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A Wild Night Out - Eco-Cabins

Great fun for all ages, but some nights are reserved for grownups only

Do you want a “no kids” experience for a change?

We do reserve some nights for guests aged 16 and over. Contact us to enquire about dates.

 

Sleep in an ECO-CABIN where the Wild Things are

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Cabin: $230 for first person. Add $50 for each additional person (any age).

Cabin - A Wild sleep Out

Do you love the idea of a night in the Australian bush, but you don’t really want to sleep rough? How about a cottage with all the comforts of home nestled in the bush alive with friendly wildlife? Share a cabin with your friends, your own private haven with everything you need. Open plan, fully equipped kitchen, en suite bathroom, comfortable bed, hotel quality linen, ceiling fan and oil fin heater, dining suite, sofa and even a TV. When you wake with the kookaburras in the morning, don’t be surprised if there is a kangaroo on your veranda and an emu at the window.

The Australian bush puts on an entrancing display of wild nature after dark. Bring a torch so you can explore the tracks at night. You may want to add a ranger-led spotlighting tour for a program jam packed with animal action, from meeting Walkabout Park friendly furry and scaly and spiky residents, to playing tug of war with the devils and spotlighting for wildlife in the trees and undergrowth.

 

Ticket Types: Adult & Child

Adult: Age 16 or over. Every cabin must have at least one adult.

Child: Age 0 to 15. We do not have a minimum age as many 'zoo snooze' programs do, but you do pay for infants.

Wild Night Out for all ages. Whether you've got children with you or you're just a big kid yourself, this is the most amazing way to meet Australia's weird and wonderful wildlife.

Wild Night Out for adults. For adults who want a grown-ups only night out without kids, we do have some dates reserved with a minimum age of 16.

 

Extras

Extras: Add a ranger-led tour - note times may change

If, due to weather or sunset time or animal activity, there are any changes to scheduled times of activities, you will be told of these when you check in.

5:00pm OCT-MAR
6:00pm APR-SEP

Animal Encounters & Spotlighting 
approximately 
2 hours
$130 per cabin (includes everyone sharing 1 cabin)

8:30am 
Aboriginal Sites & Bush Tucker Bush Medicine Walkabout 
approximately 
2 hours
$130 per cabin (includes everyone sharing 1 cabin)

Personal Ranger or a Speed Date
You can purchase Personal Ranger or Speed Date tickets separately.

Ranger-for-a-Day
You can purchase your Ranger-for-a-Day tickets separately.

Extras: Add catering

Must be booked for everyone in your cabin. If anyone has special dietary requirements, we recommend self-catering. Sausages are gluten free. See "What to expect: Meals" for what's on the menu.

Self-catering:
You are welcome to self-cater. Cabins have their own kitchen. Or you can get us to cater for you.

Sausage Sizzle Dinner:
Add $18 per person.

Bush Breakfast:
Add $18 per person.

Extras: Add an early or late check-in or check-out

Usual Arrival and Check-out:

  • Usual arrival and check-in is between 3:00pm and 4:30pm.
  • Usual check-out is between 8:30am and 10am, after which you can enjoy the sanctuary until the park closes at 5pm.

Early or Late Arrival add $50:

  • EARLY arrrival between 9am and 3pm. Please note your cabin may not be ready for check-in when you arrive, but we can store your luggage while you enjoy full access to the park.
  • LATE arrival between 4:30pm and 7pm. Gates may be locked. Phone 43751100 on arrival to arrange admittance.

Early or Late Check-out add $50:

  • EARLY check-out between 6:30am and 8:30am. Leave before the gates are unlocked for the public.
  • LATE check-out between 10am and 2pm. Use your cabin's facilities until after lunch.

 

Why it is so important that you pack light

As your cabin is inside the wildlife sanctuary where the animals roam freely, it would be too dangerous for the animals to let people drive their cars to their cabins, so be ready for a short walk (approximately 200 meters).

You will need to carry your gear to your cabin. Although you can pull wheeled cases part of the way, you will need to pick up your bags where the ground is bumpy.

We do not have porters. Although our rangers will help you whenever they can, the rangers are usually busy caring for the animals so may not be around to give you a hand.

 

Shortening the check-in process by pre-filling documents

If you would like to complete your check-in documents prior to arrival to shorten the check-in process, you can download the documents here. Just complete them and bring them with you.

 

What to expect

What to expect: On arrival

Usual arrival and check-in time is between 3pm and 4:30pm, unless you have made other arrangements with us (see "Add an early or late check-in" above). We don't recommend an early check-in as part of the magic of a Wild Sleep Out is first meeting the animals at dusk. Most people prefer to arrive in the evening, then spend the next day getting to know the animals they met the night before. If you have arranged to arrive after 4:30pm when the gates may be locked, you will need to phone us on 43751100 to get in.

When you arrive, take your luggage to reception to complete the check-in process and get your keys. Your ranger will give you a park map with a schedule of activities for the 2nd day of your visit. 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 take your luggage to your cabin and settle in. After that, you are free to wander around and start meeting the animals. If you have not booked a ranger-led tour, when you check in we will explain to you how to enjoy the park after dark, keeping in mind your and the animals' safety.

If you have booked a ranger-led tour, return to the veranda at the Visitor Centre 5 minutes before your tour is due to start. Your ranger will meet you there.

What to expect: Evening Tour (optional extra)

5:00pm to 8:30pm APRIL-SEPTEMBER
6:00pm to 9:30pm OCTOBER-MARCH

The Animal Encounters & Spotlighting tour is for all ages and is in two parts with a dinner break. Meet Walkabout Park’s friendly residents, 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. This tour is designed for all ages.

