Archive for August, 2009

Gorge Wildlife Park, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Gorge Wildlife Park is situated on six hectares of eucalypt forest at Cudlee Creek in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. The Park which opened in 1965 is owned and operated by the McKechnie family. The Park has about fifty different species of exotic and Australian native animals, and over a hundred and fifty bird species. Walk-through enclosures allow visitors to get close to some of the more friendly creatures.

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.

The Koala Hospital, Macquarie Nature Reserve, Port Macquarie

The Koala Hospital is situated in the grounds of the Macquarie Nature Reserve in Port Macquarie and is dedicated to the care, treatment and preservation of koalas. Facilities at the hospital include eight Intensive Care Units, a treatment room, twenty four hour rescue operation and ten outdoor recovery yards.

The Hospital is run by the Koala Preservation Society of New South Wales who raise funds through their “Adopt A Wild Koala” Program, bequests, donations and fund raising programs. Apart from the Supervisor, and the people who collect the leaves, the facility is operated by volunteers.

Territory Wildlife Park, near Darwin, Northern Territory

The Territory Wildlife Park is located next to Berry Springs Nature Reserve about 45 minutes south of the centre of Darwin. The Park was opened in 1989, as a project of the Northern Territory Government, Parks and Wildlife division. At the Territory Wildlife Park, visitors have the opportunity to see animals up-close in a range of natural habitats including wetland lagoons, underwater walk-through aquarium, monsoon forest and tree top aviaries.

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, Adelaide, South Australia

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary is protected area for rare and endangered species just 20 minutes from the centre of Adelaide. The Sanctuary was established in 1969 on 35 acres of former dairy land. The pastures were replanted with Australian native trees and shrubs to attract native animals and birds. In 1982, the entire area was enclosed with fencing to keep out feral predators. After the fencing was completed, bird numbers increased and a program to release animals back into the Sanctuary was commenced.

Alice Springs Desert Park, Red Centre, Northern Territory

Alice Springs Desert Park is located just outside Alice Springs in Red Centre of the Northern Territory features hundreds of species of plants and animals from the Central Australian deserts. The Park was opened to the public in 1997. It covers about 1,300 hectares and includes part of the Macdonnell Ranges. The main exhibits are within a forty hectare area on the plains, north of the range.

ZooDoo Wildlife Park, Richmond, Tasmania

ZooDoo Wildlife Park is located about 6km from Richmond in Tasmania. The ninety acre park was originally an Ostrich Farm and Miniature Pony Stud. Zoodoo officially opened in 1999 with a small collection of Australian native animals. Zoodoo is now one of the largest wildlife parks in Tasmania with a range of Australian native and exotic animals. With the addition of the Bengal Tiger exhibit (Tigerland) in 2008, and the new African Lion exhibit in 2009, ZooDoo continues to expand.

Cleland Wildlife Park, near Adelaide, South Australia

Cleland Wildlife Park is located on 35 hectares of open bushland in Cleland Conservation Park next to Mount Lofty Summit, just twenty minutes from the centre of Adelaide. Development of a Native Fauna Zone began in Cleland Conservation Park in 1965, to create an area for the preservation of native flora and fauna, that would also provide educational activities and a tourist attraction. This became Cleland Wildlife Park, which has been a major tourist attraction since 1967.

Cohunu Koala Park, Byford, Western Australia

Cohunu Koala Park is located on fourteen hectares of bushland about forty minutes drive from Perth in Western Australia. The Cohunu Koala Park colony was established in 1982, with four koalas from South Australia. There is now a colony of over 25 koalas. The original Cohunu Park at Mills Park Road in Gosnells was shut down in 2005 and moved to Nettleton Road, Byford.

The park is an interactive experience for visitors with many animals you can pat or feed. You can hand feed the kangaroos and wallabies that roam freely through the park. Other animals you can feed include emus, owls, dingoes and deer. Various birds are on display including kookaburras and talking parrots. The kids will also enjoy the large dinosaur replicas at the park.