Day tour: A hands-on bandicoot and wildlife experience at Woodlands Historic Park – Melbourne
Put on a ranger’s hat! Located just a short distance from Melbourne city, the Woodlands Historic Park is home to some of Victoria’s most unique and very special wildlife. Red-gum grassy woodlands create a nature reserve protecting the endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot. This day tour lets you experience life as a ranger, and assist our local conservation heroes with important wildlife monitoring – check and re-set wildlife traps, collect data on captured animals and help release the bandicoots back into the wild.
You’ll enjoy close encounters with one of Victoria’s cutest endangered wildlife species, as well as other iconic Australian wildlife including Kangaroos. This is a great hands-on wildlife experience and an opportunity to experience one of Melbourne’s unique nature parks – and learn all about bandicoots.
Duration: day tour
Departs: regular dates (see below); and on request
Price: from $130.00 AUD per person
Early departure by bus from Melbourne for Woodlands Historic Park. On arrival meet our local Conservation Volunteers and Parks Victoria staff who are bringing the bandicoots back from the brink of extinction. Learn about the great work that has been achieved through the Eastern Barred Bandicoot Recovery Project, then head out into the park and enjoy the morning’s hands-on wildlife monitoring activities. Help rangers to check traps for animals, record data and release animals back into Woodlands Reserve. Lunch is served at the beautiful Woodlands Homestead before our return trip to Melbourne city.
L – lunch
This tour is graded Medium. Conservation activities involve walking in and around low lying grassland areas for about four hours, in warm to hot climatic conditions.
- Maximum 10 people
- Minimum age for participation is 12 yrs of age
- Participants under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult
- Departure is guaranteed, subject to 3 people travelling
Naturewise’s Eco Escapes allow you to play a vital role in the conservation of our natural environment, while enjoying some of Australia’s most spectacular places. Sadly, the Eastern Barred Bandicoot is now considered extinct in Victoria’s wild due to predation and loss of habitat. Help Parks Victoria and Conservation Volunteers save the species from extinction through a number of hands-on conservation activities. This research plays a vital role in helping us reinstate and monitor population numbers of the Eastern Barred Bandicoots at Woodlands Historic Park. Activities involve assisting with animal trapping, recording data including weight, gender, and condition of the captured animals, as well as their release back into the wild. Information collected provides critical information on the reserves bandicoot population numbers and supports the ongoing conservation efforts.
Location and Transportation
This Bandicoot recovery experience takes place at Woodlands Historic Park, 25km north of Melbourne CBD.
Drive time from Melbourne to Woodlands Historic Park is 30 minutes in a 2WD commuter bus with forward-facing seats and air-conditioning.
All prices are per person.
1 Day: $130 AUD per person
Multiple day experiences are available if you wish to participate over several days:
2 days: $200 AUD per person
Lunch • return transport to Melbourne • maximum 10 passengers • research expertise • experienced Conservation Volunteers leader
Alcoholic drinks • items of a personal nature • travel insurance • travel to the Melbourne city departure point • meals and activities not included in program itinerary
Bus departs 6am from:
- Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) office; 120 Roslyn St West Melbourne or
- North Melbourne Train Station
- Melbourne hotel pick ups can be arranged with advanced notice
Bus returns to Melbourne city at approximately 2pm
Self Drive: if you would prefer to self-drive, the meeting time is 6.30am at Woodlands Historic Park. Please advise if you would like to self-drive and we will provide a map and directions.
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