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Mega Mammal Tour

April 3-11 2023 (6x spots left)

Mega Mammal Tour (9-day all inclusive)

Dates: April 3-11 2023

Summary:

Come and join Treeswift Wildlife & Nature on the Australian mammal watching experience of a lifetime! A 9-day / 8-night tour across Victoria tracking down some of the rarest and most unique mammal species of the planet on an all-inclusive tour. Departing from Melbourne, we’ll explore vast rainforest, open sea, coastal scrub, dry woodland, mallee forest, open plains, heathland and tall mountain ranges targeting over 50 species of endemic Australian mammals. Highlight species include Leadbeater’s Possum, Southern Greater Glider, Long-nosed Potoroo, Eastern Pygmy Possum, Platypus, Koala, Feathertail Glider, Silky Mouse, Brush-tailed Phascogale, Spot-tailed Quoll, Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby and many more! See a full list of key species and itinerary at the bottom of the page.

What makes this experience different is the custom itinerary especially design around getting the most of mammal watching in this part of southeast Australia. That means use of thermal imaging equipment, spotlighting every night (with dedicated rest hours in the day for sleeping), a private bat-box survey event, 2x boating events for dolphins, seals and cetaceans, multiple opportunities for hard-to-get species, and a private spotlighting event at Mt Rothwell Conservation & Research Reserve.

This is your opportunity to experience the wonder of Australia’s incredible mammal species in this small-group mammal watching extravaganza. Places are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Trip Details:

  • All accommodation included (single supplement also available)
  • All travel included (travel in a brand new 5-star ANCAP safe vehicle)
  • Travel in a small 6-8 private group
  • No big tour buses and large groups
  • Unbelievable photography opportunities
  • Led by 2x expert guides / professional photographers
  • Get up close with some of the rarest mammals on the planet
  • Access to private reserves & national park fees included
  • All field equipment included (scopes, spotlights, bat detectors, thermal monocular, field guides, etc)
  • Wildlife Watching Ethics: all animals/habitats treated with respect and low disturbance
  • Checklists & trip reports provided at the end of the trip
  • First Aid & Covid-Safe experience
  • A moderate level of fitness required (walking each day, though slow paced for wildlife)
  • Focus is on mammals, however we will also likely connect with over 150 species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, etc along the way
  • BBQ dinner on final night & lunch on the first day
  • Please note that only snacks, fruit, water, tea/coffee, etc is included. We will actively stop for food between our events

Locations, Itinerary, Target Species:

Day 1: Melbourne / Phillip Island
Target Species: Grey-headed Flying Fox, Southern Brown Bandicoot, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Short-beaked Echidna, Swamp Wallaby, Koala, Common Wombat, Bush Rat, Swamp Rat, Brown Fur Seal, Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Krefft’s Glider, Common Brushtail Possum, Common Ringtail Possum, Rakali

Day 2: Port Phillip Bay / Yarra Ranges
Target Species: Common Short-beaked Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, Brown Fur Seal, Leadbeater’s Possum, Yellow-bellied Glider, Southern Greater Glider, Krefft’s Glider, Mountain Brushtail Possum, Southern Long-nosed Bandicoot, Common Wombat, Agile Antechinus, Swamp Antechinus

Day 3: East Gippsland / Marlo
Target Species: Red-necked Wallaby, Dusky Antechinus, Platypus, Long-nosed Potoroo, Long-footed Potoroo, Bush Rat, Mountain Brushtail Possum, Common Wombat, Feathertail Glider, Southern Greater Glider, Yellow-bellied Glider, Eastern Pygmy Possum, Southern Long-nosed Bandicoot

Day 4: Far East Gippsland
Target Species: Red-necked Wallaby, Sugar Glider, Feathertail Glider, Koala, Southern Greater Glider, Yellow-bellied Glider, Common Ringtail Possum, Swamp Rat, Mainland Dusky Antechinus, Common Wombat, Humpback Whale, New Zealand Fur Seal, Agile Antechinus

Day 5: Central Victoria / Travel Day
Target Species: Platypus, Brush-tailed Phascogale, Squirrel Glider, Swamp Wallaby, Yellow-footed Antechinus

