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Published January 26th 2017
Walk freely among the kangaroos and feed the camels
Situated on Mungar Road at Oakhurst is the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary Inc. The sanctuary is a not-for-profit organisation involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of native fauna and the care of sick, orphaned and injured birds and animals.
Oakhurst is a small area approximately ten minutes west of Maryborough Queensland on the Maryborough-Biggenden Road. Signs along Mungar Road show the turnoff to the sanctuary.
As I walked into the open area at the back of the kiosk, I was amazed at the amount of Kangaroos and Wallabies lazing around or seated watching the new visitors coming through the gate. They all looked quite accustomed to the human interconnection as we moved amongst them. Food for the animals is available for purchase at the kiosk and children everywhere showed the delight on their faces as they fed the Camels, Kangaroos and Wallabies. I did learn not to lean on the camel enclosure while watching the feeding because I got a fright when the camel came up and nibbled my hand thinking I had food.
Feeding the camel was quite a delight for the children (Author's Photo)
Barbeques, table and chairs are situated all around the park for those wanting to bring their own meals, otherwise light lunches, morning and afternoon teas, hot and cold drinks are available for purchase from the kiosk.
On the third Sunday of each month from 7.00am to midday, country markets are held and the entry is a gold coin. On these days entry to the wildlife sanctuary is free until 1.00pm. After that time and on other days prices are $10 for adults, $7.50 for children 3 to 12 years and children under three years are free. If you are wishing to have a snake or dingo interaction these prices are $5 and $10 per person respectively.
The country market is on the third Sunday of the month (Author's photo)
The sanctuary welcomes tour and school groups as this provides an opportunity to educate everyone on the importance of caring for our native fauna as well as the care and protection of the animals and their environments. Package deals, which can include lunch are available for group bookings. As well, individuals, groups, clubs and businesses can sponsor an animal that is in the current care of the sanctuary. Sponsors receive a certificate of appreciation and during the time of sponsorship, the certificate is displayed on the Sponsor's Board at the sanctuary. A list of all animals available for sponsorship can be found here.
Volunteers help educate you on all types of animals (Author's photo)
Just before Christmas a children's book titled Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary: Once Upon A Time was written and published by Jenette and Philip Yeend. The book centres around the sanctuary's dollarbird named "Dolly" and also includes Bobby the Kangaroo, Spirit the white dingo and many other sanctuary animals. The book is available for purchase at the Wildlife Sanctuary for $15.00 with half of the profit going to support the sanctuary's finances. Two more similar educational books about the animals' habitat and the sanctuary's dingos will be published in the near future.
Donations are also another way to assist in the care of animals with the money donated being used directly for feeding requirements, medical expenses, to maintain the grounds and enclosures. Donations do not have to be cash; donations of building materials, tools, food including Lucerne, bird seed, fruit and vegetables are also greatly appreciated.