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“A day out for the family...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Territory Wildlife Park

Territory Wildlife Park
Cox Peninsula Road, Berry Springs, Northern Territory 0831, Australia
+61 8 8988 7200
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Owner description: At the Territory Wildlife Park you can see the Top End of Northern Australia in 4 hours rather than 4 days! The Park is a 45 minute drive south of Darwin city. It occupies 625 hectares of native bush adjacent to the Berry Springs Nature Park. The Wildlife Park showcases animals and plants of the Top End in both natural settings and exhibits for ease of viewing, as well as the diversity of natural habitats of the Top End. The Park is spread out around a 4km loop road with free shuttle trains and natural walking paths linking the attractions. The Main Station Cafe, Nocturnal House and Aquarium are airconditioned.
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“A day out for the family...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

The park is only a short drive from town. Had a Territory Pass so entry was free (local, pay once get in all year free). Went straight to the nocturnal house (that opens at 10am, it is definitely worth a look). Some of the enclosures didn't have any creatures, but they are trying to improve things with the new keepers window. Directly after that we went to the Flight Deck. WOW what a show. Nicole the keeper was amazing, the birds are so well trained and their attributes are wonderfully displayed to visitors. The show goes for about 30 minutes. It was a very hot and still day so we went back to the Entry / Kiosk for some a/c relief. (The nocturnal house / aquarium are a/c also). Food & drink is expensive at the kiosk, so take snacks and food if you want to save a few dollars. You need to take water all year round, it's a big place and thirsty work. There are free buses running around the park all day, we take a pram, the walking paths are flat dirt/gravel. You have to lift your pram into the bus, the driver will help if needed. It's still a wonderful day for adults and kids alike.

Visited January 2014
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Melbourne Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

The best presentation of Australian wildlife where you can view up close at your leisure. Multiple venues for compatible animals that you can walk through. Just a great experience. I even got to pet a wallaby without additional charge. Don't miss this.

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Ho Chi Minh City
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“Love the whiprays!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

December was the low season and we were like the first visitors at the park on that day (about 9am then). The advantage in visiting such places during the low season is that you have almost the whole park to yourself literally.

The entrance fee is A$26/adult. I was flipping though some tourist magazine and found a 10% discount voucher. Happy! The ticketing counter is co-located with the giftshop and a small cafe. 400 hectares is huge indeed and you're in for a day of exercise if you choose to walk. Fortunately for us, there's a free tram service ... thank goodness. We missed the 9am Tuckertime@Billabong and started with the Nocturnal House - it was dark inside as they tried to simulate night-time in there. It was interesting and I wished we had more time to examine the exhibits but it was time to move on to the Oolloo Sandbar for the feeding of the barramundis and whiprays at 10.10am. This was the most interesting station for me as I got to feed the whiprays. As I said earlier, visiting during the low season has its advantages.There will probably be too many volunteers for the feeding during the high tourist season but for us, it was a breeze. The ranger even had to coax for volunteers. It was terrifying for some to see a huge whipray "flying" through the water towards them (Think "Jaws" and you get the picture less the music!!). Someone fell into the water out of excitement and fear!! Actually it's the bait that the rays are aiming for. Me ... I had fun - the rays sort of sucked the fish from your hand. You need to put your hand and the bait under it as the mouth is located below. The whiprays felt rough on the top but silky smooth at the bottom. We also had a go at trying to get the archer fishes to shoot the worms off our hands. Again, everyone could have a go at it as there were only 10 odd visitors there.

Next up was showtime at the Flight Deck - Top End Birds of Prey (11am) - where we got to see various birds of prey up close. Very entertaining and informative show. I must say that the rangers at TWP are very professional and knowledgeable. There was some time to kill before the next presentation at the Walk-through Aviary. So we visited the Aquarium and the Wetlands Walk. We also walked through the Monsoon Forest Walk where we saw lots of flying foxes roosting in the trees. The presentation at the Aviary was mild compared with the other 2 shows but I loved the free-flying birds and had one helluva time snapping away. The sky became downcast and it looked like the normal afternoon showers will start soon. We decided to call it a day and made our way back, thus missing a few attractions. It poured just as we drove out of the carpark.

Berry Springs is right next to TWP but it was closed for swimming and it was raining too. We just took an obligatory scan of the park - nothing to see from the car park - and that was it. A pity.

It would be good to set aside a whole day for TWP if one intends to explore all that they have to show. Check the website (www.territorywildlifepark.com.au) and plan your visit based on the showtimes. Bring food and water too, and a raincoat if you're there during the rainy season. Remember to check out the discount vouchers in the free Darwin tourist guides before you go visiting any place.

Visited December 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Do not miss this when you visit the Top End”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We had a great family day out! While the train was great, we enjoyed the walks even more. It didn't feel like a 'zoo' like the ones you get in other capital cities, but closer to a real wildlife experience. The whole family enjoyed the habitat-focus of the park, and super friendly, personal and very knowledgeable staff. The kids especially loved the spitting archer fish and couldn't wait to tell all their classmates here in Melbourne about it all! A definite must on your trip to Darwin!

Visited November 2013
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Jabiru, Australia
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“Nice place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

They have really done a nice job of the Territory Wildlife Park, and have created a whole lot of habitats so you can see all the animals in a fairly natural environment. We walked the whole park instead of taking the the vehicles that drive you around. The aviary has a stunning selection of birds. I think its well worth the visit.

Visited October 2013
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