From: $7,312 USD
Duration: 19 days/ 18 nights
Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.
Interests: Birds, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Marine Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians.
*Prices are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Black-out dates may apply. Pricing is subject to availability and all prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Currency fluctuations may affect prices as quotes based on AUD. Prices are current at time of posting (9/9/2019) and may differ when you book your travel. Please contact us for our current pricing and itinerary details. Airfare not included unless notified.
Day 1: After arrival into Sydney, walk from your hotel to Circular Quay and check in for your afternoon Sydney Harbour Premium Harbour Story Cruise. This is Sydney Harbour sightseeing at its very best. Experience the most beautiful harbour in the world, and view Sydney's iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Garden Island Naval base, Government House, palatial waterfront homes, Fort Denison and much more. The pace is relaxed and gentle, giving you plenty of time to capture the perfect selfie.
Day 2: Enjoy a relaxed morning, then join Boutique Wildlife Tour's Wildlife in the Wild tour to the Southern Highlands. Less than two hours south of Sydney this exceptional tour offers the opportunity to experience the diverse Aussie Bush while searching for some of Australia’s iconic native animals in their natural habitat - kangaroos, wombats, wallabies, birdlife, platypus, elusive koalas and much more. Travel in a luxury 4WD to private farmland and bushland locations in the Southern Highlands with a specialist guide who will interpret all that you see.
After dinner, go night-spotting for nocturnal wombats, gliders & possums. We seek out the animals when they’re most active, with a noon to evening tour that includes lunch or afternoon tea (depending on season) & a hearty country-style dinner in one of Australia’s oldest country inns.
Day 3: Transfer to Sydney Airport to check in for your flight to Hobart in Tasmania (airfare not included in tour cost). On arrival at Hobart Airport you will be transferred to your hotel, located a short walk from the Hobart waterfront.
Day 4: Today you will commence The Maria Island Walk; a four day/three night award winning guided experience. You will board for a 40-minute private catamaran crossing to the remote southern end of Maria Island. Enjoy lunch overlooking the crystal azure waters of Shoal Bay before taking a walk to Casuarina Beach camp. There is time for an afternoon stroll through the tall eucalypt forest to visit a penguin colony at Haunted Bay. This evening after a candlelit dinner, with delicious fresh Tasmanian produce and fine wines.
Day 5: After a leisurely and relaxed breakfast, there’s plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings before guests walk from Riedle Bay across the isthmus and stroll along five fabulous beaches. The convict cells at Point Lesueur and the ochre pit at Bloodstone Point prove fascinating viewing along the way. Arriving at White Gums Camp, guests will be entertained by native birds while enjoying delicious wines on the deck before being served a satisfying and delicious dinner.
Day 6: You will have several options available today to choose from: Travel through magnificent "cloud forest" to the breathtaking summit of Mt Maria. Alternatively, choose a gentler option and head inland to the heart of the island through the ancient forests full of bird life to visit Hopgrounds Beach and the Painted Cliffs, or, you may wish to climb the summit of Bishop and Clerk. Lunch is served along the way. Tonight, stay in historic colonial Bernacchi House in Darlington.
Day 7: There is a chance to relax and after breakfast and explore the convict settlement and industrial ruins of Darlington, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the dramatic sea cliffs of Fossil Bay and then head down to the remarkable fossils at Fossil Cliffs before returning to Darlington for lunch. Board the boat back to the mainland and Hobart for an overnight stay.
Day 8: This morning, transfer from your hotel to Hobart Airport where you will check in for your flight to Melbourne. The rest of the day is free for activities around the city centre.
Day 9: Today, commence your 3-day Great Ocean Road Tour with Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours. 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. Help create habitat for a wild koala by joining our “Make a Home for Clancy” conservation project. Walk quietly up to a wild mob of Kangaroos and look out for parrots, fairy-wrens, emus, honeyeaters, wallabies and reptiles. Dinner tonight is at the local Pub for a real Aussie experience.
Day 10: See some of the world’s most spectacular coastal scenery as we follow the Great Ocean Road along 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 and help you find parrots, kookaburras, koalas and wallabies. 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.
Day 11: 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 7,000 volcanoes of the Western Plains are now extinct but the resultant savannah is pasture to a rich wool growing area. We stop en route to drive to the top of an extinct volcano with spectacular views across the plains. This is a great place to view raptors – birds of prey – including Wedge-tailed Eagles, Nankeen Kestrels and Brown Falcons. We pass Lake Corangamite, the largest permanent lake in Australia, often covered with prolific birdlife, before returning to Melbourne in the late afternoon.
Day 12: After breakfast, you will be transferred to Melbourne Airport where you will check in for your flight to Adelaide connecting to Kingscote. On arrival at Kingscote Airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation where you will check in and enjoy dinner (included).
Day 13: You will be collected from your hotel by your Exceptional Kangaroo Island guide, to start your exploration of the central Cygnet Valley, traversing through picturesque redgum forests, narrow-leaved mallee and mixed farmland, then up to the north coast to Stokes Bay to a sheltered beach into the sheoak woodland. After breaking for lunch (grilled fish, haloumi and salad with local wines) in the upper Cygnet Valley, you will explore a blue gum/sugar gum forest before travelling south to Seal Bay where coastal mallee transitions through coastal heath into dunes.
This is the opportunity to encounter the third largest colony of Australian Sea-lions. Other regular wildlife encounters include Koalas, Tammar Wallabies and Kangaroo Island Kangaroos, with Short-beaked Echidnas, Glossy Black Cockatoos, Rosenberg's Goanna (warmer months) and a range of bush and shore-birds sighted often.
Day 14: Iconic coastlines across the southwestern region of the Flinders Chase National Park is the focus of this full day tour. You will be left breathless at the sight of Remarkable Rocks, where winds have carved out a natural sculpture park from massive solid granite tors. Nearby at Admirals Arch, a boisterous fur-seal colony awaits, followed by visits to Cape du Couedic lighthouse, a heritage farm in Kelly Hill Conservation Park and an elegant alfresco lunch. Key wildlife species sought are Cape Barren Geese, Long-nosed Fur-seals, Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters, Tammar Wallabies, Kangaroo Island Kangaroos, plus opportunistic bird and reptile encounters. Good wines and local produce features highly in our picnic lunch which we can enjoy on clifftop or in the bush. At the end of today’s tour you will be taken to Kingscote Airport where you will check in for your flight to Adelaide.
Day 15: After breakfast at your hotel, check out from you room. You will then be transferred to Adelaide Airport to check in for your flight to Perth in Western Australia.
Day 16: Transfer from Albany with the Big Blue Bus for your epic expedition out to the Bremer Canyon. This region has become one of the most sort after whale watching expeditions across the globe, with over 100 Killer Whales (Orcas) returning to the submarine canyon each year from January to April; the only place in Australia where you can regularly encounter Killer Whales in the wild. During the season, travellers can encounter these apex predators engaging in a variety of activities from hunting to socialising in family groups. It’s also a pelagic birdwatchers dream, with an astonishing array of seabirds including the Wandering Albatross. Return to Albany from Bremer Bay by the Busy Blue Bus.
Day 17: Enjoy a day at leisure for your own exploration of this beautiful area. Suggestions include spending a day at Middleton Beach and Ellen Cove, sampling oysters near Emu Point, exploring Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve or Torndirrup National Park or diving the HMAS Perth II wreck.
Day 18: Explore Albany and surrounds at your leisure.
Day 19: This morning, return your rental car to Albany Airport and then check in for your return flight to Perth with Regional Express (REX). Fly Albany to Perth (airfare not included in tour cost).