Southern Australia 15-28 September 2021
This is the second part of our ‘best of Australian Wildlife’ Tour which we are offering either as a separate northern and southern Australian sectors, or as a combined 28-day megatour.
This Southern Australian sector covers iconic areas such as Lamington National Park in southern Queensland, Kangaroo Island South Australia and Bruny Island, Mount Field National Park and Cradle Mountain in Tasmania. It has been designed to adjoin a Northern Australian sector (1-15 September 2021).
The tour will be led by Inala’s Dr Tonia Cochran with local guides in each location.
Day 1. Wed 15 Sept 21. Brisbane to Lamington NP (=Day 15 Fly CNS-BNE for northern tour). Accom: O’Reilly’s.
Day 2. Thu 16 Sept 21. Lamington National Park. Accom: O’Reilly’s.
Day 3. Fri 17 Sept 21. Lamington National Park. Accom: O’Reilly’s.
Day 4. Sat 18 Sept 21. O’Reilly’s to Brisbane and fly Adelaide-KI. Accom: Kangaroo Island.
Day 5. Sun 19 Sept 21. Kangaroo Island. Accom: Kangaroo Island.
Day 6. Mon 20 Sept 21. Kangaroo Island to Adelaide. Accom: Adelaide.
Day 7. Tue 21 Sept 21. Fly Adelaide to Hobart, Tasmania. Accom: Hobart.
Day 8. Wed 22 Sept 21. Hobart to Bruny Island. Accom: Bruny Island.
Day 9. Thu 23 Sept 21. Bruny Island and eco-cruise. Accom: Bruny Island.
Day 10. Fri 24 Sept 21. Bruny Island to Mount Field area. Accom: Hamilton
Day 11. Sat 25 Sept 21. Hamilton to Cradle Mountain. Accom: Cradle Mountain.
Day 12. Sun 26 Sept 21. Cradle Mountain. Accom: Cradle Mountain.
Day 13. Mon 27 Sept 21. Cradle Mountain to northern Tasmanian coastline. Accom: Hawley Beach.
Day 14. Tue 28 Sept 21. Depart Devonport.
B- breakfast; L- lunch; D-dinner
Day 1. Wednesday 15 September 2021. Brisbane to Lamington National Park (=Day 15 Fly Cairns-Brisbane for those on northern tour).
For those participants that are continuing from the northern Australian megatour, we will transfer to Cairns airport for our flight to Brisbane. The best flight option is Qantas flight CNS-BNE 09:05-11:05 based on the current 2021 flight schedules; flight time around 2 hours. We will meet those participants that are joining us for the Southern Australian tour on our arrival in Brisbane and then travel to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat on the plateau in the World Heritage listed Lamington National Park, deservedly one of the best-known birding locations in Australia, and home to a rich assemblage of both birds and mammals. This afternoon there will time enough for a first stroll in our lush rainforest surroundings.
Accommodation: O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat (en suite rooms). Meals included: L, D.
Days 2 & 3. Thursday 16 and Friday 17 September 2021. O’Reilly’s - Lamington National Park.
We have two full days to explore the areas around the lodge for birds and wildlife. Many of Australia’s best-known bird families are represented here, as are a range of the country’s endemic and most striking species, some of which occur right in the lodge grounds. You don’t have to venture far to see King Parrot, Crimson Rosella, Lewin's Honeyeater, the handsome Eastern Spinebill and Superb Fairy-wren. Additional birding highlights include Australian Brush-turkey, Wonga and Topknot Pigeon, the stunning Noisy Pitta, sought-after Albert’s Lyrebird, Green Catbird, the gaudy Regent Bowerbird, Logrunner and Paradise Riflebird (displaying, with luck!). The area is also good for mammal watching and by night we may see Mountain Brushtail Possum, while by day Red-legged and Red-necked Pademelon are regularly encountered.
Accommodation: O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat (en suite). Meals included: B, L, D.
Day 4. Saturday 18 September 2021. O’Reilly’s (Lamington National Park) to Brisbane and fly Adelaide.
This morning we will leave O’Reilly’s and wind our way down the mountain to return to Brisbane airport for our flight to Adelaide (The best flight option is a direct Qantas flight BNE-ADL 16:15-18:25 or Jetstar flight 13:25-15:40; flight time 2 hours 40 minutes based on the current 2021 flight schedules). On our arrival at Adelaide, we will transfer to our hotel with time for some local exploring in the Botanic Gardens before dinner.
Accommodation: Adelaide (en suite rooms). Meals included: B, L, D.
Days 5 & 6. Sunday 19 & Monday 20 September 2021. Fly Adelaide to Kangaroo Island.
