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Serendip Sanctuary

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published August 21st 2013
Get up close to Australian wildlife with free entry
Tawny Frogmouth up close and personal

Serendip Sanctuary feels a little bit tiered and run down and in need of a bit of TLC, however in saying that you can get very close to some of Australia's most well known wildlife and some very rare Freckled ducks and with free entry it's definitely worth a look.

I am sure Serendip was a big tourist attraction at some point, the car park is massive and caters for many buses and cars, though on the day we visited it was just us and the animals.

Information hub

The information hub is where you start from and there are park notes with a map there. There is also a donation box, so throw a few dollars in and help support the sanctuary.

Pass the duck pond

Following the path you will walk past a duck pond and through some gates into the kangaroo enclosure. In here are a few activities for the kids and adults alike, such as seeing how high you can jump compared to the kangaroos and how far you can jump. Three seemed to be more Cape Barron geese than kangaroos until we saw a large group lying on the grass by some trees.

Cape Barron Goose

Through to the next pen sees more geese and this time with goslings following behind their mothers. Continue through to the bird watching hides, the hides are a stand out for the sanctuary, and offer many different viewing areas over the billabong and lakes. Serendip has recorded more than 150 species of birds.

Eastern Grey Kangaroos

You can get very close to the Tawny Frogmouths in the flight aviary, which were sitting at eye level and other lovely little birds that are also housed in the aviary.

Inside the bird hide

Other pens have Wallabies, Emus, Bandicoots, a Masked Owl, Australian Bustards, Bush Stone-curlews and much more.


Serendip also run a breeding program to get Australian wildlife that is near extinct more populous and currently it includes the Freckled duck, Eastern Barred Bandicoot and Brolga.

Inside the information hub

Some history of Serendip Sanctuary:
Serendip covers 250 hectares and was formerly used for farming. In 1959 the state purchased the property and developed it into a natural wildlife sanctuary with animal species increasing from 40 to 150.

Facilities include:
A picnic area with free undercover electric BBQs
A group BBQ with a wood fire can be reserved for a small fee
Toilet facilities that cater for people with restricted mobility
- Park information notes

Kangaroo jumping activity's

It would be great to see this sanctuary given a boost in funding to further support the maintenance and breeding programs of rare and nearly extinct species. The gardens in the sanctuary are well planted with native plants and volunteers do an excellent job with planting.

Turtle in the information hub

School and bus tour groups are welcomed at the sanctuary and guided walks are provided for groups of 15 or more people.
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Why? Up close experiences with Australian wildlife
When: 10am - 4pm 7days a week
Phone: 131963
Where: 100 Windermere Road, Lara
Cost: Free
Your Comment
That Tawny Frogmouth has brilliant camouflage.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12470) 2248 days ago
I have lived in Geelong all my life and never been to Serendip Sanctuary. Now I am definitely going to go there and visit.
by CassandraJoy (score: 3|1021) 1994 days ago
What a shame that its not used more. Especially being free. I live at the other end of the state so probably wont get there.
As usual Lorraine I love your blog
by Ronnie (score: 1|96) 2244 days ago
That duck pond is cute. Nice place to wander through.
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2248 days ago
Every time we visit the You Yangs, I see the sign for Serendip Sanctuary and wonder what it is like there! Thanks for the article Lorraine - we will definitley go there soon! Will make a day of it and visit both places.
by lynne (score: 1|15) 2243 days ago
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