East Coast Natureworld
Back to nature
As soon as you walk into the grounds, the free-ranging kangaroos come hopping towards you. The kids fill their hands with food, thrilled to find the kangaroos’ soft, furry faces eating right out of their palms. Suddenly, there’s a loud honking as two Cape Barren geese race up and start nipping at the kangaroos to chase them away. A moment later, two beaks are prodding at the food too. You all laugh and move on. There is a lot more here to see: the nocturnal house, Tasmanian devils, snakes, ostriches…
18356 Tasman Hwy, Bicheno; (03) 6375 1311
■ The big walk-through aviaries, where rainbow lorikeets zoom and dive around your heads; the regent parrot might even land on you.
If you visit the nocturnal house soon after Natureworld opens in the morning, you will see time going backwards twelve hours. The sun sets, and real conditions of the preceding night – temperature, light and sounds – occur again. This technology makes the nocturnal animals wake up and behave naturally and comfortably during daylight hours when they would normally be asleep. You can see animals in Nocturnal World that you rarely get a chance to meet, such as sugar gliders, bettongs, bandicoots, quolls and golden possums.
■ Natureworld covers a large area so allow several hours.