After Dark Nature Tours in Manly gives people an unforgettable and unique opportunity to experience Australia's wonderful nocturnal wildlife in its own environment in one of Sydney's most beautiful locations by using night vision goggles. See owls, bandicoots, possums, echidnas and much more. Let your experienced guide take you to another world around Manly, Shelly Beach and through Sydney Harbour National Park while you see what comes alive at night. Learn about the areas cultural significance to the traditional Kay-Ye-My Aboriginal people who occupied the area now known as Manly.
A great way to discover the Natural, European and Aboriginal cultural history of the area.
After Dark Nature Tours was founded by Jess Relton who wanted to develop an experience for people to come in contact with a world that most people don’t get an opportunity to witness.
The idea of using night vision technology came about when Jess felt the traditional method of using spotlights to view nocturnal animals disturbed them unnecessarily and didn’t allow the viewer to observe the wildlife in their natural ways.
Jess Relton is a conservation biologist and has a strong passion for the natural environment. Currently employed as a Ranger for the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service, he has worked with local Councils, TAFE NSW, Aboriginal Lands Councils, employment and training organisations and the Department of Education and training on programs where his deep knowledge and understanding of this field has been utilised. Jess has worked on youth and adult environmental education programs sharing his knowledge and experience with people and broadening their understanding of the natural Environment, the Australian flora and wildlife and how they are impacted on by human activity.
Jess is fascinated with the amazing and intricate beauty of the natural world and the interactions across systems and species. He also has an extensive background in indigenous bush foods and medicines and loves to share his learnings.
For many years Jess was an Outdoor Education Instructor and led groups on camping expeditions, rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, orienteering and many other related activities. He has over 15 years experience with guiding groups through Australia’s wilderness and over 20 years experience working in the environment.