The sanctuary, an excellent example of the open grassy woodlands and wetlands of the volcanic Western Plains, is the perfect place to learn about and experience birdlife and wetlands ecology. See some of the 150 species of birds which breed at or visit Serendip Sanctuary from the bird hides. Birds can be seen within metres of the viewing areas preening, feeding, incubating eggs and rearing young. The Wildlife Walk is a popular walk offering close encounters with wildlife. Meander past emus and Eastern Grey Kangaroos grazing to viewing areas, hides and flight aviaries perfect for bird watching. You may be treated to Brolgas trumpeting, Whistling Kites soaring high overhead, magnificent Yellow-billed Spoonbills wading through the shallow water or even a glimpse of the well-hidden Tawny Frogmouth as it watches you pass by. Opening hours: Serendip Sanctuary is open from 8 am to 4 pm every day except for Christmas Day and Good Friday.
The Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park has some of the largest crocodiles in Australia set amongst large Kimberley lakes. The Park is home to many species of Australiana including Dingoes, Cassowaries, many species of bird as well as 5 species of Crocodiles and Alligators. Enter another world through the jaws of a giant saltwater crocodile. Constructed over several months in 2005, the giant fiberglass head is already recognised as the best example of its kind in the world. The famous daily feeding tour showcases some of the largest crocodiles on display in Australia. The shop museum showcases an extraordinary display of Malcolm’s forty years spent producing his famous adventure films. These classic films can be purchased in the shop, as well as our exclusive range of saltwater crocodile product including wallets, belts, hatbands and crocodile teeth jewellery. Visitors can purchase drinks and ice creams, whilst relaxing in the outdoor seating area overlooking the natural ‘Long Lake’ system.
Why travel thousands of kilometres when a taste of African adventure is available just 30 minutes from Melbourne’s city centre, at Werribee Open Range Zoo? You will find an amazing array of animals living on 225 hectares of wide, open savannah. On the Pula Reserve Walking Trail, come face-to-face with amazing gorillas, a pride of lions, see monkeys and cheetahs at play and feel the sand between your toes at the new Hippo Beach. No trip to the Zoo is complete without heading out on safari across grassy plains where you will find rhinoceros, giraffes, zebras and antelopes grazing together on the picturesque savannah. All of the above, including the 40-minute safari tour, is included in the Zoo admission price. For those looking for even more adventure, why not try one of the behind-the-scenes Wild Encounters? Feed a giraffe, stroke a serval, see amazing animals on the savannah from an open vehicle, and, in the new Gorilla behind the Scenes encounter, get up close and personal with three gorilla bachelors. Children under 16 years of age receive free entry every weekend, during Victorian Government school holidays and on Victorian public holidays.
Ballarat Wildlife Park is an award winning Park that is owned and operated by Greg Parker and his family. Founded in February 1985 through a passion for conservation of wildlife and the environment. The Parker family have long realised the value of allowing people and animals to come together in a relaxing, friendly and educational environment. Children can experience close contact with koalas, wombats, kangaroos and even crocodiles. Be “wowed” by Tasmanian Devils and the beautiful Southern Cassowary, Xena. Ballarat Wildlife Park houses a rich collection of native Australian wildlife in 16 hectares of natural bushland. In late 2013, a five metre long Super Croc ‘Crunch’ was introduced to a brand new million-dollar Crocodile enclosure at the Ballarat Wildlife Park. Visitors can now see Crunch perform in a daily feeding show. A free guided tour runs every day at 11:00am, with free Animal Presentations running from 1:30pm daily. Be mesmerised by the Park’s Little Penguins, swimming past in their state of the art enclosure and enjoy a break at Café Brolga whilst watch the beautiful birds in the aviary. You will not want to miss the newest addition to the family – six cheeky Meerkats.
