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May 3 is Wild Koala Day: 5 Reasons We Love Seeing Koalas in the Wild

With its fluffy ears and spoon-shaped nose, the Koala is one of Australia's most adored animals. In Australia you can still see Koalas in the wild, and we aim to keep it that...  Read more

Learning about Native Fish with Kym Manning

Deep in the Murray River channel between Kingston and Moorook in South Australia’s Riverland, lies a fish hotel that weighs a whopping 10 tonnes, understood to be the biggest man-made structure found in...  Read more

Exploring Australia's Top End with Sab Lord of Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris

In the realm of wildlife guiding, few names resonate as deeply as Sab Lord of Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris. With over three decades of experience under his belt, Sab stands as an...  Read more

Naturaliste Charters Announces 2024 Birdwatching Departures

The team at Naturaliste Charters have recently announced six dates for their popular pelagic birdwatching trips in 2024, with two Augusta departures in July, and four Bremer Bay departures in December. These trips...  Read more

Top 5 Locations: Whale Watching in Australia

Australia has become known as one of the world's best destinations for whale watching. With an enormous coastline spanning more than 34,000 kilometres (21,000 miles), combined with clean waters and sheltered bays, whale...  Read more

Electric Mountain Bike Adventures with Renae Blackshaw

Interest in cycling tourism has undergone a sharp increase in recent years, and touring companies like Australian Coastal Safaris are leading the way. "A day out on our electric mountain bikes is memorable...  Read more

At the Helm of the Alison Maree with Paul Cross

Naturaliste Charters owners Paul and Alison Cross have always felt connected to their home ground in Western Australia's South West, and in 2009 they purchased Naturaliste Charters with the aim of offering guests...  Read more

The Wonder of Wellness with Sarah Hayes

Responsible nature-based tourism helps keep the environment clean, supports wild animals in their natural habitat, and involves local communities. For Sarah Hayes, it also provides a unique opportunity to educate visitors on the...  Read more

Recounting the History of Australia’s Indian Ocean Islands with Chris Carr

When Chris Carr recounts a story, everyone listens. There's something about the way he begins, his tone of voice, and the location he chooses. "I tell my stories throughout the tour. If I'm...  Read more

In Search of Tasmania’s Endemics with Elise Tardieu

Elise Tardieu knows a thing or two about Tasmania's rich ecology, history and culture, and loves to share her knowledge with Premier Travel Tasmania guests. "I switched from teaching to guiding nearly 18...  Read more

Nursing Bats Back to Health with Jenny Mclean

Jenny Mclean has extensive knowledge about bats and has dedicated the last two decades of her life to their wellbeing and conservation. "We started Tolga Bat Hospital in 1990, and now we're the...  Read more

Researching the Whales of WA with Jennah Tucker

Marine biologist Jennah Tucker has been in and around water since growing up in Broome, and has long been passionate about whales. "The Humpbacks come up to the Kimberley each winter to breed...  Read more

Embracing the Unexpected with Leigh Dalton

Leigh Dalton loves the great outdoors, so to take guests around his backyard is a dream come true. "A great destination makes for great holidays, and as a guide I am able to...  Read more

Watch 'Our Story: Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours' with Roger Smith

Video produced by Gravity Films. Video footage courtesy of Blair Wickham, Mungo Lodge, Simon Mustoe, Koala Clancy Foundation, Tourism Australia, Destination NSW, Visit Victoria and NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service. Suggested tour:...  Read more

River Therapy with Cathy Schier

There's something special about the symphony of nature's whispers. The crunch of feet on the leaf litter. Birdsong in the distance. Rustling in the reeds. Although there's plenty to talk about, there's also...  Read more

An East Gippsland Education with Hayley Forster

All Echidna Walkabout tours focus quite heavily on wildlife spotting so, for Hayley Forster, joining the guiding team was a natural fit. "I majored in Wildlife and Conservation Biology in my Environmental Science...  Read more