Day 6: Central Victoria / Little Desert NP
Target Species: Yellow-footed Antechinus, Western Pygmy Possum, Western Grey Kangaroo, Red Kangaroo, Silky Mouse, Fat-tailed Dunnart

Day 7: Mallee / Little Desert NP
Target Species: Red Kangaroo, Southern Brown Bandicoot, Western Pygmy Possum, Western Grey Kangaroo, Silky Mouse, Feathertail Glider, Fat-tailed Dunnart, Red-necked Wallaby, Short-beaked Echidna

Day 8: Southwest Victoria Coast
Target Species: Koala, Brown Fur Seal, NZ Fur Seal, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Long-nosed Potoroo, Grey-headed Flying Fox, Krefft’s Glider, Swamp Wallaby, Platypus

Day 9: Ballarat / Mt Rothwell / Bat-Box Survey
Target Species: Rakali, Koala, Eastern Quoll, Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby, Spot-tailed Quoll, Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Rufous Bettong, Eastern Bettong, Red-bellied Pademelon, Gould’s Wattled Bat, Chocolate Wattled Bat, Southern Forest Bat, Little Forest Bat, White-stiped Freetailed Bat, Large Forest Bat, etc

Full List of Target Species:

  • Eastern Grey Kangaroo
  • Swamp Wallaby
  • Red-necked Wallaby
  • Western Grey Kangaroo
  • Red Kangaroo
  • Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby
  • Long-nosed Potoroo
  • Long-footed Potoroo

  • Short-beaked Echidna
  • Platypus
  • Common Ringtail Possum
  • Common Brushtail Possum
  • Mountain Brushtail Possum
  • Eastern Pygmy Possum
  • Leadbeater’s Possum

  • Koala
  • Common Wombat

  • Southern Brown Bandicoot
  • Southern Long-nosed Bandicoot
  • Eastern Barred Bandicoot

  • Eastern Quoll
  • Spot-tailed Quoll

  • Bush Rat
  • Australian Swamp Rat
  • Agile Antechinus
  • Brush-tailed Phascogale
  • Yellow-footed Antechinus
  • Rakali
  • Mainland Dusky Antechinus
  • Swamp Antechinus
  • Fat-tailed Dunnart
  • Slender-tailed Dunnart
  • White-footed Dunnart

  • Sugar Glider
  • Krefft’s Glider
  • Squirrel Glider
  • Southern Greater Glider
  • Yellow-bellied Glider
  • Feather-tailed Glider

  • Grey-headed Flying Fox

  • White-striped Freetail Bat
  • Yellow-bellied Sheath-tailed Bat
  • Chocolate Wattled Bat
  • Gould’s Wattled Bat
  • Eastern Broad-nosed Bat
  • Large Forest Bat
  • Little Forest Bat
  • Southern Forest Bat
  • Lesser Long-eared Bat
  • Gould’s Long-eared Bat
  • Eastern False Pipistrelle
  • Southern Freetail Bat
  • Inland Forest Bat
  • Large-footed Myotis

  • Brown Fur Seal
  • Humpback Whale
  • Common Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Southern Right Whale
  • New Zealand Fur Seal
  • Common Dolphin

  • Silky Mouse
  • Heath Mouse
  • Smoky Mouse
  • New Holland Mouse

Introduced Species:

  • Red Fox
  • European Rabbit
  • Brown Hare
  • European Fallow Deer
  • Sambar
  • Indochinese Hog Deer
  • House Mouse
  • Black Rat
  • Brown Rat
  • (Domestic) Cat
  • (Feral) Goat

Mega Mammal Tour

Prices:

2024 dates are now available (8-16 April 2024). Please get in touch if you’re interested in reserving your place. Email us at [email protected] 

Southern Greater Glider
Short-beaked Echidna
Krefft's Glider
Red Kangaroo
Spot-tailed Quoll
Long-nosed Potoroo
Short-beaked Common Dolphin
Koala
Eastern Barred Bandicoot
Grey-headed Flying Fox
Swamp Wallaby
Mountain Brushtail Possum
Common Ringtail Possum
Brown Fur Seal