2-day wildlife tour to help save Australia’s Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat at Brookfield Conservation Park
This 2-day eco tour plays a critical role in supporting the long term survival of wombat populations in South Australia’s Riverland district. Experience wildlife conservation first-hand with field experts in researching emerging health issues of wildlife caused by the pressures of climate change and reduced food source. There are also opportunities to spot and learn about native wildlife such as wombat, emu, kangaroo, goanna, bird species; and the impact of introduced species such as rabbit and fox.
The tour introduces you to the local wildlife and conservation projects at Brookfield Conservation Park, 130km north-east of Adelaide in South Australia. The park provides fantastic opportunities to encounter a variety of Australian wildlife. The Conservation Park is also one of the last remaining strongholds for populations of the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat. Enjoy an educational guided tour of the park to learn about its history and unique wildlife, and mingle with visiting researchers to gain a fascinating insight into the world of conservation – and the world of our very cute furry friends!
The park is home to a wide variety of unique wildlife, not only the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons), but also to species such as the Fat-tailed Dunnart and Common Dunnart; and abundant bird life including the nationally vulnerable Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata), Australian Ringneck Parrots, Hooded Robins and Crested Bellbirds along with the rarer Stone Curlew, Ground Cuckoo Shrikes and Australian Owlet Nightjars.
Eco Tour Highlights:
- See iconic South Australian wildlife in their natural habitats
- Discover the history of Brookfield Conservation Park
- Exclusive overnight park access
- Guided survey experience on birds, animals and plants
- Meet and work with visiting researchers in the summer months
- Small and personalised tour experience
- A rewarding tour helping save the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat
Duration: 2 days/1 night
Departs: regular dates all year (see below); and on request
Price: from $150 AUD per person
Tour inclusions as noted below
Day 1: Adelaide – Brookfield Conservation Park
Travel to Brookfield Conservation Park. Visit the delectable Truro bakery on the way. On arrival, an introduction to the park occurs, followed by wombat warren and vegetation surveys. In the afternoon enjoy a exclusive guided tour to discover the history of the park, local wildlife and learn about the wombat conservation project. We may also meet university researchers undertaking surveys (seasonal). A shared dinner at the homestead and star gazing compliment an evening in the bush. An evening wildlife spotlighting tour finishes off the evening before heading to bed. LD
Day 2: Brookfield Conservation Park – Adelaide
Breakfast is followed by wombat warren or vegetation surveys. Lunch and more wildlife spotting opportunities occur before our return journey to Adelaide in the afternoon. BL
This program is graded Easy to Medium. The tour involves bush walking up to 3km each day on unmarked tracks in the Conservation Park. Most locations are relatively flat and open.
- Maximum 10 people per group
- Minimum age for participation is 14
- Participants under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult
- Departure is guaranteed, subject to 6 people travelling
This eco tour supports wildlife conservation efforts at Brookfield Conservation Park; helping save the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat, which is under pressure due to climate change and shrinking food sources. Naturewise Eco Escapes contribute to wildlife conservation and offer you the opportunity to explore outstanding national parks and conservation reserves. Brookfield is one of the last remaining strongholds for populations of the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat. Increasingly wombats in the region are being found in poor condition. The cause has not yet been determined, but it is likely to be nutritional stress due to loss of native grasses. Assist with wombat warren and vegetation surveys including documenting warren locations using a GPS, recording measurements of warrens, vegetation surveys, scats identification and wombat activity. The surveys play a critical role in helping the long term survival of wombat populations in the Murraylands.
Location and Transportation
This wildife tour visits Brookfield Conservation Park. Brookfield Conservation Park is located near Blanchetown in South Australia’s Riverland district; 130km north-east of Adelaide, 11km west of Blanchetown. Access is via the Sturt Highway.
You will be transported from South Road, Torrensville in a 10-seat air-conditioned mini van.
You will be staying at Brookfield Homestead in shared bunk-style accommodation with shared bathroom facilities. You are required to bring a sleeping bag, pillow and bath towel. Swags available for front porch – to sleep under the stars.
All prices are for 2 days, per person.
Full Price: $150 AUD per person
Accommodation • transfers from Adelaide • meals • exclusive reserve access • guided tour • conservation and Wombat monitoring activities
Departs: 8am, 134 South Road, Torrensville (on street parking available on August St & Carlton Parade)
Returns: next day at 4pm, 134 South Road, Torrensville (Adelaide city drop-off available)
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