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Red and yellow robin birds of Australia

Red and yellow robin birds of Australia

Some of the most charming little birds of Australia, Australian Robins are perch and pounce insect-eaters that are familiar to most backyard gardeners and farmers. They will use a favourite perch over and over – darting to the forest floor to snatch an insect, then...

Wild Pigeons & Finches in Western Australia

Wild Pigeons & Finches in Western Australia

A very special Maximum Wildlife trip to Western Australia's Pilbara & Exmouth regions. On the red rocky hillside, pebbles were rolling slowly down towards the water. But it wasn’t pebbles we could see, it was wild Spinifex Pigeons. .. It was our first morning at...

Unusual Australian Animals, part 1

Unusual Australian Animals, part 1

On a trip to the United States years ago I met a family while waiting for some food. Chatting, the father asked me where I was from. “Australia,” I replied. He bent down to his small daughter and said: “Honey, this lady is from the place where kangaroos live.”...

Seeing Albatrosses in southern Australia

Seeing Albatrosses in southern Australia

Australia is the land of the albatross. We are a nation surrounded by ocean – the Pacific to the east and north, the Indian to the west and north, and the wildest of them all – the Southern Ocean, to the south. The Southern Ocean is the only ocean that completely...

Best island for wildlife

Best island for wildlife

Raymond Island, in the Gippsland Lakes National Park, is one of Australia’s best islands to see wildlife. On a recent Maximum Wildlife tour, an Echidna was calmly foraging in the picnic ground. We had come there to enjoy lunch, but the echidna photographing...

5 Amazing Facts: Australian Fur Seals

5 Amazing Facts: Australian Fur Seals

The Australian Fur Seal is only found along the south-east coast of Australia: in Victoria, Tasmania & South Australia. Due to historic hunting, it is one of the rarest fur seals in the world. If you haven’t had an Australian Fur Seal encounter yet, consider going...

Superb Lyrebird plumage & that amazing tail!

Superb Lyrebird plumage & that amazing tail!

Superb Lyrebirds light up the dark rainforest on winter days with their thrilling song and flashy tail. One day in early spring I was walking with guests along a rainforest creek in the Snowy River National Park. We heard a male Superb Lyrebird singing at full...

Red-necked Wallabies socialising

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

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

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...

Seeing Great Ocean Road wildlife in rainy season

Seeing Great Ocean Road wildlife in rainy season

Seeing Great Ocean Road wildlife in June July and August. Australia is a dry country, and rain is brief and light. Often the ‘rainy season’ is the best time to see Australian wildlife. Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road tends to have rain during June, July, August...

Different forests, different koalas

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

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

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 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

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

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...

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...

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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!”...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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5 DAYS SEPTEMBER 2020

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