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 will share 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 7.5-hour wildlife excursion, you’ll be dropped off back at the original departure point in the early evening.