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Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne provided by Echidna Walkabout - Day Tours

Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Overview
Enjoy the rare opportunity to spot native Australian wildlife in their natural environment on this tour from Melbourne. Explore the bushlands and billabongs of Melbourne’s Western Plains on guided hikes; look out for wild kangaroos, koalas, cockatoos, and emus; and tuck into a picnic lunch, accompanied by traditional Australian billy tea.
Highlights
  • Spot wild kangaroos, koalas, and emus in their natural habitat
  • A naturalist guide maximizes your chance of sightings
  • Convenient hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Melbourne
  • Small group of just 10 participants ensure personalized experience
What to Expect
After pickup from selected hotels in Melbourne, travel by air-conditioned vehicle and set out to explore Victoria’s Western Plains, where the vast grasslands, bushlands, and remote billabongs (backwater pools) harbor an incredible variety of wildlife. Accompanied by your naturalist guide, stop at around various locations to enjoy guided hikes. Set out in search of kangaroos and koalas while learning more about the native Australian creatures, their natural environment, and characteristics, as well as wildlife preservation and conservation efforts being carried out in the region. If you’re lucky, you can also spot exotic birds, such as cockatoos and wild emus. Refuel with a picnic lunch in the heart of the bush, as you hear stories about the land’s traditional owners, the Wathaurong, and understand the importance of the natural area to the Aboriginal people. Finish your lunch with a typical Aussie billy tea. Your tour ends with drop-off at selected Melbourne hotels.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Pullman Melbourne on Swanston, 195 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Duration
8h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Guided full day tour
  • Expert Nature Guides
  • Gourmet bush lunch
  • Australia's Goods and Services Tax (GST)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Due to timings, this tour is not recommended for passengers arriving & departing via cruise ship
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • IMPORTANT: Please tell us where you are staying so we can arrange the best pick up location. We do not stop at all pick up locations for each tour. You much prearrange your pick up locations
  • What to Bring: Good walking shoes or boots, clothing to suit variable weather conditions (temperatures range from 5C to +35C, sun hat, rainproof coat, insect repellent, 15+ sunblock and 1 litre water bottle. Camera and binoculars are also recommended.
  • Infant seats can be provided at a fee of AUD$20 payable direct.
  • Vegetarian and Vegan options are available, please advise at time of booking if required.
  • Tour itinerary is subject to change to optimise wildlife experience
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • This tour operates with a Minimum of 2 people and a Maximum of 10.
  • We can not pick you up from the port if you are coming off a cruise ship. You must have time to make it to the Holiday Inn hotel by 8:30am this requires your ship to arrive no later then 7:30am.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 8 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 7 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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KenVicLee wrote a review May 2020
Huntington Beach, California1,985 contribution568 helpful votes
This tour was set up by our travel company, Down Under Endeavors, so I never really looked them up. Once our group of five was picked up by tour guide, Amy, she explained that Echidna Walkabout was actually a conservation company that relied on tourists like us to help support
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from salesechidna, Marketing Assistant at Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne
Responded Jun 1, 2020
Dear KenVicLee, Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this incredible review. You have said so much that is important to us. You are completely right, we observe and monitor the movements of wild koalas as a part of our Koala Research Project. Each day every koala found is located on a map and by GPS, they are photographed, their tree species, and their behavior is noted. Having a Koala Researcher out in the bush everyday ahead of the tour group ensures a high degree of success with koala sightings (100% over the past 5 years) and adds three hours of monitoring data to each day’s sightings. We are thrilled to know that you had a great time on our Koalas and Kangaroos IN THE WILD tour seeing native Australia marsupials in their wild habitat. All the best from the team at Echidna Walkabout - Janine, Roger, Caz, Martin, Bart, Kirby, Brett, Caitlin, Hannah, Jordan, Tracey, Hayley, Dan, Asitha, Amy, Ed, Sam, Stella, and Jess.
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debraL1232RC wrote a review Mar 2020
portland57 contributions27 helpful votes
This was the only tour we took out of Melbourne recently and it was fantastic. We were picked up right on time. Our total group was only 5 people with a great guide Martin. We went to two different parks- You Yangs and then Serandip. Martin was in constant contact with other
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from salesechidna, Marketing Assistant at Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne
Responded Mar 31, 2020
Dear debraL1232RC, That's awesome! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this incredible review. You have said so much that is important to us. You are right, we have a Koala Research Project where we observe and monitor the movements of wild koalas. Each day every koala found is located on a map and by GPS, they are photographed, their tree species and their behaviour is noted. Koala Researchers are out in the Bush every day ahead of the tour group to find Koalas and monitor them before the group arrives. This ensures a high degree of success with koala sightings (100% over the past 5 years) and adds three hours of monitoring data to each day’s sightings. And also, Martin is a very knowledgeable and passionate Wildlife Guide. We are glad to know that you had a marvelous time on our Koalas and Kangaroos IN THE WILD tour. All the best from the team at Echidna Walkabout - Janine, Roger, Caz, Martin, Bart, Kirby, Brett, Caitlin, Hannah, Jordan, Tracey, Hayley, Dan, Asitha, Amy, Ed, Sam, Stella, and Jess.
