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Elderly Koala Climbs Tough Tree

Elderly Koala Climbs Tough Tree

Koalas climb trees every day. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy for them. Pat is an old female koala – she’s 15 years old, which would be equivalent to about 85 or 90 years for a human. She lives in the wild in the You Yangs, near Melbourne, and every day she has to...

Orchids of East Gippsland

Orchids of East Gippsland

East Gippsland, the eastern region of the state of Victoria Australia, is rich in wildflowers, particularly orchids. Over 200 species of orchid occur in less than 10% of the state – that’s over half Victoria’s total of around 360 orchids. Orchids are fascinating,...

Use your holidays to help Australian wildlife

Use your holidays to help Australian wildlife

by Janine Duffy Devastating bushfires in the Australian summer of 2019-2020 has changed everything for Australian wildlife. Maybe it's time for us to change too: to change the way we travel. This year, consider using your holidays to help animals. Following is a list...

5 Amazing Facts: Tawny Frogmouth Behaviour

5 Amazing Facts: Tawny Frogmouth Behaviour

Bird or branch? When we introduce travellers to their first Tawny Frogmouth there is a moment of disbelief. “Where?” they ask. “Right there, on the branch,” we reply. “All I can see is a branch.” “Yes, that branch is a bird.” The branch opens it’s eyes. “Oooohhhh!”...

Koalas are posh

Koalas are posh

The personality of koalas: Koalas are posh. Koalas have been in the news a lot lately, because they have been hit hard by climate change, bushfires, drought and cruelty. The pictures have been awful, and the reality maybe even worse. It is important...

Have fun, protect wildlife

Have fun, protect wildlife

by Jessica Toreto, Brazil Koalas & Kangaroos in the Wild tour is an incredible opportunity to have fun, spend the day out in the bush, look for wildlife and, at the same time, protect nature. .. In the morning we looked for koalas. We were fortunate to see four of...

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...

About Koala Balyang

About Koala Balyang

Balyang Origin of name: Balyang means Bat in the Wathaurong/Wada wurrung language. The word has also been used to name the township just north of the You Yangs: Balliang. .. Known since: He first emerged around 2 July 2020. If he was 6 months old at the time, he would...

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Platypus : how to find one

Platypus : how to find one

Finding platypus is not easy - here's what to look for and where to search Platypus are mystical creatures. One may be in a river or lake near you but you won't see it; they are shy and secretive. They don't want to be found. They come and go as they please, often...

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Echidna Walkabout help Australia win Lonely Planet Award

Echidna Walkabout help Australia win Lonely Planet Award

MEDIA RELEASE November 2020 Echidna Walkabout help Australia win Lonely Planet Best In Travel Award Australia has won the Best Community Restoration Award in the Lonely Planet Best In Travel 2021, for the response to the Black Summer bushfires. Echidna Walkabout’s...

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Tourists: Did you know you planted trees in Australia?

Tourists: Did you know you planted trees in Australia?

social enterprise wildlife tour operator Echidna Walkabout runs popular wildlife tours for small groups of international and local travellers – all tours contribute financially to wildlife by planting trees & creating habitat. In 2020, our not for profit Koala Clancy Foundation planted 9000 trees for koalas on behalf of our tourists.

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