Think fast: what’s the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Australia? If you’re like me, kangaroos, dingoes, and koalas might have popped up. While Tom very kindly pulled off a number of times during our road trip so that I could get a look at kangaroos in the wild, I was definitely craving a more up-close-and-personal look at Australian wildlife.
My two main options were the Perth Zoo and Caversham Wildlife Park, but as soon as I saw that I could feed kangaroos and take a photo with a koala at the park, I was sold.
Located just 30 minutes outside of Perth’s city center, Caversham Wildlife Park the perfect spot to get a closer look at Australian wildlife. Because Australia is so isolated, much of its flora and fauna is found nowhere else in the world. Preserving that biodiversity is critical, but unfortunately, Australia also has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world. Caversham’s goal is to educate people of all ages about the importance of preserving the country’s unique wildlife.
The park features animals from all over Australia, and is divided according the the geographic origin of each one. We saw kookaburras, wallabys, and my personal favorite, kangaroos!
The kangaroo exhibit was definitely the piece de resistance of Caversham Wildlife Park – and it was quite bit more accessible that I thought it’d be. You walk into a large enclosure (blocked off by double doors)…and there are kangaroos everywhere. Some are hopping around, some are sunbathing, and others are simply taking a snooze. In the center of the enclosure was a drum of kangaroo food, which you were welcome to scoop up and directly feed to your furry friends. It all seemed a bit unregulated, but I suppose the animals must be so used to people that they’re not bothered at all. It’s also worth noting that there was a separate, people-free enclosure that the kangaroos could go into if they were tired of having their photo taken.
But it seemed most of them were happy to be fed, and some were quite bold! So Hayley and I did a photo shoot with our marsupial friends, spending a good 20 minutes hanging out and feeding them.
But before long, it was time to check out the koalas. While you weren’t allowed to hold the koala, each one had a handler who was happy to take photos for you. For some reason, I thought koalas would be much smaller.
Was this an incredibly touristy thing to do? Uh, yeah. But it was also so much fun! As much as I love discovering off-the-beaten path treasures, sometimes it’s fun to just be a cheesy tourist.