Archive for the ‘South Australia’ Category

Seal Bay Conservation Park, Kangaroo Island

Seal Bay Conservation Park is on the southern coast of Kangaroo Island about 45 minutes from Kingscote. The main park attraction the colonies of Australian Sea-lions. The Conservation Park was declared in 1972 to help protect the Australian Sea-lion and protect its natural habitat. Some parts of the park are not open to the public to protect the Sea-lion’s breeding areas. In 1994 a Visitor Centre was built along with a new boardwalk in 1996 through dunes. The boardwalk leads to a viewing platform for self-guided tours overlooking the seal colony. Access on to the beach is by Guided Tour only.

Penneshaw Penguin Centre, Kangaroo Island

The Penneshaw Penguin Centre is situated on the shore at Hog Bay Beach in Penneshaw, on the eastern side of Kangaroo Island. Penneshaw is home to a colony of Little Penguins (also known as Fairy Penguins), and is one of the best places to see penguins in South Australia. These birds can be seen along the Penneshaw coastline most evenings. After sunset, the Little Penguins return from the sea and waddle up Hog Bay Beach to their burrows.

Parndana Wildlife Park, Kangaroo Island

Parndana Wildlife Park is situated on about 12 hectares of parkland near the town of Parndana in the centre of Kangaroo Island, South Australia. The Park is owned and operated by Russell and Shirley Ross and was opened in 1992. The Park is home to hundreds of birds and animals and is the largest wildlife park on Kangaroo Island (although there are a lot bigger native wildlife sanctuaries on the mainland).

Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre, Kingscote Wharf

Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre (formerly known as Kangaroo Island Marine Centre) is located at Kingscote Wharf on the north east of Kangaroo Island. The Centre has a small Aquarium with several saltwater tanks displaying some of the local Kangaroo Island marine life from rock pools, reefs and the open ocean. The main attraction is a guided tour of the aquariums and the nearby Little Penguin colony.

Alkirna Nocturnal Tours, American River, Kangaroo Island

Alkirna Nocturnal Tours conducts guided nature tours to experience Kangaroo Island wildlife at night. Tours start from American River, a small town on a tidal inlet. During the tour you will visit a Little Penguin colony, see Brush-tailed Possums, Tammar Wallabies, Western Grey Kangaroos, and perhaps some nocturnal birds or an Echidna.

Hanson Bay Holiday Accommodation and Wildlife Sanctuary, Kangaroo Island

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is located on 3,845 hectares on the south west of Kangaroo Island, between Flinders Chase National Park and Kelly Hill Caves Conservation Park. The Sanctuary has a 100 hectare fully fenced predator-free area to protect local wildlife. The Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary used to be farmland, and is now a protected area with mallee, woodlands and paddocks.

The Sanctuary offers several styles of holiday accommodation. There are six self-contained holiday cabins near the beach with spectacular views of Hanson Bay. The Sanctuary Homestead is a large farmhouse surrounded by bushland that accommodates larger families or groups with up to fourteen people. Budget accommodation is also available in the Backpackers Lodge.

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.

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.

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.

Monarto Zoo, Monarto, South Australia

Monarto Zoo is an open range sanctuary set in about 1000 hectares of undulating open woodland. It plays an important role in breeding programs for endangered animal species. It is an ideal environment for wildlife from Savannah grasslands and semi-arid habitats of Africa, Asia, South America and Australia.