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“Feed the kangaroos!”

Billabong Sanctuary
Ranked #4 of 79 things to do in Townsville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Billabong Sanctuary is Australia's best interactive wildlife experience. There are interactive talks and feeding shows throughout the day commencing at 9:15 am. At these wildlife presentations you will learn all about the unique characteristics of Australia's native animals. The talks are not only informative but a lot of fun, so will have one of your best experiences at an Australian attraction. The native animals are displayed in their natural habitats of wetlands, eucalypt forest and rainforest. Highlights of the Sanctuary are holding a koala, hugging a wombat, hand feeding a cassowary, holding a small crocodile and wrapping a python around your neck. You will also be able to sit next to a dingo for a photo opportunity and watch feeding of giant estuarine or saltwater crocodiles. The wildlife presentations are repeated in the afternoons so nobody misses out. You can also return the following day with no extra charge. There are picnic areas with free gas barbecues or enjoy a meal at the Blinky Bill Cafe. You can also cool off in our tropically landscaped pool.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
1 review
“Feed the kangaroos!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

I came to Australia hoping to see some kangaroos, and going to Billabong made it possible to see and feed some kangaroos. This may have been a once in a lifetime experience for me. I'm glade that my co-worker invited go with them.

Visited July 2013
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“Grab hold of a Croc”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

Even after the damage from cyclone Yazi, Billabong still has it. A small Australian zoo that lets you get up close and personal with the animals.

Feed kangaroos, ducks and turtles. Hold koala's, wombats, crocodiles, lizards or even a snake.

The shows are small intimate affairs and the staff are friendly and know their stuff

Visited July 2013
Thank Geoff D
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“Interactive encounters with wildlife”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

Without Interactive encounters with koalas, wombats, snakes, birds etc. this place would be a tad boring. But we easily spent something like four hours just hanging participating different sessions. Our 8 year daughter probably spent hours hand feeding roos and also handled koala, snake and crocodile. A quite fascinating place!

Visited June 2013
Thank Trad11
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Sydney, Australia
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“Good but Expensive!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

Lots to see and explore but very costly for adults!
Our 1 year old loves seeing his first kangaroo and it was great he also as able to touch them.
Wombat is so cute and birds are close up to see.

Visited June 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

For locals who've seen dozens of Aussie animals it may not be exciting, but taking children or visitors to Australia it's great. You definately need to catch the shows they are informative but not too long. You can hold a snake, lizard and baby croc for free. And pat a koala and wombat for free. Of course you can pay for a proper hold. You can bring in your own lunch too.

Visited June 2013
Thank Flowerdog
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