First stop for me was the Platypus house. And YES - I may be a sucker for a happily sploshing egg-laying duck-billed beaver-tailed otter-footed mammal [I had not realised that Platypii have the same "roll on back at waters surface and kick water about" goofiness that Otters do. Such fun to watch!]
Unfortunately the Platypus house is a "no flash" photo area and since I had yet to change my camera settings I obtained no shots of the frolicking aquatic one. Next Time, Gadget, I promise!
But lets get to the actual review...
The Sanctuary is located in one of the outer suburbs of Brisbane, Australia, and has been in operation since 1927.
There are a few ways to reach it -
- by car (parking is free);
- by river boat cruise (expensive @ $65 per adult as it does not include your ticket into the sanctuary. Plus you only have 2.5 hours to see all the animals before the ship departs)
- by bus (being frugal I chose this method - cost was $4.70 each way and it was a nice 40 minute trip in the morning - a bit longer going home due to traffic. Just a note if you chose this method - the buses back to the city can get rather full of returning tourists so be patient and don't stress if you have to wait for the next one - they seem to run every 30 minutes or so). And if you get the 430 or 445 bus it stops directly at the Sanctuary front door.
Let's look firstly at all the other animals they have...
|Map of the Sanctuary.|
|One of the Dingos. I saw 3 wandering around their double area enclosure|
however there may have been more snoozing in the back area (for a winters day it was quite warm)
|This is a wild Kookaburra - perched on the fence of the Sanctuary's |
Kookaburra cage. He was happily chatting with those inside
|Southern-Hairy Nosed wombat. Really big and very active for a mostly nocturnal animal|
|A Goanna (Perentie) - Australia's Largest lizard bred|
The Emus and the Kangaroos are in an large paddock. Access is via a double gate system (so they don't get out and bound everywhere). Feeding the Roos is encouraged ($2.00 bags of feed are available at the central cafe. It contains feed pellets - about 3 handfuls or so for maximum Kangaroo slobberage to occur). And the Roos *KNOW* if you have the feed in your pockets! Photo number one followed me around until all the feed was exhausted and then hopped off to beg more from other visitors. Oh - Feeding the Emus is NOT encouraged - their pecks can be quite painful.
And yes... I was a goofy happy Pax at being able to feed and gently pet free roaming Kangaroos. Their fur is sooo soft!
And a quick review here of their Cafe slash souvenir stall slash Internet access area.
Wi-fi access is free to those buying food. Ask for the password at the counter. There are also 3 or 4 computers set up in the back for "paid access" (a dollar or so for 20 minutes access I think)
The Lines were long and my money mostly spent on other things [I'll post a separate blog on what I ended up buying :D] so I did not get a photo. Next time perhaps.
During the day they have interactive presentations on all the different animals. There are no additional charges for these - all are included in the entrance price. They also have a "Wild Lorikeet" feeding session twice a day. I missed the morning one and decided to leave at 3pm rather than stay for the 4pm "Feed the Birdies". Next time I go I'll remember to pace myself a bit more (more sunscreen too!) so I can stay longer.