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Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne provided by Echidna Walkabout - Day Tours

Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne

Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne
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Last updated: 4 Aug 2020
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What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
Enjoy the rare opportunity to spot native Australian wildlife in their natural environment on this tour from Melbourne. Explore the bushlands and billabongs of Melbourne’s Western Plains on guided hikes; look out for wild kangaroos, koalas, cockatoos, and emus; and tuck into a picnic lunch, accompanied by traditional Australian billy tea.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 8 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 7 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 8 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 7 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Highlights
Spot wild kangaroos, koalas, and emus in their natural habitat
A naturalist guide maximizes your chance of sightings
Convenient hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Melbourne
Small group of just 10 participants ensure personalized experience
What to expect
After pickup from selected hotels in Melbourne, travel by air-conditioned vehicle and set out to explore Victoria’s Western Plains, where the vast grasslands, bushlands, and remote billabongs (backwater pools) harbor an incredible variety of wildlife. Accompanied by your naturalist guide, stop at around various locations to enjoy guided hikes. Set out in search of kangaroos and koalas while learning more about the native Australian creatures, their natural environment, and characteristics, as well as wildlife preservation and conservation efforts being carried out in the region. If you’re lucky, you can also spot exotic birds, such as cockatoos and wild emus. Refuel with a picnic lunch in the heart of the bush, as you hear stories about the land’s traditional owners, the Wathaurong, and understand the importance of the natural area to the Aboriginal people. Finish your lunch with a typical Aussie billy tea. Your tour ends with drop-off at selected Melbourne hotels.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3343SW
Call +852 30184991
Important information
Inclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only) • Air-conditioned vehicle • Guided full day tour • Expert Nature Guides • Gourmet bush lunch • Australia's Goods and Services Tax (GST)
Exclusions
Gratuities • Due to timings, this tour is not recommended for passengers arriving & departing via cruise ship
Duration
8h
Departure details
Pullman Melbourne on Swanston, 195 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia 8:20am from the Pullman on Swanston Hotel Please arrive 5 minutes early
Inclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only) • Air-conditioned vehicle • Guided full day tour • Expert Nature Guides • Gourmet bush lunch • Australia's Goods and Services Tax (GST)
Exclusions
Gratuities • Due to timings, this tour is not recommended for passengers arriving & departing via cruise ship
Departure details
Pullman Melbourne on Swanston, 195 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia 8:20am from the Pullman on Swanston Hotel Please arrive 5 minutes early
Duration
8h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
IMPORTANT: Please tell us where you are staying so we can arrange the best pick up location. We do not stop at all pick up locations for each tour. You much prearrange your pick up locations
What to Bring: Good walking shoes or boots, clothing to suit variable weather conditions (temperatures range from 5C to +35C, sun hat, rainproof coat, insect repellent, 15+ sunblock and 1 litre water bottle. Camera and binoculars are also recommended.
Infant seats can be provided at a fee of AUD$20 payable direct.
Vegetarian and Vegan options are available, please advise at time of booking if required.
Tour itinerary is subject to change to optimise wildlife experience
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
This tour operates with a Minimum of 2 people and a Maximum of 10.
We can not pick you up from the port if you are coming off a cruise ship. You must have time to make it to the Holiday Inn hotel by 8:30am this requires your ship to arrive no later then 7:30am.
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
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KenVicLee
Huntington Beach, CA1,981 contributions
I Always Wanted To Say I Did A Walkabout
Mar 2020
This tour was set up by our travel company, Down Under Endeavors, so I never really looked them up. Once our group of five was picked up by tour guide, Amy, she explained that Echidna Walkabout was actually a conservation company that relied on tourists like us to help support their cause.

As we drove out to our first stop, Serendip National Park, she explained that the owners had been interested in a number of wildlife projects since starting the company in 1993. One of the projects involve identifying koalas in the wild.

We would see that first hand on our second stop. At Serendip we were lead by Amy into a large field where she had spotted a "mob" of kangaroos. We zig-zagged across the field so as not to spook them by going directly toward them. Along the way we took lots of close up photos as the family group of kangaroos moved around. Along the way a number of emus entered the field so we got great photographs of them as well. We also hiked out to a billabong to view some native species of animals (wallabies) and birds.

