds seen: Ruddy Turnstone (our first sighting in East Gippsland!), Rufous Whistler, Mistletoebird, Laughing Kookaburra,...

5 Amazing Facts about Galahs

5 Amazing Facts about Galahs

Galahs are one of Australia’s favourite birds. You can see Galahs in almost any part of Australia, mucking around, playing, squawking and having fun. In East Gippsland on the Wildlife Journey tour we often see Galahs near the Snowy River at Orbost, where we stay at...

5 Amazing Facts about Brushtail Possums

5 Amazing Facts about Brushtail Possums

by Morwenna Petaia ‘Brushies’ are some of our favourite animal sightings on tours. Though considered common*, they are quite secretive and solitary in the Australian Bush, and seeing a Common Brushtail Possum Trichosurus vulpecula at night is a special and wonderful...

Kangaroo mother and joey playing

Kangaroo mother and joey playing

Eastern Grey Kangaroos live in a matriarchal society, where mothers and joeys have a strong bond. Kangaroo females and their daughters have a long-lasting, very close relationship that usually lasts their whole lives. Wildlife Guide Dan took these beautiful...

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,...

Amazing & Different Facts: Humpback Whales

Amazing & Different Facts: Humpback Whales

Amazing & Different Facts: Humpback Whales Megaptera novaeangliae – the singing, dancing superstars of Australia’s coastline. But did you know they are brave heroes, loyal to their holiday spots, and no-one knows why they migrate? Here’s five different and amazing facts about them that you won’t find anywhere else.

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New tour helps Aussie Tiger Quoll in far North Queensland

New tour helps Aussie Tiger Quoll in far North Queensland

MEDIA RELEASE  June 2020 The Tasmanian Tiger died out 80 years ago, but their cousin: the poorly-known Tiger Quoll, still survives in small numbers in far North Queensland. A new 4 day tour has been designed to help this threatened Aussie marsupial, by getting Aussies...

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A Rainforest Dove of Far North Queensland

A Rainforest Dove of Far North Queensland

High on a mossy branch, the bird watched me bumbling about on the rainforest track below. The light in a far North Queensland tropical rainforest is both brilliant and muted. You walk in near darkness, peering into shadows, to be dazzled by a beam of pure white...

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