Many of Western Australia’s wildlife are nocturnal, so our Nocturnal tours are a great way to experience our wildlife’s nightlife.
Kanyana offers the unique experience of seeing wildlife that most people wouldn’t see, up close.
As well as being a rehabilitation centre for sick and injured wildlife, Kanyana is also home to a breeding colony of Bilbies. Over 100 bilbies have been born at Kanyana. Our regular nocturnal tours give you an opportunity to see the Bilbies in action.
Our location provides a magnificent setting in which to see some of Western Australia’s most endangered mammals, as well as some birds and reptiles which can still be found living in the Perth Hills. Guests are invited to arrive prior to 6.45 PM to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in the heritage-listed Paxwold House (1957). For those with fond memories of Paxwold as a Guides camp, there is time to look at the Girl Guide memorabilia.
The Tour commences at 7.00 pm with a short talk about Kanyana’s role in the community, followed by a guided walk around the property after sunset. Our nocturnal residents, including Bilbies, a Burrowing Bettong (Boodie), Brush-Tailed Bettongs (Woylies), Tawny Frogmouths and Sugar Gliders can be seen feeding and interacting. The Echidnas, Elle and Arouba, usually come to greet visitors and, on some occasions, we are fortunate to view Southern Brown Bandicoots (Quendas).
In addition to seeing the animals, guests will be taken into the Hospital foyer where a viewing window allows them to see into the hospital. This building, also heritage-listed, was originally known as Boomajaril (Aboriginal word for Home of the Little People) and was the Brownie’s House (1973).
Tours are usually scheduled for the first Friday and the second Saturday of each month. We can also book special Tours for groups of 10 or more.
Tours are conducted by members of Kanyana's dedicated Education Team and cater for around 30 people. Tours usually take about one and a half hours.
Please see our Price List for the cost and call the office on 9291 3900, from 8:30am-5:00pm M-F, to book a Nocturnal Tour.