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Melbourne Bandicoot Break

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Naturewise Eco Escapes

This Naturewise Conservation Holidays project is located at the Woodlands Historic Park, a short 20 minute drive from Melbourne. Although within proximity to Melbourne's modern and urbanised setting, the park provides a fascinating historic glimpse of the landscapes and wildlife seen by European settlers in the 1840s.

Four hundred hectares of Red-gum Grassy Woodlands, known as the Back Paddock, have been fenced off as a Nature Reserve and identified as suitable habitat for the critically endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot.

The species is now considered extinct in Victoria's wild due to predation by foxes and cats, and disappearance of 99 per cent of the state's native grasslands. Conservation volunteers and Parks Victoria have teamed up to reinstate a population to the Back Paddock.

This project focuses on saving the Eastern Barred Bandicoot from extinction through a number of exciting hands-on conservation activities. You will work closely with their environmental experts to set up traps, collect critical data on captured animals, and assist in their release back into the wild.

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$130.00 - $400.00

Prices are indicative of one to four day experiences. Please view website for more information and to securely book online.

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Naturewise Eco Escapes are passionate about creating and sharing eco holidays which give back to nature.

Naturee Eco Escapes unique eco holidays are carefully crafted to take you off the beaten track and behind the scenes to showcase the best of nature and wildlife while supporting conservation. Tours are all-inclusive, fully-guided, and deeply rewarding – exploring some of Australia’s hidden, as well as iconic, natural gems.

Tours include viewing and meeting local wildlife, guided walks and tours, educational talks, and spectacular national parks and nature reserves. All profits from the tours go directly into wildlife conservation. No experience is necessary – all you need is an interest in nature, a willingness to get involved, and a desire to have lots of fun and meet new people.

Naturewise Eco Escapes is operated by Australia’s largest not-for-profit conservation organisation Conservation Volunteers Australia – all holidays contribute to real conservation outcomes.

Explore the great outdoors, breath the fresh air, and unwind in nature.

Winner 2014 RACV Tourism Award New Tourism Development and Advanced ECO certified.

  • Australian Tourism Export Council

  • The Ecotourism Association of Australia