Storyteller Series: Georgia Currant from The Maria Island Walk

There are so many wombats on Maria Island, "they're a tripping hazard", Georgia Currant jokes. The young guide has spent countless family holidays on the isle off the east coast of Tasmania, so...  Read more

Storyteller Series: David Doudle from Australian Coastal Safaris

To spend time with Australian Coastal Safaris' David Doudle is to get a window into the fourth-generation farmer's enchantingly free-range childhood. David grew up on a sheep and grain farm on South Australia's...  Read more

Storyteller Series: James Boettcher from FNQ Nature Tours

When James Boettcher was a kid, he thought everyone swung through the trees, slid down rapids and fashioned fish traps from spiky rainforest vines. Growing up in Cairns, the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest...  Read more

Storyteller Series: Tony Sharley from Murray River Trails

Growing up in the Riverland town of Renmark, Tony Sharley saw first-hand the dramatic effects of the Murray River in flood when he was a student in high school - he even did...  Read more

Storyteller Series: Roger Smith from Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours

Roger Smith remembers clearly, when he was a child, seeing a mob of kangaroos hop into a grove of trees in the middle of a paddock. "I thought I'd sneak out straight across...  Read more

Storyteller Series: Lisa Preston from Indian Ocean Experiences

Lisa Preston first went to Christmas Island on holiday in 1996. Her visit happened to be right in the middle of one of the world's greatest natural spectacles: the red crab migration, in...  Read more

Make Your Australian Holiday More Meaningful with Citizen Science

In recent years, there has been a notable shift in the public's interest in protecting the environment and nature from human pressures. As a result, travelers are increasingly seeking opportunities to contribute to...  Read more

Maria Island Winter Escape Walk plus Van Bone Long Lunch

Final spots remain for The Maria Island Walk's special Winter Escape Walk this August, with special guest collaborators Van Bone restaurant. Departing Hobart on the Friday morning, guests are transferred to Darlington on...  Read more

Frankland Islands Reef Cruises the latest addition to Australian Wildlife Journeys

An exclusive day tour to the Great Barrier Reef's Frankland Islands showcasing rivers, rainforests and reefs, is the latest addition to the Australian Wildlife Journeys (AWJ) collective. As part of the Entrada Travel...  Read more

Storyteller Series: Craig Wickham from Exceptional Kangaroo Island

When Craig Wickham spots a goanna scuttling across the road, he doesn't tell his guests to get out of the way. Instead, he invites them into the bush to see where it has...  Read more

Storyteller Series: Andrew Ellis from Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures Australia

Since he was a 15-year-old crewing on a tug boat on Sydney Harbour, Andrew Ellis has spent his career on the water. He ended up in tourism, working on floating restaurants and cruise...  Read more

Storyteller Series: Daniel Schoedler from Premier Travel Tasmania

When travel agent Daniel Schoedler flew from Switzerland to Tasmania for a trade show in 2015, it didn't take long for the Apple Isle to make an impression. "I was invited on a...  Read more

Storyteller Series: Paul Cross from Naturaliste Charters

Paul Cross has travelled more than 52 countries, but if you ask him to pick the most beautiful place in the world, it's his ocean-lapped backyard every time. Growing up near Bunbury, south...  Read more

Storyteller Series: Debbie Ferguson from Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo

The first time Debbie Ferguson saw a whaleshark was on her honeymoon. She and husband Mark wanted something to remember their special occasion with, and the enormity of the gentle, spotted giant -...  Read more

Port Lincoln Osprey Fledgling 'Zoe' Travels Over 1000km in One Week

Osprey 'Zoe' has stunned the Port Lincoln Osprey team, having travelled more than 1000 kilometres (621 miles) in just one week. In November 2022, and within two months of hatching, Zoe was fitted...  Read more

