Welcome, skip to the content.


Melbourne Bandicoot Break

1800 032 501

Tour operated by:

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.

More info

Social media:
Days of operation:
  • Please visit the website or call the number provided for more information about tour schedules.

Tour operator

Naturewise Eco Escapes offers you the chance to enjoy close-up interactions with wildlife and enjoy some of Australia's stunning national parks and private conservation reserves.

Naturewise's eco escapes are all-inclusive, small group tours taking you off the beaten track and behind the scenes to explore the best of Australian nature and wildlife.

Choose from a range of experiences to suit your fitness, interests and travel style. Eco tours offer comfortable touring in nature, spotlight tours in search of nocturnal wildlife, family friendly adventures, guided walking tours, camping safaris and rewarding trips offering hands-on conservation activities with guided walks, local tours and educational talks.

When you travel with Naturewise Eco Escapes you are giving something back to nature. All of their tours support wildlife conservation efforts across Australia.

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