Then it was off to our second stop of the day, You Yangs Regional Park. The first thing Amy did was set up a picnic lunch for us. As we were eating a mob of kangaroos when sprinting by apparently spooked by a hiker somewhere in the park. Then Amy said we would look for four koalas that had been spotted by a Echidna Walkabout biologist that morning. The biologist had left geo-markers for Amy to read on her phone as a way to try to find them. We tromped around the eucalyptus forest trying to find the reclusive critters. It became a game of who would spot them first. I am happy to report we found all four but none of them was active so our photos were limited to "that blob in the tree."

It was a great walkabout allowing us to see these native Australia marsupials in their wild habitat. It was everything we hoped it would be and more.
Written 21 May 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Dear KenVicLee, Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this incredible review. You have said so much that is important to us. You are completely right, we observe and monitor the movements of wild koalas as a part of our Koala Research Project. Each day every koala found is located on a map and by GPS, they are photographed, their tree species, and their behavior is noted. Having a Koala Researcher out in the bush everyday ahead of the tour group ensures a high degree of success with koala sightings (100% over the past 5 years) and adds three hours of monitoring data to each day’s sightings. We are thrilled to know that you had a great time on our Koalas and Kangaroos IN THE WILD tour seeing native Australia marsupials in their wild habitat. All the best from the team at Echidna Walkabout - Janine, Roger, Caz, Martin, Bart, Kirby, Brett, Caitlin, Hannah, Jordan, Tracey, Hayley, Dan, Asitha, Amy, Ed, Sam, Stella, and Jess.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

debraL1232RC
portland57 contributions
Awesome day!
Mar 2020
This was the only tour we took out of Melbourne recently and it was fantastic. We were picked up right on time. Our total group was only 5 people with a great guide Martin. We went to two different parks- You Yangs and then Serandip. Martin was in constant contact with other guides/researchers in the area so that he could take us to the best places to spot koalas. Because the researchers have been studying these koalas for years, Martin was able to tell us the name, age and gender of each one we saw and also could even tell us how they were related to each other. He was also able to point out and name many other birds and animals we saw on the tour. The tour consisted of mostly van riding with short hikes in various locations. We met another group at a picnic spot for lunch and the food provided was delicious and came with a history of some of the settlers in the area. At the second stop we were able to see mobs of kangaroos and emus and get fairly close to them. It was a marvelous day!
Written 29 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Dear debraL1232RC, That's awesome! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this incredible review. You have said so much that is important to us. You are right, we have a Koala Research Project where we observe and monitor the movements of wild koalas. Each day every koala found is located on a map and by GPS, they are photographed, their tree species and their behaviour is noted. Koala Researchers are out in the Bush every day ahead of the tour group to find Koalas and monitor them before the group arrives. This ensures a high degree of success with koala sightings (100% over the past 5 years) and adds three hours of monitoring data to each day’s sightings. And also, Martin is a very knowledgeable and passionate Wildlife Guide. We are glad to know that you had a marvelous time on our Koalas and Kangaroos IN THE WILD tour. All the best from the team at Echidna Walkabout - Janine, Roger, Caz, Martin, Bart, Kirby, Brett, Caitlin, Hannah, Jordan, Tracey, Hayley, Dan, Asitha, Amy, Ed, Sam, Stella, and Jess.
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kristing4
Baltimore, MD45 contributions
Amazing experience!
Mar 2020 • Couples
I would highly recommend this tour if you’re in Melbourne! Our guide, Roger, was very knowledgeable and super nice! We saw koalas, a ton of kangaroos, and many bird species!
Written 29 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Dear kristing4, Thank you so much for writing this review! We are happy to hear that you had an amazing experience with us and saw some of our special animals - our Wildlife Guide Roger is knowledgeable exceptionally talented at finding Australian animals in the bush. We would love if you could recommend our Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD tour to your family and friends. All the best from the team at Echidna Walkabout - Janine, Roger, Caz, Martin, Bart, Kirby, Brett, Caitlin, Hannah, Jordan, Tracey, Hayley, Dan, Asitha, Amy, Ed, Sam, Stella, and Jess.
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pixie007
Mobile, AL140 contributions
Fantastic tour excellent guide
What a wonderful day! Saw lots of kangaroos and emus plus wallabies and koalas, birds and a possum. Martin was a great guide and so knowledgeable. This is how a tour should be done! Also a great spotter of animals. Never made you feel rushed and seemed genuinely interested in the animals. Would go with him again on a tour.
Written 6 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Dear pixie007, Thank you for writing this lovely review of your day with us. So much of what you have said is extremely important to us. We are so glad that you had a wonderful day! It would be great to see you on our tours again. All the best from the team at Echidna Walkabout - Janine, Roger, Caz, Martin, Bart, Kirby, Brett, Caitlin, Hannah, Jordan, Tracey, Hayley, Dan, Asitha, Amy, Ed, Sam, Stella, and Jess.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

