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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 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...

About Koala Djadja

Djadja Origin of name: Djadja is taken from Djadja-wurrung, the Aboriginal People of northern Victoria. Known since: Koala Djadja was first seen on 4 October 2016 as a 6 month old joey. That puts her birthday at around March/April 2016. How often seen: She was seen 15...

About Koala Babarrang

Babarrang Origin of name: Babarrang means auntie in the local Wathaurong Aboriginal language. Known since: She was first seen in November 2013, with a joey. She appeared mature when first seen, so she was probably at least 3 years old at that time. How often seen:...

Sunset tour: finding carnivorous Australian plants!

The You Yangs is a granite mountain range to the west of Melbourne. The sclerophyll forest surrounding the rocky ridges is home to an array of native Australian animals and a diverse range of trees and smaller native herbs and shrubs. All of the species are equally...

About Koala Ngardang

Ngardang Origin of name: Ngardang means mother in the Wathaurong Aboriginal language of the You Yangs/Geelong/Ballarat region. Known since: 2014 – she was first seen as a tiny joey with her mum Babarrang. We estimate she was born in January 2014. How often seen: She...

Great Ocean Road Eagles & Birds of Prey

We see a lot of eagles and birds of prey along the Great Ocean Road on our 3 day wildlife tour. We travel across a great variety of habitats – coastline, open plains, mountain forests, dry woodland – all home to different species of raptors. Here are just a few of...

Great Ocean Road Gang Gang Cockatoos

The Great Ocean Road, Australia is home to many famous and beautiful cockatoos. Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are white with a yellow crest – they are huge, noisy and numerous. Long-billed Corellas are also white but their crest is small and white, and they have a sweet...

An Encounter With Some Beautiful Birds of Australia

An Encounter With Some Beautiful Birds of Australia

Mealtimes are great times for watching beautiful birds and other wildlife in Australia. On the Wildlife Journey we take most of our meals outside in nature for this reason. Travel usually involves moving from place to place, but when we eat, we stop. Wildlife feels...

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About Koala Shaz

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...

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5 Amazing Facts: Red-Winged Parrots of northern Australia

5 Amazing Facts: Red-Winged Parrots of northern Australia

5 Amazing Facts about Red-Winged Parrots of northern Australia by Morwenna Petaia Taking a tour of the Wild Top End not only supports eco-tourism in Australia, it allows you to see amazing animals, especially the parrots of Northern Australia. Here are 5 amazing facts...

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Wildlife Journey January 2019

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...

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About Koala Smoky

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...

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