Wild about Wildlife

Melbourne - Hobart - Melbourne

Australia is famous for its weird and wonderful wildlife, and spotting a kangaroo in the wild is often the holiday highlight for visitors travelling in Australia for the first time. This Two Week Walkabout itinerary will give you a great chance to see some of the country's cutest creatures.

Days One to Four – Melbourne and surrounds

Start your trip in Melbourne, an eclectic city famous for hosting fantastic events such as the Australian Open tennis and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Check out what's on before you go so you don't miss out.

Melbourne is also a great gateway to some of Australia's most amazing spots including Phillip Island, famous for its colony of penguins, and the Twelve Apostles rock formation on the Great Ocean Road. Take a helicopter ride to spot whales or a kayak tour with the seals. The Healesville Sanctuary in the Yarra Valley, home to platypus, koalas, wallabies and emus is also worth a visit. For a behind-the-scenes view of a real wildlife hospital, visit the Australian Wildlife Health Centre.

If you're a nature nut you'll want to get out and about straight away. However, it's worth spending at least a day or two in Melbourne itself relaxing after the flight with spa treatments, time spent meandering the laneways and lazy lunches overlooking the sea. A great start to your Two Week Walkabout!

Melbourne and surrounds highlights include:

  • Relaxing on the beach down at St Kilda
  • Exploring the city on a Harley Davidson Tour
  • Enjoying dinner aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant; enjoy passing scenery while you dine
  • Watching the Little Penguins as they waddle up the beach in their hundreds on Phillip Island

Days Five to Nine - Tasmania

Fly from Melbourne across to Tasmania to meet some more Aussie wildlife. This island paradise, just an hour from the mainland, offers visitors so much, and even if you've never been to Australia before, Tassie will prove a great addition to your itinerary. As well as the wildlife, you'll experience a friendly welcome, great food and wine, lots of things to see and do and some of the world's most beautiful scenery.

The island can be roughly divided in to five main areas: Hobart and surrounds; the East coast; Launceston, the Tamar and the North; the North West coast; and the Western Wilderness. The island can change from rainforest valleys and highland lakes, to long white beaches within just a 90 minute drive, so you're in for a visual feast.

Hire a car, plan your route and get going! Just take care when driving at dusk and at night as the animals all come out to play. The island is teeming with wildlife and there are lots of opportunities to interact with the animals as well as to snap them on camera. Even on a short bush walk you may come across a wombat or wallaby, and if you want to get more involved sign up for a voluntourism placement at one of the parks – an incredible experience!

Tasmania highlights include:

  • Volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary to learn more about Tassie devils
  • Joining one of the guided walks to get back to nature and immerse yourself in this island paradise
  • Eating the delicious local produce and drinking award winning local wines against a stunning scenic backdrop
  • Finding out about the island's rich Aboriginal heritage
  • A visit to Port Arthur to find out more about the island's fascinating convict history
  • White water rafting the ferocious Franklin River

Days Ten to Fourteen – you decide!

Fly back to the mainland and hire a beach house, spending your last few days enjoying BBQs overlooking the sea, coastal walks, and relaxing in the sun. There are beach houses to rent across Australia so pick a spot and live the Aussie lifestyle before heading home.

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