It was a perfectly still summer night where the Milky Way could be clearly seen packed full of millions of bright stars, satellites whizzing around and the smell of eucalyptus trees in the air. The tour always starts with a gentle rattle of the food tin and a quick ‘woylie woylie woylie’ call to bring the animals out of hiding and it wasn’t long before the noise of animals could be heard scuttling through the thick bushland in every direction.
Suddenly, movement could be vaguely seen hopping and scurrying around the outskirts of the viewing area, and right away into our vision at close range. Captivating our guests, the bizarre Woylies came jumping up to us in search of their nightly supplementary feed.
Before long we were surrounded by multiple Southern Brown Bandicoots, Possums, mini fluttering insectivorous bats and the sound of laughing Kookaburras in the distance as the last moments of twilight fades away.
‘Thump thump thump’. Something a little larger comes bounding into the light: Karri, one of the orphan kangaroos and regular visitor appeared, greeting our guests with her big brown eyes and fluttering lashes, beckoning for a back scratch and some roo muesli.
In the midst of discussing the amazing evolution of the macropods, an unusual wavering scream was clearly heard by all, only metres behind us. ‘What was that?’ the guests asked. We all felt the hairs stand up on the backs of our necks as we had never heard this unusual sound before…. trying to make some sense of what we had just experienced, again, we heard the noise:‘arrrrgggghhhhgggghh’ but this time it was at least 20 metres from the original location, though we had heard no footsteps. We both looked at each other and chuckled a nervous laugh, thinking someone was in the bushes playing a trick on us.
Then to the relief of everyone, a Barking Owl swiftly flew into our vision and perched itself on a tree branch, long enough for one of our guests to get a quick photo and exclaim ‘What an experience’.” Although the sounds of the Australian bush at night can often induce a wild sense of imagination, we are very lucky to live in a part of the world that at night poses no threat or risk due to dangerous animals.
The start time for this tour changes throughout the year, however the pickup time of half an hour before sunset is pretty standard. To book this tour: Meet The Woylies or alternatively if you have any questions or enquiries about this wildlife experience or any others, call them on 0477 049 722 or email email@example.com
Review by Nicole -
A unique, enjoyable evening experience with nature that's worth every penny. I had no idea of the existence of Woylies, and I live here! Mick and Ryan are two lovely brothers with a real passion for what they do, and a very genuine and engaging way of sharing their knowledge. And the wildlife appears to love them, they call, animals appear! Highly recommended for both locals and visitors.
Review by Raeleen -
We went on the nocturnal tour where we met some of the WA nocturnal wildlife. The walk was easy and the billy tea and cookies were niice. The guides were very informative. Looking for something to fill one of your nights while staying in Margaret River region this is a must.