Storyteller Series: Peter Clutterbuck from Australian Coastal Safaris

More than 30 years ago, when Peter Clutterbuck was a teacher, he was posted to the town of Port Lincoln, on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula. He spent some time driving around, looking for...  Read more

Storyteller Series: Sab Lord from Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris

You'd expect a man raised on a Kakadu buffalo and crocodile-hunting station to be a character, and Sab Lord doesn't disappoint. He also knows everything - and everyone - there is to know...  Read more

High Flows Rejuvenating the Murray Floodplains

Australia’s longest and most famous river is currently experiencing high flow, sparking to life hundreds of thousands of hectares of floodplain vegetation that hasn’t been inundated for decades. This natural event is currently...  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

Murray River Trails Launches New 5 Day Safari To River's End Tour

Murray River Trails (MRT) is proud to launch its newest tour linking two contrasting sections of Australia’s most famous river. Safari to River’s End is an immersive 5 day/4 night experience, showcasing South...  Read more

Tracking Marine Debris with Andrew Ellis

A recent study of marine life found that flexible plastics are responsible for the largest proportion of marine life deaths. In the case of whales, once ingested the plastics can accumulate in the...  Read more

Explore the Botanical Ark with Alan Carle

A mini rainforest of useful plants awaits FNQ Nature Tours guests visiting Botanical Ark, a private sanctuary owned and managed by husband-and-wife team Alan and Susan Carle. “Botanical Ark is my wife and...  Read more

Researching Christmas Island’s Endemic Birds with Mark Holdsworth

According to Mark Holdsworth, Indian Ocean Experiences' bird expert, one of the best times to experience Christmas Island’s birds is during Bird ‘n’ Nature Week. “May to November is our dry period here,...  Read more

Birdlife in a River Floodplain with Tony Sharley

Owner and founder of Murray River Trails, Tony Sharley, never tires of seeing guests discover a destination through the presence of its birds. “We spend the bulk of our time in the Riverland...  Read more

Swimming Alongside Humpback Whales with Corrine Matthews

Marine scientists say that the Humpback Whale call is one of the most complex animal sounds there is. “It’s a very beautiful and melancholy song and sounds a little like a door creaking...  Read more

Absorbing the Ethereal Sounds of Humpback Whales with Dr Barry McGovern

The complexity of a Humpback Whale song astounds scientists every day, and anyone who is privy to hearing a Humpback Whale sing firsthand is almost always left breathless by the beautiful – and...  Read more

Witness one of the World’s Most Spectacular Migrations with Lisa Preston

When Christmas Island is mentioned, most people first think of the Red Crabs. It’s estimated that there could to be close to 120 million crabs on the island (many more than the previous...  Read more

Hike the Lamb Range with James Boettcher

With each step, the climb gets a little more challenging, but the reward of the sprawling views of Lake Morris and Dinden National Park below is worth every step. “As we hike up...  Read more

Tree Planting Day Hosted by Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours

Australian Wildlife Journeys founding member Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours recently hosted a tree planting session as part of a Tourism Australia Thought Leadership Day on Sustainability in Victoria's You Yangs region. In the...  Read more

Championing Environmental Flows with Tony Sharley

The Murray-Darling Basin spans an area of one million square kilometres, and for owner and founder of Murray River Trails, Tony Sharley, its protection is crucial. “Having a basin like this is significant,”...  Read more

Murray River Trails Unveils New Houseboat, 'High River'

Murray River Trails is proud to announce the launch of it’s new 12 berth houseboat, High River. A custom-designed luxury houseboat, High River provides environmentally sustainable accommodation for Murray River Trail’s award-winning ecotourism...  Read more

Managing the Largest Humpback Whale Photo Database in Australia with Stephanie Stack

Photo identification programs have been the backbone of marine mammal studies for decades, allowing researchers to identify individuals by comparing photos in existing catalogues. “We track Humpback Whales by photographing the underside of...  Read more

