Lamington National Park, Kangaroo Island, and Tasmania
September 13 to 29, 2021
**Get 10% off your two-trip total when combining this safari with our Northern Australia tour on August 30 to September 16, 2021.**
Tour three states of southeastern Australia: Queensland, South Australia, and Tasmania to experience the best of its wildlife and scenery. Begin in spectacular Lamington National Park, with three nights at famous O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Close encounters with the resident wildlife will include amazing views of crimson rosellas, king parrots, satin and regent bowerbirds, as well as endemic marsupials. Travel to Kangaroo Island for two days of remarkable scenery and wildlife, including koalas, echidnas, sea lions, a host of new birds and, of course, kangaroos. The grand finale is a full six days in Tasmania for an in-depth look at its unique flora and fauna at Bruny Island, Cradle Mountain, and Mount Field and Narawntapu National Parks. Not only is Bruny Island, in southern Tasmania, your guide Tonia’s home, it is also the place to see endangered forty-spotted pardalote, and other Tasmanian endemic birds. After dark you can also see eastern quolls and little penguins. Spend one evening in hopes of seeing Tasmanian devils, something few people on this earth have the chance to experience. Enjoy a beautiful forest reserve with perfect streams for platypus, then visit Narawntapu National Park for great views of wombats, wallabies, and pademelons. We’re excited to offer this tour in partnership with Inala Nature Tours owner, Australian biologist, and guide, Tonia Cochran. Join Tonia as she leads the group throughout these rich wildlife areas of Australia, assisted by some of the best resident naturalists in the region.
- Explore Lamington National Park for two full days with three nights at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.
- Visit Kangaroo Island for two full days.
- Immerse in Tasmania for six full days, including Bruny Island, Cradle Mountain, and Mount Field National Park.
- Spend several nights looking for nocturnal mammals and other critters.
Begin your journey early on our Northern Australia tour from August 30 to September 16, 2021 and SAVE 10%. Visit the highlights of the Northern Territory and northern Queensland, including Ayers Rock, Kakadu National Park, and the Great Barrier Reef.
Itinerary updated: June 2019
|Sep 13-14||Travel to Brisbane, Australia.|
|Sep 15||Arrive in Brisbane, Australia from our Northern Australia tour or home, and travel to Lamington National Park.||O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Canungra||L, D|
|Sep 16-17||Explore Lamington National Park, home to a rich assemblage of birds and mammals.||O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Canungra||B, L, D|
|Sep 18||Drive to Brisbane and fly to Adelaide, and then to Kangaroo Island.||Kangaroo Island Lodge, Kangaroo Island||B, L, D|
|Sep 19||Full day exploring Kangaroo Island for kangaroos, sealions, fur seals, introduced koalas, and more.||Kangaroo Island Lodge, Kangaroo Island||B, L, D|
|Sep 20||Continue exploring Kangaroo Island, and then fly to Adelaide.||Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide||B, L, D|
|Sep 21||Fly to Hobart, Tasmania and visit surrounding reserves.||The Old Woolstore Hotel, Hobart||B, L, D|
|Sep 22||Travel to Bruny Island home to many endemic bird species and mammals.||Cottages, Bruny Island||B, L, D|
|Sep 23||Explore Bruny Island’s seabirds and nocturnal animals.||Cottages, Bruny Island||B, L, D|
|Sep 24||Travel to Mount Field National Park to experience the wildlife in fern gullies, alpine heathland, and temperate rainforest.||Curringa Farm Cottages, Hamilton||B, L, D|
|Sep 25||Travel to northern Tasmania, stopping en route for scenery and wildlife.||Cradle Mountain Lodge, Cradle Mountain||B, L, D|
|Sep 26||Search for Cradle Mountain’s endemic birds, interesting plants, and nocturnal animals in hopes of spotting Tasmanian devils.||Cradle Mountain Lodge, Cradle Mountain||B, L, D|
|Sep 27||Travel to the northern Tasmania coastline for its rarer mammals at Narawntapu National Park, known as the Serengeti of Tasmania.||Hawley House, Hawley Beach||B, L, D|
|Sep 28||Depart Tasmania for home.||B|
|Sep 29||Arrive home.|
Our Trip Leaders
Tonia Cochran is a wonderful guide, naturalist, and conservationist with a wide range of experience in Australian fauna and flora. Armed with a PhD in Zoology, she has a diverse professional career in science, conservation, and tourism. Her specialty is knowing the best places in Australia to find wildlife, something that is hard to do on your own. Tonia is a superb leader as proven by the many accolades she receives and will help you really understand what makes Australia tick.