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kristing4 wrote a review Mar 2020
Baltimore, Maryland44 contributions13 helpful votes
I would highly recommend this tour if you’re in Melbourne! Our guide, Roger, was very knowledgeable and super nice! We saw koalas, a ton of kangaroos, and many bird species!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from salesechidna, Marketing Assistant at Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne
Responded Mar 31, 2020
Dear kristing4, Thank you so much for writing this review! We are happy to hear that you had an amazing experience with us and saw some of our special animals - our Wildlife Guide Roger is knowledgeable exceptionally talented at finding Australian animals in the bush. We would love if you could recommend our Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD tour to your family and friends. All the best from the team at Echidna Walkabout - Janine, Roger, Caz, Martin, Bart, Kirby, Brett, Caitlin, Hannah, Jordan, Tracey, Hayley, Dan, Asitha, Amy, Ed, Sam, Stella, and Jess.
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pixie007 wrote a review Mar 2020
Mobile, Alabama140 contributions104 helpful votes
What a wonderful day! Saw lots of kangaroos and emus plus wallabies and koalas, birds and a possum. Martin was a great guide and so knowledgeable. This is how a tour should be done! Also a great spotter of animals. Never made you feel rushed and seemed genuinely interested in
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Response from salesechidna, Marketing Assistant at Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne
Responded Mar 9, 2020
Dear pixie007, Thank you for writing this lovely review of your day with us. So much of what you have said is extremely important to us. We are so glad that you had a wonderful day! It would be great to see you on our tours again. All the best from the team at Echidna Walkabout - Janine, Roger, Caz, Martin, Bart, Kirby, Brett, Caitlin, Hannah, Jordan, Tracey, Hayley, Dan, Asitha, Amy, Ed, Sam, Stella, and Jess.
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tlctwo wrote a review Mar 2020
Lake Oswego, Oregon14 contributions8 helpful votes
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We had an amazing time walking among the wild Koalas, Kangaroos, and emus. Even though we were in wildlife sanctuaries we felt we were seeing the animals in their natural habitat. Our guide, Sam, was knowledgeable and friendly. We would recommend this adventure to anyone who
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from salesechidna, Marketing Assistant at Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne
Responded Mar 9, 2020
Dear tlctwo, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review about us. Our team at Echidna Walkabout is extremely passionate about protecting the natural habitat of our wildlife. Thanks for being involved and glad you had an amazing day. All the best from the team at Echidna Walkabout - Janine, Roger, Caz, Martin, Bart, Kirby, Brett, Caitlin, Hannah, Jordan, Tracey, Hayley, Dan, Asitha, Amy, Ed, Sam, Stella, and Jess.
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Marie B
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Great tour!
Our guide, Brett, was wonderful. We saw three koalas in their natural habitat in the bush. One came down right in
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Lisa J
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One of my best days in Australia!
We had a fabulous day with Sam, our knowledgeable and fun guide who went the extra mile to ensure we saw 7 koalas i
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alanwalker90
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A Great Day
A great introduction to Australian wildlife. Much better to see Koalas and Kangaroos in the wild rather than in zoo
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Jane H
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Wonderful Tour! Knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide.
Our family went on the Kangaroo and Koalas tour. The guide, Brett, gave us a wonderful tour. We saw 4 koalas and
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theresa181
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Amazing Tour
I would recommend this tour to anyone who loves to view wildlife in nature and not in a zoo. We saw 3 different Ko
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andreaciyansung
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Incredible tour and great way to give back
This was one of the most incredible tours my family and I took while we were in Australia. Brett, our guide, was s
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gbdev
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Koalas and much, much more,
This was an excellent tour. We wanted to see some of Australia’s unique wildlife in its natural habitat. This tour
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13betty
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WOW!
Brett was our guide on this tour from the cruise ship. He was excellent! We saw the kangaroos and two koalas. Th
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smmiller888
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Great Day with Wildlife in Australia
We cannot say enough great things about this experience. Hayley was a fabulous guide and made the day for our smal
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422milliek
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The Perfect Day Discovering Wildlife
My husband and I spent 3 days with our guide (Dan) and loved every minute of it. Dan was extremely knowledgeable a
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4birgito
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wonderful
Very good guide, he did know a lot about the animals, a unik possibility to see the animals close up
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Kelly G
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Fabulous-beyond our dreams
We did the three day Great Ocean Road tour with Hailey. She was wonderful, knowledgeable, passionate, and friendly
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niaandscott
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Great day out
We went as a family of 4. The group was small and our guide Amy was very informative. It was great ti see these ani
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Kathy C
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What a great experience!
We learned so much about Koalas and Kangaroos on our walkabout. We loved exploring the bush and learning about its
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Jotum
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Loved it
Had a tour from the cruise ship to see Koalas and Kangaroos. And we really did. Started off with a bonus of some em
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  • Duration: 8h
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