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Reviewed August 20, 2011

My dad and i decided to go there for 2 days but stayed for 4 days. We had the Koala suite and we found it very comfortable and clean. The animals were amazing and seeing dad feeding the emus was so funny. I loved patting the Koals and wandering around the birds aand other animals. This may not be for some people but for people who love animals this is the palce to be. You also are with in driving distance of some beautiful waterfalls and the Cape Otway Light house and Glow Worms at night in the Melba Gully

Date of stay: August 2011
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1  Thank Bilby47
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

This place can be reviewed very differently by different people. You need to read the other reviews to know what you're getting yourslef into.

It basic lodging, almost like a camping lodge or trailer. You have to be ok with bugs and a little uncleanliness. But for something different this place is great. I went with a group of 7 friends and we spent the whole night walking around feeding the animals and enjoying the property. The staff is friendly and they have a nice selection of animals for such a small place. Beds are basic and sometimes bunk beds.

We enjoyed it very much, but I acknowledge it's not for everyone.

Date of stay: March 2011
Trip type: Traveled with friends
1  Thank Dave_O_the_World
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Reviewed December 28, 2010

While staying at the park, you will be able to see and interact with wombat's, wallabies, emus, kangaroos, koalas and more.
Upon arrival, you will have a bag of carrots waiting for you in your room. These are to feed the wombats, wallabies and kangaroos. Some have tried to feed the emus, I elected not to try.
Despite travelling the areas and viewing the many attractions on the Great Ocean Road, the two things my kids remembered the most were the dinosaurs (the Otway fly) and the animals.
It was an amazing oppurtunity for kids to feed the wombats and the koalas (with supervision).
Dean and Kirsten are constantly tending the grounds and are always willing to answer questions with a smile.
The rooms themselves are well contained and despite the wildlife noise outside, are really quite inside.
A real must for any visitors or travellers with kids. Really well situated to access the various sites along the Great Ocean Road.
A video with a feeding of the koalas below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FxwTm5IZQY

Date of stay: December 2010
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1  Thank Nadav77
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Reviewed August 1, 2010

Over the past 4 years whilst we have been living in Australia, we have stayed at Fauna Australia on 5 occassions with friends/ family that are visiting from abroad. It is the first thing on our list, as it allows such up-close animal encounters. It is operated by Dean, Kirsten and their young family. It is only available to guests, and they have a cottage and 3 units, so at the most you share with 3 other families. However in winter this part of the world is fairly quiet (suits us). The accommodation is self-contained and all linen is supplied. Included in the tariff is animal feed and an up-close koala experience. Having visited other parks, this aspect makes Fauna Australia a true find. Dean and Kirsten have tertiary qualifications in zoology and ecotourism, and they have dedicated Fauna Australia to breeding some of Australia's rarest animals. They also have all the favourites (koalas, wombats and roos). This last visit, we also got to pat their baby wombat, born just this year. They live on site, and are very giving of their time.

Fauna Australia is very central to everything: Twelve Apostles, Triplet Falls, Treetop Walk, Cape Otway, and only 5 minutes to the glowworms at Melba Gully.

It does get wet in winter, but on our last visit new paths had just been put down. If you stay in the accommodation you may find that the wallabies have slept on the doormat. In the morning some small "presents" may be found. However we found this incredibly amusing, and not a problem. There is a broom and rake.

We will definately be back, and recommend to everyone we know. We are delighted that our holiday money is going to such a good cause.

Date of stay: July 2010
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1  Thank MelbourneMatilda
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Reviewed July 2, 2010

The wife and I visited this retreat in June 2010.

To summarise, only if you really really love animals will you enjoy this place.

There are many different types of Aussie animals, including koalas (that you can pet, feed and take pics of/with - but not cuddling of course, as it is illegal in Victoria), loads of wombats, free roaming pademelons and small pademelon-like animals, many birds incuding cockatoos, Amazonian parrots, ecclectuses - male and female, lorikeets and wild visiting rosellas. There are also a few emus, kangaroos, snakes, and loads of nocturnal animals, the names of which elude me.

So overall, there are enough animals to keep you busy for a couple days.

The highlight of the visit, I think, is being able to feed the animals yourself. The owners of the retreat give you a bag of carrots, and you can touch and feed the wombats, kangaroos and emus. If you bring your own almonds, the parrots will be your best friend.
Children and animal lovers will absolutely enjoy the experience.
The owners are extremely friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable.

However, there are a few cons.
Being in the Otways, it rains a lot, so it will be fairly muddy.
With so many free-roaming animals, there is an enormous amount of poo, which you are bound to step in at some point.
We stayed in the Wombat Cottage (which, despite being more expensive, I recommend due to location), and it was best if you removed your shoes before entering the cottage, due to the poo.

The cottage itself was very clean and well maintained.
Large TV, kitchen, living room, jacuzzi, and sleeping for a medium sized family.
The hot water ran out when we tried to fill the jacuzzi, so having the jacuzzi was useless.
We paid $210 a night for this cottage, and I think that we were overcharged by $100, as the accommodation is not that spectacular or practical for just me and my wife. (To contrast, Kennett River Caravan Park charged $95 per night for a deluxe cabin with wild birds on your porch and wild koalas in the trees.)

You can handfeed the animals, but we did not get a one-on-one with any of them except the koalas. The website was a bit misleading, as I thought that the keeper would also take me in to pat the wombats. Instead, I had to feed them through the wire. (for $30 at Steve Irwin's zoo, you get to go in the wombat enclosure and feed and pet them.)
We love birds, and it would have been great to accompany the keeper when he went around feeding them. Would have been great to hold the Major Mitchell or eckies. We would have loved to go in the kangaroo enclosure like at other zoos, but oh well.
There is a lot more that the owners can do to improve the wildlife experience of guests.

Overall, it was an ok experience, but I will not do it again due to the high price, and the lack of wildlife interaction.

Date of stay: June 2010
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