Archive for September, 2009

Naturaliste Reptile Park, Margaret River, Western Australia

Naturaliste Reptile Park is a small reptile park in Margaret River region of Western Australia that showcases local Western Australian reptiles and frogs. The park is owned and operated by stonemason Roger Jackson and his partner Kim, and opened in 2007. The attraction is under cover and features attractive stonework with large glass windows to view the reptiles. The Park is small, but the quality of the displays is excellent.

Snakes Downunder Reptile Park, Childers, Queensland

Snakes Downunder Reptile Park is located near Childers in Queensland. The park is run by Ian Jenkins who has been handling snakes for over 40 years. Ian has long had a fascination for snakes, having grown up in Africa where his father had an interest in snakes. After moving to Australia in 1980, Ian had the opportunity to pursue his interest in snakes. He started off dong school talks about ten years ago, and built an arena where school groups could learn about snakes. This venture developed into Snakes Downunder Reptile Park.

Cage of Death Crocodile Encounter at Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin

Crocosaurus Cove is a crocodile and reptile tourist attraction in the centre of Darwin just a short walk from the beach and some of the top hotels. The attraction is on two levels with the lower level housing crocodile pens, crocodile nest display, juvenile crocodiles, and the Cage of Death. The Reptile House, theatre food court and café are also on this level. The upper level has more crocodile pens and the turtle sanctuary. The main stars of the attraction are the huge Saltwater Crocodiles, with some of the largest crocodiles in captivity on display. The most famous crocodile on display is “Burt”, from the Crocodile Dundee movie. There is also an unusual large white crocodile called “Snowy”.

Saltwater Crocodiles at Crocodylus Park, near Darwin, Northern Territory

Crocodylus Park is a crocodile research facility and tourist attraction near Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. The park houses thousands of crocodiles from hatchlings to massive five metre adult crocs weighing in at 500kg.

Batchelor Butterfly Farm, near Litchfield National Park

Batchelor Butterfly Farm is a butterfly farm in the Northern Territory, located in the township of Batchelor, near to the Litchfield National Park. The Butterfly Farm houses butterfly species such as the Australian lurcher, the orange lacewing, cruisers, blue banded eggfly butterflies, canopus and orchard butterflies. There is a guided tour of the Butterfly Farm at where your guide will explain the butterfly lifecycle and show you where they breed and grow.

The farm offers HomeStay accommodation in a large house with 3 rooms, shared kitchen with all amenities, lounge room and a large relaxing outdoor veranda. All bedrooms have TV, Air-Con and fans, and can cater for tour groups or large families

Hand Feed Fish at Aquascene, Doctors Gully, Darwin

Aquascene at Doctors Gully in Darwin is a popular tourist attraction where huge numbers of fish swim to the shore to be hand fed at high tide. The fish feeding has been taking place since 1950s. It all started when a local resident started to feed mullet from the shore. Over the years more and more fish joined in the feeding, and other species such milkfish, catfish, bream and other species joined the mullet. The current owners bought the property in 1979 and maintained the feeding as a hobby for the next two years before making it a commercial operation due to public demand for better information and better viewing facilities.

Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Northern Territory Reptiles

Alice Springs Reptile Centre is home to the largest display of reptiles in the Northern Territory, exhibiting over thirty species of Northern Territory reptiles. The Centre was founded by Rex Neindorf, and opened in 2000. Reptiles at the Centre include Saltwater Crocodiles, the Perentie (Australia’s largest lizard), Thorny Devils, Frill Neck Lizards, various Pythons and some of Australia’s (and the world’s) most deadly snakes including Inland Taipans, Death Adders, Brown Snakes and Mulga Snakes. One of the most popular exhibits is the Saltwater Crocodile display which opened in 2002. The exhibit has both above and below water viewing areas allowing you to get a close look at this amazing reptile.

Tasmania Zoo, Devils Heaven, Launceston Lakes

Tasmania Zoo is situated in the foothills of the Tamar Valley, about eighteen kilometres from Launceston. The Zoo is on about 360 hectares of native bushland and is home to over fifty species of native and exotic animals, including the Devils Heaven Tasmanian devil facility.

Australian animals include Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, Echidnas, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Quolls, Sugar Glider, Possum and Koala, as well as some lizards and snakes. There are also various native birds including King Parrots, Rosellas, Lorikeets, Cockatiel, Budgerigar, Galah, Black Cockatoos, Corellas, Emu and Wedge-tailed Eagle. Exotic animals exhibited include Macaque monkeys, Deer, Alpacas and some exotic birds.

Devils@Cradle, Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary, Cradle Mountain

The Devils@Cradle Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary is a wildlife conservation facility at Cradle Mountain near the entrance to the World Heritage area of the Cradle Mountain National Park. Devils@Cradle is a specialized facility that focuses on the Tasmanian Devil, and also on Tasmania’s other carnivorous marsupials, thee Eastern Quoll and Spotted-tail Quoll. The ten hectare property is mostly undeveloped bushland with forest and grasslands habitat, with panoramic views of Cradle Mountain and the surrounding area.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Brighton, Tasmania

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (pronounced “Bon-a-rong” – Aboriginal meaning “Native Companion”) was established in 1981 as a sanctuary for injured and orphaned wildlife and is one of Tasmania’s most popular wildlife parks. At Bonorong you will see native animals which are extinct everywhere but Tasmania such as the famous Tassie devil, Tasmanian Bettong, Eastern Quoll and Tasmanian Pademelon. You will also see favourites like wombats, koalas, kangaroos, possums, lizards, native birds and so many more.