A glimpse into our journey
Arrive in Brisbane from our Northern Australia tour or home
For those continuing on from our Northern Australia tour, you will fly to Brisbane from Cairns. Upon arrival, you will meet with the participants joining for this tour and then travel to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. It sits on the plateau in the World Heritage listed Lamington National Park, deservedly one of the best-known birding locations in Australia, and home to a rich assemblage of both birds and mammals. This afternoon there will time enough for a first stroll in your lush rainforest surroundings.
Explore Lamington National Park
You will have two full days to explore the areas around the lodge for birds and wildlife. Many of Australia’s best-known bird families are represented here, as are a range of the country’s endemic and most striking species, some of which occur right in the lodge grounds. You don’t have to venture far to see king parrot, crimson rosella, Lewin's honeyeater, the handsome eastern spinebill, and superb fairy-wren. Additional birding highlights include Australian brush-turkey, wonga and topknot pigeon, the stunning noisy pitta, sought-after Albert’s lyrebird, green catbird, the gaudy regent bowerbird, logrunner, and paradise riflebird (displaying, with luck!). The area is also good for mammal watching and by night you may see mountain brushtail possum, while by day red-legged and red-necked pademelon are regularly encountered.
Lamington National Park to Kangaroo Island
This morning you will leave O’Reilly’s and wind your way down the mountain to return to Brisbane airport for your flight to Adelaide and onto Kangaroo Island, a short 35-minute flight from Adelaide. Upon your arrival at Kangaroo Island you will transfer to your hotel for dinner.
Explore Kangaroo Island
Spend two full days exploring Kangaroo Island. During your stay here you will search for koalas (which have been introduced to the island) and visit a Conservation Park which is home to tammar wallaby (a species that is almost extinct on the adjoining mainland) and Kangaroo Island kangaroo (a subspecies of western grey kangaroo that only occurs here). You will also visit a beautiful sandy beach to see Australian sealions, watch their pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding biology. Nearby Cape du Couedic is also home to a long-nosed (New Zealand) fur seal colony which now number over 50,000 after being decimated by hunting in the early 1800’s. You should also be able to see some Australian fur seals, while also looking for short-beaked echidna (a distinct subspecies that lives on the island). The island is also home to a range of rare birds including Cape Barren goose and glossy black cockatoo. Your lodge is situated near a known black cockatoo roost which will maximise your chances of seeing this beautiful endangered species.
Continue to explore Kangaroo Island
You will spend another day exploring Kangaroo Island, and in late afternoon, you will transfer back to Kingscote airport for your flight back to Adelaide.
Fly to Hobart, Tasmania
This morning you will transfer back to Adelaide airport for your flight to Hobart where you will start your Tasmanian adventure. After settling into your waterfront hotel there will be an option to visit some reserves around the Hobart area, as well as an option to walk around the Hobart waterfront near your hotel.
Travel to Bruny Island
Travel to Bruny Island. Situated 40km south of Hobart, Bruny Island is separated from the Tasmanian mainland by the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and accessed by a vehicle ferry. The ferry trip takes approximately 15min where you can enjoy some wonderful scenery and possibly little penguins or dolphins alongside the ferry. You will travel to ‘Inala’, a privately owned 1,500-acre wildlife sanctuary which is home to all 12 Tasmanian endemic bird species including one of the largest known colonies of endangered forty-spotted pardalote. Strong-billed, yellow-throated and black-headed honeyeaters, dusky robin, and green rosella are also regulars here. Several hides and platforms have also been built around the property which provide close views of some very special species, including a variety of raptors. If you are fortunate, you may encounter the striking white morph grey goshawks that are residents of the Inala Reserve. The main mammal species you are likely to see here are red-necked (Bennett’s) wallaby and Tasmanian pademelon. You will also take time to enjoy the interesting flora of the area, including Tasmanian endemic species and relics from the ancient Gondwanan Supercontinent. This afternoon you will visit Bruny’s southern coastline to view the second oldest lighthouse in Australia and search for species such as tawny-crowned honeyeater, olive whistler, and yellow-tailed black-cockatoo. Here you also have a chance to see the Tasmanian subspecies of short-beaked echidna. After dinner, you will visit the little penguin and short-tailed shearwater colony to view these species at their burrows.
