We've all seen (whether it be on TV, at the zoo or in the wild) Australia's best loved animal icons such as the kangaroo, koala, wallaby and the croc, but what about our lesser known creature icons that only come out to play at night?
Have you ever seen an acrobatic ringtail possum, the very cute bilbies, the potoroo - a mini-version of the kangaroo or the tawny frogmouth - the 'king' of camouflage? I know I haven't. These unique animals have keen senses of sight, smell and hearing that make them far better suited to night-life than human creatures. Don't fear – you won't have to set up camp in the middle of a nature reserve with a flask of tea and a torch (unless you want to that is…) You can now meet these Australian creatures at the award-winning Healesville Sanctuary.
Set in a natural bushland environment where paths wind through different habitat areas, for the Night Creatures tour a specially designed nocturnal house has been built so you can get close up and personal with some of Australia's lesser known animals during the middle of the day.
You'll be in a small group of 12 (max) and the tour lasts for an hour. Everyone is welcome except for children under four years old; you'll get to feed some of the animals as well as meeting Mr Boback (a possum).
Healesville is only one hour east of Melbourne and is one of Australia's most recognised attractions, showcasing more than 200 species of Australian wildlife, including all the old favourites. The Night Creatures Encounter is very popular so you have to pre-book at least three days in advance.