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NATURE TOURS FROM MELBOURNE

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Nature Touring - Victoria

Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD – from Melbourne
koala

a must do from melbourne

See kangaroo's and koalas in the wild

On this popular day tour walk through natural bushland to meet wild koalas, then learn about each one’s history and social life from your wildlife guide and koala researcher. Help create new koala habitat for future generations of baby koalas by participating in the Make a Home for Koala Clancy koala conservation project.

Join wild mobs of Eastern Grey Kangaroos on the plains and in open forests. Their natural instinct is to flee humans, but with care, your wildlife guide will help you get close enough during this tour to observe their complex social life (and take some great photographs!)

The natural environments we visit are also home to parrots, fairy-wrens, emus, honeyeater birds, possums, wallabies and lizards. Your wildlife guide will help you find and understand them, and show you how to look for wildlife wherever you travel in Australia.

There is so much wildlife to see on a Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD day tour close to Melbourne!

All participants who provide their email address will receive a certificate of thanks for protecting wildlife, and koalas in particular.

Tour includes pick up and drop off at Melbourne hotel, lunch, entry fees, full interpretation by an experienced nature guide. Minimum 2 people, maximum 10 people.

Shared tour – departs daily, except 25 Dec, 26 Dec, 01 Jan.

Tour Code: NM1KK

To add this tour to your itinerary enquiry, please include the tour code.

 

3 Day / 2 Night Great Ocean Road Tour – from Melbourne

Day 1 - Depart from Melbourne this morning and stroll through a national park looking for wild koalas, cockatoos and kookaburras. Your Wildlife Guide and Koala Researcher will explain the behaviour and individuality of each of the Koalas you meet. Walk quietly up to a wild mob of Kangaroos on the plains and in open Bushland. They are thrilling animals to watch. Their natural instinct is to flee humans, but with care we often get close enough to observe their complex social life. We may also find parrots, fairy-wrens, emus, honeyeaters, wallabies and reptiles. Your Wildlife Guide will help you understand them. A substantial picnic lunch is included.

Accommodation tonight is at a 4.5 star boutique property in the tiny outback town of Little River. Dinner is at the local Pub – a real Aussie experience! (L,D).

Note: Little River B&B does not have twin share rooms – all rooms have one King or Queen-size double bed. Standard price listed is based on two people sharing one room/bed this night. If you must have one bed per person, a reduced single supplement price will be offered for this night only.

Day 2 - See some of the world's most spectacular coastal scenery. We follow the Great Ocean Road to the surging surf coast, and walk in the magnificent rainforests of the Otway National Park. Your Wildlife Guide will explain the formation of these mighty forests. Travel through Port Campbell National Park, looking out for echidnas, wallabies, lizards and colourful birds which make their home in the coastal heathlands. Linger a while to take in some of nature's handiwork at the Twelve Apostles and the Loch Ard Gorge. Hear stories about the terrible shipwrecks of the past. Dinner and accommodation tonight are at our 4.5 star B&B near Loch Ard Gorge. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - This morning we have one last look at the coast in the dramatic morning light before returning to Melbourne across the vast grasslands of the Western Plains. Created by intense volcanic activity over the past 2 million years, the 7000 volcanoes of the Western Plains are now extinct but the resultant savannah is pasture to a rich wool growing area - a wonderful example of Australia's great range lands. We stop en route to drive to the top of an extinct volcano with spectacular views across the plains. From the summit we see some of the hundreds of volcanic lakes scattered across the plains. Later we pass Lake Corangamite, the largest permanent lake in Australia, often covered with prolific birdlife. We return to Melbourne in the late afternoon. (B,L)

Wildlife: This tour is a great way to see wild Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Koalas, Swamp Wallabies and many birds – waterbirds and birds of the forests. We often see Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Corellas, Galahs, Laughing Kookaburras, Superb Fairy-wrens, White-winged Choughs, Emus, Cape Barren and Magpie Geese; Singing, New Holland and White-plumed Honeyeaters, ibis, ducks, cormorants, Whistling and Black-shouldered Kites, Nankeen Kestrels, Australian Magpies, Magpie-larks, Red-rumped and King Parrots, Crimson and Eastern Rosellas, Bronzewing and Crested Pigeons, Red and Little Wattlebirds and Willie Wagtails.

We sometimes see Echidnas, Possums, Fur-seals, Blue-tongue or Jacky Lizards, Rufous Bristlebirds, Wedge-tailed and Little Eagles, Falcons, Goshawks, Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos and Gang Gang Cockatoos. We occasionally see a Southern Brown Bandicoot or a Whale. We rarely see snakes or spiders, though we are as interested in them as in all wildlife, and will look out for them.

Blue Tongue Lizard

Blue Tongue Lizard

Tour includes pick up and drop off at Melbourne hotel or nearby, all meals from Lunch Day 01 to Lunch Day 03, bed & breakfast accommodation with private facilities, entry fees, full interpretation by an experienced nature guide. Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 people.

