If you haven't been to Caversham Wildlife Park since August 2016, you must plan a visit because their new koala exhibit is open, and it is more than worthy of a visit.
My BFF was over from the UK on her first visit to Australia, so top of her list was to mingle and see as many native animals as possible. This can only mean a trip to Caversham Wildlife Park, something I love to do, and I knew the new koala exhibit would be open now, so I was as keen to go as she was.
It looks vastly different to before and is more interactive. You feel like you are having a real koala experience that rivals the kangaroo enclosure experience.
The koalas are still in the South-West section near the exit of the park, near the shop. The new exhibit is huge and mostly undercover. You are able to view the koalas all day, but if you want to "meet the koalas' you will need to visit this area at certain times:
We were there at the 11.30am slot and it was busy, but the queue moved quite quickly and we didn't feel it was an issue. It may have been a different story if we had children with us, but other people who did have children with them seemed to be leaving one person in the queue whilst the others in their party were looking at the koalas and having their photos taken with the giant koala statue. That is a fabulous photo opportunity. All children seemed to be entertained enough to not realise they were waiting in a queue. There are also drink vending machines and benches in the undercover section, so it was perfect for a pit stop too.
There are 3 koala stations at each meeting and the one central queue branches off to the next available station. The friendly keeper introduces you to the koala, ours was called Tang. The keepers are happy to take photos of you with the koala and answer any questions you may have. You are able to stroke the koala with the back of your hand too, the keepers show you where you can touch them. The koalas 'work' is strictly monitored and they only 'work' for 30 minutes and also get scheduled days off after their 'work' period.
Caversham Wildlife Park is building 2 more sections to the koala exhibit exactly the same as this new one, which will be finished sometime next year. This will help with the queues as well as making this experience bigger and better, a win win for everyone.
It is always a good day out at Caversham Wildlife Park and with the fairly new penguin enclosure and this new koala experience, you must plan a visit there soon. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole day, with the new koala exhibit being a massive highlight.