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Maximum Australian Wildlife Tour

Maximum Australian Wildlife Tour

Maximum Australian Wildlife Tour

Trip Details:

Operator:   Echidna Walkabout
Price From: TBA
Ideal Age Range: High School (15 to 18), 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs: Light Impact
Program duration: 21 days

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About this program

If you love adventure and wildlife, you’ve found the ideal trip for you! Join a 21-day adventure exploring the best in wildlife viewing areas, along with the expertise of a wildlife guide!

Spend 3 weeks discovering the diverse landscapes of Australia. Along the way you’ll see some of their iconic wildlife, special ecosystems, and learn about the rich Aboriginal Culture. Travel from the coastal wilderness, through rainforests to the Great Ocean Road and finally the dry desert Outback. 

Travelling from the North to the South, you’ll visit a variety of special locations. Some highlights include: 

  • Explore Kakadu & Mary River National Parks watching for Dingoes, Broglas, Saltwater Crocodiles, and more!
  • Discover the vast Aboriginal History and drylands of the Outback, including the Mungo National Park
  • Explore the ancient shoreline of dry Lake Mungo as it teems with wildlife!
  • Drive along the stunning Great Ocean Road, an area well known for its breathtaking scenery. Watch for Koalas, Kangaroos, Emus, and Parrots.
  • Enter the lush rainforest of East Gippsland and a wildlife mecca. This region is known for the highest bird count in Australia, as well as, Echidnas, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Wombats, Seals and Dolphins!
  • Enjoy multiple walks and photo opportunities in some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes

This 21-day tour is completely customizable and can be broken down into 7 or 15 days depending on what you wish to see. With opportunities to capture on camera some of the world’s most recognizable and exotic wildlife, you’ll enjoy an adventure unlike any other! 

Itinerary

Day 1: Darwin to Kakadu

You'll be picked up early this morning from your Darwin accommodation and set off east to the tropical outback. Along the way you will stop at a number of incredible places, including Fogg Dam. Here, you'll take a walk through the monsoon forest and have a chance to see some of the wonderful variety of bird life. 

You'll enter Kakadu National Park and stop at Mamukala Wetland and enjoy a walk. 

Day 2: Nourlangie Region

You'll first access the Arnhem Land escarpment and the Nourlangie today. You'll visit several impressive places in the region including the Nanguluwur Rock Art, Anbangbang, and the Nourlangie Rock Art site. Enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to Anbinik.

Take a rest before heading into the bush to watch the incredible sunset over the Kakadu escarpment. This time of day offers a spectacular scene as tens of thousands of bats take flight. 

Day 3: Bardedjilidji Sandstone Walk

Today, take the wonderful Bardedjilidji Sandstone Walk, an East Alligator River Cruise (optional), as well as a visit to the Ubirr Rock Art Site.

As the heat picks up in the day, you'll return to Jabiru for a rest, then enjoy the afternoon near Iligadjarr Wetlands and a walk through the woods along the freshwater floodplain. 

Day 4: Kakadu to Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge

Travel west today from Kakadu to Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge along the Mary River National Park. Alon the way, you'll stop at several special places. Watch for dingoes and kangaroos! 
Finish today at Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge, and enjoy a walk through the Jimmy Creek rainforest. 

 

Day 5: Mary River

Today is an exciting opportunity to explore Mary River, which is famous for its variety of wildlife including some of the largest crocodiles in the world. You'll have the wonderful chance to see crocodiles in their natural habitat, viewing them from a specially designed boat to view them and other wildlife.
Later, you'll travel north to the spot where the Mary River becomes a sprawling delta and massive floodplain.  

Day 6: Bird Billabong

Head out for a wildlife walk in the bush at Bird Billabong in the Mary River National Park. This large wetland sees thousands of birds move through when the surrounding area dries after the monsoon season. 
This is a major highlight on the wildlife tour. 
After a light walk in the morning, you'll catch a flight to Melbourne. 

Day 7: Mildura

You'll depart early this morning from Melbourne to Mildura. You'll stop at the meeting place of two of Australia's greatest rivers, the Murray and the Darling. The remainder of the day you'll enjoy on walks in the region watching for wildlife and birds along the rivers and billabongs. 

