Naturewise Eco Escapes
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Naturewise Eco Escapes

We offer meaningful and rewarding eco travel experiences where you can connect with nature, wildlife and like-minded travellers. All tours support wildlife conservation efforts.

Get off the beaten track and go behind the scenes to experience the best of nature, wildlife and conservation. Explore our diverse and amazing natural attractions and scenery, enjoy close-up interactions with wildlife, and gain an exclusive insight into conservation work being undertaken to protect these special places. Our programs contribute directly to conservation outcomes – helping to conserve Australia's wildlife, national parks and conservation reserves
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Australia Nature Tours is owned and operated by Australia’s largest not-for-profit conservation organisation – Conservation Volunteers Australia.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Jeanette
Female
65 years old
Australia
Murdoch University

Wombat Weekend

10/10

I traveled to South Australia to do this 2-day tour which was great value for money, informative and a great way to escape the city and contribute to wildlife conservation. I did it to add practical experience to my University Degree in Sustainable Development and Conservation and Wildlife Biology, and enjoy a holiday in Adelaide at the same time. I was very pleased to be involved with the vegetation survey, animal detection through scat analysis, spotlighting and installation of camera raps at wombat burrows. Accommodation was satisfactory and the food excellent.

How can this program be improved?

I would have loved to stay an extra day/night to do an overnight wombat stakeout. These animals are nocturnal and very cryptic.

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Marjory
Female
60 years old
Canada
Other

Brookfield Wombat Habitat

10/10

I can not speak highly enough of this program. The staff in Adelaide at the Conservation Counsel Office was very approachable, professional and knowledgeable. They have an excellent staff not only in the administrative office but especially on the many locations where they provide volunteer opportunities. Coming from Canada, I learned a lot about the local flora/fauna and the endangerment of sensitive environmental areas. Our time spent at Brookfield was extremely interesting and very educational. It was great to be involved in a project on ground level and actually get your hands dirty.
I can not speak highly enough of the professionalism and the commitment to which the staff dedicate their time. It was one of my most memorable experiences in South Australia.
Wish we could have stayed longer,
Marjory McFadyen.

How can this program be improved?

The program is excellent the way it is.
I would have enjoyed a half hour of free time to roam around and explore the area around the homestead a little. (I enjoy photography)

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Jo
Female
7 months old
Darwin
University of Western Sydney

Eco Glamping and Turtles

10/10

The turtle experience at Eco Beach was simply amazing. A lover of nature and getting off the beaten tourist trail, I knew this trip would hit the mark, but it far exceeded my expectations.

Lets start with Steve and Anne the naturalist guides - Exceptional and what an interesting and knowledgeable team. Having worked in a number of national parks, more recently Kakadu, they had years of experience working in parks, environment and wildlife research. The time they took to share their knowledge and passion with us was exceptional. We learnt so much and felt completely engaged in the turtle monitoring activities.

The turtles - AMAZING. With nature there are no guarantees to what will happen or what you will see. We were extremely fortunate to see multiple turtles every night. Its difficult to describe just how special it is to be sitting quietly next to a female flatback turtle as she digs her egg chamber, then lays her eggs like she is in a trance, then delicately pats down the sand to cover her eggs. A very rewarding experience. Steve and Anne shared so much knowledge on the turtle behaviour and we recorded data on the turtle activity.

Fitness - The beach walking is relatively easy but you can at times be on soft sand and it is still warm and humid. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. At any time if you get tired you can wander back to the resort. Its quite beautiful walking at night and time to hear some fascinating stories of your guides and fellow travellers. On some nights we didn't walk that far before seeing a turtle and other nights we walked without seeing anything for a few kilometres. There is always something to enjoy be it the ocean at night or the stunning night skies at this time of the year. There are some optional walking trails from the resort including a tide dependant walk. I didn't personally do the walk, the lure of the pool and a relax was to attractive, but those that did the walk enjoyed it (but it is hot). We also did some short walks with our guides to spot shorebirds. They are keen naturalists in this area as well and the region is a significant shorebird area. It was lovely to learn something new about the local birds and migration.

The tour size and people - The experiences are kept to small groups which means you have an exceptional experience with the turtles. We had a 7 on the tour ranging from early 20's up to late 50's and everyone left feeling like we had know each other for years. I usually travel with my hubby but this was about some me time and travelled alone. It was fantastic to connect so easily with like minded travellers.

The accommodation - Oh my goodness I loved this place. Initially I booked one of the eco tents which are beautiful, but then thought what the heck this is a treat lets go a ocean view villa. Wow, wow wow. Perched on the top of the escarpment with views across the clear blue water and stunning sunsets. I never got tired of sitting on my veranda and watching the views. The staff at the resort when we were there were exceptional - friendly, warm and personable. Could not fault the place. Food was delicious and I never got tired of the infinity pool overlooking the water.

This holiday for me was about doing something different, seeing turtles, learning something , meeting new people and having a relaxing holiday. It hit the mark every time. I came home feeling refreshed, relaxed and inspired. Having travelled to many interesting countries and places, this was definitely up there as one of the top experiences.

Some tips.
The turtle season is during Broome's build up or start of summer so it is hot and humid. If your not great with the heat and humidity then book an eco villa with air conditioning. The accommodation is stunning and eco friendly.
It is the start of the stinger season. We didn't swim in the ocean and opted for the beautiful plunge pool. There were a few people in the water but check with the staff at your time of visit. You can hire Kayaks and paddle boards from the resort.
There are some meals left free where you can either make yourself a light snack or enjoy the restaurant. Its a great idea - in the heat you don't tend to want to eat as much. But definitely eat at the restaurant, the food was fresh and delicious. Oh and the cocktails are good as well.

How can this program be improved?

The local Yawaru Aboriginal people manage the sea and land of the region. It would have been interesting for me personally to hear about this from the local Aboriginal people. A few of this fed this back to the guides on tour and they were looking into options for future years to integrate this into the trip.

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Emily
Female
25 years old
Adelaide
Flinders University

A meaningful program that made an impact in my life

10/10

The Brookfield Wombat tour is a tour thats close to my heart. Before this tour I knew very little about the natural habitats of the Murray Region of South Australia, knew very little about the different species of kangaroos, wombats, birds and plants of the region, and knew nothing about the history of this region and people.
By joining this tour I've learned about the complex natural systems that lives in the ground, learned to identify some different species of birds by their flight pattern and posture, got to know A LOT more of the native animals in the region, and stories of the people that lived in Brookfield regions.

A great tour for its value. A great cause too, this tour supports the survival of the Brookfield Wombats.

P.S. definitely recommend sleeping in swags out on the front porch. The night sky is amazing. But choose a windy day to do so, otherwise the mosquitos...

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