Archive for May, 2009

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary, Bargo, New South Wales

The main focus of the Sanctuary is preserving what remains of the Bargo Brush, propagating and propagating Australian plants, and public education on Australian environmental issues. The Sanctuary has over 200 acres of preserved native bushland and is run by volunteers.

The Sanctuary is made up of two main areas of land divided by the Southern Railway line. Most of the Sanctuary is on the eastern side and is mainly natural Bargo Brush with some walking trails. The western area is smaller and more developed and contains the visitors centre, sheds and the accommodation cabins as well as several enclosed fauna protection areas and the native nursery.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

Taronga Western Plains Zoo is located on the outskirts of Dubbo in central New South Wales. It is about five and a half hours drive from Sydney, Canberra and Newcastle.

Western Plains Zoo opened in 1977 and was the first Australian open range zoo. The zoo was built primarily to provide breeding facilities suited to large plains dwelling animals and to provide suitable habitat for plains grazing animals. The zoo now has over 1,000 different animals from all continents of the world. There are no cages or fences at Western Plains – the animals are behind concealed moats to separate them from the public. As well as being a major tourist attraction, the Zoo has an education centre, a research centre and is an important centre for endangered species breeding programs and conservation programs

Brisbane Forest Park Walk-About Creek Wildlife Centre

Brisbane Forest Park Information Centre is located at the Mount Nebo Road entry to Brisbane Forest Park about twelve kilometres from Brisbane city centre. The Information Centre has a range of information about Brisbane Forest Park including the many picnic areas, lookouts and walking tracks within the park. You can also pick up a free travelers guide to Brisbane Forest Park. There is a gift shop at the Information Centre, which also sells detailed topographic maps of the area.

The Walk-About Creek Wildlife Centre is located at the Brisbane Forest Park Information Centre and provides a good introduction to the diversity of wildlife of Queensland.

Daisy Hill Koala Centre, Brisbane

The Daisy Hill Koala Centre is located in Daisy Hill in the southern suburbs of Brisbane about situated 25km from the city centre. The area of bushland from Daisy Hill east to Redland Bay is a significant koala habitat. Koalas are under threat in South east Queensland due to habitat loss, road kills and dog attacks. Koalas are still common in other parts of Queensland, but their continued survival is dependent on habitat protection and reducing threats caused by traffic, dogs and other human activity.

David Fleay Wildlife Park, Gold Coast

David Fleay Wildlife Park is situated in natural bushland in Burleigh Heads on the Queensland Gold Coast. The park is dedicated to the memory of naturalist Dr David Fleay. The aim of the park is to exhibit Australian native animals in surroundings resembling their natural habitat. The park is administered by the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency as an education facility, to promote conservation of wildlife and provides a range of environmental education programs for schools.

Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Taronga Zoo is one Australia’s most famous zoos, and one of the major tourist attractions in Sydney. Just 12 minutes from the city by ferry, the zoo offers visitors the best day out in Sydney with free keeper talks and shows throughout the day.

The land for Taronga Zoo was allocated by the New South Wales government in 1912 after the original Sydney Zoo outgrew its site. Taronga Zoo was opened in 1916 on the current site, and many exhibits and facilities have been added over time.

Pet Porpoise Pool – Marine Park, Coffs Harbour

Pet Porpoise Pool is a marine park in Coffs Harbour, New South and is the only oceanarium in the state with a licence to exhibit dolphins. The Dolphin and Seal show is the main attraction and visitors can have photo taken with the Dolphins or pat them before or after a show.

The Pet Porpoise Pool works closely with the National Parks and Wildlife Service to provide a recovery refuge for stranded or injured marine life and other native animals. The dolphin and seal show provides visitors with an education and awareness of the needs of these magnificent animals. The team participates in marine life research and study projects, and provides assistance to the annual research of the migrating humpback whales on behalf of the Australian Museum, Sydney.

Mogo Zoo – Breeding Endangered Species

Mogo Zoo is a privately owned zoo located in the village of Mogo about ten kilometres south of Batemans Bay. The zoo is a major tourist attraction on the New South Wales south coast, and winner of a number of regional tourism awards. Mogo Zoo runs animal breeding programs for endangered species and has over 200 animals representing more than 39 rare and exotic species.

Mogo works closely with other major Australasian and overseas zoos in various species management programs. The zoo is a significant tourist attraction for the New South Wales south coast, and provides visitors with an educational zoo experience.

Koala Park Sanctuary, Sydney

Koala Park Sanctuary is set in ten acres of bushland and native gardens just 30 minutes from the heart of Sydney. As well, as koalas, the sanctuary has Red Kangaroos, Grey Kangaroos, Wombats, Dingoes, Echidnas, numerous species of wallabies, Emus, Wedge-tailed eagle, Little Penguins and other Australian native bird species.

Koala Park was created opened in 1930 by the founder Noel Burnet who had a passion for protecting the koala at a time when large numbers were being shot and skinned for the fur trade. Noel Burnet’s family is still the owners and operators of the sanctuary. The Koala Park Sanctuary Research Hospital was opened in 1930 and was the first Koala research hospital in Australia. A new Koala hospital is currently being developed.

Featherdale Wildlife Park, western Sydney

At Featherdale Wildlife Park, you can enjoy Australia’s unique wildlife in a natural bush setting just 45 minutes from the centre of Sydney. This is a great place to hand feed kangaroos, wallabies and emu, or get a photo with a cuddly koala. Featherdale also has a café, shop and shady picnic areas with BBQs, making it an ideal place for a family outing. The park is very convenient for wheelchairs and prams