From: $3,425 USD
Duration: 11 days/ 10 nights
Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.
Departs: Tuesdays or Saturday
Interests: Birds, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Marine Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians.
*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Price excludes all airfares. Add domestic flights MEL-ADL-KGC-ADL-PLO-ADL from US$740pp.Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability and only available on certain days of the week. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions.
Day 1: Arrive Melbourne, transfer to your accommodation for the next two nights.
Day 2: Explore the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne at leisure. The many attractions of the city vary from the spectacular parklands and gardens that surround the city, to the museums and festivals that are a continuing part of the city life. Excellent restaurants are on every corner and cater to every taste in the world!
Day 3: Begin your Echidna Walkabout 3-day Great Ocean Road journey. Stroll through a national park looking for wild koalas, cockatoos and kookaburras. Help create habitat for a wild koala by joining the ‘Make a Home for Clancy’ conservation project. Walk quietly up to a wild mob of kangaroos on the plains and in open bushland. You may also find parrots, fairy-wrens, emus, honeyeaters, wallabies and reptiles. Accommodation tonight is at a boutique property in the tiny outback town of Little River. Dinner is at the local Pub, providing you a real Aussie experience!
Day 4: Today on tour, expect to see some of the world’s most spectacular coastal scenery, as you follow the Great Ocean Road to the surging surf coast, and walk in the magnificent rainforests of the Otway National Park. Travel through Port Campbell National Park, looking out for echidnas, wallabies, lizards and colorful birds. Linger a while to take in some of nature’s handiwork at the Twelve Apostles and the Loch Ard Gorge. Hear stories about the shipwrecks of the past. Dinner and accommodation tonight are at a B&B near Loch Ard Gorge/Port Campbell.
Day 5: This morning, take a 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. At the end of your Great Ocean Road journey, you will be dropped off at Melbourne Airport for your flight to Adelaide.
Day 6: Spend the day at leisure in Adelaide. The gracious capital of South Australia, Adelaide is the city of churches, orderly streets, manicured parks and superb restaurants, where cultures from all over the world have contributed to a vibrant, energetic community.
Adelaide is today, an orderly, airy city ringed by beautiful parks and gardens and graced with elegant sandstone buildings and cottages. There are more restaurants per head of population than any other Australian city. Home to over one million people, Adelaide is best explored on foot to properly experience the wealth of art galleries and museums, festivals, markets, cafe society and superb shopping.
Day 7: This morning you will fly to Kingscote, Kangaroo Island to begin your two day experience with Exceptional Kangaroo Island. You will be met by the tour guide on arrival and taken on a full day tour that gives an introduction to Island life. Have a ‘cuppa’ with some home-made Australian biscuits before taking a walk with the guide down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees where koalas snooze overhead. Look for wallabies almost extinct on the mainland, and a variety of birds, plants and animals.
After a BBQ lunch, head to Seal Bay Conservation Park to walk with your guide among Australian sea-lions on a beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding biology. You will be dropped at your overnight accommodation
Day 8: Your second day of touring will focus on the wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park. Experience a series of wildlife encounters, an elegant picnic lunch and explore some of the most iconic coastal scenery of Kangaroo Island. Explore the massive natural shapes of Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch – a coastal grotto which provides a haul out for a large colony of long-nosed fur-seals who swim effortlessly through the crashing waves. Lunch is a cliff top picnic before heading off the beaten path to explore lesser known places. On conclusion of the tour, transfer to Kingscote airport for your flight to Adelaide and an overnight stay.
Day 9: This morning, fly to Port Lincoln, where you will join the Two Day Wildlife Encounter with Australian Coastal Safaris. Your guide will greet you at the airport and take you on a short drive to Big Swamp Wetland. This is three seasonal fresh water lakes, that form a water dependent eco system, with a large and ancient Red Gum forest creating a unique habitat for many documented rare wildlife, bird species, threatened plant species, fresh water tortoise, native fish and invertebrates.
Also visit Coffin Bay, an area of outstanding beauty, world famous Oysters and home to a variety of important species of flora and fauna. At the end of the touring today, you will be transferred to your accommodation.
Day 10: Today continue your Wildlife Encounter, visiting the diverse Port Lincoln National Park. From the naturally rugged and wild Sleaford Bay to the tranquility of the Spalding Cove area and other beautiful beaches. In the National Park, you can walk or beachcomb along Surfleet Cove, take a 45-minute hike to see spectacular views or even walk along the rocks underneath the Cape Donnington Lighthouse. Perhaps view Australian Sealions and New Zealand fur seals off the rocks of Donnington Point. There are 130 species of birds listed in the National Park as well as many Western Grey kangaroos, Emus, and lizards. Return for your final night in Port Lincoln.
An optional Great White Shark cage dive is available, or you can add an extra day to 'swim with Australian Sea-lions & Bottlenose Dolphins.'
Day 11: This morning, transfer to Port Lincoln airport for your flight to Adelaide, connecting with your onward arrangements.