Archive for the ‘New South Wales’ Category

Cockatoo Island, Sydney, New South Wales

Cockatoo Island is the largest island nestled in the Sydney Harbour, and offers stunning views of the city skyline.  The island is located at the joining of two rivers – the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers.

The island, which is a national heritage-listed island, was opened as a tourist destination just a few years ago, in 2005 with the Cockatoo Island 2005 Festival.

History

The island has a strong history – it was home to an old imperial prison, reformatory, gaol, and industrial school.

Lord Howe Island, picturesque World Heritage Site

600 kilometers east of the Australian mainland you’ll find Lord Howe Island, a small island in the Tasman Sea with just 350 island residents. The island is part of the Lord Howe Island Group which includes Ball’s Pyramid, nearby.

Lord Howe Island is absolutely picturesque, and is just one of four islands on the UNESCO World Heritage Site register for global significance due to biodiversity and beauty. The Island became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the early 1980s. Two-thirds of the island is a protected Permanent Park Reserve, and surrounding the island is the protected Lord Howe Island Marine Park.

Tasmanian Devils at Devil Ark, Barrington Tops, NSW

The Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, NSW has teamed up with leading conservation organisations to develop Devil Ark which is being build in the Barrington Tops of NSW and will provide a major component of a coordinated Australia-wide Tasmanian devil breeding program. From an initial founding group of 48 Tasmanian devils scheduled to arrive at the facility in November, a captive bred population of 360 devils is anticipated by 2016. A second stage of the development will see the population increased to 900 Tasmanian devils by 2020.

List of Animals at Taronga Zoo, Sydney

This is a list of animal species at Taronga Zoo compiled from information on the zoo web site as at April 2009.

Mammals

African Lion (Panthera leo senegalensis)
Agile Wallaby (Macropus agilis)
Asian Golden Cat (Catopuma temminckii)
Asiatic Elephant (Elephas maximus)
Australian False Vampire Bat (Macroderma gigas)
Australian Sealion (Neophoca cinerea)
Barbary Sheep (Ammotragus lervia)
Bilby (Macrotis lagotis sagitta)
Binturong (Arctictis binturong)
Black-footed Tree Rat (Mesembriomys gouldii gouldii)
Black-handed Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi)
Bolivian Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri boliviensis boliviensis)

Nowra Wildlife Park, North Nowra, New South Wales

Nowra Wildlife Park is the largest Australian native animal park on the New South Wales South Coast. The park is set on six hectares on the banks of the Shoalhaven River, and is home to over a hundred species of mammals, birds and reptiles. The park, previously known as Nowra Animal Park, has been around for about 30 years offering affordable family outing for Shoalhaven residents and visiting families. The Park is owned by Nicholas Schilko who purchased the property in 2003.

Sydney Wildlife World, Darling Harbour, Sydney

Sydney Wildlife World is located at Darling Harbour in Sydney next door to the Sydney Aquarium. The attraction opened in 2006 and allows visitors to see some of Australia wildlife right in the heart of the city. Allow about an hour and a half to look round Wildlife World. There are over 65 exhibits and about a hundred species of Australian animals to see. The attraction is on two main levels with an additional roof top area where you can meet koalas and have you photo taken with a koala.

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.

Blackbutt Reserve, Newcastle, New South Wales

Blackbutt Reserve is set on about 182 hectares of land just 6km from the centre of the city of Newcastle in New South Wales. It provides a bushland recreational area for visitors as well as running various environmental education, conservation and research programs. The Reserve is undulating natural bushland of ridges and sheltered gullies with several picnic areas, open grassy spaces, bushwalking tracks. Vegetation on the Reserve is mainly Eucalypt forest with pockets of remnant vegetation. A restored rainforest provides habitats for a number of rare and vulnerable species. A colony of fruit bats can be reached via the rainforest walk.

Altina Wildlife Park, Darlington Point on the Murrumbidgee River

Altina Wildlife Park is situated near the town of Darlington Point on the Murrumbidgee River, in the Riverina region of New South Wales. The Park is laid out as a Safari Park on 207 hectares of bushland amongst majestic River Red Gums. What makes this park different is that visitors are transported round the Park in a horse drawn cart with a tour guide. This gives a peaceful open air feel to the experience and provides good opportunities to get up close to the animals.