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by Nessa123 (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Perth, Western Australia.
Published June 15th 2012
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I recently went to the absolutely wonderful Caversham Wildlife Park with some friends and had such a great time!

Caversham Wildlife Park is located within Whiteman Park, just a short 25min drive, north-east from the Perth CBD.

On arrival we could see a giant bird Avery, teaming with beautiful little Australian birds singing their hearts out. Then we stepped inside to purchase our tickets and were greeted by some of the friendly staff, who also gave us a map of the park.

As it was lunchtime, we decided to check out the kiosk, which was small, but had a good selection of ready-made sandwiches, sausage rolls, pies, drinks and snacks. We then sat down in the designated eating area and took in the peaceful surroundings.

There are two designated eating areas in the park, one for kiosk food, with tables and chairs and the other is a lovely open picnic spot, this is because there is no human food and drink allowed past a certain point, as it could harm the animals if they were to get hold of it.

After a while we ventured off to explore the exhibits. We started with the north-east region of Australia, where we saw plenty of bright and beautiful birds, owls and some adorable marsupials.

Then onto the south-west, where we met some very cute animals, including possums, quokkas and quolls. All the animals were very friendly and came right up to us as we walked past.

Then we met the wombat and his friends in the display area, where the keepers put on a show, teaching us some fun facts about the animals we were being introduced to.

Then we were off to Molly's Farm, where we saw all sorts of farm animals, they even have donkeys, camels, ponies and deer. They also put on a show, where we got to see demonstrations of sheep sheering, whip cracking and I've been told, if you go the right time of year you get to feed a lamb too.

Then we went to see northern Australia, which was definitely a highlight of the day. There were, amongst others, dingoes, foxes, bustards, emus, wombats and a baby crocodile.

Next was the south-east, where we got to see lots of small, cute and cuddly marsupials. The koala enclosure was also open to the public, where we were allowed to pat them and take photos with them for free, though you have to use your own camera.

We finished off with the best activity of all, feeding the kangaroos and wallabies.

Just before completely ending our adventure, we each got to take turns riding in the kiddie $2 coin operated rides. There were two, a dinosaur truck and a Bear In The Big Blue House boat and got to stamp out our own souvenir stretched pennies for $1 each, just before checking out the park's own little souvenir shop, which although small, certainly had some gems in it.

Just to add to our special day, we saw some of the wild kangaroos, from Whiteman Park on the way out.

I can't wait to visit again.
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Why? A private, family owned wildlife park in WA.
When: Open every day of the year from 9.00am to 5.30pm (excluding Christmas Day - December 25th).
Where: Caversham Wildlife Park Whiteman Park, Whiteman 6068
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