The Wildiaries Experience
A New Way to See Rare Creatures and Wild Places

No. 26, June 2015

Would You Like Some Winter Wildlife-Watching Therapy?

Dear #firstname#

W inter has its own special set of reasons to rug up and head out for a wildife encounter. In this edition, we've identified three of our favourite activities around Melbourne, as well as some of the trips we have coming up elsewhere.

Winter is the season when Humpback Whales and Southern Right Whales start returning to Australia. It's also when Superb Lyrebirds are in full song ... it's their breeding season right now. In Port Phillip Bay, Spider Crabs have begun marching to breed, and for mammal-watchers, the longer nights make for great spotlighting - families can head out straight after dinner and still get the kids in bed at a reasonable time!

Are you looking for some winter wildlife therapy - an excuse to get outdoors, occupy the family away from the TV and experience something new?

First up, we're going to be on Phillip Island. We've picked the peak weekend for Humpback migration (18-19 July) so you can join us for dinner and a talk, then we'll take you out on a boat trip on Sunday to search for whales.

You can also book a spotlighting trip near Healesville with Karen Garth or head to the You Yangs and Serendip to meet Melbourne guide Paul Hackett for a special introduction to native birds.

Simon Mustoe
Founder, Wildiaries


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Melbourne's Yarra Ranges are home to Australia's gliding possums or 'gliders' as they are known. The largest, the Greater Glider, makes its den in ancient trees, emerging from holes after dark and clambering precariously in ... click here.


Cashing in on a cheap winter deal with the Spirit of Tasmania, we arrived in Devonport and picked up the hire car before heading out to Mountain Valley for a wildlife-watching trip with the kids ... click here.

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Humpback Whale-Watching Weekend - 18-19 JULY,

Each year Humpback Whales hit Victorian shores for a few short weeks on their way from the Antarctic to their summer breeding grounds in Queensland. This trip, at the very peak of whale migration season, has a very high success rate in seeing these majestic animals. This is also your chance to join whale experts including Wildiaries founder Simon Mustoe and biologist Dave Donnelly.

Native Animal Spotlighting - available most evenings,

Join Karen on a tour to Badger Weir where, in the dead of night, you'll search for one of Melbourne's most endearing and secretive native animals - the Greater Glider. An extended afternoon/evening tour will give you chance to also look for day animals, including wild Platypus.

An Introduction to Birding for Families - 8 JULY,

Melbourne naturalist Paul Hackett will take you and your family on a tour of the You Yangs and Serendip Sanctuary to learn about its wetland and forest birds. This unassuming region of Melbourne is actually one of the richest in the whole of Australia. In a radius of little more than 30 km, a quarter of all Australia's bird life occurs.


Great Barrier Reef Family Discovery - 7 -11 July, QUOIN IS/HERON IS

Days: 5 | From: $3,500 per family (2+2)

It's the ultimate nature-based trip for kids ... a chance to spend a few days in the company of reef and sea turtle expert Tim Harvey, a truly amazing wildlife guide. On this very special tour your children will learn to snorkel and swim with sharks and rays, meet turtles at a private rehabilitation centre and learn about reef ecology on an island that we consider to be about the best reef destination in the world.

Humpback Whale Swims - 31 July- 2 Aug, HERVEY BAY

Days: 2 | From: $1,800 per person

A unique awe-inspiring trip to safely commune with one of the world's largest animals, alongside a small group of passionate, like-minded people. Learn from whale biologist Peter Lynch's 30 years of experience why, Hervey Bay and its whales, are world-renowned. These are experiences that move many to tears and leave none unchanged.

Tasmanian Wildlife Family Discovery - 19 - 22 Sep, NORTHERN TASMANIA

Days: 4 | From: $1,700 per cabin (price TBC based on expressions of interest)

On this trip we get exclusive use of a private nature sanctuary and log cabins at the best location (and one of our most favourite) in Tasmania to see wild Tasmanian Devils. No TV, no internet, just walking and exploring and learning about nature. This world-famous wildlife destination is only a hop and skip from Melbourne and is the perfect place to immerse yourself in one of Australia's most unique wildlife experiences.

A Journey in Sound - 25 - 28 Sep, EAST GIPPSLAND

Days: 4 | From: $2,100 per person

Communication is at the heart of who we are ... but what do you know about the way you interact with the world around you? Ever wondered if there is more to the way you interact with the people and environment around you? This trip takes us into one of Victoria's quietest regions, where you will learn to listen to the world in a new way, appreciating sound and music from an entirely fresh perspective. Sound expert Andrew Skeoch will oversee your journey to explore how nature uses sound to communicate, survive and adapt.

Books and Apps

Whale App

Whales and Dolphins of Australia, New Zealand and the Antarctic

Voted #1 by Australian Geographic

Art Book

Troubled Waters Trailing the Albatross (Wildlife Art Series)

Troubled Waters by artist Bruce Pearson


eBook: True Tales of an Outback Guide

True Tales of an Outback Guide


Book: 101 Best Beaches Book

101 Best Beaches

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