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Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne

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Melbourne, Australia

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Get an up-close encounter with the amazing animals of Australia on this small-group wildlife tour. Traveling with an expert naturalist guide, explore the bush and grasslands of Melbourne’s western plains to spot roaming residents including wild kangaroos, koalas, emus, cockatoos and more. Learn about the natural habitats and behavior of these wonderful creatures, and enjoy a gourmet lunch on this full-day tour. Numbers are limited to 10 to ensure a personalized experience.
  • Enjoy a full-day away from the hustle and bustle of the city and get up close to wild kangaroos and koalas in the wild
  • Small group naturalist guided tour, maximum of 10 people, ensures a personal and intimate experience
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch or dinner of gourmet sandwiches, fruit, and cake
  • Learn about the research project and the history of the You Yangs Park
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
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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)
Gratuities
Due to timings, this tour is not recommended for passengers arriving & departing via cruise ship

Departure Point

Pullman Melbourne on Swanston, 195 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Departure Time

12:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After morning pickup from select Melbourne hotels, travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to a national park in the western plains (see Hotel Pickup tab for details). Follow your guide on a relatively flat and easy bushwalk through a wildlife sanctuary, where you’re likely to spot wild koalas in their natural habitat. Learn about the park’s ongoing koala research project and conservation efforts to protect the furry critters. Feel free to ask any questions of your knowledgeable guide, who is actively involved in wildlife preservation efforts.

Travel to various locations throughout the park and get out of the vehicle for up to five different walks through grasslands, bush, and watery billabongs. Observe ‘mobs’ of wild kangaroos, free-roaming emus, and flocks of noisy cockatoos in their natural surroundings. Your guide shares background information on the area, which holds great significance for the local aboriginal people of the Wathaurong tribe. 

Midway through your tour, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch surrounded by the rustic beauty of the park. Top off your meal with cakes, coffee and traditional Australian billy tea—a popular way of refreshing while in the bush.

At the end of your wildlife excursion, you’re dropped off back at the original departure point in the early evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Echidna Walkabout - Day Tours
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Echidna Walkabout

If you cancel at least 8 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 7 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne.

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Fab conservation tour
Judy_D
, Jul 2020
Fantastic trip! My Guide Dan, had great knowledge and passion for the wildlife and conservation. I was fortunate enough to see, Koalas, Kangaroos, birds, including black swans, geese, parrots etc. Also saw ancient trees, native plants and flowers. Worth every minute!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Dear Judy_D, 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 wild koalas. Thank you so much for being involved and glad you had a fantastic 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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Terrific Day!
karbyrj
, Feb 2020
Terrific tour. Sam is a great guide. Our day started out as a misty cool day. Great day for seeing animals though. Saw four koalas in the morning. Watched a male koala feed for about 25 minutes low in the tree. After lunch saw a mob of 75 kangaroos. Thanks to Sam we were able to get within 35 m. Saw 5 emus including one male emu with chicks. The males raise the chicks. Went to a wetland area saw lots of waterfowl including a black Swan. Had a wonderful time!
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Exceptional day
skmom5
, Feb 2020
We were expecting a nice day, but this was awesome. We had a fabulous guide, Ashira, not sure of spelling. A trained environmentalist and a compassionate, friendly young man. Our sightings were fabulous and the knowledge he imparted was so very valuable. When taking a trek to view animals, you can never predict what and if you will encounter them. Our encounters were many and even if we hadn’t seen as many our knowledge base and respect for the bush would have been worth it.
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Ideal way to see Australian wildlife
johnkershaw
, Feb 2020
Relaxed and enjoyable trip. We saw koalas, kangaroo, emu, eagle and possum. The guide was friendly and knowledgable, he answered all our questions.
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Loved that we saw so many kangaroo
jawalthall
, Feb 2020
Amy was a great guide. She was very informative and a good driver. We enjoyed the tour very much. The lunch was very nice.
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Animals in the wild.
Adventure291266
, Dec 2019
That was one terrific day! Enjoyed seeing animals, got a lot of interesting information. Our guide was very knowledgeable, personal, knew exactly where animals could be found.
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Incredible day-tour adventure
Compass741878
, Nov 2019
We had such a great time getting close and personal with koalas and kangaroos , and emus, and more. It blow us away. Dan was super friendly and knowledgeable. Took us for half a day ride that we can never forget. We saw three Koalas from 20 ft away and then walk with a group of 70 kangaroos about 30 feet. Dan knew everything about different species and taught us all on how to navigate our way. My son and daughter had a blast. I recommend this half a day tour to anyone who visits Australia and wants to see the indigenous life out at their habitat.
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Great Trip
rhinojosa2019
, Nov 2019
Our Guide Dan was great! He had a good deal of knowledge. The Vehicle was comfortable and the trip had a bathroom stop.
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an incredible trip
Ambassador25905
, Nov 2019
The whole trip was fantastic, tour leader Sam was excellent and lovely guy. Knowing so much about koalas and kangaroos and sharing his knowledge with us. Really well done and organized, so many thanks for the best exprerience, Hiie, Sweden
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A Must Tour!!!
MaureenT227
, Oct 2019
Dan was an outstanding guide who has a passion for conservation and protection of koalas. We learned a great deal of information about the research that is being done and how koalas are being protected. We experienced an amazing sighting of a mob of kangaroos and were thrilled with lunch and tea. Wow! This tour is a must!!!
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