How to prepare and what to expect travelling during COVID

Our top Australian destination specialist, Caroline Densley, just returned from a trip between South Australia and Queensland. We asked her what it was like, travelling in a time of COVID? Q. How did you decide where to go? There is a lot of confusing advice out there about when or how we can travel. It really comes down to a personal assessment of risk. Being on the front line of travel planning, I am more aware than most, about the constantly cha...

How the goose-beaked whale swan dives to record depths

When it comes to nature it seems, the more we learn, the less we know. Goose-beaked, or Cuvier's Beaked Whales, are deep-diving record-holders and just broke their own species' record for the longest mammalian breath-hold, a staggering three hours and forty-two minutes!Beaked whales are a group of cetaceans (the collective name for whales and dolphins) that make up about a quarter of all the world's species and they live exclusively in the deep ocean. You're as likely to en...

Where am I allowed to travel in Australia at the moment?

When will borders open?We don't speculate or try to forecast when borders might open. We're ignoring publicity and advising against making booking arrangements until border decisions are set into state regulations. For example, Tasmania is expected to open on Monday to SA, NT, QLD and WA. NSW may follow a week later but that's not certain. Neither is the border opening between QLD and NSW. As of now, we are only making recommendations where borders are open. Our newsletters...

Quobba

As we sit with a beer and watch the waves roll in at sunset on Quobba Station. Except for a horizon, we're staring at an ocean unbroken for 6,500km, all the way to Port Dauphin, Madagascar. At night here, the ocean thunders. Perched on the dunes, our beach shack seems to shake with each crashing wave. Just a few hundred metres away is the monument to sailors tragically lost when the HMAS Sydney was sunk in controversial circumstances by a German ship in 1941. Dotted along the clif...

A Mangrove Stroll in the Daintree with Linc Walker

The emerald-green mangroves that fringe Cooya Beach have always protected the land on which Linc Walker's family have lived forever. Beyond the beach is a vast shallow sea, pot-holed with the lairs of sting rays. In the distance, a lone Aboriginal fisherman walks, as if on water, grasping a long bamboo spear. "This place has fed my family for generations" Linc says.

About Us

With over 20 years experience in the Australian travel industry and commitment to excellent customer service, Wildiaries' team comprises a diverse range of professionals in travel and expedition-planning. We have specialists in small ship cruising, food and wine tours, nature, wildlife and photography, birdwatching, walking and adventure, Aboriginal culture, archaeology and much more.This eclectic team was brought together by founder Simon Mustoe, to provide people with tailor-m...

Totally Turtle on Heron Island

On the verandah of their beachfront chalet a family are enjoying morning coffee. In front of them a mother turtle has just laid fifty or so eggs in a deep chamber she dug furiously an hour earlier. In between audible sighs of exhaustion she’s back-filling the holeA turtle completes its nesting cycle at dawn. Most turtles come up to nest on or near hig...

The Power of Many

This year in 2019, for the first time in over 30 years, Short-tailed Shearwaters arrived at their breeding grounds several weeks late. In the past, they've rarely returned more than a day or two either side of the 24 September but by the end of October many colonies were empty. Although some have now returned, anecdotal accounts from key colonies in s...

Blue Whales, Australia's Biggest Export

Every year, the largest animals that ever lived on Earth, migrate from Australia's cool southern ocean waters to tropical eastern Indonesia.This fact was only discovered relatively recently after Australian researchers tagged animals off Western Australia.  “Migratory Movements of Pygmy Blue Whales (Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda) between...

Whale Watching on Melbourne's Prehistoric Coast

Twenty years ago the number of Humpback Whales off Australia's east coast was as little as a quarter of the estimated 33,000 that now make the journey from Antarctica each year. Some experts estimate the population may have almost recovered from the impact of whaling. So it's great news our generation can enjoy seeing whales off Victoria's coastline once again.Winter is also a great time to get to the coast. The wind is fresh and the air is clean, the ocean is lively and there are...

LIVE SeaEagle Cam - First Egg Laid

EagleCAM is a live remote feed that has been operating since 2009 out of the BirdLife Discovery Centre in the Armory at Sydney Olympic Park close to the Parramatta River. In March before the Eagles started their nest renovations a small dedicated team of EagleCAM volunteers worked for over two weeks  (over 450 man hours) upgrading the system. All cables were removed and relayed, new power cables added and obsolete cables removed. All computers upgraded, new remote control devices added a...

The Ghost Net Story

When Ghost Nets Australia began, the combination of science and art brought the Aboriginal communities of northern Australia together with fishing communities in remote eastern Indonesia. The project has been instrumental in cleaning up ghost gear in the Arafura Seas, supporting Indigenous rangers and saving endangered sea turtles.This is the story of a Ghost Net (for more, read https://www.ghostnets.com.au/) 

Arts of the Sea People

By Sue Ryan, image maker, storyteller and architect of the Ghost Net Art ProjectBack in 2014 the Ghost Net Art Project created Jidirah a four metre long Southern Right whale at Ceduna Arts with Ceduna artists and the help of some visiting Yalata women.  Jidirah travelled to Europe for the blockbuster exhibition Taba Naba — Australia, Oceania, Arts of the Sea People at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, after which went on to be exhibited in Pari...

Facing Challenges Through a Love of Nature

From an early age, Olympic Swimmer Libby Trickett trained for 35 hours a week, 52 weeks a year. In 2008, she became the fastest woman on Earth over 100m.Libby met Michael Jeh when she was 19 and thanks him for her success outside sport. "I never had any confidence at that age, and thought I'd be lucky to make it through my degree," she says.Michael, a Sri Lankan-born refugee and former professional cricketer, is an Australian sports life skills trainer. "In our sports people we...