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Koala Researcher For A Day

Find wild koalas with a professional researcher while you enjoy watching them.

Work with a professional Koala Researcher to find wild koalas, record data, learn to identify them, and take walks through varied koala habitats.

PRICES

Koala Researcher For A Day

ADULT

$260

CHILD

$195

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Prices shown are from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2022. The child rate applies from 2 to 13 years of age inclusive. Infants to 2 years are free of charge, however we must be notified of their ages. Child restraints or booster seats are legally required for babies and children under seven years of age. We strongly recommend that parents travelling with small children contact us the day before the tour to confirm child seating arrangements. We can arrange child seats for $20 AUD per seat.

DETAILS

Location: the Great Western Plains near Melbourne including the You Yangs or Brisbane Ranges National Park.

Duration: 1 Day – approx 7.5 hours.

Grade/Difficulty: easy (see note below “Easy Walking”).

Departs: daily ex city of Melbourne between 7.50am to 8.30am all year from our 5 central pickup points – see pickup tab. No tours run on Christmas & Boxing Days or New Years Day (December 25 & 26, January 1)

Returns: to Melbourne between 3:30 & 4:30 pm.

Minimum passengers: 2 adults Maximum passengers: 10 adults   (but larger groups can be catered for by special arrangement – please contact us)

Private Koala Researcher For A Day experience

These private conservation experiences will be customised just for you – please contact us with your group size & interests.

Book a private experience just for your group, family or party of friends. 2 options available:

Private Koala Researcher For A Day Deluxe (KRDP)

Includes 2 course meal served with good quality Australian bottled wine and beer at a classic Aussie Outback Pub. You will be picked up and returned to your city hotel, or agreed convenient location.

Duration: 1 Day – approx 7 hours.
Departs:  08.30 from client’s Melbourne city hotel.
Note: No tours run on Christmas & Boxing Days (December 25 & 26) or New Years Day (January 1)
Returns: to Melbourne city between 3.30 & 4 pm.
Minimum/maximum pax:  pricing is based on 2 to 10 people. For larger groups, please contact us. Single passengers are welcome – contact us for a quote.
Location: the Great Western Plains near Melbourne including the You Yangs or Brisbane Ranges National Park and other sites.
Grade/Difficulty: easy
Itinerary: Please see itinerary for Koala Researcher For A Day

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Private Koala Researcher For A Day (KRDA)

Includes bush lunch of gourmet sandwiches, fruit, cakes and Billy Tea. You will be picked up and returned to your city hotel, or agreed convenient location.

Duration: 1 Day – approx 7 hours.
Departs:  08.30 from client’s Melbourne city hotel.
Note: No tours run on Christmas & Boxing Days (December 25 & 26) or New Years Day (January 1)
Returns: to Melbourne city between 3.30 & 4 pm.
Minimum/maximum pax:  pricing is based on 2 to 10 people. For larger groups, please contact us. Single passengers are welcome – contact us for a quote.
Location: the Great Western Plains near Melbourne including the You Yangs or Brisbane Ranges National Park and other sites.
Grade/Difficulty: easy
Itinerary: Please see itinerary for Koala Researcher For A Day

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What to bring on your day tour

Strong, fully enclosed walking shoes or boots that completely cover your feet (sandals are not recommended), outdoor clothing to suit variable weather conditions (please check weather forecast for accurate predictions), sun hat, rainproof coat, insect repellent, 15+ sunscreen and 1 litre re-usable water bottle. Camera and binoculars are recommended.   Drinking Water: Tap water in Melbourne is completely safe and drinkable and available at your hotel, and a large fresh storage is carried on board the vehicle each day. We recommend you bring a re-usable water bottle which we can refill during the day. If you don’t like to drink tap water we highly recommend you bring a filter to reduce plastic waste.

INCLUSIONS

Koala Researcher For A Day includes: Full interpretation by an experienced Koala Researcher Guide, meal as described below, entry fees and transport to and from pickup location. Share binoculars, all equipment necessary for conservation and research activities. A library of Wildlife and Natural History books on board vehicle, available for guest use during the day.
Expert experienced Researcher Guides: Echidna Walkabout’s Researcher Guides are recognised as some of the best in Australia. Our Wildlife Guide training program ensures that all Researcher Guides have an in-depth knowledge of the wildlife and environments you will see. They are friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about wildlife – some of them have over 20 years experience working with wild animals, several are volunteer wildlife carers and rescuers and most have travelled extensively throughout Australia and the world.
Wildlife Research: Many hours of wildlife research work precede the tour to ensure that you see and learn about native wildlife in its natural environment. Researcher Guides carry mobile phones which link them to other team members and to emergency services. Guest safety is of paramount importance to us.
Easy walking in the outdoors: Although this experience is vehicle based, most of the day is spent outside the vehicle on a number of easy, flat terrain, bushwalks so that you can get close to nature. Passengers must be able to walk unassisted at least 3km on uneven dirt surfaces to ensure participation in activities. There may be up to 5 walks of this duration during the day.
Meal: A substantial bush lunch of gourmet sandwiches, fruit and cakes is provided which includes traditional Australian “Billy Tea”. Important Note: Vegetarian, gluten-free, pork-free or other food preferences should be noted at the time of booking. Food is carried on board the vehicle, so we can only cater for allergies and special food preferences that we are informed of in advance.
Transport from and to Melbourne city: In our comfortable air conditioned vehicle.