This morning we will transfer to Adelaide airport for our flight to Kangaroo Island (The best flight option Qantas flight ADL-KGC 08:40-09; flight time 35 minutes based on the current 2021 flight schedules). We will spend two full days exploring Kangaroo Island. During our stay here we will search for Koalas (which have been introduced to the island) and visit a Conservation Park which is home to Tammar Wallaby (a species that is almost extinct on the adjoining mainland) and Kangaroo Island Kangaroo (a subspecies of Western Grey Kangaroo that only occurs here). We will also visit a beautiful sandy beach to see Australian Sealions, watch their pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding biology. Nearby Cape du Couedic is also home to a Long-nosed (New Zealand) fur seal colony which now number over 50,000 after being decimated by hunting in the early 1800’s. We should also be able to see some Australian fur seals and we will also be looking for Short-beaked Echidna (a distinct sub-species lives on the island). The island is also home to a range of rare birds including Cape Barren Goose and Glossy Black Cockatoo. Our accommodation is situated near a known black cockatoo roost which will maximise our chances of seeing this beautiful endangered species. Late afternoon on our second day of touring we will transfer back to Kingscote airport for our flight back to Adelaide. The best flight time is Qantas flight KGC-ADL 15:00-15:40; flight time 40 minutes based on current 2021 flight schedule).
Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Lodge (en suite bay view rooms) on night 5 and Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide (en suite rooms) on night 6. Meals included: B, L, D both days.
Day 7. Tuesday 21 September 2021. Fly Adelaide to Hobart, Tasmania.
This morning we will transfer back to Adelaide airport for our flight to Hobart where we will start our Tasmanian adventure. (The best flight option is ADL-MEL 06:05-07:55 and MEL-HBA 08:25-09:40 based on current 2021 flight schedule). On arrival at Hobart, we begin our explorations of spectacular Tasmania by visiting several reserves in the Hobart area including Mount Wellington. This mountain, at a height of 1270m, affords spectacular views of the city and surrounding landscape on a clear day. Here we will also take a walk through a fern glade with towering tree ferns where we have our first chance to see the endemic and rather shy Scrubtit as well as Tasmanian Scrubwren and the stunning Pink Robin. Further endemic highlights we will look for today include Green Rosella, Tasmanian Native Hen, Black Currawong and Yellow Wattlebird.
Accommodation: The Old Woolstore Hotel (en suite hotel rooms). Meals included: B, L, D.
Day 8. Wednesday 22 September 2021. Hobart to Bruny Island.
This morning we will travel to Bruny Island. Situated 40km south of Hobart, Bruny Island is separated from the Tasmanian mainland by the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and accessed by a vehicle ferry. The ferry trip takes approximately 15 minutes where one can enjoy some wonderful scenery and possibly Little Penguins or dolphins alongside the ferry. We will travel to ‘Inala’, a privately owned 1,500-acre wildlife sanctuary which is home to all 12 Tasmanian endemic bird species including one of the largest known colonies of endangered Forty-spotted Pardalote. Strong-billed, Yellow-throated and Black-headed Honeyeaters, Dusky Robin and Green Rosella are also regulars here. Several hides and platforms have also been built around the property which provide close views of some very special species, including a variety of raptors. If we are fortunate, we may encounter the striking white morph Grey Goshawks that are residents of the Inala Reserve. The main mammal species we are likely to see here are Red-necked (Bennett’s) Wallaby and Tasmanian Pademelon. We will also take time to enjoy the interesting flora of the area, including Tasmanian endemic species and relics from the ancient Gondwanan Supercontinent. This afternoon we will visit Bruny’s southern coastline to view the second oldest lighthouse in Australia and search for species such as Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Olive Whistler and Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo. Here we also have a chance to see the Tasmanian subspecies of Short-beaked Echidna. After dinner, we will visit the Little Penguin and Short-tailed Shearwater colony to view these species at their burrows.
Accommodation: Inala & Nairana Cottages at Inala and additional cottages nearby, Bruny Island. Meals Included: B, L, D.
Day 9. Thursday 23 September 2021. Bruny Island.
This morning after breakfast we will join a wilderness cruise to Bruny’s southern coastline for the opportunity to see some spectacular coastal scenery and visit an Australian fur seal haul-out (weather permitting). This also provides the opportunity to see a range of seabirds including albatross (Shy Albatross is the most common species seen), Black-faced cormorants and possibly also Common Diving petrel. A range of cetaceans such as Bottle-nosed and Common Dolphins and Hump-backed and Southern Right Whale are also possible on this trip. This afternoon we will have the chance to explore historic and scenically beautiful Adventure Bay. There are possibilities for some beach walks where we may see Hooded Plover, and we will visit a cool temperate rainforest. We will also search for Bruny’s rare and famous “white wallabies” which are an almost albino genetic variation of the Bennett’s wallaby. We will enjoy another night trip tonight, for the chance to see a range of Tasmania’s nocturnal marsupials, including Tasmanian Pademelon, Eastern Quoll (a relative of the Tasmanian Devil), Bennett’s Wallaby and Brush-tailed Possums (which also rarely occur as a golden colour form here). We also have a good chance of seeing Long-nosed Potoroo.
