Big Swamp Wildlife Park in Bunbury, Western Australia has over sixty species of Australian birds and mammals. Visitors can walk amongst the birds and hand feed the parrots in the large free flight aviary. The park has landscaped aviaries and gardens, and you can hand feed the free roaming kangaroos and wallabies. Although the park is fairly small, it makes a pleasant and inexpensive family outing, and an attractive location to enjoy a picnic lunch. It is also a good place to introduce overseas visitors to some of the Australian birds and animals.
Big Swamp Wildlife Park originated in 1985 as an initiative by the Aviculture Society. Bunbury City Council has been involved with the wildlife park since the beginning and continues to manage it.
The Park is home to numerous species of Australian parrots and cockatoos on display including Eastern King Parrot, Musk Lorikeet, Pale Headed Rosella, Princess Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet, Red- capped Parrot, Red-rumped Parrot, Regent Parrot, Twenty-eight Parrot, Black Cockatoo, Galah, Little Corella, Pink Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Western Long-billed Corella. As well as the parrots, you will see other birds such as Emus, Barn Own, Masked Owl and Tawny Frogmouth.
Mammals at the park include Common Wallaroo, Swamp Wallaby, Red Kangaroo, Rufous Bettong, Western Grey Kangaroo and Wombat.
You can relax with a picnic in the parkland setting amongst the kangaroos. Facilities at the park include picnic area, free barbeques, café, souvenir shop and an interpretative centre. The park is next to the Big Swamp Parkland.
The Big Swamp Reserve (from where the Wildlife Park gets its name) is a wetland and parkland that is home to over 70 species of bird life. There is a bird hide for bird watchers, and a 2 kilometre pathway round the swamp with elevated boardwalks and viewing platforms. The Big Swamp Reserve is also home and breeding ground for long necked tortoises.
Big Swamp Wildlife Park is situated on Prince Phillip Drive in Bunbury, about five minutes drive from the central business district. The park is open daily from 10am to 5pm.