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Australia wins Lonely Planet's Best In Travel 2021 Community Restoration award

Following catastrophic fires last summer, a number of Australian tour operators like Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours are developing effective and interesting ways to get visitors involved in helping rebuild the native wildlife and...  Read more

Video: Is this Australia's Cutest Animal?

The Common Wombat is one of Australia's wildlife icons - but how much do you know about them?   Transcript: Common Wombats are large, 'barrel-shaped' marsupials, weighing 20-30kg (44-66lb) when fully grown. They are...  Read more

Video: You Think You've Seen Crazy Cats?!

Once abundant across south-eastern mainland Australia, the Eastern Quoll is now only found on Australia's island state of Tasmania.   Transcript: Once referred to as a native cat, the Eastern Quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus) is...  Read more

New Tour Helps Aussie Tiger Quoll In Far North Queensland

MEDIA RELEASE 17 June 2020 The Tasmanian Tiger died out 80 years ago, but their cousin: the poorly-known Tiger Quoll, still survives in small numbers in Far North Queensland. A new 4 day...  Read more

Video: Whale Watching in Western Australia is back!

It's official! Naturaliste Charters are back out on the water and they're seeing plenty of Humpback Whales! The start of the whale watching season in Margaret River has begun, with local operator Naturaliste...  Read more

Video: Welcome Back, Whale Sharks!

The Whale Sharks are back on the Ningaloo Reef! With the lifting of restrictions and the arrival of Whale Sharks, the Ningaloo Reef is buzzing with excitement! Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo are...  Read more

Video: What Does a Laughing Kookaburra Sound Like?

Our Top 5 Laughing Kookaburra facts: 1. They have a funny call The Laughing Kookaburra gets its name from its unique call, which sounds a lot like a laugh! Check it out in...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: April 2020

Rainbow Lorikeet - Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours Image credit: Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours (via Facebook: @echidnawalkabout) Recommended tour: Great Ocean Road (3D/2N) Australian Sea-lions - Australian Coastal Safaris  Image credit: Australian Coastal Safaris...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: March 2020

Killer Whale - Naturaliste Charters Image credit: Naturaliste Charters (via Facebook: @bremercanyonkillerwhaleexpeditions) Recommended tour: Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Expedition Eastern Grey Kangaroos - Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours Image credit: Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours...  Read more

Q&A With Guides: Pia Markovic

Bremer Canyon supports one of the most astonishing aggregations of marine life anywhere on the planet and Pia Markovic has a daily front row seat as Naturaliste Charter's marine biologist! We caught up...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: February 2020

Kangaroo Island Kangaroo - Exceptional Kangaroo Island Image credit: Exceptional Kangaroo Island (via Facebook: @exceptionalkangarooisland) Exceptional Kangaroo Island came across a couple of local Kangaroo Islanders who seemed to be getting into the...  Read more

Support Australia's Wildlife Affected by Bushfires through Travel

The combination of the mobility of animals, ability to survive and in some cases thrive due to fires, means Australia continues to deliver compelling and immersive wildlife experiences post bushfire.  One of the...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: December 2019

Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher - FNQ Nature Tours Image credit: FNQ Nature Tours (via Facebook: @fnqnaturetours) The Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher is a migrant visitor to the Tablelands area in of Far North Queensland during...  Read more

Q&A With Guides: Karin Beaumont

Karin Beaumont has been part of the Premier Travel Tasmania team for more than eight years. We chatted with her just before the festive season, to find out more about her love for...  Read more

Species Feature: Common Wombat

The Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) is one of Australia's most endeared native marsupial species. Known for their playful nature and backwards-facing pouches, the Common Wombat is a choice encounter for many visitors to...  Read more

Tour Spotlight: Eyre Peninsula Wildlife & Ocean Encounters

Australian Coastal Safaris offers a spectacular three-day wildlife journey on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula. Just a 50-minute flight from Adelaide, the Eyre Peninsula is home to numerous iconic Australian marine and land species....  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: November 2019

Life on the Reef - Exmouth Dive and Whalesharks Ningaloo Image credit: Exmouth Dive and Whalesharks Ningaloo (via Facebook: @exmouthdiveandwhalesharksningaloo) The Ningaloo Reef provides magical marine encounters throughout the year! Recommended tour: Deluxe...  Read more

Q&A With Guides: Craig Wickham

Recently listed as one of the Top 5 Wildlife Guides by Outside Go magazine, Craig Wickham has always had a strong passion for wildlife conservation. Craig, along with his wife and family, has...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: October 2019

Red-bellied Pademelons - The Maria Island Walk Image credit: The Maria Island Walk (via Facebook: @mariaislandwalk) Extinct on mainland Australia, these cute creatures are widespread in Tasmania and Maria Island! Recommended tour: The...  Read more

Tour Spotlight: Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Expedition

Naturaliste Charters operate full day Killer Whale expeditions out of Bremer Bay in Western Australia. From January to April each year, these expeditions take guests out to the edge of the continental shelf...  Read more

Q&A With Guides: Mark & Debbie Ferguson

In our latest Q&A with Guides, we chat with not one, but two guides! Husband-and-wife team, Mark & Debbie Ferguson, own and operate Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo, the region's original eco-tourism operation....  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: September 2019

Rainbow Lorikeet - Australian Coastal Safaris  Image credit: Australian Coastal Safaris (via Facebook: @auscoastsafaris) South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula region is home to a diverse range of birds, none more stunning than the Rainbow...  Read more

FNQ Nature Tours gains private access to new Shared Earth Reserve

FNQ Nature Tours is excited to announce that they have been granted exclusive use of a 5000-acre nature reserve to share with guests. The Shared Earth Reserve is now owned by conservation organisation...  Read more

