Archive for September, 2009

Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park, Taranna, Tasmania

The Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park is located in Taranna on Tasman Peninsula just over an hour from Hobart. Visitors to the park have the opportunity to see Tasmanian Devils up close. The Park opened in 1978 and was the first Tasmanian Devil centre in the world. One of the highlights of a visit to the Park is seeing the Tasmanian Devils being fed. They are quite aggressive as they growl and snarl and tear up the food, crushing the bones with their powerful teeth and jaws. The devils are fed three or four times a day, with feeding at 10am, 11am, 1.30pm and 5pm (4.30pm in winter). “Devils in the Dark” is a guided tour that starts at dusk, and gives you the opportunity to see the Tasmanian devils and other nocturnal animals at their most active. (Times for the nocturnal tour vary, and the tour is only available for part of the year).

Wing's Wildlife Park, Gunns Plains, Tasmania

Wing’s Wildlife Park is a family owned park located at Gunns Plains in Tasmania. The Park displays a large collection of Tasmanian wildlife, caters for the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife, and also offers accommodation. As you would expect at a Tasmanian wildlife park, Wing’s exhibits Tasmanian Devils. The Park has a breeding colony of Tasmanian devils, none of our which have been captured from the wild. The colony was started from orphaned young that were handed in, and all the devils thee now have been bred at the Park. Some of the young devils are kept at Wing’s Wildlife Park, and others are sent to other zoos and sanctuaries around Australia. As well as breeding devils, they also breed owls, quolls, bettongs and possums.

South Australian Whale Centre, Victor Harbor, South Australia

The South Australian Whale Centre is located at Victor Harbor in a 150 year old heritage listed building. The building was originally a railway goods shed built in the late 1800s. You can still black soot marks from the steam engines that used to unload their goods in the building, the old railway tracks can still be seen at the eastern end of the building. Inside the Centre, there is a large crane where freight was unloaded from the trains on to platforms.

Granite Island Recreation & Nature Park, Victor Harbor, SA

Granite Island is located off Victor Harbor on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, and is connected to the mainland by a causeway. The island is managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, with some of the northern shore leased for development. One of the popular attractions of Granite Island is the Little Penguin (or Fairy Penguin) colony, with guided tours to see the penguins commencing at dusk every night. To get to Granite Island you can walk across the Causeway (less than a kilometre), or travel in style on the Horse Drawn Tram from Victor Harbor. Granite Island is noted for its huge granite boulders, marked with patches of orange and green lichen. The island is of importance to the local Ramindjeri Aboriginal people and is known as Kaiki. European history dates back to 1802 when Captain Matthew Flinders discovered the area.

White Kangaroos at Bordertown Wildlife Park, South Australia

Bordertown in South Australia is the birthplace of Bob Hawke, the former Prime Minister of Australia, and is also known for the colony of white kangaroos, found in the Bordertown Wildlife Park. The 4.5 hectare park was developed in 1968 and is situated near the turn-off from the Dukes Highway at the eastern approach to Bordertown. The Park is unusual in that there is no public entrance to the park. However, you can walk or drive around and see the white kangaroos through the fence.

Gluepot Reserve, Birds Australia Conservation Reserve, South Australia

Gluepot Reserve is 64km north of the town of Waikerie in the Riverland district of South Australia. The Reserve was established by Birds Australia (formerly the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union) and is a publicly funded Reserve. Gluepot has protection under a South Australian Heritage Agreement, and is the largest land area in SA protected by a Heritage Agreement. The Reserve also protected by Commonwealth law as part of National Reserve.

Avenue Emus, Emu Farm, South Australia

Avenue Emus is an emu farm situated between the towns of Naracoorte and Kingston in South Australia, in an area known as the Limestone Coast. For city folks and overseas visitors who don’t get the chance to see emus in the wild, emu farm is a fascinating experience to see lots of emus and get up close to these Australian birds. At Avenue Emus you can wander amongst the emus, and photograph the birds up close, and maybe hand feed an emu. There are guided tours, where your guide will tell you about the emu, its habits, and how they are looked after on the farm. During the egg laying season, you might have the opportunity to hunt for emu eggs.

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.

Urimbirra Wildlife Park, Victor Harbor, South Australia

Urimbirra Wildlife Park is located in the Hindmarch Valley just five minutes from Victor Harbor. Urimbirra is privately operated, and opened in 1993. The site has Aboriginal history, and some of the trees show evidence of having been used by Aborigines for bark canoes and shields hundreds of years ago. The name Urimbirra is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘to preserve’.

With over 400 Australian native animals, and over six hectares of wetland bird sanctuary, Urimbirra gives you the chance to see more than 70 species of Australian animals in their natural surroundings. The paths through Urimbirra allow you to see the animals up close as you walk the 16 hectare site.

Saunders Gorge Sanctuary, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Saunders Gorge Sanctuary is located at Sanderston, 18km east of Mt Pleasant in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia about 75km from the city of Adelaide. The Sanctuary is a private conservation area of over 1300 hectares offering bed and breakfast accommodation, four wheel drive tracks, scenic areas, picnic area and bush camp sites. The property, formerly known as Clovelly Sheep Station, has been declared a Sanctuary to protect its native fauna and flora, and is now a combination of Wildlife Sanctuary and Sheep Station.