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5 Day Snowy River & Errinundra Explorer Tour
   


Errinundra forest in mountain mist


Snowy River, place of hidden secrets


Walking through old growth forest on Errinundra Plateau


Gippsland Waratah, Errinundra


Little River Falls, Snowy River National Park


Wander along fern lined tracks on easy walks


Enjoy East Gippsland’s mountain streams


We take time to enjoy wildlife, even the small creatures


Spectacular mountain views


Bird Orchids and liverworts on a rainforest log


Errinundra Shining Gums


Gaze upwards at tall trees

Graded: Easy
Walks: Touring with lots of short easy nature walks
4 nights accommodation
Focus: Mountains, forests, wildflowers and nature experiences
Destinations: Errinundra National Park, Snowy River National Park, Australia’s Coastal Wilderness Landscape
Educational discovery level: Moderate

This leisurely small group ecotour will take you far away from your busy life to discover a seldom seen corner of East Gippsland, Victoria. With a local guide to share hidden secrets with you and help you learn about nature and wildlife, this tour has been a firm favourite on our program for many years.

The magnificent Snowy River National Park boasts some of Victoria's most breathtaking scenery - waterfalls, vast rugged gorges and superb mountain views. Tall wet forests give way to dry rainshadow woodland providing an amazing variety of birdlife.
 
Sit on the banks of the legendary Snowy River, surrounded by steep mountain slopes clad in native cypress pines or walk across McKillops Bridge and hear the story of its construction.  Admire the water sculptured rocks.  Maybe you will be tempted to have a dip?

In contrast, exploring Errinundra National Park, you will feel dwarfed by the immense trees of the old-growth eucalypt forests and enjoy an easy boardwalk through ancient cool-temperate rainforest with ferns and moss festooned logs. Learn what makes this forest so special and hear of the fight over many decades to save these magnificent trees from logging operations.

High on the Errinundra Plateau, the treetops are often shrouded in mountain mist, creating an atmosphere of its own. Wander along soft leafy tracks, listen to the quiet, smell the fresh bush scents and enjoy sighting and stories of local wildlife.

Featuring easy walks, this is a relaxed pace tour with ample time to enjoy the tranquillity of your natural surroundings. Combine remote and rugged beauty with the home comforts of cabin accommodation and great country hospitality.

Your guide will help you understand the way plants and animals interact and survive in these two very different environments.  There is also a rich history to share from the first peoples to European settlers and more recent history. You will not just return home refreshed and relaxed, but with new knowledge and a better understanding of the natural world.

Spring departures feature spring wildflowers and the Gippsland Waratah in bloom.

Maximum of 4 participants

November 13, 2017

5 Days ex. Bairnsdale $2520
Contact us for more details and itinerary or to reserve a place

Other Easy Ecotours

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Stories and Poems from past participants

Whipbirds and Misty Gullies
By H. Dittebrandt (Vic)
Magnificent, towering trees; lush green tree ferns with flowing fronds, some tall, some small; the whipcrack sound of the whipbird; the sometimes distinctive, sometimes imitative call of the lyrebird; other wonderful birdlife from the huge wedgetail eagle perched on the ground to the dainty yellow robin flitting about the bushes; misty gullies  with a superb view – for us imagined and not sighted as a result of the unexpected and unusual deluge; dark swamp wallabies and agile grey kangaroos; descriptions of the unseen extremely endangered rock wallaby; pleasant evenings and days spent with friends – good conversations and excellent meals.
These are my impressions from a memorable trip to the Snowy River and Errinundra National parks.

Leave the car at home to explore East Gippsland
By P. Macdonald (Vic)
“I had a nice week away in East Gippsland the second week of November.  A pleasant rail journey from Melbourne through Gippsland to Bairnsdale where our tour commenced. Nice to leave the car at home.  

Very rugged mountain and forest country.  Lots of nice easy walks- though we seemed to go up more than we went down!  Great company, great scenery, beautiful weather, gorgeous gorges and waterfalls, heaps of wildlife (kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, wombats, giant goannas, lizards, possums, skinks, snakes, frogs and bats, birdlife (kookaburras, lyrebirds, parrots, rosellas, owls and many more) and lots and lots of wildflowers.  A highlight were the Gippsland Waratahs which were in bloom throughout Errinundra.

Good accommodation, great guidance and excellent meals and morning and afternoon breaks helped make a great week.”


Dinosaurs, lyrebirds and roast lamb
By S Pritchard (Qld)
See them gathered there round Jenny
eyes shining, hearts anticipating
what delights await —
Pat and Pauline, Marjorie too
Alison, Joyce and Rae
Nancy, Enid, Sannie —
off they go to the Snow … y river.
Wait, wait, not so fast!
First stop Buchan
Royal caves delight
as do roast lamb and apple pie
high on the ridge.
Next mountain ash and lyrebird calls
flowers, ferns and views,
what more could they ask for on
the longest half hour trip ever to Karoonda Park.
What?
More roast, more apple pie,
thank goodness they go walking, spotlighting —
greater gliders and tawny frogmouth —
how well they sleep tonight!
Little River falls and gorge
stories of brush tailed rock wallabies
zig zag road among the white box
down and down and down —
At last! The Snowy River!
see them walking McKillop’s bridge
see them paddling gleefully below.
Over the border to NSW,
Delegate and LAMB cutlets!
Going out to Errinundra
under lowering clouds
daisy bushes flowering white
dusky red blooms on tall waratahs
quietly, quietly see them walking
rainforest tracks —
ancient sassafras known to dinosaurs
fallen giants moss covered —
eerie stillness.
Rain overnight
water rushing through a tunnel
legacy of long ago gold miners,
birds calling, frogs croaking
the forest damp and misty
taller, taller glorious waratahs
deeper, deeper treefern gullies.
Talking, talking hear them drive
down the road —
Orbost, Bruthen, Bairnsdale —
thank you, Jenny, thank you
goodbye, goodbye, goodbye —
home to remember!

Snowy River & Errinundra Highlights
By A. & C Isbister (Vic)
On our recent trip with Jenny Edwards to the Snowy River and Errinundra Plateau several things stood out, including the diverse and interesting people accompanying us, the leader’s amazing knowledge of the flora and fauna, her great organisational ability, and not least her “Mary Poppins Act” whereby Jenny each day produced delicious food from every nook and cranny in the vehicle.  Even on the last day we savoured her lovely fruit cake for morning tea.
Apart from the beautiful scenery, Charles and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the farm, our second night’s accommodation where we watched fascinated, the owners and staff cater for and feed 50 children, 30 backpackers and our group with a beautiful 3 course meal.  Another highlight among many others was the discovery of the beautiful groves of the Victorian Waratah.  We would recommend this tour to both old and young.

More comments

"Jenny, thank you for opening up for me the wonders of an area of Victoria that I hardly knew.  I’ve loved seeing the landscape, forest, animals & birds and drinking in the fresh air and silence."
Deb (Melbourne)


“The comprehensive interpretation of the flora and fauna of this region enhanced our appreciation of this spectacular part of Australia. The diversity of plant-life over a short distance and varying altitudes is amazing and we really enjoy our five days in the company of happy birdos”
Rosie & Ian (S.A.)

“Thanks Jenny for another wonderful experience- the beautiful Snowy River and Errinundra National Parks.  I’ve seen some huge trees before, but at Errinundra, they are just amazing.”
Val (Melbourne)

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