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Billabong Sanctuary

#4 of 80 things to do in Townsville Features Animals
Bruce Highway | Nome, Townsville, Queensland 4816, Australia
+61 7 4778 8344
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We had the best day!!!

This place was fantastic and one of our most favorite things we did on our trip to Australia! The... read more

Reviewed yesterday
AmericanExplorers
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San Antonio, Texas
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Great for Family -super customer service

A super place for families to visit! All the animals were awake and alert and fun to see! Koalas... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ally G
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Auburn, California
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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.
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  • Average6%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Bruce Highway | Nome, Townsville, Queensland 4816, Australia
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+61 7 4778 8344
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place was fantastic and one of our most favorite things we did on our trip to Australia! The staff here were outstanding and made our day - they went out of their way to make sure we didn't miss anything and did their best...More

Thank AmericanExplorers
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A super place for families to visit! All the animals were awake and alert and fun to see! Koalas, wombats and kangaroos to pet. Staff arranged for us to meet dingos outside of scheduled show time since our bus was leaving early. Great reptile/snake show....More

Thank Ally G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited the Billabong sanctuary in late July with visitors from Victoria who have young children ages 6&4. The weather was perfect not too hot to enable us to stand and watch the crocodiles being fed. The children loved the Kangaroos who roam freely around...More

Thank Sally D
Reviewed 3 days ago

Spent a very enjoyable morning wandering round the reserve, hand feeding the wallaby and being mobbed by the very keen waterfowl. I am not usually a fan of the "show and tell" sessions but these were enjoyable and informative and the animals seemed happy to...More

Thank Curlywurlycamera
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

this has got to be the most interactive wildlife park I've ever been to. you get to pay dingoes and cuddle koalas

Thank Warren C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A small Australian wildlife park, a good set up and some animals to see for all ages. Animal presentations and feedings were well presented although the speakers could have been a bit louder. A downside is that it was fairly expensive. Wouldn't like to be...More

Thank Luke S
Sheila B, Volunteer Coordinator for Social Media at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you Luke S for taking the time to post a review. Billabong Sanctuary is indeed smaller than many other wildlife parks-- we are set on 11 hectares (25 acres) of bushland surrounding our own permanent billabong. As a 'boutique' park, we are able to...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lovely friendly staff that clearly adore the animals. Good visit if you have a couple of hours to spare :)More

Thank JennyPG69
Sheila B, Volunteer Coordinator for Social Media at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you Jenny for your 4-Star review. I'm not sure anyone has described us as 'cute' before! We like to think of ourselves as a 'boutique' wildlife park-- small enough to offer personal interactive experiences to everyone. We care for over 50 species of native...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Terrific place to get your iconic photo hugging a koala. Very nice and friendly staff. Some of the enclosures seemed small to the casual tourist but this sanctuary is highly regarded. We spent about 1 ½ hours at the sanctuary. Saw many birds we would...More

Thank Karenn C
Sheila B, Volunteer Coordinator for Social Media at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you Karenn for posting your review. We are indeed one of the few places in the world where you can hold a koala for that special souvenir photo! Our staff do care passionately about the animals in their care. All of our enclosures meet...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The sanctuary hosts animals that, for various reasons, cannot live in the wilderness any longer. You can attend lectures on the animals, see their feeding, feed the birds and kangaroos and even pet a kangaroo with the baby in its pouch. Kids go absolutely wild!More

Thank Nathalie D
Sheila B, Volunteer Coordinator for Social Media at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you Nathalie for taking the time to post your review. We do care for some animals that for some reason cannot be released into the wild, but others, such as Hope, our female cassowary, and most of our koalas were born in captivity. By...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stop over with class mates. Great, clean rooms and bathrooms and a fun staff with cool games like coconut bowling. Wonderful collection of animals as well.More

Thank Leia C
Sheila B, Volunteer Coordinator for Social media at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Leia for your 5-Star review, but it seems you have us confused with our other family-owned business, Bungalow Bay Koala Village on Magnetic Island. Bungalow Bay is an award-winning backpacker resort, with its own small built-in wildlife park, featuring koalas, crocs and other...More

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