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A Wild Night Out

where the Wild Things are...

Did you know that, contrary to popular belieif, many of Australia's animals are neither diurnal (awake during the day) nor nocturnal (active through the night). Instead, they are what we call "crepuscular". This means they sleep in the day AND the night, and they are active at dusk and dawn. So the best time to see them out and about is just after sunset.

An evening tour is a great way to meet the animals and experience their natural bush home.

The Australian bush puts on an entrancing display of wild nature after dark. Bring a torch / flashlight and follow your ranger on a spotlighting walkabout adventure tour. Meet Walkabout Park's friendly furry and scaly and spiky residents, play tug of war with the devils, and use your flashlight to spy on the wildlife in the trees and undergrowth.

 

Prices: Evening Tour

$250 for up to 5 people in your group. Add $50 for each additional person in your group.

Ticket prices for this tour are the same for all ages. Tickets cost $250 for up to 5 people in your group. Add $50 for each additional person. We do not have a minimum age, but you do pay for infants. 

If you want to stay right through the night, you can book an eco-cabin for a Wild Sleep Out.

 

Extras: Add late arrival

Fee for late arrival is $50.

If you have arranged a late arrival, the gates may be locked when you get here. Call us on 43751100 and we will meet you at the gate and escort you to join your tour.

 

What to expect: The experience

This tour is ranger-led and incorporates animal encounters and spotlighting. It is designed for all ages, and runs for 2 hours.

Meet Walkabout Park’s friendly resident animals, then go spotlighting to spy on the animals as the bush comes alive at dusk. Play tug of war with the Tasmanian devils. Get up close and hands-on with Australia’s weird and wonderful wildlife.

It will usually finish with a one hour campfire. We supply the marshmallows for toasting. Very rarely, because of extreme weather e.g. if there are high winds or a total fire ban, we cannot go ahead with the campfire.

 

What to expect: Tour times

The autumn/winter period starts when we switch over from "daylight saving time" in the first week of April, until we switch back onto "daylight saving time" in the first week of October.

  • Autumn/Winter schedule: Arrive between 4pm and 4:30pm.You are welcome to bring a picnic, in which case you should aim to arrive at 4pm so that you have time to enjoy it before the tour starts at 5pm. The tour ends at the campsite at 7pm. The campfire (weather permitting) is from 6:45pm to 7:45pm. Guests not staying overnight depart with the ranger at 8pm.

The spring-summer period runs from the first week in October to the beginning of April, when Sydney is on "daylight saving time"

  • Spring/Summer: Arrive between 6pm and 6:30pm. You are welcome to bring a picnic, in which case you should aim to arrive at 6pm so that you have time to enjoy it before the tour starts at 7pm. The tour ends at the campsite at 9pm. The campfire (weather permitting) is from 8:45pm to 9:45pm. Guests not staying overnight depart with the ranger at 10pm.

 

What to expect: On arrival

When you arrive, go to reception to check-in. Your ranger will give you a park map. Most importantly, you will be given easy-to-follow safety information about the animals. This animal safety information is vital as you will be stepping into the animals' world.

Once you have the safety information and your map, you can enter the park and meet the animals. When you check in we will explain to you how to enjoy the park, keeping in mind your and the animals' safety.

Return to the veranda at the Visitor Centre 5 minutes before your tour is due to start. Your ranger will meet you there.

 


 

Preparing for your Wild Night Out

Minimum age

There is no minimum age, but there must be at least one responsible adult over the age of 18 for every 3 children in your group e.g. if you have 4 children, you will need 2 adults. 

Alcohol policy

Please do not bring alcohol onto the premises.

Behaviour

Follow your rangers' instructions.

Adults must supervise the children in their care at all times and ensure children behave considerately towards people and animals, follow the directions of the rangers, and comply with all Walkabout Park rules. Please consider other guests' enjoyment and make sure that your children are not noisy or disruptive. If you have a crying or distressed child or baby, please step away from the group until they settle.

Visitors engaging in dangerous or inconsiderate behaviour will be required to leave in which case there will be no refund.

What to bring with you

  • Make sure you have a camera and spare batteries.
  • Bring a torch/flashlight and spare batteries.
  • Mobile phone charger.
  • You should wear closed comfortable walking shoes or boots.
  • Especially in autumn/winter, you will need a warm jacket.
  • Bring a rain jacket 'just in case' (this is an all-weather adventure, and it can rain at any time of the year).
  • If you want to have dinner in the sanctuary before your tour, please bring a picnic dinner that is easy and quick to prepare and enjoy as, to be fair to all guests, your tour will start at the scheduled time and your ranger won't be able to wait for stragglers.
  • You can buy soft drinks and snacks in the shop before your tour starts.

What you can buy at the gift shop (the shop will close 10 minutes before your tour begins)

If you need anything from the shop at the visitor centre, tell your ranger who can assist you.

  • Fresh-ground coffee from our wonderful barista machine (yes, your coffee is made with fresh milk)
  • Chocolates, chips, ice-creams and cold drinks
  • Bottled water
  • Headache tablets, Sunscreen, Insect repellent
  • Rain ponchos
  • Toys, games and souvenirs

Booking and payment policy

Bookings are essential, and may be made by email at or telephone (02) 4375 1100. Full payment must be made at the time of booking.

Terms & Conditions

100% cancellation fee applies on all bookings.

Cancellation by Walkabout Park

This is an all-weather event so we usually go ahead in the rain. However, if Walkabout Park believes the weather or other conditions may be unsafe for people or animals, we will cancel a booking. Whenever possible, you will be contacted in advance so it is important that you give us contact details that we can use to reach you right up until the time of your arrival. If we cancel your booking you will be given the option of either rescheduling to another date, or receiving a full refund. In the event of bad weather and if you have not heard from us, please call (02) 4375 1100 before 11am on the day of your booking to find out whether the program is going ahead. Note, cancellation due to weather is extremely unlikely as this is an all-weather event, so bring your rain gear as the rain just adds another dimension of fun to the experience.

 

For more information:

Ph: (02) 4375 1100
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