Why not take a step back in time and discover some of Victoria’s most threatened species thriving at Mt Rothwell.
Participants may encounter an Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, Rufous Bettong, Eastern Bettong, or maybe even an Eastern Quoll. These species are self-sustaining and co-exist across the landscape.
Group sizes are capped to ensure everyone has a great experience. The tour takes approximately 1.5-2 hours depending on the wildlife encountered.
**Please Note** As per Government guidelines, all participants attending the tour are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID or have a medical exemption.
At 473 ha, Mt Rothwell is Victoria’s largest feral predator-free ecosystem. Foxes and cats were eradicated from the property more than a decade ago so that native mammal species could be reintroduced. Mt Rothwell currently holds approximately 80% of the mainland Eastern Barred Bandicoot (EBB) population which is currently recognised as the only stable self-sustaining population. It has the most successful captive breeding program for the Eastern Quoll, which is presumed extinct on mainland Australia, only persisting in the wild in the state of Tasmania. It also has the most successful breeding program for Brush-tailed Rock wallabies in a semi-wild environment. Apex predators such as the Eastern Quoll and Spot-tailed (also known as Tiger) Quoll were reintroduced to balance the ecosystem. These species all historically coexisted across the landscape. Mt Rothwell participates in National Recovery Programs for the Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, Eastern Quoll, and Spiny Rice Flower.