Wildlife

Day Tours

This is Sydney’s best wildlife tour! Travel into the pristine farmland and bushland of the Southern Highlands to search for iconic Australian animals in the wild – kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, platypus, birdlife, elusive koalas and much more. A much more enjoyable way to spend an evening in Sydney than sitting in your hotel room!

10 hrs

From
$320.00 AUD

At last – a chance to view Australia’s iconic and diverse wildlife in the wild where it should be experienced. No zoos or feeding times! Boutique Wildlife Tours take you to the pristine bushland and forests of the Southern Highlands, less than two hours south of Sydney, in search of the animals that make Australia so unique in their natural habitat.

Small, personalised groups (maximum eleven passengers) travel in luxury 4WD vehicles to the Southern Highlands in a tour designed for those who want to see and understand Australia’s wildlife in its natural bush surrounds.

With the help of a knowledgeable and passionate Naturalist Guide you’ll search for some of Australia’s unique wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies, platypus, wombats, birdlife, elusive koala plus much, much more.

We seek out the animals when they’re most active, with a tour from midday to the late evening that includes lunch or afternoon tea (depending on season) anda hearty country style dinner in one of Australia’s oldest country inns.

This is a fabulous and highly personalised way to see and really learn about Australia’s exceptional unique and distinctive wildlife. A definite must-do experience while in Australia!

Please note that due to the late return time to Sydney and the need to walk on uneven ground, this tour is not suitable for children under six, nor for those with limited mobility or walking devices.

A private charter makes this amazing experience even more special – great packages are available for you and your family or friends!

Join us on this exceptional and unique wildlife safari – your chance to search for Australia’s iconic native animals in the wild, leaving Sydney around lunchtime so that we can see them when they are most active around dusk and return in the late evening.

  • Complimentary pick up and return for many city hotels, and convenient nearby locations.
  • With the help of a knowledgeable and passionate Naturalist Guide you’ll search for some of Australia’s unique wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies, platypus, wombats, birdlife, elusive koalas plus much, much more.
  • No zoos or nature parks – just thousands of acres of pristine bushland and forests in the Southern Highlands, less than two hours from Sydney.
  • Departs around lunchtime and returns around 9:30-11:30pm, putting you in the right place at the right time to see the full range of Australia’s iconic wildlife.
  • Search for kangaroos and wallabies in open clearings, try to spot a koala in woodland forests of Grey Gums, surprise a platypus along the river banks in the warmer months.
  • Go spot-lighting after dark to see nocturnal animals including possums, gliders & wombats.
  • Includes lunch or afternoon tea* plus a hearty country-style dinner in one of Australia’s oldest pubs.
  • Your Naturalist Guide helps you gain an understanding of how & whyAustralia has developed such a unique ecology. Animals migrate throughout the area and sightings vary seasonally.
  • Our customised Mercedes 4WD, is equipped with all you need for an exciting wildlife safari in comfort.

We offer prearranged pick up from many city hotels or nearby locations. Your closest pickup location and time will be confirmed when booking.

Please wait outside your agreed pickup location around 10 minutes beforehand, and do not go to another location without prior confirmation of the change.

Receive $15 off for each person who books a second tour with us! Or $45 off per person if three tours are booked!
*Applies to direct online bookings only.
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Wildlife Tours FAQ's

Departure times for our wildlife tours vary monthly, to ensure we have the best chance of spotting the local wildlife. Their patterns change depending on the time of year, weather patterns and the sunset, and we work around this to bring you the best possible Wildlife in the Wild tour. Please see our approximate departure times below. Exact pickup times vary by location and will be advised upon confirmation of your booking.

Summer – 12 noon – October, November, December, January, February, March

Autumn/Fall – 11:30am – April

Winter – 11am – May, June, July, August

Spring – 11:30am – September

This depends on when you’re travelling. From the beginning of April to the end of September, our wildlife tours depart earlier in the day because the sun sets earlier, so a light lunch is included in the tour. If you’re travelling from October to March, you’ll also be able to grab a light snack when we arrive but we suggest that you have something to eat beforehand because we do not leave the city until around midday. A hearty dinner is included year-round at the SurveyorGeneral Inn, Australia’s oldest continuously licensed inn.

With any luck, a bit of everything! There’s just so much native Australian wildlife to see. We’ll be keeping an eye out for Kangaroos, Wombats, Wallabies, Platypus, birdlife and the elusive Koala! Australia is also home to a diverse range of birds, reptiles and unique mammals that won’t be seen anywhere else. And, you’ll have an experienced naturalist guide to point it all out to you!

After dinner, we go night spotting to look for nocturnal animals, including wombats, possums and gliders. Depending on the time of year and weather conditions, we may not get back to Sydney until after 11:30pm in Summer and 9:30pm in Winter. It is a great way to get out of your hotel room for the evening!

Our Southern Highlands (wildlife tours) run four* days per week (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday – varies seasonally). Please note all tours are subject to availability and minimum number requirements; we recommend that you book well in advance to secure your place! We do not operate on Christmas Day (25 December) or New Year’s Day (1 January).*

Trip Advisor Reviews

  •   Great trip! Saw many Roos, emu, wombats, birds including kookaburras! John was the perfect tour guide. A good lunch and dinner are included. Long day but passed quickly.

    Hockeybo
    2/28/2020

      Great wine tour with Jim to Hunter Valley. Takes about 2.5 hours to get up there but Jim was full of useful information and the journey passed really quickly. Enjoyed... read more

    BasherWarwickshire
    2/19/2020
  •   We attended this tour in February 2020 and it was one of the highlights of our vacation. Instead of being brought to a tourist park or a zoo this tour... read more

    frygirl0607
    2/18/2020

      an awesome way to see the animals and things you won't experience in the city. Pick up and drop off points were limited so check into that. Our... read more

    pamr782
    2/03/2020
  •   Our tour guide Scottie made the long ride into the Blue Mountains so entertaining! He was the opposite of a memorized and boring commentary. Rather, he mixed hilarious personal stories... read more

    JeanSever
    12/29/2019

      Spent a great day with our guide Chris in Hunter Valley wine tasting! Everything was very smooth and Chris was very knowledgeable and entertaining! Would definitely do it again! Cheers... read more

    JenniferW3200
    12/15/2019
  •   This tour was perfect. I’m so glad I did it! We saw tons of animals: 3 adult emus, 2 emu chicks, countless kangaroos, 2 wallabies, 2 foxes, 5 wombats (my... read more

    628tracya
    12/15/2019

      Our wildlife tour with Scotty was amazing. Scotty clearly new exactly where to take us and exactly when. We must have seen over 100 kangaroos and wallabies, at least 6... read more

    Chardy7
    10/22/2019
  •   we were picked up on time and spent the day searching and finding wallabys, kangaroos, Koalas,parrots and more after dinner a night time run produced more animals including many Wambats.... read more

    tlbjnyc
    10/22/2019

      This tour started our time in Sydney and was better than we imagined. A nice 4WD Mercedes van picked us up, we had an ex-zookeeper guide who knew her stuff,... read more

    sallyandtexastom
    10/22/2019

Prices start at

$320.00 AUD

Tour Duration

10 hours

Group Sizes

14 people max

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