Cumberland State Forest Animal Spotlight tours – Take a walk on wild side

Cumberland State Forest will open its gates after dark on two Saturdays in March for its popular Animal Spotlight wildlife walks.

Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Senior Ranger Tim Liston said Animal Spotlight walks are a popular family activity that books out quickly.

“Animal Spotlight walks offer families a rare opportunity to experience the forest and the wildlife that calls it home after dark,” Mr Liston said.

“The evening starts with a ranger talk about nocturnal wildlife and then we lead families on a night-time adventure through the forest by torchlight to seek out possums, owls and other critters.

“Kids love the chance to take their own flashlight and turn wildlife detective for the evening.

“In the past, families have spotted powerful owls, which is a threatened species, sugar gliders, micro bats, ring tail and brush tail possums, tawny frogmouths and Boobook owls.”

What: Come on a night-time adventure with a ranger for the chance to seek out possums and owls in the forest. Animal Spotlight walks include a talk from a ranger about nocturnal wildlife, a guided walk and supper.

When: Saturday 16 and 23 March, 7.30 – 9.30 pm

Where: Cumberland State Forest, 95 Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills (30 minutes from the CBD on the M2, exit at Pennant Hills Road)

Cost: $11 per person (children 6 years and over only) $35 per family (2A+2C). Children need to be aged over 6.

Bring: Please bring a torch for every person – no torch, no walk

Book: Bookings essential at

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