Day 8: Lake Mungo

You'll rise early this morning and head to Hattah-Kulkyne National Park. You'll enjoy the morning here and can enjoy the plethora of bird life. Hattah Kulkyne is home to a large number of reptiles, snakes, and lizards. 

After enjoying lunch beside the lake, you'll travel north to Lake Mungo in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area and the desert. 

Day 9: Lake Mungo

Wake up early before the sunrise and explore the ancient shoreline of the dry Lake Mungo. This time of day yields loads of wildlife including parrots, kangaroos, emus, and cockatoos. You'll return to the lodge for brunch and meet your Aboriginal Guide who helps to explain the culture of the region. 

You'll drive across the dry bed of Lake Mungo to Lunettes which are curved by the wind. You'll travel through 50,000 years of Aboriginal History starting at the lake bed and travel high into the dunes. You'll pass through 4 different ecosystems ranging from dry lakebeds into rich sandy bush country. 

Day 10: Depart Lake Mungo

Today you may enjoy an early morning walk before enjoying a final breakfast at the lodge. You'll depart from Lake Mungo to the Mildura Airport where you will fly out to the next part of the itinerary!

Day 11: Great Ocean Road

Take a walk through a national park watching for all sorts of wildlife including wild koalas, cockatoos, and kookaburras. You will learn about koala behavior and individuality of each koala from your wildlife guide and koala researcher. 

Walk carefully and quietly up to mobs of wild kangaroos in the open plains. 

Day 12: Great Ocean Road

Today you'll see some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in the world. You'll follow the Great Ocean Road to the powerful surf coast, then walk in the lush rainforests of Otway National Park. 

Later, travel through Port Campbell National Park, watching for echidnas, birds, lizards and other wildlife. Visit the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. 

Day 13: Return to Melbourne

After a wonderful last look at the coast, you'll visit the top of an extinct volcano. The view is stunning as you look across the plains. At the summit, you will see some of the hundreds of volcanic lakes across the plains. 

Later, you'll pass Lake Corangamite, the largest permanent lake in Australia. The area is abundant with birdlife. 

You'll return to Melbourne later this afternoon. 

Day 14: Melbourne Free Day

Today is yours to explore Melbourne. You have the option of taking a birding tour at Western Treatment Plant. 

Day 15: East Gippsland

Today, travel past the RAMSAR Wetlands of the Lakes District of East Gippsland before embarking on a ferry to an island sanctuary. The wetlands are home to an abundant colony of wild Koalas. Enjoy a walk through the forest watching for these animals in the wild. You may also see Echidnas, Wallabies, Kangaroos, Parrots, Honeyeaters, and more!

Day 16: East Gippsland

After breakfast, travel into the mountain forests of East Gippsland. You'll see both dry and wet forests, visit Snowy River and walk beside a wilderness creek. The landscape is known to change dramatically from the sunny, dry slopes, to the rainforest. Your guide will provide information about the plants and animals of the area. 

Day 17: East Gippsland

Enjoy a walk in the rainforest searching for birds and wallabies. You'll then head through a heathland and walk along a forest-lined river to the estuary. Watch for all types of bird life and goanna lizards! Visit a quiet beach with a dune system and watch the beach and ocean-going birds. 

Enjoy lunch and a walk. Later you'll spend some time on a beach removing old fishing nets. Enjoy dinner overlooking the beach. 

Day 18: Gipsy Point

Today you'll set off east away from Snowy River. You'll stop at a large rainforest on the Bemm River, and later, a very different rainforest on the Thurra River. 

Later today you will arrive at Gipsy Point in the Croajingolong National Park.

Day 19: Mallacoota Inlet

Today you can expect to visit the spectacular forest, lake, and river systems of Mallacoota Inlet. In the evening, you'll venture to a secluded river where you may have a chance to see a platypus!

 

Day 20: Mallacoota Inlet

Enjoy a boat cruise along a hidden river that feeds the Mallacoota Inlet. You'll watch for white-bellied sea-eagles, azure kingfishers, and gippsland water dragons. 

Day 21: Departure

Today is your last day. You'll take short flight to Sydney or Melbourne. If time permits before your flight, you can take a bush walk near Gipsy Point. 

**Please note prices are subject to change. Published prices are converted from AUD to USD and are subject to currency fluctuation. For accurate pricing, please visit the operator's website.**

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