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About Wildlife Tours Australia

Wildlife Tours Australia has been entertaining travellers since 1996 and is one of the most experienced small group tour operators in Melbourne. We operate all year round and specialise in 1, 2 & 3 day small group adventures. We cover most of Victoria’s premier sightseeing destinations including: Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island Penguin Parade, The Grampians National Park, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne to Adelaide Tours.

We place a strong emphasis on incorporating Australian Wildlife into our tours, as we believe this is one of the things that makes Australia so special! Wildlife Tours Australia operates smaller modern vehicles in order to provide our passengers with a more personalised, higher quality experience.

We believe travelling in a group is better than being lost in a crowd, that’s why we don’t squeeze you in amongst 50 other people! We endeavour to get to know all of our passengers on a first name basis, and firmly believe in enjoying the journey as well as the highlights.

The only thing we love more than our beautiful country is being able to show it off to our guests. That’s why when you travel with Wildlife Tours you know you’re going to get a guide who is just as enthusiastic about the tour as you are!

We have two main aims at Wildlife Tours. They are extremely important to us, and embraced throughout the entire organisation:

  1. Provide the highest level of customer satisfaction possible, through delivering a quality product and excellent customer service every time
  2. Consistently deliver the friendliest, most enjoyable, entertaining, informative and interactive tours in Australia

We Care About Your Experience

Being a smaller family owned company, WE CARE ABOUT YOU! That’s why we are 100% committed to delivering an exceptional touring experience and guarantee delivery every time. If you’re not satisfied with something, then we want to know about it. We provide every passenger the opportunity to fill in our feedback forms on every tour. We’ve been able to create the ultimate touring experience and achieve some of the highest customer satisfaction results in the country by listening to our customer’s feedback and opinions and continuously striving for the ultimate experience for our valued customers.

Our Guides

Our quality guides are handpicked and carefully selected for their expertise, experience, great personalities and ability to entertain people. They are all well-travelled and therefore understand the needs of other travellers. Our guides all undertake a rigorous training program which ensures they are the best in the business. It also means you can relax and feel confident that you’re safe in good hands.

Our Vehicles

We only use a modern fleet of vehicles ensuring we can maintain a personalised intimate experience for every traveller. One thing you can always be sure of is that the vehicles we use are always modern, clean, heated and air conditioned for your comfort.

Courtesy hotel pick up and drop off

We offer courtesy hotel pick up and drop off to select inner city locations and St Kilda  which takes the hassle out of arranging transport and makes our touring experience stress free.


Our overnight accommodation is pre-arranged for all of our guests at cosy country hostels. Motel accommodation is also available as well as the ability to upgrade to double or twin rooms. Accommodation payments can be made to any travel agent or organised with us in advance.


Wildlife Tours is a fully accredited Tour Operator registered with public transport Safety Victoria and holds a certificate of excellence in transport management issued by Monash University. Accreditation Number AC 003612

Member of Tourism Bodies

Wildlife tours is a member of a number of Victorian Tourism Bodies including Tourism Alliance Victoria, Backpackers Operator Alliance & Geelong Otway Tourism, Australian Tourism Export Council, and Victorian Tourism Industry Council.

About the Owner

After leaving university Paul Beames’s natural born talent for leadership and entrepreneurship became evident. Establishing several businesses including a boat hire, a service station and founding an event management company (Rock Off Enterprises) catering for rock bands and hosting ‘Battle of the Bands’ competitions as well as a charity skydiving event called ‘Jump to save your skin’.

Paul Beames graduated at Victoria University in Melbourne, and completed a double degree encompassing a Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Business in Tourism Recreation Management. During this time he obtained a scholarship to study abroad at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. His passion for the tourism industry began to grow as he gained experience working for a number of tour companies in various capacities.

After working for Adventure Tours Australia operating tours around Australia, Paul developed an incredible passion for tour guiding, and eventually was involved in touring in nearly every State and Territory across Australia. Paul then accepted a job in Europe, moved abroad and began tour driving for Top Deck Tours, touring through 14 different European countries and gained a global perspective on the tourism industry. He moved back to Australia and continued to work for a number of local tour operators.

In 2009 Paul’s passion to perfect the ultimate touring experience saw him start his own tour Company called Get Lost Travel.  Shortly after, he purchased a pre-existing tour company called Wildlife Tours Australia. The company consisted of a single 7 seat minivan and operated tours to the Great Ocean Road and Grampians several times a week.

Paul’s has always stuck to his business philosophy of giving people a genuine value for money, authentic high quality experience. This philosophy and passion for excellence has seen his companies grow from strength to strength, whilst building a loyal following and respect within the industry.  “Here at Wildlife Tours we pride ourselves on giving people the best quality experiences that will create life time memories.  We know what people want because we are travellers ourselves”

Paul’s well rounded approach from spending time on the front lines as a traveller, a tour guide, marketing manager, reservations and operations person has allowed him to put together a company which can relate to the industry, and travellers of all ages whilst offering one of the best touring experiences possible.

Wildlife Tours Australia now offers one of the largest selection of small group tours departing Melbourne including: The Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island Penguins, The Grampians National Park, The Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Snow Tours, Melbourne to Adelaide and much more.  Paul Beames now owns and operates one of the most respected tour operations in the country, along with several other high calibre companies including: Café Bus Winery Tours, Melbourne Bus Charters, Autopia Tours, MTB Adventures, & Melbourne Boutique Tours.

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