tlctwo
Lake Oswego, OR14 contributions
In the wild with Koalas and Kangaroos
Mar 2020
We had an amazing time walking among the wild Koalas, Kangaroos, and emus. Even though we were in wildlife sanctuaries we felt we were seeing the animals in their natural habitat. Our guide, Sam, was knowledgeable and friendly. We would recommend this adventure to anyone who enjoys nature in the wild and contributing the preservation of Australia’s endangered animals. Truly a great experience.
Written 4 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Dear tlctwo, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review about us. Our team at Echidna Walkabout is extremely passionate about protecting the natural habitat of our wildlife. Thanks for being involved and glad you had an amazing day. All the best from the team at Echidna Walkabout - Janine, Roger, Caz, Martin, Bart, Kirby, Brett, Caitlin, Hannah, Jordan, Tracey, Hayley, Dan, Asitha, Amy, Ed, Sam, Stella, and Jess.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

CVandDC
Vancouver, Canada116 contributions
Good tour with lots of Koala and Kangaroos
Feb 2020
We had a great guide, Asitha on the tour who is a researcher in Australian wildlife. He was a wealth of information and he found us lots of Koalas and Kangaroos on the tour. The small size of the group was also really nice. A great tour to see the wildlife in its natural setting. We were able to get very close to the kangaroos (and Emu's) with Asiha's guidance. Overall an excellent tour option.
Written 28 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Dear CVandDC, Thank you for writing this lovely review of your day with us. So much of what you have said is extremely important to us. And yes, our Wildlife Guide Asitha is exceptionally talented at finding Australian animals in the bush. Thank you for contributing to the conservation of koala habitat. Happy to hear that you had a great day! All the best from the team at Echidna Walkabout - Janine, Roger, Caz, Martin, Bart, Kirby, Brett, Caitlin, Hannah, Jordan, Tracey, Hayley, Dan, Asitha, Amy, Ed, Sam, Stella, and Jess.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