Rehabilitating Maria Island with Ben Brown

The founder of The Maria Island Walk, Ian Johnstone, has always been passionate about both showcasing and taking care of Maria Island, drawing that philosophy into his teachings and subsequently into the guides’...  Read more

Exploring the You Yangs with Norm Jurrawaa Stanley and Nikki McKenzie

For Norm Jurrawaa Stanley and his wife Nikki McKenzie, everything is tied to connections. “When I take guests to the You Yangs we look at traditional life and how it compares to our...  Read more

Sunset Wine and Whale Watching across Exmouth Gulf with Lindsay Sorensen

When holidaymakers visit the Ningaloo region for the first time, they often book tours of the Ningaloo Reef first, attracted to the open ocean and everything that it offers. But Exmouth Dive &...  Read more

5 Best Places to See Koalas in the Wild

When it comes to Australian wildlife, there's nothing more thrilling and rewarding than witnessing them in the wild - that is, in their native habitat. Untouched and undisturbed by humans, this is where...  Read more

Reliving Tasmania’s Convict History with Jennifer Collins

Tasmania’s convict history trail is full of fascinating sites to explore, ranging from the well-known to some that many people have not heard of. “Convict labour was used to build new colonies to...  Read more

Gaze in Wonder at 8,000-year-old rock art at Injalak Hill with Dean Hoath

When Dean Hoath, one of the lead guides with Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris, takes guests to admire rock art at Injalak Hill, he is always accompanied by an Aboriginal guide. “In the...  Read more

Private solar-powered wildlife cruise with David White

There’s something magical about cruising along the Daintree River listening only to the sounds of only nature. “In 2002, after working on larger petrol driving boats, I started a business that allows people...  Read more

Exploring the Cloud Forest and Hiking Maria’s Peaks with Davis Hinton

For guide and keen outdoor enthusiast, Davis Hinton, there’s no one singular moment that stands out over the others when completing one of the two mountain hikes on offer during The Maria Island...  Read more

Oyster Shucking and Private Coffin Bay Marine Adventure with Thommo

Steven Thomson – or Thommo to his mates – knows a thing or two about oysters. He’s also the only oyster farmer in the Eyre Peninsula who takes guests to his oyster lease...  Read more

Birdwatching Across East Gippsland with Martin Maderthaner

The spring and summer months are the favourite time of year for birdwatching in East Gippsland for Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours guide, Martin Maderthaner. “It’s an active time for birds, and it’s a...  Read more

Saving the Orange-bellied Parrot in the Southwest Wilderness with Mark Holdsworth

There’s only one place in the world where Orange-bellied Parrots (Neophema chrysogaster) breed in the wild, and that’s in Tasmania’s Southwest Wilderness World Heritage Area, a vast and ravishingly beautiful region that is...  Read more

Tracking Manta Rays with Amelia Armstrong

Manta Rays have been around for millions of years, and their reliable aggregations are an important part of Western Australia’s marine ecotourism offering. Yet, it was only discovered as recently as 2009 that...  Read more

Top 5 Conservation Travel Stories from Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours

Blog repurposed with permission from Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours and the Koala Clancy Foundations’ remarkable achievements over the past 24 months are linked to efforts by thousands of committed wildlife conservationists and...  Read more

Take a Private Seafood Masterclass with Kris Bunder

For seafood lovers visiting the Eyre Peninsula, the Australian Coastal Safaris Private Seafood Masterclass can’t be missed. The exclusive experience starts with seafood chef, Kris Bunder, opening up oysters as guests arrive, greeting...  Read more

Explore the World of Assemblage Art with Janine Mackintosh

Janine Mackintosh spent a great deal of time on Kangaroo Island throughout the years before finally deciding to call the paradise home in 2012. “My partner Richard and I purchased a large heritage...  Read more

Explore the Sacred Mikinj Valley with Sab Lord

There’s only one tour company that is permitted to enter and explore the Mikinj Valley, and that is Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris. “I’ve spent decades working closely with local Aboriginal clan groups,...  Read more

