Wild Sleepout Overnight Wildlife Adventure
Better than a night in a zoo! Sleep safely in the real Australian bush alive with friendly wildlife. After a magical night with the animals, why not head out in the morning with your ranger to visit the Aboriginal Sites and learn about bush tucker and bush medicine along the way.
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.
Usual arrival and check-in time is between 3pm and 4:30pm, unless you have made other arrangements with us. 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.
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.
Animal Encounters & Spotlighting Tour (optional extra)
5:00pm to 8:30pm APRIL-SEPTEMBER
6:00pm to 9:30pm OCTOBER-MARCH
The Animal Encounters & Spotlighting tour (optional extra) 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.
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.
6:30pm to 7:00pm APRIL-SEPTEMBER
7:30pm to 8:00pm OCTOBER-MARCH
If you don't book the evening tour you are welcome to self-cater.
There is no camp kitchen or fridge, so you will need to think about this when deciding what to bring for your picnic. It is important, if you decide to self cater, that you pack your food in an esky or other animal-proof container so that the kangaroos and emus don't raid your tent while you are out. Or you can get us to cater for you.
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.
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.
Checkout 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.
Visit a working Wildlife Sanctuary
Sleep out with the wild things
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2019 - 2020 season. The 2019 - 2020 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2019 to the 31st March 2020. The 2020 - 2021 season rates commence on the 1st April 2020.