From: $3,249 USD
Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.
Interests: Birds, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Marine Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians.
*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Black-out dates apply Melbourne: Sep 28-30; Nov 5-6; Jan 12-25. Pricing is subject to availability and all prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Prices are current at time of posting (8/7/2019) and may differ when you book your travel. Three-day East Gippsland Tour departs Mondays from September 1 – May 31. Please call for our current pricing and itinerary details. California CST: 2076233-40, Washington ID: 601 684 531, LA-1282498
Day 1: (Sun) On arrival in Melbourne, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay. The remainder of your day is free to explore the city at your leisure.
Day 2: (Mon) This morning, transfer from Melbourne 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 koalas. Your Wildlife Guide will show you how to identify each koala individually, as to take notes on their location and behavior. This may be extended to echidnas, wallabies and kangaroos and many colorful parrots, honeyeaters and seabirds, which all guests can help record for conservation purposes. Dinner tonight is in a local restaurant.
Day 3: (Tue) After a relaxing breakfast, travel into the rugged mountain forests of East Gippsland. Your Wildlife Guide provides information of the formation of these mighty forests, and helps you search for Lyrebirds, parrots and honeyeaters. Take a walk alongside a creek to a waterfall on the famous Snowy River where birds and reptiles are abundant, but other human visitors are few. The area is remote, untouched and not well known to science all wildlife sightings take this day are of great importance as they are often 'firsts'! Before dinner the group gathers and submit wildlife sightings to the Atlas of Australian Birds, and anything unusual goes onto Birdline, seen by thousands of people Australia-wide. Finish the day with a classic Aussie cook-out (fireside) dinner at our accommodation.
Day 4: (Wed) Explore a secluded river estuary on the Wilderness Coast. Walk into a large lowland (warm temperate) rainforest in search of birds and wallabies. Then walk through a heathland and along a forest-lined river to the estuary in Australia's Coastal Wilderness. Search for Sea Eagles, cockatoos, kingfishers, swans and huge goanna lizards. Visit a quiet beach with a complex dune system and frequently see beach and ocean-going birds. After lunch, 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. 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. Dinner tonight is a picnic in the bush overlooking the beach (weather permitting). On the way back to the accommodation, search the plains for wallabies, kangaroos and wombats.
Day 5: (Thu) This morning, depart East Gippsland after one last stop at the beach at the Mouth of the Snowy River. Visit the Krowathunkoolong Keeping Place, an informative Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Bairnsdale before arriving back to Melbourne.
Day 6: (Fri): A free morning to explore Melbourne at your leisure before your animal adventures commence on a private wildlife experience to the world-famous penguin parade. Your tailored day can include many activities from wildlife parks to wineries and farmgate experiences.
Day 7: (Sat): Discover a world of culinary delights, cultural fusion and stunning seasonal produce in Melbourne's most vibrant local neighbourhoods. Meet the market vendors. Go inside the fridges and kitchens at local institutions and learn about the city's rich and diverse culinary traditions from the people who shape it. Lunch is included as you learn more about Melbourne’s vibrant foodie scene.
Day 8: (Sun) Transfer to Melbourne Airport for your onward flight arrangements.
Four nights Melbourne, Ovolo Laneways including continental breakfast
Four day/three-night East Gippsland Wildlife Journey including
Three nights Orbost, Snowy River Homestead
Four-day vehicle-based wildlife safari
Meals from lunch on day 2 to lunch on day 5
Private Eat Melbourne, Food and Culture Experience
Private Phillip Island Penguin Experience
Private round-trip airport/hotel transfers