Aus­tralia’s Iconic Wildlife Dis­cov­ery

The ’wildest’ thing you’ll dis­cover about Mel­bourne is the in­cred­i­ble di­ver­sity of an­i­mals, birds and forests that fringe the world’s most live­able city.

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The list of uniquely Aus­tralian wildlife on Mel­bourne’s doorstep is im­pres­sive. Duck-billed Platy­pus, Eastern Grey Kan­ga­roo, Swamp Wal­laby, Eastern-barred Bandi­coot, South­ern Brown Bandi­coot, Koala, Wom­bat, Grey-headed Fly­ing Fox, Su­perb Lyre­bird, Greater Glider, Yel­low-bel­lied Glider, Sugar Glider, Ring-tailed Pos­sum, Brush-tailed Pos­sum, Aus­tralian Fur Seal, Bot­tlenose Dolphin, Lit­tle Pen­guin and Weedy Sea Dragon are just a few of the species that you can see around Mel­bourne ... not to men­tion cock­a­toos and par­rots, fairy-wrens and hon­eyeaters that make up a quar­ter of all Aus­tralia’s bird life.

High­lights:

The most com­pre­hen­sive va­ri­ety of iconic Aus­tralian an­i­mals for any tour in Aus­tralia The per­fect gate­way des­ti­na­tion on your jour­ney to ex­pe­ri­ence Aus­tralia’s amaz­ing nat­u­ral world Great photo op­por­tu­ni­ties

Itin­er­ary:

Day 1 Ar­riv­ing in Mel­bourne and pick­ing up your hire car, you’ll head to a lo­ca­tion on the Yarra River and meet one of our guides to watch platy­pus in the evening be­fore a night stay­ing in the city.

Day 2 Self drive to the You Yangs and join a tour to see wild Koalas and Swamp Wal­la­bies and find out how your visit con­trib­utes to their con­ser­va­tion. Af­ter din­ner, you'll head to the Roth­well Sanc­tu­ary to spot­light mam­mals at this preda­tor-proofed pri­vate re­serve that pro­tects the last of the main­land Eastern-barred Bandi­coots, as well as South­ern Brown Bandi­coots, rein­tro­duced Ru­fous Bet­tongs and Eastern Quolls (both ex­tinct on main­land Aus­tralia).

Day 3 Drive to Kew and see roost­ing Grey-headed Fly­ing Foxes (fruit bats) then drive east to the Dan­de­nong Ranges for lunch among Crim­son Rosel­las, King Par­rots and Sul­phur-crested Cock­a­toos. Af­ter a short drive to Healesville, you'll be met by your na­ture guide for an af­ter­noon and evening search­ing for Su­perb Lyre­birds, Wom­bats,

Greater Glid­ers, Sugar Glid­ers, Ring-tailed Pos­sums, Brush-tailed Pos­sums, Yel­low-bel­lied Glid­ers, Tawny Frog­mouth, Pow­er­ful and Boo­book Owls. The night will be spent in Healesville.

Day 4 The fol­low­ing morn­ing you have some free time to ex­plore Healesville, lunch at the fa­mous Healesville Sanc­tu­ary, then take a two hour drive to Sor­rento on the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula for the next stage of your quest.

Day 5 You’ll start the day with a boat trip and morn­ing swim with Bot­tlenose Dol­phins, Aus­tralian Fur Seals and Aus­tralasian Gan­nets be­fore re­turn­ing for lunch. Then in the af­ter­noon, you’ll snorkel with Weedy Sea Dragons (a colour­ful cam­ou­flaged seahorse). Fi­nally, you’ll drive back to St Kilda for din­ner and a pri­vate guided tour to see wild ur­ban Lit­tle Pen­guins and the op­por­tu­nity to see an­other na­tive mam­mal - Rakali or Wa­ter Rat.

Day 6 Drop off hire car, ex­plore the city and de­part Mel­bourne.

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