Australia's natural history

Does any other creature signify an entire continent so obviously as the kangaroo? Even as simple silhouettes, kangaroos are unmistakably Australian. Kangaroos have enthralled me all my life - but how did they get here and where do they come from? Just like them - and the land they live on - the story of the kangaroo is unique; it goes back to the final, spectacular, breakup of the southern supercontinent called Gondwana.

There is a place in Australia where you can touch this story; it’s my favourite place. This wilderness paradise on the south-eastern corner of Australia is called far East Gippsland; it was one of the last places connected to Gondwana. If you stand on a beach looking southwards over… Read on


Adopt a polar bear with WWF

With International Polar Bear Day on 27th February 2015, we are pleased to support a campaign which aims to focus attention on the challenges these Arctic giants face with the impact of global warming and reduced sea ice.

To commemorate this day of action, you can have a polar bear adopted in your name through WWF when you book one our Canada polar bear adventures this month.   Book a place on our Classic Polar Bears trip and you will receive a  WWF adoption kit which includes a… Read on


Wanderlust Travel Awards 2015

We are thrilled to have been voted as a finalist in the Wanderlust Travel Awards 2015, which were announced last week at the Destinations Show in London.

With over 380 companies voted for by the Wanderlust readers in the tour operator category we are delighted to have be placed in the top ten and achieved a satisfaction score of 96.84%.  In the ‘Top Country’ category four of our key destinations were placed in the top ten;… Read on


Australia’s Nature Coast

Australia’s Nature Coast is full of surprises, but perhaps none more so than its incredible diversity of flora and fauna. Most people are quick to point out the world-famous beaches, but the immense variety of natural wonder astounds both locals and visitors alike. Just a few kilometres from the busy coastal towns, you’ll discover nature bursting with colour, intricate textures and evocative sounds and smells.

Let us introduce you here to the places you can discover, or view our calendar of wildlife events for the region. The Blackall Range Around 90 minutes drive north of Brisbane, the Blackall Range is one of the most dramatic terrains in Queensland, where you can enjoy spectacular views of… Read on


Guyana: The Hidden Corner of South America

Recently, I was lucky enough to be part of a group who set out to experience the natural wonders of Guyana and to learn more about its huge variety of wildlife, its enchanting landscapes and its brand of community-based ecotourism.

As anyone would be, I was both excited and slightly apprehensive before heading off to Guyana. Yet, I seem to remember in the weeks before I left I spent much of my time pointing out to family and friends exactly where the country was. When trying to find Guyana many would start looking in Africa… Read on


India Revisited, India Rejuvenated

I grew up with images of Kipling’s Jungle Book dancing through my mind, so for as long as I can remember India and its wildlife has been woven into the fabric of my psyche. I experienced the magical ambience of an Indian forest for the first time in 1993: the early morning mists, shafts of light through the trees, the glorious palette of golds, ochres, oranges and greens and the intense charged excitement when alarm calls of monkeys and deer broke the silence, triggering forest inhabitants into high alert. This is when I saw my first wild tiger.

I subsequently enjoyed many trips to India, relishing its unique atmosphere and broad diversity of wildlife and I was fortunate to have numerous magical encounters with tigers, some perhaps my most memorable wildlife experiences. But over the years, as parks became more crowded and over-regulated… Read on


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