Q&A With Guides: David Doudle

David Doudle has lived on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula his entire life. After growing up on the family farm, David saw a great opportunity to share the natural wonders of region with international...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: July 2019

Grey-headed Flying-fox - Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours Image credit: Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours (via Instagram: @echidnawalkabout_) The Grey-headed Flying-fox is one of many wildlife sightings available in the East Gippsland region of Victoria....  Read more

Winter Whale Watching Season Launches on the Eyre Peninsula

In the southern regions of Australia, winter is now upon us, meaning that it's the special time of year that several whale species grace our shores. One of our favourite species to see...  Read more

Q&A With Guides: Daniel Fisher

Daniel Fisher has been guiding the Maria Island Walk for the past eight years. We were able to chat with him recently to find out what he loves about being a wildlife guide...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: May 2019

Buffalo - Lords Safaris Image credit: Lords Safaris (via Facebook: @lordssafarisnt) Lords Safaris encountered some Buffalo out on the Mary River floodplain, north of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. These tours...  Read more

Species Feature: Green Turtle

The Green Turtle is one of the world’s largest sea turtles. At an average length of 1.2 m (4 ft) and weight of 225 kg (500 lbs), they are second in size to...  Read more

Mother's Day in Australia

In celebration of Mother's Day, we take a look at some of Australia's most loving and caring mothers! The Koala is perhaps Australia's most lovable creature. Koala mothers deserve all the accolades, given...  Read more

Q&A With Guides: Sab Lord

Sab Lord of Lord’s Kakadu & Arnhem Land Safaris is one of the most recognised and respected guides in Australia. Remarkably, the recently commenced 2019 season marks his 27th year of operation. We...  Read more

Phillip Island's Whale Season About To Commence

Every year, between May and October, great whales migrate from Antarctica to the warmer waters off NSW and Queensland for breeding. One of their favourite stops on their journey is Phillip Island, where...  Read more

Species Feature: Saltwater Crocodile

The Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) is perhaps northern Australia’s most famous resident. These extraordinary creatures, who have survived since the age of dinosaurs, are found across northern Australia, including Kakadu & Arnhem Land...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: April 2019

Here are some amazing April images across the Australian Wildlife Journey group! Flinders Ranges Sunrise - Arkaba Conservancy Image credit: Brooke Saward (via Instagram: @worldwanderlust) The Flinders Ranges region of South Australia is...  Read more

Koalas In Funny Positions

May 3 is Wild Koala Day! A day to celebrate Koalas living in the wild! It is also about protecting their forests and planting new forests to replace what has been taken by...  Read more

Q&A With Guides: Janine Duffy

Janine Duffy, along with Roger Smith, founded Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours in 1993, with the organisation becoming internationally-recognised in wildlife in the wild conservation travel, and winner of the 2014 World Responsible Travel...  Read more

Species Feature: Little Penguin

The Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor) is perhaps the most adored seabird in Australia. Standing at a height of approximately 33cm (13 inches) and weighing around one kilogram (2.2 pounds), they hold the title...  Read more

Species Feature: Australian Fur Seal

The Australian Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) is the largest of the fur seal family, with males growing up to 250cm in length and 360kg in weight. The females are only about half the...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: March 2019

Take a look at some of our favourite posts from our members in March 2019: Short-beaked Echidna - The Maria Island Walk The Short-beaked Echidna is found across Australia, including Tasmania and surrounding...  Read more

Koala Tree Planting Update

Thanks to international tourists, 3,000 Koala trees will be planted this year near Melbourne. Koala Clancy Foundation – an initiative of Echidna Walkabout - has secured two huge Koala tree planting opportunities around...  Read more

Q&A With Guides: James Boettcher

We recently caught up with wildlife guide James Boettcher to find out what he loves about the Far North Queensland region and learn about some exciting updates on the horizon for FNQ Nature...  Read more

Australia's Top 10 Most Beautifully Coloured Birds

Australia is home to a some of the world's most iconic birds - 828 individual species, according to a 2008 study (Christidis and Boles). Some Australian birds are known for their audible abilities;...  Read more

Species Feature: Whale Shark

Growing to lengths of up to 12 metres, the Whale Shark is the world’s largest fish! Their mouths can grow to widths of 1.5 metres too! Harmless to humans, these gigantic fish eat...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: February 2019

Take a look at some of our favourite posts from our members in February 2019: Orca - Naturaliste Charters Image credit: Michael Haluwana (via Instagram: @aeroture_aus) Naturaliste Charters get you face-to-face (literally!) with...  Read more

Species Feature: Thorny Devil

The Thorny Devil, also known as the Thorny Lizard or Mountain Devil, is an iconic resident of arid grasslands in Australia’s central and western deserts. The unmistakable large, robust spikes are a unique...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: January 2019

The Australian summer provides a number of unique viewing opportunities for our wildlife. With temperatures peaking for the year in Southern Australia, visitors will often find land-based mammals including marsupials, invertebrates and birds...  Read more

Killer Whale Season Starts in Spectacular Fashion!

The 2019 Killer Whale season has officially commenced for the Naturaliste Charters team! The endless hours of preparing, the weeks of build-up and the hype for the season had the whole crew in...  Read more

Help Australia's Marsupials by Taking a Tour!

Wildlife-based tourism is growing rapidly as more people travel the world. However, not all animal experiences are created equal. It’s widely agreed that the only sustainable and ethical experiences are those where humans...  Read more

Australia's Most Amazing Aquatic Adventures

Australia is surrounded by water brimming with a vast variation of marine species and home to a large number of creeks and rivers that coil their way around the vast land. There is...  Read more

Australia's Top 11 Quirkiest Birds

Australia is teeming with fabulous quirky birds – birds with extraordinary songs, birds that break eggs with stones, birds that run like the wind, and birds that dance like no one is watching...  Read more