Bay to Hin­ter­land

The Wildiaries Experience Travel Brochure - - Contents -

Ex­pe­ri­ence world-fa­mous wet­lands, en­dan­gered wildlife, en­demic dol­phins, ur­ban pen­guins and her­itage hos­pi­tal­ity a short dis­tance from Aus­tralia’s se­cond-largest city.

Mel­bourne is sit­u­ated at the top of Port Phillip Bay, a 2,000 km2 ‘in­land sea’ that is home to Lit­tle Pen­guins, Bot­tlenose Dol­phins and fringed by in­ter­na­tion­ally im­por­tant wet­lands. Dur­ing this four day tour, you’ll see thou­sands of wa­ter­birds, look for koalas, kan­ga­roos and wal­la­bies, take a boat trip to in search of dol­phins and seals (maybe even the odd al­ba­tross). You’ll ex­plore the Roth­well Sanc­tu­ary, a huge preda­tor-proofed grass­land where the last of main­land Aus­tralia’s Eastern Barred Bandi­coots roam, en­joy a pri­vate guided tour of Mel­bourne’s wild ur­ban pen­guins and stay at a Vic­to­rian man­sion set in ten hectares of for­mal gar­dens.


Day 1 Your first day in Mel­bourne you’ll pick up your hire car and drive to Wer­ribee for a day at leisure ex­plor­ing Wer­ribee Zoo and the gar­dens around your ac­com­mo­da­tion, a 60 room Ital­ianate style man­sion. Af­ter din­ner, you'll drive to the Roth­well Sanc­tu­ary for an evening spot­light­ing rare and en­dan­gered an­i­mals and learn­ing about the im­por­tant con­ser­va­tion work at this pri­vate na­ture re­serve.

Day 2 Ac­com­pa­nied by your ex­pert na­ture guide, you’ll en­joy a day tour of the in­ter­na­tion­ally-ac­claimed wet­lands on Port Phillip Bay's western shores and a trip to the You Yangs to search for Koalas.

Day 3 You’ll drive to the bay­side town of Queen­scliff and join a dis­cov­ery tour of the south­ern Port Phillip Bay by boat, where you can see Bot­tlenose Dol­phins, Aus­tralian Fur Seals and Aus­tralasian Gan­nets. Re­turn­ing to Mel­bourne that af­ter­noon you’ll meet our lo­cal con­ser­va­tion ex­perts for a guided tour of the fa­mous ur­ban dwelling Lit­tle Pen­guins at St Kilda beach.

Day 4 Drop off the hire car and ex­plore the city of Mel­bourne be­fore de­part­ing.

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