Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary
Back to nature
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.
FREE ENTRY BETWEEN 9AM-4PM
Cnr Stock and Williams rds, Mylor; (08) 8370 9197
■ The shows during the day (extra cost) where your kids can learn about the food chain, and meet spiders, frogs, lizards and snakes.
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.
■ 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.