Archive for the ‘Victoria’ Category

Jirrahlinga Koala Wildlife Sanctuary, Barwon Heads

The Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary sits on two hectares of land a few minutes drive north of the sea-side village of Barwon Heads in Victoria. Jirrahlinga (the word is Aboriginal meaning “Seek a home for a kangaroo”) was established in the 1970s by Tehree Gordon to look after injured wildlife. The Sanctuary received local and international publicity following the Ash Wednesday Bushfires in 1983 when it was prominent in rescuing and treating animals with burn injuries.

Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary is one of the best known wildlife sanctuaries in Australia. It is located in the Yarra Valley region, 65 kilometres from Melbourne, and features more than two hundred species of Australian wildlife including kangaroos, koalas and birds of prey.

Healesville first opened to the public in 1934, when it was known as the Sir Colin MacKenzie Sanctuary for Australian Flora and Fauna. The Sanctuary became famous in the 1940s as the first organisation to breed platypus successfully in captivity. Since 1978, Healesville Sanctuary has been managed by the Zoological Parks and Gardens Board of Victoria and has become one of Australia’s top wildlife Sanctuaries.

Halls Gap Zoo, near Grampians National Park

Halls Gap Zoo is located about 7km from Halls Gap in a beautiful bushland setting in the foothills of the Grampians National Park. The Zoo was opened in the early 1980’s and originally known as Wallaroo Wildlife Park. It changed hands in 1998 and was renamed Halls Gap Wildlife Park & Zoo. The park was sold again in 2007 and now operates as Halls Gap Zoo.

Ballarat Wildlife Park, Sovereign Hill

Ballarat Wildlife Park is a regional zoo situated only five minutes from Sovereign Hill in Victoria.
The Park is owned by Greg Parker, who established the sanctuary in 1987. Set on 32 acres of woodland, the Park is home to a variety of Australian native mammals and reptiles, with one of the largest private collections in Australia. There are about four hundred animals altogether. Ballarat Wildlife Park has grown from a small local attraction to a significant tourist attraction for national and international visitors.