Karakamia visitor program
Karakamia Wildlife Sanctuary is located approximately an hour east of Perth near the small town of Chidlow. This sanctuary is the first property owned by AWC, purchased in 1991 to protect the threatened mammals of the northern jarrah forest. The sanctuary is 275 ha surrounded by a vermin-proof fence: feral animals have been eradicated providing a safe haven where many threatened mammals can now thrive.
Our 2 hour guided spotlight walks are conducted at dusk Friday and Saturday nights (other nights by appointment), and bookings are essential. The start time varies throughout the year depending on sunset (from approximately 5:00 PM mid-winter to 7:00 PM mid-summer). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking, or call the office during business hours on 08 9572 3169.
Entry cost is AU$20 Adults, AU$15 Concession holders/children and AU$60 Family (two adults/two children).
The 3 km walk follows rocky bush-tracks and takes about two hours to complete as there are a number of stops along the way to talk about the habitats and look at the animals. Some hills are encountered along the route and the ground can be slippery due to pea gravel. Participants need to be of moderate fitness and stable on their feet. Alternatively a shorter walk can be booked for less mobile groups.
There is still some light for the first half of the walk, while the second half is completed in the dark. Bright spotlights with red filters are carried by the guides to point out animals and light the path. You may wish to bring a small torch of your own to help find your footing along the tracks at night. Other items you may wish to bring include: sturdy footwear and long sleeved clothing, binoculars and insect repellent. The walk is followed by a hot drink and a quick chat.
We have no minimum number for a tour but we take a maximum of 15 people per guide. If more than 15 people have booked on a night we will put on a second guide and run two tours concurrently on the same night. The Habitat Walk is not suitable for the mobility impaired or for children under the age of seven, however it may be possible to arrange a shorter walk for your group. Please call our booking office to discuss your needs.
All funds received through our Visitor Program go directly to conserving Australia’s threatened wildlife.