Koala Recovery Experience with Kirby Leary and Janine Duffy

This year, the Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours team, together with hundreds of volunteers, is aiming to plant 50,000 trees across the Melbourne and East Gippsland region... and 2022 is set to be even...  Read more

Exploring Maria Island’s Ancient Geological Wonders with Dan Fisher

The geological site that excites The Maria Island Walk guide, Dan Fisher, the most is the one that is visited last. “On the last day of The Maria Island Walk, guests visit the...  Read more

Exploring Tasmania’s Botanic Riches with Geoff Curry

When Geoff Curry, long-standing guide with Premier Travel Tasmania, talks about plants, he likes to focus on their ever-evolving relationship with their surroundings. “I’m very interested in how everything interacts with each other....  Read more

Capturing Ningaloo’s Majestic Underwater Landscapes with Chiara Bussini

Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo scuba diving and snorkelling guide, Chiara Bussini, believes that once you start taking photographs underwater it can easily turn into a life-long hobby. “I started with land-based photography...  Read more

Assist Ecologist Heidi Groffen in Kangaroo Island Dunnart Conservation

The 2019/2020 bushfires had a devastating effect on Kangaroo Island and its wildlife, with more than two-thirds of the island burnt. As a result, a large number of animal and plant species were...  Read more

Indian Ocean Experiences & Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures Australia Joins AWJ

Australian Wildlife Journeys (AWJ) is excited to announce Indian Ocean Experiences, covering Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, along with Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures Australia in Queensland, as the latest additions to...  Read more

Experiencing Maria’s Winter Wonderland with Jemma Haythorne

The sun sets earlier in winter, and on a sunny cloud-studded day 5pm is a stunning time to be out watching the sky transform into a kaleidoscope of pinks, oranges and yellows. The...  Read more

Wetlands and Wine Tour with Peter Clutterbuck

When looking for a rural holding more than 30 years ago, Peter Clutterbuck, a long-standing guide with Australian Coastal Safaris, stumbled upon a property on the eastern tributary of the Big Swamp. “I...  Read more

Active Safari Across Kakadu National Park with Bianca Di Nuzzo

“Maguk is magical,” Bianca Di Nuzzo, the newest guide to join the respected team at Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris says. “It’s a really interesting location to show guests, with a big and...  Read more

Tracking Powerful Owls with Martin Maderthaner

When you ask long-standing Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours guide, Martin Maderthaner, to describe the hoot a Powerful Owl makes, he doesn’t hesitate. “It’s a very loud and deep hoot, a double hoot, really,”...  Read more

In Search of Tasmania's Endemic Birds with Danny Pulbrook

When you ask The Maria Island Walk guide, Danny Pulbrook, what he likes to do in his spare time, he doesn’t hesitate to answer. “I’m heavily interested in birds,” he says. “I watch...  Read more

Writing the Wildbook for Whale Sharks with Heather Kay

Ningaloo Reef is one of the best places in the world to swim with Whale Sharks, with hundreds congregating in the world- renowned marine park from March to early August. “I’m very fortunate...  Read more

Observing Tasmania’s Nocturnal Marsupials with Karin Beaumont

“Dusk in certain locations is a wonderful time to start exploring,” Karin Beaumont, tour guide with Premier Travel Tasmania, explains. “When we visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park,...  Read more

Learning about the photo identification programs with Pia Markovic

There’s an iPhone feature that sorts photos using facial recognition, categorising frequently photographed faces into groups. Interestingly, it can work for Southern Right Whales too, albeit a little more haphazardly. “Basically, there are...  Read more

Species Feature: Koala

The Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) is one of Australia's most iconic animals. They are so unique that they have their own genus as well as their own family! Where are Koalas found in Australia?...  Read more