Accommodation: Inala & Nairana Cottages at Inala and additional cottages nearby, Bruny Island as for last night. Meals Included: B, L, D.
Day 10. Friday 24 September 2021. Bruny Island to Mt Field area.
This morning we will depart Bruny Island and travel to Mount Field National Park. This area is a great place to experience a range of habitats from fern gullies with waterfalls, to alpine heathland and cool temperate rainforest boasting some of the tallest Eucalyptus in Australia. Today we have a good chance of seeing the bizarre Platypus, the other species of Australian monotreme. In the late afternoon, we will make our way out of the park to a nearby farm-stay accommodation where we will spend the night. Accommodation: Curringa Farm cottages, Hamilton (en suite cottage style). Meals Included: B, L, D.
Day 11. Saturday 25 September 2021. Mt Field area to Tasmanian North Coast.
This morning we will leave the Mt Field area and travel towards the Cradle Mountain area. We will stop en route at points of interest during the day and will arrive at our accommodation near the National Park in the late afternoon.
Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel (en suite rooms), Cradle Mountain. Meals Included: B, L, D.
Day 12. Sunday 26 September 2021. Cradle Mountain area.
Today we have a full day to explore the Cradle Mountain area. We will search for some more of Tasmania’s endemic bird species like the Black Currawong, which is common in these areas of higher altitude. This is also a good area to view Common Wombat. We will also enjoy some of the interesting plants found here, which include ancient rainforest species and Gondwanan relics such as Pencil and King Billy Pines, Myrtle and the famous Fagus (Nothofagus gunnii) which is Tasmania’s only deciduous tree. We will also visit the replica of “Waldheim”, the home of the Austrian Gustav Weindorfer, whose love of the area inspired the establishment of the national park. Tonight, we will drive back into the National Park in the hope of Tasmanian Devil and Spotted-tailed Quoll.
Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel (en suite rooms), Cradle Mountain as for last night. Meals Included: B, L, D.
Day 13. Monday 27 September 2021. Cradle Mountain to northern Tasmanian coastline.
This morning we will visit a Wildlife Sanctuary where some of Tasmania’s rarer mammal species can be seen, including Tasmanian Devil, quolls and wombats “up close and personal”. We will then travel to a reserve where we have another excellent chance of seeing Platypus before visiting Narawntapu National Park. The Park was created as a refuge for the Tasmanian form of Eastern Grey Kangaroo (known locally as Forester Kangaroo) which can usually be seen grazing during the late afternoon. This area boasts some impressive marsupial lawns (well grazed areas frequented by marsupials) that also hold some of the highest densities of Tasmanian Pademelons and Red-necked Wallabies in Tasmania and is often referred to as the “Serengeti of Tasmania”. We will then travel to our B&B at nearby Hawley Beach where we will enjoy a gourmet home-cooked farewell dinner. After dinner there will be another optional night walk to search for Southern Brown Bandicoot and Long-nosed Potoroo.
Accommodation: Hawley House (en suite stable rooms), Hawley Beach. Meals Included: B, L, D.
Day 14. Tuesday 28 September 2021. Depart Tasmania.
This morning we will farewell our fellow travellers and guides and make our way to the airport where we will depart on our homeward journey. Note: Flight options and departure points to be confirmed. Devonport airport is the closest airport and only 20 mins drive from Hawley House. The best flight option is therefore Qantas flight DPO-MEL 10:10-11:25 although there is an earlier flight 06:30-07:45 if participants need to connect to a morning international flight. Alternatively, we could depart from Launceston airport to connect with a domestic flight (suggest Qantas flight LST-MEL 10:15-11:20 or LST-MEL-SYD 10:15-11:20 and 12:00-13:25) (to allow for travel time from the accommodation). Flight times based on the current 2021 flight schedules and flight time from either DPO or LST to MEL is around 1 hour.
Accommodation: none. Meals Included: breakfast.
PRICING AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (AUD$):
Price per person twin share:
WAS $13,625. Single supplement: $3,330.
NOW 15% discount for Australian clients: $11,585 per person twin share and $2,830 single suppl.
Further discount for taking both sectors: $22,950 reduced from $27,500 per person twin share and $5,000 single supplement reduced from $6,630).
Price based on a group size of 6-8 people with local guides throughout or 9-12 people + Dr Tonia Cochran leading and local guides in each location.
Inclusions: 13 nights’ accommodation, transport and specialist guiding for day and night tours as outlined above, all meals, entrance fees and activities including the trip to the Great Barrier Reef as outlined in the itinerary, transport, National Park entry fees and activities. Also includes Goods and Services Tax (=VAT)
alcoholic beverages, gratuities, laundry service, personal expenditure or international/domestic flights. Also does not include helicopter flight at Kings Canyon.
Flights not included in price but are best options based on current 2021 flight schedules. We will provide final flight details closer to the time of departure.
B- breakfast; L- lunch; D-dinner