Explore Bruny Island
This morning, after breakfast, you will join a wilderness cruise to Bruny’s southern coastline for the opportunity to see some spectacular coastal scenery and visit an Australian fur seal haul-out (weather permitting). This also provides the opportunity to see a range of seabirds including albatross (shy albatross is the most common species seen), black-faced cormorants and possibly also common diving petrel. A range of cetaceans such as bottle-nosed and common dolphins and humpback and southern right whale are also possible on this trip. This afternoon you will have the chance to explore historic and scenically beautiful Adventure Bay. There are possibilities for some beach walks where you may see hooded plover, and you will visit a cool temperate rainforest. Search for Bruny’s rare and famous “white wallabies” which are an almost albino genetic variation of the Bennett’s wallaby. Tonight, you will enjoy another night trip for the chance to see a range of Tasmania’s nocturnal marsupials, including Tasmanian pademelon, eastern quoll (a relative of the Tasmanian devil), Bennett’s wallaby, and brush-tailed possums (which also rarely occur as a golden colour form here). You also have a good chance of seeing long-nosed potoroo.
Explore Mount Field National Park
Depart Bruny Island and travel to Mount Field National Park. This area is a great place to experience a range of habitats from fern gullies with waterfalls to alpine heathland and cool temperate rainforest boasting some of the tallest Eucalyptus in Australia. Today, you have a good chance of seeing the bizarre platypus, the other species of Australian monotreme. In the late afternoon, you will make your way out of the park to nearby farm-stay cottages where you will spend the night.
Travel to Tasmania North Coast
In the morning you will leave the Mount Field area and travel towards the Cradle Mountain area. You will stop en route at points of interest during the day and will arrive at your hotel near the National Park in the late afternoon.
Cradle Mountain area
Today, you will have a full day to explore the Cradle Mountain area. You will search for some more of Tasmania’s endemic bird species like the black currawong, which is common in these areas of higher altitude. This is also a good area to view common wombat. You will also enjoy some of the interesting plants found here, which include ancient rainforest species and Gondwanan relics such as Pencil and King Billy Pines, Myrtle, and the famous Fagus (Nothofagus gunnii) which is Tasmania’s only deciduous tree. You will also visit the replica of “Waldheim”, the home of the Austrian Gustav Weindorfer, whose love of the area inspired the establishment of the national park. Tonight, you will drive back into the National Park in the hope of Tasmanian devil and spotted-tailed quoll.
Cradle Mountain to northern Tasmania coastline
Visit a Wildlife Sanctuary, in the morning, where some of Tasmania’s rarer mammal species can be seen, including Tasmanian devil, quolls, and wombats “up close and personal”. You will then travel to a reserve where you have another excellent chance of seeing platypus before visiting Narawntapu National Park. The Park was created as a refuge for the Tasmanian form of eastern grey kangaroo (known locally as forester kangaroo) which can usually be seen grazing during the late afternoon. This area boasts some impressive marsupial lawns (well grazed areas frequented by marsupials) that also hold some of the highest densities of Tasmanian pademelons and red-necked wallabies in Tasmania and is often referred to as the “Serengeti of Tasmania”. You will then travel to your B&B at nearby Hawley Beach where you will enjoy a gourmet home-cooked farewell dinner. After dinner there will be another optional night walk to search for southern brown bandicoot and long-nosed potoroo.
Depart Tasmania for home
This morning you will bid your fellow travellers and guides farewell and make your way to the airport where you will depart homeward.
Tour three states of southeastern Australia: Queensland, South Australia, and Tasmania to experience the best of its wildlife and scenery.
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Cost & Payments
Costs (in US$)
|Type||Cost Per Person|
|Trip Cost, double occupancy||$10,220|
Costs are per person, double occupancy, not including airfare (except for internal flights between Kangaroo Island and Adelaide), singles extra. See Included and Not Included sections for more details.
We reserve the right to charge for cost increases that occur between when we set tour prices and the date of travel, for example, changes due to the cost of lodging and transportation. If you are a single traveler and you desire, we will find a roommate for you. If we cannot find you a roommate, we may charge you a single supplement. Single rooms are subject to availability.
|Payment||Due Date||Amount Per Person|
|Deposit||Due now to reserve your space||$500|
|Second||November 1, 2020||$2,000|
|Final||April 1, 2021||Remaining Balance|
Payments are due based on the schedule above. All reservations require a deposit to confirm reservation of your space. For reservations made after a due date, all past payments will be due with registration. By sending your initial deposit, you agree to accept our payment schedule and cancellation policy as a contract. If payments are still outstanding two weeks after the due date, your space may be forfeited.