What to expect: Dinner

6:30pm to 7:00pm APRIL-SEPTEMBER
7:30pm to 8:00pm OCTOBER-MARCH

Your cabin has its own kitchen with cooking utensils, stove, microwave, toaster and kettle. Your pantry is stocked with Nescafe coffee, tea, sugar, 2% milk for coffee/tea, salt, pepper and spray-and-cook. Most guests bring along some easy to prepare fresh ingredients to make their own dinner and breakfast. We can't cater for special dietary requirements so, if our standard menu doesn't give you the variety you need, you are welcome to bring and prepare your own meals.

If you don't want to bother with shopping and cooking dinner, we can supply a sausage sizzle during the dinner break, including beef sausage sandwiches and sauce, apple pie and custard, and soft drink. The sausages are gluten free.

Depending on time of year (and time of sunset) timings of tours and the dinner break will change. We match our schedule to the animals' activities which change depending on time of year and weather.

What to expect: Campfire (if you have booked the evening tour)

8:00pm to 9:00pm APRIL-SEPTEMBER
9:00pm to 10:00pm OCTOBER-MARCH

The Animal Encounters and Spotlighting tour finishes up with a campfire a little after sunset. Occasionally, because of extreme weather (e.g. if there are high winds or a total fire ban), we cannot go ahead with the campfire. However, this is very rare. When we do have a campfire, we supply the marshmallows for toasting and tell Dreamtime stories. You're welcome to relax around the campfire until bed time. We usually put the fire out at around 9:30pm.

What to expect: Breakfast

8:15am to 8:45am

You have your own kitchen, so you can decide wether to have an early breakfast, or to sleep in. But if you want us to cater breakfast, this is served at 8:15am sharp so that anyone who has booked the morning tour can be finished and ready to go when the tour starts.

If we supply a continental 'bush' breakfast, this includes cereal, 2% milk, bread for toasting, spreads, cheese slices, raisin bread, yoghurt and orange juice.

What to expect: Morning Tour (optional extra)

8:45am to 10:30am

The Aboriginal Sites, Bush Tucker & Bush Medicine tour takes 1½ to 2 hours. Follow the bush tracks along the ridgeline to ancient Aboriginal sites. Look back across the Calga valley to other important sites connected across the Cultural Landscape. Explore the lore concepts of The Dreaming, Creation Stories and Songlines. Learn about Bush Tucker and Bush Medicine wild-growing along this ancient Aboriginal pathway.

What to expect: Check-out and departure

8:30am to 10:00am

Usual check-out time is 10am. Subject to availability, you can book a late check-out (2pm) so that you can continue to use your cabin facilities until after lunch. You can book an early check-out in case you need to leave the sanctuary early before the gates open and the reception staff are on duty.

The fun continues after check-out time. If you don't want to leave, you don't have to! Pick up your map with its schedule of ranger-led talks and tours and head out to see the animals and explore the bush tracks. You are welcome to stay until the park closes for the night at 5pm.

 

Cottage bed configurations

Golden Wattle Cottage, up to 4 people

  • Queen sized bed
  • Pull-out double sofa-bed
  • Wheelchair accessible with accessible shower and kitchen facilities
  • Kitchen/bedroom area is slightly smaller as more space has been allocated to the ensuite bathroom, but includes all the same facilities as the other cottages

Tea Tree Cottage, up to 4 people

  • Queen sized bed
  • Two single beds

Heath Banksia Cottage, up to 4 people

  • Queen sized bed
  • Pull-out double sofa-bed

Sydney Peppermint Cottage, up to 4 people

  • Queen sized bed
  • Two single beds

Scribbly Gum Cottage, up to 4 people

  • Queen sized bed
  • Pull-out double sofa-bed

Preparing for your Wild Night Out

Minimum age

Every cottage must have at least one responsible person over the age of 18. We do not have a minimum age for guests, but 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.

Room service

We do not provide room service, so please bring what you need.

Alcohol policy

You are welcome to bring along a bottle of wine or a couple of beers to enjoy responsibly with your meal, on condition that this does not interfere in any way with other guests, the rangers or the animals. Please enjoy your beverages discretely at your cottage, and do not walk about with them. Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park reserves the right to limit or prohibit the consumption of alcohol at any time, solely at the ranger on duty's discretion, and 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

  • Dinner and breakfast (we recommend something easy to prepare at your cottage, or you might prefer to bring a picnic).
  • Camera and spare batteries.
  • Torch and spare batteries.
  • Mobile phone charger.
  • Closed comfortable walking shoes or boots.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Toiletries.
  • Personal medication.
  • Warm jacket.
  • Wet weather rain jacket (this is an all-weather adventure, and it can rain at any time of the year).

What you will find in your cabin

  • Hotel quality linen
  • Towels
  • Oil fin heater and ceiling fan
  • Television - 'free-to-air' TV
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Veranda with patio furniture
  • Kitchenette with microwave, stove, toaster, kettle, fridge, crockery, cutlery, pots
  • Salt, pepper, spray-n-cook
  • Tea, Nescafe coffee, sugar, 2% milk for coffee
  • Dishwashing liquid, washing and drying cloths, broom

What you can buy at the gift shop

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. Numbers of people booked may be reduced subject to 72 hours notice and payment of a $25 administration fee. Optional extras may be added up to 72 hours prior to check-in, subject to availability. A current credit card plus photo ID must be produced on check-in. You will need to pre-authorise a $200 security deposit on your credit card to cover damages, breakages or losses.

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.

 

Download helpful forms & information

WSO Terms & Conditions

WSO Booking Form

WSO Payment Options Form

WSO Guest Check-In Registration Form

Map of Walkabout Park

Safety for humans and animals

 

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