Go on an adventure and see wild native Australian animals, like kangaroos, wombats, possums and owls all in their natural homes not pets or in cages.
What to Expect
The Wildlife Safari starts from Woodend Train Station at 15:00 when your guide picks you up in a custom 4x4 bus (Woodend Station is a 50min train ride from Melbourne's Southern Cross Station on the Bendigo line). At this stage you are about 650m above sea level on a scenic range that runs from South Australia all the way to Queensland. The first stop as you drive past local farms is Trentham Waterfalls, the longest single drop water falls in Victoria, which formed from Volcanic activity many years ago. This is a great spot for photos and to get your first smell of the bush.
The tour then leaves the sealed road and heads offroad into the forest, where you will see the changes in the trees from gorge to valley and learn about the history of this region, which was formed when Gold was found in the late 1800's . At this time you will also able to view a few animals like kangaroos and wallabies who are awakening to feed but mostly the birds who are busy singing songs like the iconic Kookaburra (the largest of the Kingfishers).
As Dusk approaches stop for dinner at a local farm house to enjoy a home cooked meal (included in the price) and wait until it's a little darker before starting your next adventure.
Once dark drive through the forest all the while looking for wildlife from the bus, until you make another stop at the local mineral springs for a tasting. This particular area of Victoria is renowned for its mineral springs with lots of day spa's in the area. The mineral water itself is naturally carbonated as it moves through the limestone below the surface and has lots of minerals also which it also picked up on its journey.
After this quick stop, the bus will take you into a different part of the forest, to find wombats and also go for a quick walk through the bush. Here you can find possums of different types moving through the trees as well as microbats flying through the canopy hunting moths. On a clear night get to see the amazing night sky away from the city lights.
Afterwards start to make our way back through the forest and drive back to your accommodation in Melbourne arriving back at about 23:30. This small group tour is very popular with both locals and International guests and you will usually see about 4-5 Wombats, a variety of kangaroos, possums, owls, and wallabies.
- 8 hour tour
- Dinner and drinks
- Mineral water tasting
- Drop off in Melbourne city
What's Not Included
- Train journey from Melbourne to Woodend station
- Pick-up is available from Melbourne for an extra charge but the bus tends to get caught in city traffic.
Know Before You Go
Dietary options are not suitable for infants.
The supplier does not operate on total fire ban days.