Kangaroo Island birdwatching expedition with Tim Williams 

Kangaroo Island is home to over 260 species of birds and, according to long-standing birding and tour guide with Exceptional Kangaroo Island, Tim Williams, it’s easy enough to find 40+ species in the...  Read more

Take a Private Yellow Water Cruise with Bianca Di Nuzzo

A Yellow Water Cruise along the Yellow Water wetlands is one of those must-do experiences when visiting Kakadu, with seasons – and even times of the day – offering different perspectives. Bianca Di...  Read more

Exploring the Lower Eyre Peninsula on e-mountain bikes with David Doudle

Bicycle tourism is fast gaining popularity, as being in the saddle is a great way to see the sights. For David Doudle, founder of Australian Coastal Safaris, launching electronic mountain bicycle tours in...  Read more

Species Feature: Platypus

The Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is an iconic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern and south-eastern Australia. Where are Platypuses (also Platypi) found in Australia? Platypuses are found in freshwater systems along the eastern and...  Read more

Top End Birdwatching Expedition with Dean Hoath

It’s hard for Dean Hoath, longstanding guide at Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris, to name just one favourite bird. “I love all birds, but one of my favourite birdwatching experiences is when we...  Read more

Exploring the Impacts of Climate Change at Mungo National Park with Roger Smith

When you ask Roger Smith, co-founder of Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours along with Janine Duffy, about climate change at Mungo National Park, he cites an example. “To help people understand the impacts of...  Read more

Nocturnal Spotlighting for Tasmanian Devils and Marsupials with Holly Schorta

Maria Island is renowned for its abundance of wildlife, including a variety of both native and introduced species, some of which are more active when the sun goes down. “The island is nicknamed...  Read more

Wildlife & Wetlands with Andrea Edwards

German-born Andrea Edwards was living in Queensland when she discovered the island paradise of Tasmania. “I came from Brisbane for a one-week holiday and fell in love with the island,” she says. “I...  Read more

Diving the Muiron Islands and Outer Reef with Mark Ferguson

For Mark Ferguson, co-founder and skipper of Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo, every day out in the water is a good day. “I learnt to dive when I was 24 and am in...  Read more

Hear the tales of Naturaliste history film maker, Dave Riggs

What life is hiding on the sea floor? Naturaliste history film maker and Naturaliste Charters tour guide, Dave Riggs, will soon find out. “I’m in the process of sourcing camera systems that will...  Read more

Post Bushfire Surveys with Janine Duffy

Janine Duffy, founder of Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours along with Roger Smith, knows a thing or two about Southern Emu-wrens... but then she knows a thing of two about hundreds of wildlife species....  Read more

E-biking Adventure with Craig Wickham

It’s hard to pinpoint the best part of the day of the Exceptional Kangaroo Island e-biking adventure, although the cycle along the meandering Cygnet River, with massive sugar and red gums shading the...  Read more

Tropical Wetlands birding expedition with Matt Cornish

The smallest of the 10 species of Bowerbirds in Australia – the Golden Bowerbird – builds the largest structures of all the Bowerbirds to attract their female counterparts. “We call the structures bowers,”...  Read more

Making Citizen Science Count with David Doudle

When Australian Coastal Safaris' guests are out on the road, they are usually seeing an abundance of wildlife, so founder David Doudle approached the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board in 2019 and suggested that...  Read more

Take a private masterclass with Yale Norris from The Islander Estate Vineyards

Yale Norris and Jacques Lurton look upon winemaking as an art form, with Kangaroo Island as the main source of inspiration and drive. “We are both deeply connected to the land,” Yale says....  Read more

Murray River Safari Joins Australian Wildlife Journeys

A guided multi-activity wildlife adventure exploring the iconic Murray River and Riverland Ramsar Wetland of International Significance is the latest addition to Australian Wildlife Journeys collective. Part of the Murray River Trails portfolio...  Read more

