Archive for August, 2009

Couran Cove Island Resort, South Stradbroke Island, Queensland

Couran Cove Island Resort is situated on South Stradbroke Island, Queensland, a 40 minute ferry ride away from the Gold Coast. The resort is set in natural surroundings with white sandy beaches, lush palm rainforest and native Australian wildlife in and around the resort. Developed in 1998, Couran Cove Island Resort is a leader in large-scale Ecotourism with a blend of first-class facilities and nature based activities. South Stradbroke Island is about 22km long with surf beach all along the east coast, and is only 2.4km at its widest. The resort marina and most of the resort complex is on the sheltered mainland side of the island where the island is at its widest.

Seal Bay Conservation Park, Kangaroo Island

Seal Bay Conservation Park is on the southern coast of Kangaroo Island about 45 minutes from Kingscote. The main park attraction the colonies of Australian Sea-lions. The Conservation Park was declared in 1972 to help protect the Australian Sea-lion and protect its natural habitat. Some parts of the park are not open to the public to protect the Sea-lion’s breeding areas. In 1994 a Visitor Centre was built along with a new boardwalk in 1996 through dunes. The boardwalk leads to a viewing platform for self-guided tours overlooking the seal colony. Access on to the beach is by Guided Tour only.

Penneshaw Penguin Centre, Kangaroo Island

The Penneshaw Penguin Centre is situated on the shore at Hog Bay Beach in Penneshaw, on the eastern side of Kangaroo Island. Penneshaw is home to a colony of Little Penguins (also known as Fairy Penguins), and is one of the best places to see penguins in South Australia. These birds can be seen along the Penneshaw coastline most evenings. After sunset, the Little Penguins return from the sea and waddle up Hog Bay Beach to their burrows.

Parndana Wildlife Park, Kangaroo Island

Parndana Wildlife Park is situated on about 12 hectares of parkland near the town of Parndana in the centre of Kangaroo Island, South Australia. The Park is owned and operated by Russell and Shirley Ross and was opened in 1992. The Park is home to hundreds of birds and animals and is the largest wildlife park on Kangaroo Island (although there are a lot bigger native wildlife sanctuaries on the mainland).

Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre, Kingscote Wharf

Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre (formerly known as Kangaroo Island Marine Centre) is located at Kingscote Wharf on the north east of Kangaroo Island. The Centre has a small Aquarium with several saltwater tanks displaying some of the local Kangaroo Island marine life from rock pools, reefs and the open ocean. The main attraction is a guided tour of the aquariums and the nearby Little Penguin colony.

Alkirna Nocturnal Tours, American River, Kangaroo Island

Alkirna Nocturnal Tours conducts guided nature tours to experience Kangaroo Island wildlife at night. Tours start from American River, a small town on a tidal inlet. During the tour you will visit a Little Penguin colony, see Brush-tailed Possums, Tammar Wallabies, Western Grey Kangaroos, and perhaps some nocturnal birds or an Echidna.

Hanson Bay Holiday Accommodation and Wildlife Sanctuary, Kangaroo Island

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is located on 3,845 hectares on the south west of Kangaroo Island, between Flinders Chase National Park and Kelly Hill Caves Conservation Park. The Sanctuary has a 100 hectare fully fenced predator-free area to protect local wildlife. The Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary used to be farmland, and is now a protected area with mallee, woodlands and paddocks.

The Sanctuary offers several styles of holiday accommodation. There are six self-contained holiday cabins near the beach with spectacular views of Hanson Bay. The Sanctuary Homestead is a large farmhouse surrounded by bushland that accommodates larger families or groups with up to fourteen people. Budget accommodation is also available in the Backpackers Lodge.

Waterfall Springs Wildlife Sanctuary, Kulnura, New South Wales

Waterfall Springs Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Kulnura on the Central Coast of New South Wales. It is a privately owned non-profit organisation that works in association with various zoos, Government wildlife services and local community groups in the conservation of endangered species, with a particular focus on saving the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby.

The Sanctuary is set on 13 hectares of Australian bushland and home to over sixty wallabies including three populations of Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby – the Kawau Island Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, the Victorian Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby (southern form) and the New South Wales Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby (central form).

The Living Desert Flora & Fauna Sanctuary, Broken Hill

The Living Desert Reserve covers 2400 hectares of land in the Barrier Ranges about 9km from the City of Broken Hill. The landscape and scenery within the reserve is stunning and can be accessed via a number of walking trails. “The Living Desert Flora and Fauna Sanctuary” is situated in The Living Desert Reserve, and is an area of 180ha surrounded by an electric predator-proof fence.

Allow two hours for a return trip to the Living Desert from Broken Hill (although you can spend a lot longer if you want to se more of the area). This will give you time to check out the Cultural Walk Trail in the Sanctuary, and also the Sculpture Symposium. These attractions will give you an appreciation of the Aboriginal Heritage of the area.

Rockhampton Zoo, Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

Rockhampton Zoo is situated in the Botanic Gardens next to the Murray Lagoon in Rockhampton, Queensland. The Zoo is home to over fifty species of native and exotic animals. Established in 1869, the Rockhampton Zoo has become a popular a tourist attraction and educational facility. The zoo is committed to the conservation of endangered Central Queensland animals.

The Kangaroos and Wallabies are very friendly. Red Kangaroos, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Common Wallaroos and Agile Wallabies roam freely in grassy paddocks where visitors can walk amongst them. Other native mammals include Common Wombats and Dingoes.