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Per Person $337 USD
Child (Ages 2-12) $281 USD
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If you are lucky, while walking along a river, you will see the elusive Platypus. This unique animal was at first believed to be a hoax made up by an explorer of the new World.

If you live in North America, or Europe, or anywhere other than Australia, you are just as likely to see Big Foot as you are to see a kangaroo when you're out on a hike. Luckily, you are going to Australia, and we have a guide that can help you track down its distinctive wildlife. We'll explore the bush of the Southern Highlands in search of kangaroos, koalas, platypus, emus, and wombats. Sure, you can head over to a zoo and see these animals behind glass, but we think it's time to bust out the adventurer inside all of us.

Ninety minutes outside of Sydney, you will find yourself heading off regularly-traveled roads and into the Southern Highlands for a personalized way of exploring the native bush. Field guides, binoculars, flashlights, and spotlights will be at your service as your on-board naturalist gives you the rundown on everything distinctive about Australian animals. As the afternoon rolls along, your chance of seeing wildlife will grow. Emus can be found in small groups. Wombats predominantly feed at night. Gliders hang out in trees foraging for food. The elusive platypus can be seen out and about on the river around dusk. Walk the tree line in search of the iconic koala. Keep your head on a swivel and your feet light!

Dinner at a typical Australian inn will help break up the day for the perfect rural experience. There isn't a better opportunity than this once-in-a-lifetime wilderness exploration.

Keep your eye out for the distinctive 2-thumbed scratch marks on Grey Gum trees. This means a Koala could be close by!

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Round trip transportation from area hotel
  • Naturalist guide
  • Exploration of Southern Highlands
  • Search for Australian wildlife
  • "Spotlighting" after dark in search of nocturnal animals
  • Lunch or afternoon tea and a country-style dinner
  • No zoos or nature parks!

Days of Operation

Mon - yes
Tue - no
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - no

Departures (local time)

  • 11:00 AM (11 hrs) April-September. Duration is approximate.
  • 12:00 PM (11 hrs) October-March. Duration is approximate.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
• As this is an authentic wildlife tour, we cannot guarantee that every animal mentioned in the description will be seen.
• The order of the tour can vary depending on the pattern of wildlife viewing at that time.


• This tour takes a maximum of 11 passengers.
• This tour can't accommodate luggage or include drop-offs or pickups at the airport.
• This tour is not recommended for travelers with limited mobility.
• This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 6.
• If you are traveling in a group of 4 or more passengers and are interested in this program on Tuesday, please contact us and we may be able to operate this program, depending on guide availability.