Shared tour – departs every Monday & Thursday (min 2 people), except on or through 25 Dec, 26 Dec, 01 Jan.

Tour Code: NM3GR

To add this tour to your itinerary enquiry, please include the tour code.

4 Day / 3 Night Wildlife Journey – from Melbourne

Echidna
Echidna
Grey-headed Flying-foxes
Grey-headed Flying-foxes
Mouth of the mighty Snowy River
Mouth of the mighty Snowy River
East Gippsland Forest
East Gippsland Forest

Four days with the best of Australia's wildlife!

Connect with nature on this fully-inclusive small group journey into the wildlife-rich forests of southeast Australia's coastal wilderness.

Find koalas in magnificent stands of giant eucalypt forest, walk in rainforest listening for lyrebirds, watch Sea-Eagles soar along untouched ocean beaches and spot huge Goanna lizards beside secluded rivers and waterways. Your highly experienced Wildlife Guide will also show you where to look for wild wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas, parrots, cockatoos, black swans and many other animals.

Help conserve the beautiful places and wildlife you see. Spend a little time on a glorious beach removing fishing nets that trap fish, birds and sea mammals.

Share this remote area with your experienced Wildlife Guide and each night return to the comforts of owner-operated lodge-style accommodation.

At the end of the journey all participants will receive a certificate of thanks for helping wildlife, a full species list of everything they've seen, and the satisfaction of knowing they have given something back to the environments and animals visited.

Day 1 - MONDAY: Melbourne to East Gippsland

Travel past internationally acclaimed RAMSAR wetlands of the Lakes District of East Gippsland before travelling by ferry to an island sanctuary in the wetlands with a thriving colony of wild Koalas. We take a walk through the forest spotting these delightful animals in the wild, and learning about their lives. We may also see Echidnas, Wallabies and Kangaroos and many colourful parrots, honeyeaters and seabirds which you can help record for conservation purposes. Dinner tonight is in a local restaurant.

Tonight's accommodation is a homestead in a small town where you will stay for three nights. Accommodation: Snowy River Homestead, Orbost, or similar

Day 2 - TUESDAY: Rugged mountain forests of East Gippsland

After a relaxing breakfast we travel into the rugged mountain forests of East Gippsland.

The diverse forests of East Gippsland are the reason that wildlife is so abundant. Today we will visit both dry and wet mountain forests, visit the famous Snowy River, and walk beside a wilderness creek where the landscape changes dramatically from the sunny, dry slopes to the near-rainforest of the gully. Your Wildlife Guide provides detailed information of the formation of these mighty forests, and helps you search for Lyrebirds, parrots, goannas, wallabies and honeyeaters. Birds and reptiles are abundant, but other human visitors are few.

We finish the day with a classic Aussie dinner at the Homestead.

Accommodation: Snowy River Homestead, Orbost, or similar

Day 3 - WEDNESDAY: Explore a secluded river estuary on the Wilderness Coast

First we walk into a large lowland (warm temperate) rainforest in search of birds and wallabies. Then we walk through a heathland and along a forest-lined river to its estuary in Australia's Coastal Wilderness. We search for Sea Eagles, cockatoos, kingfishers, swans and huge goanna lizards. We visit a quiet beach with a complex dune system and frequently see beach and ocean-going birds.

After lunch we take a walk on the nearby rocky headland, peering into rock pools, walking past wind-sculpted coastal shrubs looking at the expanse of the 90 mile beach. We spend a little time on a beautiful beach removing old fishing nets – they wash up from the sea, and sometimes wash back out, where they trap and kill sea creatures.

Our dinner tonight is a picnic in the bush overlooking the beach (weather permitting). On our way back to our Homestead we search the plains for wallabies, kangaroos and wombats.

Accommodation: Snowy River Homestead, Orbost, or similar

 

Day 4 - WEDNESDAY: Mouth of the Snowy River, Krowathunkoolong and back to Melbourne

This morning we depart East Gippsland after one last visit to the beach at the Mouth of the Snowy River. On the way back to Melbourne we visit the Krowathunkoolong Keeping Place, an informative Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Bairnsdale. We also search for Grey-headed Flying-foxes in their daytime roosts beside the river at Bairnsdale (a large colony set up there in 2013, and at the time of writing provide great viewing opportunities. They may move on at any time though). We then transfer to Melbourne arriving in the late afternoon.

Tour includes pick up and drop off at Melbourne hotel, touring with an experienced nature guide, all meals on tour from lunch Day 1 to lunch Day 4, comfortable 4.5 star homestead accommodation (private facilities) , entry fees, full interpretation by an experienced nature guide. Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 people.

Shared tour – departs every Monday (September to May only) (min 2 people), except on or through 25 Dec, 26 Dec, 01 Jan.

Tour Code: NM4WJ

To add this tour to your itinerary enquiry, please include the tour code.

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