Until the Final Payment due date, deposits are refundable except for a cancellation fee of $150 per person, which can be applied toward another tour if reserved within six months of the cancelled trip’s departure date. Cancellations are non-transferrable. No refunds are given after the Final Payment due date.
- All leaders, transport, park entry fees, landing fees, and permits for all activities unless described as optional.
- Flights between Kangaroo Island and Adelaide on September 18 and September 20.
- Accommodations for the nights of September 15 through September 27.
- Meals from lunch on September 15 through breakfast on September 28.
- Transfer from Brisbane Airport to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat on September 15 and group transfer from Hawley House to Devonport Airport on September 28.
- Non-alcoholic bottled beverages.
- Trip Materials – information about flights, packing, entry and departure requirements, airport transfers, gratuities, etc.
- All airfare (except flights listed as included), airport and departure taxes, and excess baggage fees. Airfare is approximately $1,300-$1,600 from the US to Brisbane, Australia and back to the US from Devonport, Tasmania, depending on origin, plus approximately $210-$270 for Brisbane-Adelaide and Adelaide-Hobart flights. If arriving from our Northern Australia tour, approximately $100-$200 for the Cairns-Brisbane flight.
- Passport and visa fees.
- We can arrange extra hotel nights for an additional cost.
- Gratuities – tipping is, of course, discretionary, however we suggest budgeting about $10-$15 per participant per day for September 15–28 with our local guides (about $140-$210 total per participant).
- Emergency medical and evacuation insurance and trip cancellation insurance. For more information see www.cheesemans.com/travel-insurance.
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, medical costs or hospitalization, room service, alcoholic beverages, items not on the regular menu, etc. If you have special dietary needs, please indicate them on your Reservation Form.
Temperatures vary depending on the location. Lows can be about 29–55°F (-1–12°C) and highs can be about 57–75°F (13–23°C). Rain is possible.
You need to be able to get in and out of the vehicle and boat on the Bruny Island cruise. You’ll take short walks during stops while driving between destinations. You’ll take longer walks at Cradle Mountain on uneven ground, but if you prefer shorter walks, we will make them available. Please contact us if you have any health concerns that may make this trip challenging.
Unless listed as included, airfare is not included in trip costs. Detailed logistical information and the contact information for our recommended flight-ticketing agent are included in the Trip Materials we will send you. Please let us know if you are arriving earlier or staying later as we are happy to assist you with any extra overnights that you might want to arrange.
Flights you (or a travel agent) book: Arrive in Brisbane, Australia (BNE) by September 15 to meet the rest of the participants who arrive around 12:30pm at Brisbane airport. If you are arriving from our Northern Australia tour, see the Flights section in its itinerary for arrival information. Depart from Devonport Airport in Tasmania (DPO) anytimeon September 28.
Flights we book for you: The internal flights between Kangaroo Island and Adelaide. The cost of this round-trip booking is included in the tour cost. Luggage Is limited to 33lbs (15kg) of check-in luggage and 15lbs (7kg) carry-on (the number of bags does not matter); the Adelaide Airport has luggage storage facilities where you can stash extra luggage.
The Brisbane-Adelaide and Adelaide-Hobart flights, and if arriving from our Northern Australia tour, the Cairns-Brisbane flight. We’ll add the cost of this round-trip booking to your final trip balance.
- Non-smoking policy: We have a strict non-smoking policy. Smoking is not permitted at any time or any place during our tours.
- Maximum time in nature: We try to spend as much time in nature as possible, sometimes resulting in long days, but giving you a more in-depth experience.
- Itinerary route: The itinerary route, stops, and plans are subject to change by unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather or road conditions.
- Additional forms: For some of our tours, you may be asked to fill out additional forms (e.g., medical questionnaire).
- Medical conditions and travel risks: Travel to remote places is exciting, but it is important to understand and accept the risks, both medical and logistical. Minor medical problems can usually be treated, but because you are often far from medical facilities, there can be no expectation for immediate medical treatment or evacuation, even in cases of trauma. Anyone with health problems needing close medical supervision should not consider going on this tour. Bring enough medication for the duration of the trip for any chronic medical needs since pharmacies are usually not available. When you send your deposit and signed Reservation Form, you certify to us that you do not knowingly have any physical or other conditions that would create a risk for yourself or for other trip participants.
- Use of drones/UAVs on tours: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), AKA drones, are not suitable for use on most Cheesemans’ Ecology expeditions due to logistical constraints and in many cases, local and national laws or regulations. In some cases, such as on our polar voyages, we operate under environmental regulations that ban the use of recreational drones. Do not bring a drone on safari without contacting us first.
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