Archive for the ‘Western Australia’ Category

Big Swamp Wildlife Park, Bunbury

Big Swamp Wildlife Park in Bunbury, Western Australia has over sixty species of Australian birds and mammals. Visitors can walk amongst the birds and hand feed the parrots in the large free flight aviary. The park has landscaped aviaries and gardens, and you can hand feed the free roaming kangaroos and wallabies. Although the park is fairly small, it makes a pleasant and inexpensive family outing, and an attractive location to enjoy a picnic lunch. It is also a good place to introduce overseas visitors to some of the Australian birds and animals.

Eagles Heritage, Margaret River, Western Australia

Eagles Heritage at Margaret River is the largest wildlife centre dedicated to raptors in Australia, and is home to the largest collection of Eagles, Hawks, Falcons and Owls in the country. The park is set on nine acres of natural bushland. Eagles Heritage was established in 1987 to provide homes for permanently disabled birds of prey and owls which could not be released into the wild. These birds had been rescued and cared for by volunteers, but because of the nature of their injuries were unable to recovery sufficiently to survive in the wild. The park opened to the public in 1998. The birds on display at Eagles Heritage are a mix of permanently disabled birds, captive bred birds and birds transferred from other facilities.

Caversham Wildlife Park & Zoo, Whiteman Park, Perth

Caversham Wildlife Park & Zoo is a private wildlife park located about 20 kilometres from the centre of Perth. The park started in 1987 with a small collection of animals and birds on a two hectare property. In May 2003 the park relocated to Whiteman Park. The park now features about 200 species and more than 2000 animals all housed in walk through or walk in enclosures. The park runs a breeding program and has bred Wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Koalas, Grass Owls and Cassowaries. The park is owned by David and Pat Thorn.

Swim with Whale sharks with Ningaloo Whaleshark n Dive

Swimming with giant Whale sharks is a once in a life time experience you can enjoy off Western Australia. Ningaloo Whaleshark n Dive (formerly Village Dive) operates various dive and snorkel tours on the Ningaloo Reef, including Whale Shark tours. Whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean growing to 18 m in length. They have a broad flat head that grows to 1m wide. To feed they open their large mouth and filter plankton out of the water through their gills. Whale sharks, despite their awesome size, are harmless to humans.

Aquarium of Western Australia, Perth

The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) houses one of Australia’s largest aquariums and underwater viewing tunnels, and houses the largest collection of Western Australian marine life in the world. Launched as AQWA in 1991, the aquarium used to be known as Underwater World. It is located at Hillarys Boat Harbour about 20 minutes drive north of Perth city centre.

While you are at Hillarys Boat Harbour, you can also enjoy a variety of restaurants, bars and cafes, shopping and other leisure activities

AQWA is divided into distinct regions showcasing the different marine life found around the 12,000km of Western Australian coastline, from the cold southern ocean to the tropical northern waters.

Rottnest Island, Western Australia – Quokkas

Rottnest Island is famous for its population of Quokkas. There are about 10,000 of these small kangaroo relatives on the island. Rottnest Island, or Rotto as it is affectionately called by the locals, is located 18 km off the coast of Western Australia. The island is about 11km long and 4.5 km at its widest point.

The Quokkas on Rottnest Island have become major tourist attractions and they are friendly creatures and will sometimes come right up to visitors for a pat. You will get some great photo opportunities with quokkas, but feeding them is prohibited.

Dolphin Feeding at Monkey Mia, Shark Bay

Monkey Mia is located at Dolphin Beach on the shores of Shark Bay, Western Australia. It is famous for its hundreds of kilometers of white-shell beaches and clear blue waters, and for the wild dolphins that make the area their home. Monkey Mia is one of the top spots in the world for getting up close to dolphins in the wild. The area is a World Heritage area is a major tourist attraction with visitors from around the world coming to see the dolphins and stay at the nearby Dolphin Resort.