Wings Wildlife Park displays the largest collection of Tasmanian wildlife in Australia. Your visit to Tasmania is not complete unless you get to see some real live Tassie devils up close. Their devil feed is at 1pm daily, koala presentation at 11:00 and 12:30. Meerkats at 11:30 and 3:00 and Reptiles at 2:00. You can feed the trout and the friendly kangaroos. Other animals you can see at the park include wombats, wallabies, quolls, sugar-gliders, wedge-tail eagles, reptiles, meerkats, marmosets, monkeys, bison, camels & much more. Most native animals at Wing’s Wildlife Park have been rescued following injury and are released into their natural habitat when rehabilitated. Those unable to be released stay in our care for the remainder of their lives. Group bookings, guided tours, encounters, catering, camping and backpacker accommodation available. Wing’s Wildlife Park has a cafe open for lunch, snacks, drinks and ice-creams. You can browse in their gift shop and find that treasured souvenir.
More than just a wildlife park, Trowunna Wildlife Park is a wildlife sanctuary and many of the animals and birds which roam freely everywhere have declined to leave after rescue and rehabilitation, or have simply invited themselves in. Their contentment is obvious, as friendly kangaroos, including mothers with joeys peeking out of their pouches, get up close and personal with visitors. Some of the animals, of necessity, are contained within enclosures, including Wombats, Quolls and, of course, fiery Tasmanian Devils, but some of these too can be seen at close range and even patted during park tours and feeding sessions throughout the day. Unseen by visitors, at night the park comes alive with smaller mammals, enjoying the safe environs of the sanctuary. Birds also abound in the park, undisturbed by predators such as cats which are not welcome at Trowunna, and you will see large numbers of Green Rosellas, only found in Tasmania, which flock to the park to enjoy its hospitality.
East Coast Natureworld sits amongst 150 acres of natural parkland and lagoons. The perfect place to experience Tasmania’s unique animals, birds, reptiles The extensive park grounds allow you to wander around at your own leisure. Wheel chair & pram friendly paths allow all to experience the uniqueness of Tasmania up close. There is food and drink served for most of the day in the Gallery Cafe. For the wildlife photography enthusiast there is an extensive display of Tasmanian wildlife photography. The shop has a wide range of souvenirs with a Tasmanian wildlife theme. Your experience begins as you are greeted by two very chatty Sulphur Crested Cockatoos and an amazing view of the lagoon.
Located in the picturesque Hindmarsh Valley, Urimbirra Open-Range Wildlife Park is home to a large collection of Aussie favourites including dingoes, crocodiles, wallabies, wombats and koalas. Home to more than 400 native Australian animals, Urimbirra Wildlife Park is an animal experience you won’t want to miss. As you wander around the park, you’ll also see some alpacas, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs and chooks – make sure you bring your camera to this Victor Harbor gem. Visitors to the park are given the chance to hand feed kangaroos, walk amongst the rainbow lorikeet aviary, cuddle a koala or handle a snake. In terms of facilities, Urimbirra allows visitors to bring in their own food and use the complimentary barbecues under the large shelter. Urimbirra Wildlife Park is a family owned and operated business and is open to the public seven days a week.
Gorge Wildlife Park is not your average wildlife park; it’s a place where people and animals get together. Under shaded trees, paths meander amongst the animals offering many relaxing hours of wildlife enjoyment. See all of your favourite Australian animals including wombats, dingoes, echidnas and Tasmanian devils. Cuddle a koala and walk amongst the kangaroos and wallabies. A variety of exotic animals are on display, including American alligators, meerkats, otters, playful monkeys and more. The park has a vast range of birds, from fairy wrens to ostriches and everything in between. Some are in enclosures but many fly free, including a free range colony of rainbow lorikeets. The reptile house has a great display of reptiles, amphibians, insects and fish. Enjoy picnic areas with free gas barbeques, kiosk and souvenir shop. Koala handling times are 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm daily (subject to conditions).
Cleland Conservation Park conserves an important area of bushland situated in the Adelaide Hills face zone. A fantastic network of walking and cycling trails introduces you to the diverse native wildlife, cultural heritage and spectacular views of the Adelaide Hills and surrounds. One of South Australia’s most popular walking trails traverses this unique area from Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Summit. There is also a selection of trails and fire tracks where you can ride your mountain bike on shared use trails within the park. Some of these popular trails include the Cleland link trail between Crafers and Mt Lofty, Wine Shanty trail, Chambers and Adventure loops.