Airboating across Bamurru Plains with Sab Lord

Thousands of Magpie Geese lift off into the candy-pink sky as the airboat skims along the mud-spattered surface of a gigantic floodplain. To the right, a Saltwater Crocodile lurks just under the water,...  Read more

Recording the Behaviour of the Earth’s Largest Creature with Pia Markovic

When you ask Naturaliste Charters marine biologist Pia Markovic what she loves most about Blue Whales, there’s no wavering when she answers. “Blue Whales are the largest animal on the planet – bigger...  Read more

Photographing Birds of the Eyre Peninsula with Fran Solly 

A group of keen birdwatchers recently named a bird after Fran Solly. The award-winning photographer – who escorts Australian Coastal Safaris guests on photography tours – explains that the Western Osprey chick was...  Read more

Low-light Photography Workshop with Kelvin Marshall

In the Far North Queensland Wet Tropics, rain is king. “The start of the Wet Season triggers a myriad of life cycle changes – chrysalis to butterflies, tadpoles to frogs, buds to flowers,”...  Read more

Take A Bushwalk On Kangaroo Island With World Echidna Expert Dr Peggy Rismiller

When you join world expert echidna researcher Dr Peggy Rismiller (OAM) for a bushwalk, it’s no ordinary stroll. “I’ve been working with Short-beaked Echidnas since 1988, so I know a thing or two...  Read more

Pelagic Birdwatching with Daniel Mantle and Plaxy Barratt

Seabird guides Daniel Mantle and Plaxy Barratt say there’s something extraordinary about observing birds while at sea. “Watching seabirds mastering the strong oceanic winds is just about the pinnacle of birding for both...  Read more

Explore the Privately Owned Shared Earth Reserve With James Boettcher

When the FNQ Nature Tours vehicle pulls up to the Forever Wild Shared Earth Reserve, it’s quickly evident that something special is about to occur. “We open this big locked gate and drive...  Read more

Tracking Orcas at the helm with Captain Dundee

As soon as Captain Andrew Johnstone (better known as Captain Dundee), a Naturaliste Charters skipper with a huge smile, starts talking, you realise that you’re in for a treat. “We know around 150...  Read more

FNQ Nature Tours: Our Story

After ten years of guiding nature and wildlife safaris in Northern Australia, James Boettcher established FNQ Nature Tours in 2015, with a firm belief that tourism is the key to the protection and...  Read more

Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo: Our Story

As the region’s original eco-tourism operation, Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo is synonymous with experiencing the aquatic treasures of the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Debbie & Mark Ferguson have been...  Read more

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

The Maria Island Walk: Our Story

Maria Island National Park lies just a few kilometres off Tasmania’s east coast, easily accessible from Hobart. It’s spectacular landscapes, combined with a rich concentration of wildlife, has contributed to its nickname as...  Read more

Exceptional Kangaroo Island: Our Story

Exceptional Kangaroo Island is one of Australia's most acclaimed eco tour operators. Established in 1986, this family-owned and operated eco tour company specialises in small group and private tours on Kangaroo Island. Craig...  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

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

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

Facts You Didn't Know About Kangaroos!

Kangaroos are macropods and there are over 50 species of macropods (a general term for kangaroos, wallabies, pademelons, potoroos and bettongs) found in Australia – and a few more in Papua New Guinea....  Read more

How to Help Conserve Australia's Birds on Your Next Trip

From the flightless Emu and paternal-nesting Southern Cassowary to the raucous Laughing Kookaburra and screeching pink and grey Galah, Australia’s 800 or so bird species are as varied, unique and intriguing as the...  Read more

Incredible White Whale Humpback Swim at Ningaloo!

