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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...

About Koala Smoky

Smoky Origin of name: We first found Smoky on 30 January 2006, while a devastating bushfire was raging in the nearby Brisbane Ranges. The air was full of smoke. We lost a healthy koala community and 27 much-loved koalas to that bushfire. From 1992 to 2006 all our...

I’m a Dingo: don’t call me a dog!

You have to see a wild Dingo in Australia. The Dingo is Australia’s unique, threatened, native wolf. The Top End offers many wildlife highlights, for Aussies and for international travellers. Each night of our 6 day Wild Top End tour, over dinner, the day’s favourite...

The growth of a Rufous Owlet in pictures

A rare photographic record of the growth of a baby Rufous Owl Ninox rufa, from hatching to independence, in Darwin, Northern Territory Australia. Meeting other locals is one of the great things about running wildlife tours in remote and regional Australia. On a recce...

Where to photograph Kangaroos, Cockatoos and Emus.

Taking photographs and videos of wildlife is one of the most popular travel hobbies. But it can be hard to know where to go to photograph iconic Australian animals like kangaroos, emus and colourful cockatoos. Experienced Wildlife Guides know the where, when and why...

Australia’s Weirdest Animals We See On Tours, Part 2

When you spend a lot of time in The Australian Bush, some odd little characters become a highlight. Here’s 7 of the cutest, odd, strangely appealing, weirdest Australian animals we really do see on wildlife tours. And because we’re Downunder, we will start with Part...

Escape to Australia’s Forests, Beach & Outback

Travel to Australia’s forests, beach, tropics and outback. When you’re hard at work, do you long for a soothing green forest? Or does a golden sandy beach, stretching for miles, appeal? Do you love to escape to the warm turquoise tropics, or the vast red sands of the...

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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Wild Cockatiels Flying

Wild Cockatiels Flying

Some birds are best seen in flight. Wings slash through the air like a volley of thrown spears: fast, glinting silver and black. There’s no time to watch wingbeats. Flying cockatiels are the high-speed gazelles of the air. The natural phenomenon of wild flying...

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