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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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Mallacoota Birders Big Weekend March 2021

Mallacoota Birders Big Weekend March 2021

Four days, 43 birders, 151 bird species, 3 boat trips, $1275+ for bushfire recovery, a truckload of fish & chips and quite a few bottles of wine… this was the second annual Mallacoota Birders Big Weekend over Labour Day Holiday, 5 – 9 March 2021. We were so busy!...

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Cockatoos of the Grampians (Gariwerd)

Cockatoos of the Grampians (Gariwerd)

See up to 7 of Australia's 14 species of cockatoos in the Grampians (Gariwerd) More cockatoos live in Australia than anywhere else in the world and the Grampians Range (Gariwerd) is one of the best places to see them. Gariwerd is the Aboriginal name for the Grampians...

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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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