4-hour twilight tour: Discover Melbourne’s nocturnal local wildlife
Transfer from Melbourne city to Woodlands Historic Park. The Woodlands is a nature reserve, located on the outskirts of Melbourne, provides a fascinating glimpse of the landscapes and wildlife first encountered by settlers in the 1840s. The reserve is now home to one of Victoria’s endangered wildlife – the Eastern Barred Bandicoot. A special partnership between Conservation Volunteers Australia, Zoos Victoria, and Parks Victoria is bringing the bandicoots back from the brink of extinction.
At dusk the reserve comes to life with bandicoots, kangaroos, wallabies, possums and other wildlife. Walk through Red-gum Grassy Woodlands with our local guide to discover Melbourne’s unique wildlife and learn about the recovery program saving these beautiful animals from extinction. This experience provides exclusive after hours reserve access and supports the Eastern Barred Bandicoot wildlife conservation project.
Duration: 4 hours
Departs: regular dates all year (see below); and on request
Adult: $60 AUD per person
Child (8-12 years): $45 AUD per child
Family: $180 AUD per family (2 adults and 2 children)
4-hour Evening Tour
Transfer by bus from Melbourne city to Woodlands Historic Park, located approximately 25km north of Melbourne. On arrival at Woodlands, our local ranger starts the evening with an introduction to the reserve’s history and wildlife, including the Eastern Barred Bandicoot recovery project. Afterwards we explore the bush armed with spotlights in search of nocturnal wildlife – keep an eye out for kangaroos, possums, owls and Bandicoots. Along our guided nocturnal walk we’ll also stop to check motion sensor cameras for wildlife activity. Finish the evening with a hot drink and snacks at Gellibrand Hill, looking out over the city lights.
This tour is graded Easy. Easy walking conditions around the reserve.
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 4-hour evening tour takes place at Woodlands Historic Park, 25km north of Melbourne CBD.
Drive time from Melbourne to Woodlands is 20-30 minutes in a 2WD commuter bus with forward-facing seats and air-conditioning.
All prices are for a 4-hour tour, per person
Adult $60 AUD per person
Child (8 -12yr) $45 AUD per person
Family $180 AUD per family (2 adults & 2 children)
2017 & 2018 Dates TBA
Departs: 4.30pm Melbourne.
Melbourne city pick up locations: Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) office 120 Roslyn St West Melbourne;
or North Melbourne Train Station, Dynon Rd / Railway Place, West Melbourne
Self-drive: if you would prefer to self-drive, the meeting time is 5.30pm at Woodlands Historic Park. Please advise if you would like to self-drive and we will provide a map and directions.
Returns: Approximately 9.30pm Melbourne city