A guided sunrise walk spotting wildlife and discovering the endangered wildlife conservation efforts taking place at Woodlands Reserve.
Embark on a guided walk through one of Melbourne’s hidden natural gems, Woodlands Historic Park. This park holds a mesmerising mix of native woodland and grassland landscapes, wildlife, Indigenous canoe trees and a rich source of human history spanning all the way back to the Woiworung Aboriginal people who still today hold a close connection with this land. The fenced ‘Back Paddock’ is a great space for spotting kangaroos, wallabies, a variety of bird species and is the location of a successful endangered wildlife recovery project for the Eastern Barred Bandicoots.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Departs: 31 May, 14 June, 28 June, 12 July, 26 July, 16 Aug, 30 Aug
Price: $45 AUD per person
This is a self-drive tour. We meet on the car park off Providence Road (click for map), Woodlands Historic Park next to the Weeroona Indigenous Cemetery just in time for sunrise.
Our first stop is an Aboriginal cemetery, Travis, your host, will provide an overview of the history of the Woiworung people and their cultural practices. Afterwards enjoy an easy hour walk through the ‘Back Paddock’ to experience the wilder parts of the park. This is a great spot to see birds and other wildlife including kangaroo’s and wallabies. You will be getting a glimpse of how Melbourne’s ecosystems used to look while also discovering research and conservation work that has been undertaken to bring a critically endangered wildlife species, the Eastern Barred Bandicoots, back from the brink of extinction.
Participants should bring: sun hat, sunglasses, water bottle, snacks, enclosed walking shoes, sunscreen, camera, warm jumper in winter.
This tour is graded Easy. Activities involve walking in and around low lying grassland.
- Maximum 10 people
- Minimum age for participation is 7 yrs of age
- Participants under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult
- Departure is guaranteed, subject to 2 people travelling
On this Naturewise Eco Escape you’ll explore the unique nature reserve, Woodlands Historic Park, and contribute to the Eastern Barred Bandicoot conservation initiative. Sadly, the Eastern Barred Bandicoot is now considered extinct in Victoria’s wild due to predation and loss of habitat. Conservation Volunteers Australia, Zoos Victoria and Parks Victoria have joined forces to save the critically endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot from extinction. Four hundred hectares of Red-gum Grassy Woodlands have been fenced off as a nature reserve to protect the Bandicoots. Today the Woodland’s population has grown from 40 animals to over 200. This tour supports the important ongoing work being undertake to reinstate and monitor population numbers of the Eastern Barred Bandicoots at Woodlands.
Location and Transportation
This experience takes place at Woodlands Historic Park, 25km north of Melbourne CBD. Drive time from Melbourne to Woodlands Historic Park is approximately 30 minutes.
All prices are per person.
$45 AUD per person
Wildlife sighting • guided interpretive walk with our local host and Bandicoot project officer Travis • donation to the Eastern Barred Bandicoot Wildlife Recovery project
Lunch and snacks • transport to Woodlands• items of a personal nature • travel insurance
Bookings are via our partners at Airbnb experiences. Simply click the project below and it will take you through to Airbnb site for ease of bookings.
Thursday 31 May
Thursday 14 June
Thursday 28 June
Thursday 12 July
Thursday 26 July
Thursday 16 August
Thursday 30 August
Self Drive: the meeting time is 6.30am at Woodlands Historic Park.