Helping our furry friends: a 1-day wildlife tour supporting the conservation of the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat
This full-day wildife tour provides the unique opportunity to support one of Australia’s iconic native animals – the wombat; in this instance the very photogenic Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat. The eco 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!
Brookfield Conservation Park is located near Blanchetown in the South Australia’s Riverland district. The park is home to a wide array of native wildlife, not only the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons), but also to species such as the Fat-tailed Dunnart, Common Dunnart, Red & Western Grey Kangaroos and Emus.
These animals share the park with 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:
- Close-up encounters with some of the country’s most iconic wildlife
- Opportunity to spot the elusive Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat
- Learn about vulnerable species, the important research and conservation work being undertaken at Brookfield
- Exclusive access to park
- Meet visiting researchers
- A guided tour to discover the park’s interesting history
Duration: 1 day
Departs: tour available all year on request
Price: from $165 AUD per adult; $145 AUD per child (14 years & under)
Available for private charter and group bookings
Full Day Tour
10am Depart Adelaide for Brookfield Conservation Park, on the way we stop at Truro bakery
12noon Arrive at Brookfield and visit the homestead and learn about the heritage and history of the park
12.45pm Enjoy an Aussie BBQ lunch
1.30pm Three habitat walk and talk to view wombats and wildlife
2.30pm Charcoal pits for a talk on the history and learn about the important conservation research work taking place
3.30pm Meet local researchers and hear about the research taking place over a ‘Billy Tea’
4.30pm Return journey to Adelaide
6.00pm Approximate return time to Adelaide
Note: times are approximate and may vary slightly
This tour is graded Easy to Medium. The tour includes walking up to 3 kilometres on unmarked tracks in the Conservation Park. Most locations are relatively flat and open.
- Maximum 20 people per group
- Minimum age for participation is 7
- Participants under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult
- Departure is guaranteed, subject to 7 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. The tour supports 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 full-day wildlife eco 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.
Adult: $165 AUD per adult
Child (14 years & under): $145 AUD per child
Departures are subject to bookings. This wildlife eco tour is available for private charter and group bookings.
Minimum group size required is 7 people.
Departs: 10am, 134 South Road, Torrensville (on street parking available on August St & Carlton Parade)
Returns: approximately 6pm, 134 South Road, Torrensville (Adelaide city drop-off available)
For smaller or larger group tours please contact us for a tailored package