Australia boasts some truly remarkable and indeed unique wildlife and no visit is complete without some form of wildlife encounter. From birdwatching and crocodile spotting in the Kakadu National Park, to swimming with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef.
Australia boasts some truly remarkable and indeed unique wildlife and no visit is complete without some form of wildlife encounter. From birdwatching and crocodile spotting in the Kakadu National Park, to swimming with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef. Walking amongst sealions and finding koalas lazing in trees on Kangaroo Island or heading out on a dusk patrol in Tasmania to seek out the elusive Tasmanian Devil. Below is just a tiny example of the experiences we can plan for you, these can be anything from a half day whale watching cruise to a week long, fully guided birding tour.
Cape Tribulation and Daintree Reef & Rainforest Experience - 2 days
Concentrating on the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area north of Cairns, this private tour immerses you in an incredibly high diversity of rainforest, birdlife and mammals. Sightings might include the spectacled flying-fox, northern long- nosed bandicoot and tree kangaroos, and with nearly 400 species of birds,
this is a birdwatching paradise. Day one is spent within the rainforest environs and includes a river drift snorkel and nocturnal walks. Day two takes you out for a morning on the Great Barrier Reef; you’ll visit Mackay and undine Reef’s, wonderful snorkelling spots where you’ll swim over reefs teeming with vivid tropical fish, colourful starfish, giant clams and alongside majestic sea turtles. After lunch it’s on to Cape Tribulation to explore on foot. Day two ends with a memorable afternoon and sunset cruise on the Daintree River where you can observe some of the most primitive animal and plant life in the world.
From £1298 per person based on twin share including 1 night’s accommodation all meals and guided touring.
East Gippsland Wildlife Journey - 4 days
This small group wildlife safari departs from Melbourne and explores East Gippsland, a coastal wilderness famed for its forest wildlife. You’ll see some of the shy forest dwellers including koalas, wombats, swamp wallabies and a wonderful array of birdlife. Along the coast you’ll find white bellied sea eagles, Australian fur seals, pelicans and cormorants plus much more. For those in search of Australia’s iconic wildlife Eastern grey kangaroos and red necked wallabies are frequent inhabitants of this region too. On the third day of this safari there is the opportunity to assist with the removal of ghost net from the beach at Cape Conran or a beach clean-up. You’ll travel with a highly experienced naturalist guide and spend 3 nights in comfortable owner-operated accommodation.
From £1182 per person, twin share including 3 nights accommodation, all meals, expert wildlife guiding and all transport.
Swimming with Whale Sharks - 1 day
Between the end of March and August each year, the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, which stretches along the north western coastline of Australia for over 161 miles, plays hosts to the world’s largest fish; the majestic whale shark. But that’s not all, because between May and November the reef also becomes a ‘whale highway’ as the largest migration of humpback whales on the planet passes through. Your whale shark experience starts as you board your vessel and head out to the reef. Light aircraft fly overhead locating the whales so you have the best opportunity of swimming with them. During the outward sail there will be a full briefing by the crew and the on-board marine biologist will answer any questions you have about these gentle giants. In this marine rich environment, there’s also a chance you’ll encounter bottlenose and Australian humpback dolphins and those with a keen eye might also spot dugongs as they surface for air.
From £245 including Exmouth hotel pick up, buffet lunch, refreshments and snorkelling
Kangaroo Island in Style - 2 days
When it comes to wildlife Kangaroo Island definitely has more than its fair share. Often referred to as Australia’s ‘Galapagos’ the natural habitat provides a rich haven for wildlife, some of which can’t be found anywhere else on the globe. This two-day experience will showcase not only the island’s incredible wildlife but also its dramatic coastline and marine inhabitants. Expect to see koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas and a diverse array of birdlife. Day one of the tour focuses on the Flinders Chase National Park home to Remarkable Rocks, an extraordinary granite formation naturally sculpted by the wind over millennia. Admirals Arch is the local hangout for long nosed fur seals and Australian fur seals. On day two you’ll visit the central Cygnet Valley and then south to Seal Bay where you’ll walk through the sand dunes amongst Australian sealions.
From £976 per person based on twin share, including 1 night’s accommodation, all guided touring, meals and return flights from Adelaide.