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Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours

Koala Recovery Experience

From: $830 USD

Duration: 2 or 3 days

Type: Groups, Private Charter.

This tour provides an opportunity to take an active role in assisting with Koala conservation and research! You will spend two or three days in the Great Western Plains near Melbourne, to plant trees and participate in recovery activities for this iconic species.

  • You will assist by planting targeted trees in the places Koalas need them most along critical watercourses.

  • Led by an experienced Wildlife Guide and Koala Researcher, you will engage with local land owners, community members along with Koala Clancy Foundation volunteers and staff. 

  • Many of the Koalas in the area are known to the researchers – some for many years – and all are part of Echidna Walkabout & Koala Clancy Foundation’s 20 year Koala Research Project.

Koala Recovery Experiences do not have pre-set departure dates and can be booked on request from March through to September.

About Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours

Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours was founded by Roger Smith and Janine Duffy in 1993, with the vision to bring people and wildlife together for mutual benefit. The award-winning team believes that observing and connecting with wildlife is a key element in enriching the lives for people of all backgrounds; whether this interaction is for pleasure, new experiences and learning, for connection to the land or the basic needs for humans to breathe clean air and drink clean water via healthy ecosystems. When guests travel with Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours, part of the trip involves travellers contributing to a project that actively helps wildlife.

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 (1/4/2022) and may differ when you book your travel. Please contact us for our current pricing and itinerary detail.


Tour day-by-day

  • Two or Three Day Experience: Melbourne

    Guests will travel with their expert guide and Koala researcher, about an hour west of Melbourne to the tree planting site near the You Yangs Regional Park.

    Tree planting sites are located along rivers, creeks and near waterholes on farms on the Western Plains. The mornings will be spent planting Koala trees in these high-quality, fertile sites, with holes pre-dug to make tree planting quick and easy. These trees will provide future habitat for koalas as climate change forces them out of the dry hills and into moisture-rich valleys.

    Lunch will be picnic-style for guests, either at the planting site or in nearby bushland. 

    The afternoons are spent on nature walks to visit the Koalas that will benefit most from the tree planting. Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Swamp Wallabies, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, corellas, Galahs, Laughing Kookaburras, Superb Fairy-wrens, White-winged Choughs, New Holland and White-plumed Honeyeaters, Red-rumped Parrots and Crimson and Eastern Rosellas, are common sightings. We sometimes see Echidnas, possums, Blue-tongue or Jacky Lizards, Wedge-tailed and Little Eagles, falcons or goshawks.

    Dinners are at a local hotel restaurant, adjacent to accommodation. 


    Your guide will be an experienced Wildlife Guide and Koala Researcher. Wildlife guidance throughout, air conditioned transport to and from Melbourne city. Gloves and gumboots (rubber boots) are available for participants (gumboots only if weather is wet). 

    Meals & accommodation as below:
    - 2 day experience: includes 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast and 1 night accommodation
    - 3 day experience: includes 3 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts and 2 nights accommodation

    Key Details

    $1,140.00 AUD per person - 2 days
    $1,750.00 AUD per person - 3 days

    Child rate (7-13 years)
    $855 AUD per person - 2 days
    $1,315 AUD per person - 3 days

    Single supplement: Please add $260 to price per person for the 3 day tour; or $130 to price for 2 day tour if you wish to have single rooming. 

    Accommodation: Please note that accommodation is only available in queen configuration.
    Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Melbourne city hotels
    Pick-up and Drop-off Time:  8:00am on day one, approximately 4:00pm on day two or three
    Grade/Difficulty: medium fitness required

    Responsible Travel

    Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours is internationally-recognised in wildlife in the wild conservation travel, and winner of the 2014 World Responsible Travel Award. Our extensive policies with respect to conservation and social enterprise are available for your reference. As a social enterprise tour company, we invest more than 50% of our profit into our mission. Most of that investment is through our Koala Research Project, and through in-kind and direct financial support to the Koala Clancy Foundation. 

    We strongly support the concept of privately-owned land to increase the habitat available to wildlife – this is essential if wildlife is to survive the upcoming challenges of climate change. Through Koala Clancy Foundation we plant koala food trees in river valleys and along creeks on private farmland near Melbourne – returning the indigenous flora to that denuded environment.

    You can read more about how Echidna Walkabout Nature Tour's wild Koala research informs the tree planting program here.


    Recent Awards

    WINNER Best for Wildlife Conservation at the World Responsible Tourism Awards London • 2014
    WINNER Seatrade Cruise Award for World’s Most Innovative Shore Excursion • 2017
    WINNER TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018 • 2017 • 2016 • 2015 • 2014

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