Guests on the Humpback Whale Swim Tour with Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo experienced an unexpected and extremely unique encounter with a White Humpback Whale and its mama this week!! Only four white...  Read more

Best Places to see Australia's Amazing Northern Migratory Birds

Australians are well-known for their capacity to travel on long-haul flights to all corners of the Earth, such is the geographical necessity of living in the antipodes. So, it’s fitting then, that the...  Read more

Naturaliste Charters & Boutique Wildlife Tours join AWJ

Australian Wildlife Journeys is pleased to announce that Naturaliste Charters from Western Australia’s southwest region and Boutique Wildlife Tours from the Southern Highlands, just south of Sydney, have joined the group. Since the...  Read more

Australia's Great Humpback Whale Migration

Each January, around 60,000 Humpback Whales leave the frigid, food-rich waters of Antarctica and begin the world’s longest mammal migration, a 5,000 kilometre, three-month journey to the warm waters of northern Australia where...  Read more

Lizard Spotting on Safari across Australia

From Saltwater Crocs to the world’s most venomous snakes, Australia houses more reptile species than any other country on the planet. With more than 600 known species distributed throughout Australia, lizards are the...  Read more

Our Favourite Marine Species at Ningaloo

In March and April each year, the coral colonies on Ningaloo Reef spawn, exploding billions of tiny eggs into the water column and triggering a massive food chain event that lasts until September....  Read more

Four Incredible Places to Spot Baby Whales around Australia

As whale watching Australia goes, it doesn’t get much better than observing a mother interacting with her calf, particularly Humpback Whales, which are known as the showmen (and women!) of the whale world....  Read more

Species Feature: Tasmanian Native Hen

One of the most interesting birds to observe on Australia’s beautiful isle state, is the Tasmanian Native Hen (Tribonyx mortierii). This endemic species was made extinct by dingoes and increasing aridity on mainland...  Read more

Birdwatching Across Australia's Outback

From colourful parrots and majestic eagles to dancing Brolgas and sprightly Fairy-wrens, when it comes to birdwatching in Australia’s Outback, the variety of birdlife astounds. Just a little west of Adelaide – as...  Read more

Lords Safaris Featured in UK Telegraph

Adventure in the Northern Territory – and a fresh perspective on Australia Lydia Bell from the Telegraph UK recently spent some time in the Australia's spectacular 'Top End' with Sab Lord & Dean...  Read more

Tips to See More Wildlife Next Snorkelling Trip

Strapping on a mask and snorkel and slipping into the ocean on Ningaloo Reef is like passing through a portal into another world. “The feeling of weightlessness and experiencing the incredible richness of...  Read more

50 Orcas Spotted off Sydney Harbour: Photos

It was a very special afternoon for Oz Whale Watching guests this afternoon. After watching a pair of mature Humpback Whales off North Head, we were very grateful to hear from Micheal Ellison...  Read more

Species Feature: Short-beaked Echidna

The Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) is one of Earth’s oldest mammals, believed to have shared Earth with the dinosaurs, up to 110 Million years ago! The Short-beaked Echidna, Long-beaked Echidna (Zaglossus) and Platypus...  Read more

Species Feature: Kangaroo Island Kangaroo

The Kangaroo Island Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus) is a sub-species of the Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus). As a result of a prolonged period of isolation from mainland Australia, the Kangaroo Island Kangaroo...  Read more

Sensational Seal and Dolphin Photos this Winter

Winter is a fantastic time to spot marine mammals across Australia including dolphins and seals. Two of the most common species of dolphin found around Australia are the Bottlenose and Short-beaked Common Dolphin....  Read more

Species Feature: King Parrot

Across the cooler coastal and mountain forests of eastern Australia, a highlight for many wildlife lovers is to see the magnificent scarlet underside and red head of the male King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)....  Read more

Species Feature: Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby

The Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby (Petrogale Xanthopus) is one of the most beautifully coloured and patterned species in the Macropod family. It’s known for its long orange-brown tail with dark rings, white-striped face and...  Read more

Incredible Whale Photos across Australia this Week

The Humpback and Southern Right whale watching season has well and truly commenced across both the East and West coasts of Australia. These are our favourite images posted this week! Oz Whale Watching...  Read more