marieinottawa2018
Ottawa, Canada10 contributions
Great day trip to see wildlife where it belongs
Jan 2020
This is a great day to spend walking and sighting koalas and kangaroos, and whatever else pops up along the way, in their natural habitat. Great service, and great value for the cost.
Written 25 February 2020
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Dear Marieinottawa2018, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review about us! We are thrilled to hear that you had a great day watching Australian animals in their natural habitat. Part of our income goes to our Koala Clancy Foundation, so thank you again for being part of this and helping our wild koalas. All the best from the team at Echidna Walkabout - Janine, Roger, Caz, Martin, Bart, Kirby, Brett, Caitlin, Hannah, Jordan, Tracey, Hayley, Dan, Asitha, Amy, Ed, Sam, Stella, and Jess.
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Chris S
4 contributions
Brett gave a marvelous tour!
Brett was a terrific guide! He is very knowledgeable, friendly, and great at spotting native animals!
Written 23 February 2020
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Dear Crstewar1, Thank you so much for your review. We are happy to hear that you had a great day out with us. All the best from the team at Echidna Walkabout - Janine, Roger, Caz, Martin, Bart, Kirby, Brett, Caitlin, Hannah, Jordan, Tracey, Hayley, Dan, Asitha, Amy, Ed, Sam, Stella, and Jess.
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Sohobelle
New York City, NY11 contributions
A great day trip for Nature Lovers
Thanks to our fantastic guide Hayley, we spotted sleepy Koalas nestled high up in the branches in the You Yangs, several exotic birds & Emus, and a mob of Kangaroos hiding behind trees in the Serendip Santuary. A wonderfully peaceful day out of the city.
Written 22 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Dear Sohobelle, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! We are glad to hear that you had a wonderful day out with us seeing wild animals in their natural habitat. All the best from the team at Echidna Walkabout - Janine, Roger, Caz, Martin, Bart, Kirby, Brett, Caitlin, Hannah, Jordan, Tracey, Hayley, Dan, Asitha, Amy, Ed, Sam, Stella, and Jess.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Fredrick H
Houston, TX6 contributions
Koalas are Kool!
Really. This was an incredible experience. Bret (and it appears all of the people who work at this company) are devoted to preserving Koala habitat and educating us all about animals in these two parks. Definitely one of the best parts of our Australian trip. Don’t be put off by the walkabout name. Everything is close and the forest lands are flat. The tour ended with a view of a billabong!
Written 19 February 2020
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Dear 59fredrickh, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review about us. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip with us. And yes, you are right - our team at Echidna Walkabout is extremely passionate about protecting the natural habitat of our wild koalas. Thank you so much for being involved and glad you had a fantastic day. All the best from the team at Echidna Walkabout - Janine, Roger, Caz, Martin, Bart, Kirby, Brett, Caitlin, Hannah, Jordan, Tracey, Hayley, Dan, Asitha, Amy, Ed, Sam, Stella, and Jess.
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Marie B
Marie B
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Great tour!
Our guide, Brett, was wonderful. We saw three koalas in their natural habitat in the bush. One came down right in
Lisa J
Lisa J
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One of my best days in Australia!
We had a fabulous day with Sam, our knowledgeable and fun guide who went the extra mile to ensure we saw 7 koalas i
alanwalker90
alanwalker90
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A Great Day
A great introduction to Australian wildlife. Much better to see Koalas and Kangaroos in the wild rather than in zoo
Jane H
Jane H
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Wonderful Tour! Knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide.
Our family went on the Kangaroo and Koalas tour. The guide, Brett, gave us a wonderful tour. We saw 4 koalas and
theresa181
theresa181
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Amazing Tour
I would recommend this tour to anyone who loves to view wildlife in nature and not in a zoo. We saw 3 different Ko
andreaciyansung
andreaciyansung
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Incredible tour and great way to give back
This was one of the most incredible tours my family and I took while we were in Australia. Brett, our guide, was s
gbdev
gbdev
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Koalas and much, much more,
This was an excellent tour. We wanted to see some of Australia’s unique wildlife in its natural habitat. This tour
13betty
13betty
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WOW!
Brett was our guide on this tour from the cruise ship. He was excellent! We saw the kangaroos and two koalas. Th
smmiller888
smmiller888
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Great Day with Wildlife in Australia
We cannot say enough great things about this experience. Hayley was a fabulous guide and made the day for our smal
422milliek
422milliek
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The Perfect Day Discovering Wildlife
My husband and I spent 3 days with our guide (Dan) and loved every minute of it. Dan was extremely knowledgeable a
4birgito
4birgito
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wonderful
Very good guide, he did know a lot about the animals, a unik possibility to see the animals close up
Kelly G
Kelly G
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Fabulous-beyond our dreams
We did the three day Great Ocean Road tour with Hailey. She was wonderful, knowledgeable, passionate, and friendly
niaandscott
niaandscott
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Great day out
We went as a family of 4. The group was small and our guide Amy was very informative. It was great ti see these ani
Kathy C
Kathy C
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What a great experience!
We learned so much about Koalas and Kangaroos on our walkabout. We loved exploring the bush and learning about its
Jotum
Jotum
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Loved it
Had a tour from the cruise ship to see Koalas and Kangaroos. And we really did. Started off with a bonus of some em