Eagles Heritage at Margaret River is the largest wildlife centre dedicated to raptors in Australia, and is home to the largest collection of Eagles, Hawks, Falcons and Owls in the country. The park is set on nine acres of natural bushland. Eagles Heritage was established in 1987 to provide homes for permanently disabled birds of prey and owls which could not be released into the wild. These birds had been rescued and cared for by volunteers, but because of the nature of their injuries were unable to recovery sufficiently to survive in the wild. The park opened to the public in 1998. The birds on display at Eagles Heritage are a mix of permanently disabled birds, captive bred birds and birds transferred from other facilities.
Many birds are rehabilitated and returned to the wild every year. The park has a seven acre area set aside for wildlife rehabilitation, with a hospital and special facilities catering for sick, injured and orphaned raptors. The centre trains and provides support for wildlife rehabilitation volunteers who want to work with birds of prey.
At the park, visitors can walk along a 1km walk and view many different species of native Australian raptor. The birds are housed in large aviaries set in natural bushland. Species include various Australian owls, kites, falcons, eagle and osprey. There are also some other birds such as bush stone curlews. You can see magnificent birds at close quarters, and watch Black Kites in action displaying their speed and agility with their handlers in the daily flight displays. After the show, you can put on a glove and have a bird of prey sit on your arm. The flight show is on twice a day at 11am and 1:30pm. Allow at least half an hour to walk through the park, and another 45 minutes for the flight display. There are great photo opportunities here for bird photographers.
Eagles Heritage lies 5km south of Margaret River on Boodjidup Road. From Margaret River drive along the Bussell, then turn right at the Boodjidup Road roundabout. Eagles Heritage is 3km from the roundabout, opposite the Xanadu Winery.
Eagles Heritage is open every day of the year except Christmas Day from 10am – 5pm in summer (September – May), and 10am – 4pm in winter (June – August).