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Published August 22nd 2018
A fantastic wildlife park where you can feed the animals
Previously known as the Oakvale Flora and Fauna Park, Oakvale Wildlife Park is a charming nature park in Salt Ash, part of the stunning Port Stephens area.
It is also the type of place you can get close to the animals by hand and bottle-feeding them – the perfect activity for children and animal lovers alike!
I visited the centre on a recent trip to Port Stephens with my two children. We got there just in time for the bottle-feeding at 11am. Staff members hand out small bottles of milk for the lambs and kids and the animals will eagerly approach for a drink. It's absolute chaos as it's clearly a popular activity, but the kids loved it! There is a second feeding at 2pm.
Once the bottle-feeding is done and dusted, you can wander the grounds of the centre freely and feed the animals. You can purchase bags of animal feed from the front entrance for $1.50 and feed the lambs, goats, ducks and kangaroos.
Another popular activity is the trailer-tractor rides around the park. The ride takes about 10-15 minutes and there is a staff member providing narration about the park and the animals. We were told the PA system was not working so I'm not sure if it is usually a pre-recorded blurb.
An impressive feature of Oakvale is the playground. There are actually two playgrounds, and the bigger of the two has a fantastic play structure, slides, cubbies, see-saws, swings and sensory play. The smaller of the playgrounds is most suitable for toddlers.
The park is open between 10am and 5pm daily (excluding Anzac Day and Christmas Day.) If you are planning a trip to Newcastle or Port Stephens, Oakvale is a must-do activity that the whole family will simply love.