Coates Wildlife Tours (September 2023)

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Specialists in Nature Tours since 1986

• Informative naturalist guides • Small groups (6 – 12 participants) • Private charters available

• Fully accommodated, assisted camping, and remote camping tours


Christmas and Cocos Island

11-Day Accommodated Tour – Departs Perth 5 December 2023 – Max 12 participants

Two totally different islands, both are naturalist’s wonderlands. Christmas island an extinct limestone, caped volcano, rugged shoreline and rain-forested terraces and the central plateau, Cocos Islands are palm fringed, sandy beaches, more like we think a tropical island paradise should be. The bird, plant and marine life on both islands are plentiful with a number of endemic species of plant and birdlife. We have set the timing of the trip to hopefully coincide with Red Crab migration, a truly amazing sight.

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New Zealand North or South Island Tours

14 or 15-Day Accommodated Tours – Departs 31 January or 17 February 2024 – Maximum of 12 participants

Coates has been visiting the South Island of New Zealand for over 10 year and delighting our clients with its natural wonders. In 2024, Coates will be running two tours to New Zealand and for the first time one will be touring the North Island. On our North Island tour we search for the finest forests amidst dramatic landscapes. From the beech forests to the ever-changing podocarp forests of the volcanic plateau, we study the intricacies of the forests, their birdlife and the landscapes on which they sit. We have also updated our South Island tour for 2024

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Sri Lankan Wildlife, History & Culture Tour 2024

15-Day Accommodated Tour – Departs Colombo 12 March 2024 – Maximum of 12 participants

Sri Lanka is home to wild elephant herds, leopards, sloth bears, Asiatic buffalo, numerous monkey species and beautiful birdlife. The island features diverse habitats and plant life, as well as magnificent scenery and historic fortresses, temples, and monasteries. Ancient Buddhist traditions, teaching compassion for all living creatures, have paved the way for the country’s long history of conversation. Highlights include Yala National Park and whale watching off the coast of Mirissa in search of Blue Whales and Sperm Whales.


Coates Wildlife Tours is actively looking for guides to join our team!

Coates Wildlife Tours travels to a wide variety of locations, so our team has a wide variety of experience and knowledge. As all our tours have a natural history/wildlife theme, we are always on the lookout for potential naturalist guides. If you have a passion for birds, plants, geology or a bit of everything, then you might be our next Naturalist Guide.

If you are not a wildlife expert but still love getting out into the bush, our Driver/Cook Guide role may suit you better. Coates runs both accommodated and bush camping tours.

Coates is always looking for great travellers who love to share their passion with our guests.

If either of these roles interests you, please get in touch with us at or 08 9330 6066

Contact us for further information on these tours and for details of our full natural history expedition program.

Ph: 1800 676 016 or 08 9330 6066 – Web: – Email: