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“Needs attention.”

Phillip Island Wildlife Park
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$117.41*
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Phillip Island Day Tour Including Wildlife Park and Grand Prix Circuit
Ranked #3 of 24 things to do in Cowes
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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“Needs attention.”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

Our first clue that this was a neglected place was the attitude of the cashier (possibly the owner?) who barely raised the energy to take our money and give very basic instructions to the layout of the park. I felt like mentioning if he hates the job so much then leave! We were greeted by fabulous animals but no staff at all, and the same feeling as everyone on this forum that it's all very neglected. I didn't notice the lack of water but having seen it mentioned here I hope this is something that is corrected as a matter of urgency.Love the animals, but the trip to the loo before leaving just left me feeling a little down hearted about the whole place.

Visited February 2013
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“Good animals, tatty enclosures”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

We wanted to feed kangaroos and we did. There are lots of native species to see and you can feed most of them. You get a food bag as part of the entrance fee. It was really fun feeding the kangaroos, wallabies and emus, and I enjoyed the dingos too.

But it looks like there has been no maintenance done for years. Much of the woodwork is rotten. All of the enclosures were in poor condition, though the animals seemed fine.

It would be a much happier place if the enclosures were in better condition.

Visited January 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“We really enjoyed this experience”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

If you aren't expecting much of the actual property you will enjoy this place. There is wildlife - kangaroos and wallabies freely wandering around which you can hand feed with a little bag of pellets you are given when you pay to enter. Our bags lasted us the whole walk around the park. There were a lot of different varieties of species to see. We wandered around slowly as a group so probably spent about 2 hours there. You could see this place faster if you wanted to. Really I enjoyed it, hopefully you will too.

The walkways are all dirt paths so wear closed in shoes. Also sunscreen and hat if it is summer. Take a drink with you and food if you want to, however, if you have been hand feeding the animals you may want to eat after you have been there and had a good chance to wash your hands.

I agree with an earlier writer's commments that the place seems run down and that water birds had little choice of drinking water. In fact that is the one thing lacking, one bird was trying to drink from a trough but was ducking it's head over really wanting to bath in it. It was too high for the bird though. Aside from this sight, if you want to get close to Australian animals it still is a good experience.

Visited January 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“up close and personnel”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

This place was quite nice,i was able to pat and feed a wallaby and her little joey,the cassowary's were amazing and it was so nice to be up close to one,but do be weary they get greedy with food,upon entering the park after you pay i have a concession so i got a discount which was good,upon paying you get 2 food bags full of pellets to feed the animals.It is a nice park,i think though it just needs a bit more funds as i think it does get overlooked and needs a bit more staff.

Visited January 2013
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Melbourne
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“Great”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Large walk around park with free feed for animals. Worth the hour. Could do with some crocodiles or exotic species.

Visited January 2013
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