Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary

As kangaroos bound towards you from all directions, you hastily tip a little kangaroo feed into each  child’s cupped hands. The next moment, your kids are cooing in delight (or squealing in fright!) as  furry noses snuffle greedily at the food. You’re surrounded by acres of bushland, ringing with bird  calls. Tiny southern brown bandicoots hop freely around, poking their snouts under leaves to look for  food, and tammar wallabies eye you shyly. The kangaroos in the sanctuary are all orphans whose  mothers were killed by cars or shot by farmers. They go to animal rescue centres to be raised for the  first year, then come here to spend the rest of their lives. They are all tame, as they have been raised by humans.

Price range

FREE ENTRY BETWEEN 9AM-4PM

Contact details

Cnr Stock and Williams rds, Mylor; (08) 8370 9197

Don't Miss

■ The shows during the day (extra cost) where your kids can learn about the food chain, and  meet spiders, frogs, lizards and snakes.

■ The family feed walk every evening an hour before sunset (extra cost), suitable for under-8s;  bookings essential. You follow a guide around the sanctuary as he feeds the tammar wallabies.  This one-hour tour provides an opportunity to get closer to these shy creatures, and as dusk  approaches you also have a good chance of seeing platypus in the pools.
 
■ The one-and-a-half-hour guided nocturnal walk after sunset every day (extra cost), suitable  for kids aged 8 years and over; bookings essential. This is your chance to see nocturnal animals  such as the bettong. This tour is conducted in the dark and you’ll need to bring warm clothes.

Fabulous Facts

If you see a cormorant sitting on a branch over a pond, it just might be giving you a clue that  there are platypus in the pond. When platypus poke around at the bottom of the water, they stir  up tiny creatures that attract fish. Cormorants take advantage of this, and dive down to eat the fish. The way to spot a platypus is to look for a collection of bubbles in the water and wait. You  might see a little head pop up, gliding on the surface as it takes in air and chatters its bill to grind up food. The best time to spot platypus is at dawn or early evening.

Insider Tips

■ Visit in September for the chance to see cute baby kangaroos. This is when the joeys are just  starting to emerge. You’ll see them going round in circles trying to hop after mum, then crawling  back into her pouch.

■ The Bilby Cafe is on site.
 
■ You can stay overnight in the sanctuary.
 
■ Pick up a trail map (or print one from the website) for a self-guided tour through the sanctuary.

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