Koala Researcher For A Day pickup schedule

At time of booking, we will suggest a pickup location from this list below. Please provide a contact phone number or accommodation details and contact us the day before to confirm.

Please be ready at the pickup point 5 minutes before the pickup time to ensure you get out to The Bush as quickly as possible. Important Note: the tour vehicle will not wait past the pickup time and, to ensure that we don’t waste time or fuel, the tour vehicle only goes to pickups that are booked. So if you change your accommodation, or want to book a different pickup point you must let us know.

  • 07.50am Langham Hotel (1 Southgate Avenue Southbank)
  • 07.55am Crown Promenade Hotel (8 Whiteman St, Southbank)
  • 08.15am Rydges Melbourne Hotel (186 Exhibition St, Melbourne City)
  • 08.20am Swanston Grand Mercure Hotel (195 Swanston St, Melbourne City)
  • 08.30am Holiday Inn on Flinders Hotel (575 Flinders Lane/corner Spencer St, Melbourne City).

After your koala research experience you will be returned to the same location as pickup.

Wildlife on Koala Researcher For A Day

Wild Koalas are the main focus of this experience, but a lot of other wildlife will be encountered. We also see a large variety of birds, which usually include Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Galahs, Long-billed Corellas, Laughing Kookaburras, Superb Fairy-wrens, White-winged Choughs, Brown-headed, White-naped, Yellow-faced, New Holland and White-plumed Honeyeaters, Red-rumped Parrots, Crimson or Eastern Rosellas, Crested Pigeons, Pink-eared Ducks, Black Swans, Swamp Harriers. We sometimes see wild Swamp (Black) Wallabies, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Common Brushtail or Ringtail Possums, Common Blue-tongue or Jacky Lizards, Wedge-tailed and Little Eagles, falcons, goshawks, other parrots and cockatoos. We occasionally see an Echidna.  Some of these animals are seasonal – please contact us if you want to know more. We rarely see snakes or spiders, though we are as interested in them as in all wildlife, and will look out for them.  You do not need to be afraid of these animals – they are harmless when treated with respect, and your Guide knows how to do this.

Note: we go to enormous effort to ensure sightings of Koalas and have a very high success rate. However, we do not guarantee sightings of any wild animal.

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Itinerary

Work alongside koala field researchers to see Australia’s wild koalas and other wildlife in depth. This very special conservation experience will give you insight into the lives of a well-studie population of koalas, what threatens them, and how we can help them. 

Travel from Melbourne to the You Yangs koalas and return

We depart Melbourne at around 8.00am to travel just 45 minutes to the west to the bushland of You Yangs Park. The park is home to a healthy population of wild Koalas, which we research and monitor to ensure the best possible sightings. We take a very easy walk through the gum trees, searching for koalas, wallabies, kangaroos and birds in their natural setting. Your Researcher Guide will introduce you to each koala seen on the tour as an individual, with a history, social life and family. You will learn all about these threatened mammals, and probably have some great photographic opportunities. Your Koala Researcher will show you how to approach koalas quietly, and how to watch them from a respectful distance without disturbing them. (For details please see our Sustainable Koala watching Guidelines on our not for profit Koala Clancy Foundation site.)

While watching koalas we stop for 15 minutes to remove some invasive weeds that degrade koala habitat. Please go to our Make a Home for Koala Clancy! project for more details.

Our picnic lunch is usually served under the gum trees in the koala habitat and includes gourmet sandwiches, fruit and cakes, and delicious Australian “Billy tea”. 

Leaving the You Yangs, we travel about 15 minutes to a wetlands site. We return to Melbourne around 3.30 to 4.00pm.

NOTE: this itinerary is an indication only. Due to conditions on the day, weather or National Parks instructions, it may change to maximise wildlife viewing opportunities.

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Our Guest's Reviews ...

Fantastic Experience

If you love wildlife and want to see the animals in their natural environment, this is a must-do if you are in Melbourne. It was one of the highlights of our tour. We are so glad we did it!

funtwotravel December 23, 2019