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After Dark Nature Tours

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Address: Shelly Beach | Shelly Beach, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
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+61 457 002 211

Seeking a completely unique experience? After Dark Nature Tours in Manly...

Seeking a completely unique experience? After Dark Nature Tours in Manly uses NIGHT VISION GOGGLES to give people an unforgettable and completely different opportunity to experience Australia's wonderful nocturnal wildlife in its own environment. Set in one of Sydney's most beautiful locations you'll be equipped with your own personal set of NIGHT VISION GOGGLES so you can see owls, bandicoots, possums, echidnas and much more up close and personal.Let your guide take you to another world around Manly, Shelly Beach and through the rare Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub bushland of North Head. All while you experience local animals coming alive at night whilst you marvel at the beauty of the bush under starlight. Your guide will take you to a special place where you can sample home made roasted wattle seed scones with bush jams. While you sipping on locally sourced bush teas, learn about the area's cultural significance to the traditional Kay-Ye-My Aboriginal people who occupied the area now known as Manly. Discover the true indigenous origins of surfing and learn about Manly's rich surfing history. It's a great way to discover the Natural, European and Aboriginal cultural history of the area first hand. Perfect for the family or those wanting something a unique and different experience.Choose from three tours; The Sunset Tour, The Night Wonders Tour or a Galaxy Tour which is tailored to meet the needs and wishes for groups and functions.All Tours are lead by experienced and qualified guides.

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Great to do with friends

This was a great experience and so good to see so many animals. I thought we might see one or two but there were possums and bandicoots galore. It is such a different experience... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 June 2014
Isabelle R
Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

This was a great experience and so good to see so many animals. I thought we might see one or two but there were possums and bandicoots galore. It is such a different experience using night vision goggles and learning about Aboriginal Astronomy whilst enjoying the native bush food supper was amazing. Love the wattle seed scones and the stories.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

Thanks so much for an awesome tour. I definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Sydney, whether they be from overseas or even a local like me. Great to use the night vision goggles, and Jess you know and share so much!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

I loved the Night Wonders tour. I've long wanted to know more about both the nocturnal animals and also the indigenous history of this stunning area. The guide is a great story teller, passing on intriguing human stories and amazing facts about our natural history. I'd highly, highly recommend this tour to anyone- tourists and locals. It was amazing using... More 

Thank Yolana K
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

With the aid of night vision Jess takes you on an inspiring adventure to discover the nocturnal creatures that are often only a metre in front of you. Equally impressive is his knowledge of the plants animals and indigenous culture. He has a generous and charismatic nature which makes this personalised tour an exclusive adventure all those who share in... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014

Finally after over a year of being given a birthday gift voucher, my partner and I were able to make the trip from Newcastle to go on this 2.5 hour adventure and we were so glad we did. Initially I thought the time would be too long - but I did not notice it at all as went by quickly... More 

Thank Annette G
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

I've lived in Manly for more than nine years and regret that we haven't done this tour earlier. It was an amazing experience. Very interesting to hear about the history of Manly and the region and learn a bit about the culture. I probably learned more that night than in all the time I've spent in Australia. It was also... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

My wife and I highly recommend this tour for anyone around or visiting the Sydney area. Though not a typical honeymoon activity, my wife and I decided to try the After Dark Nature Tour, because it seemed to offer a authentic nature experience. It delivered, and then some. Jess is a fantastic guide who really has a passion for the... More 

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Noosaville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2013 via mobile

During a short stay in Sydney I saw all the typical attractions one would see while there but if you want to do something really unique and interesting then I highly suggest spending 3 hours with " After Dark Nature Tours" in the national park along the coastline overlooking Manly Harbour. You walk with Jess (the tour guide) with night... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2013

Fabulous night, highly recommended for locals and visitors. My partner and I wanted to give a US relative a real Australian experience during his visit. After Dark ended up being his highlight of Sydney. We took a ferry to Manly then a leisurely stroll along the corso to meet the tour at Shelly Beach. Beautiful! Jess, our guide was professional,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2013

The After Dark Tour of North Head Manly is a must NOT MISS when you stay or holiday in Manly Jess our guide was very knowledgeable of all things to do with flora and fauna and the general history of the area , i will give gift vouchers to my overseas and interstate friends so they do not miss out... More 

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A 40-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay will take you to the famous northern beach of Manly. The beaches here are perfect for learning to surf or spending the day sun-tanning. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is a great way to experience Sydney Harbour Bay and the Australian bush land. Along the foreshore, there are plenty of watering holes and wine bars with excellent cuisine. There are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants as well, especially along the family-oriented areas like Shelly Beach. An excellent way to experience Manly is to rent a bike and explore the dedicated bike paths and off road trails. The North Head National Park is another must-see. Located on the southern tip of Manly, North Head National Park offers great bushwalks and panoramic views of the city.
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