15 December 2020
Eco-Visionby JOSEF LASAROW
The GREAT OCEAN ROAD WILDLIFE PARK is a park with an eco-vision!
Eleven years ago, our family decided to leave city life behind and make the “big move”, and as great as the challenge was, we have never looked back.
Our dream was to transform the forty-acre property into a spacious and natural living space for our awesome Australian wildlife and farm animals.
Our efforts were, and still are, driven by deep respect for all life, and the desire to cultivate sustainable ways of living.
Located in one of the most famous tourist regions of the country, we have been a wildlife park with a difference: Yes! You can pet kangaroos and wallabies, and even emus will eat from your hands (if you get past their legendary piercing stare ????.) Children - supervised by parents, of course - have a ball getting up close with our wildlife, admiring the peacocks, feeding the alpacas, and having a chat with our donkey.
The comment we most often hear is: “Wow! I did not expect this! All this space for your animals! They are so relaxed, and one can see that they are happy.” To hear these comments as frequently as we do despite the fact that we don’t have every single species “on display” for the consumer-oriented visitor, makes our day, and all our work over the years even more worthwhile.
So… what do visitors get to see and do at the Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park?
First, you will get to say hi to our chickens, watch the wild birds frequenting our bird houses for their daily share of seeds and pass by the peacocks showing off their beauty.
In the PETTING AREA you can interact with our kangaroos, wallabies, and emus in their spacious enclosure. Being respectful and calm is key, of course, when approaching them.
James, the WOMBAT, prefers to be up all night and can be admired while sleeping in his favourite corner.
The SANCTUARY covers the bulk of our 40 acres. These large fields are home to 35 kangaroos, 7 emus, a herd of deer, horses (among them Eureka, our brumby), alpacas, sheep, geese as well as wild ducks that have settled around our beautiful lake where you can find the kangaroos resting under the eucalyptus trees in hot weather. Left as natural as possible, our sanctuary walk is appreciated by all those who cherish seeing animals in their natural habitat while immersing themselves in the beauty and peacefulness of nature.
Our DINGO AWARENESS CENTRE is where you can meet the iconic dingo face to face and learn about their nature and the integral role they play within the Australian ecological landscape. We can safely say that this is one of the things we are most passionate about. For an extra fee you get to spend quality time in the presence of one of our bonded pairs of pure-bred dingoes (Nagari and Lowanna or Warrigal and Alora). This experience comes with an in-depth discussion covering the whole spectrum of the dingo story.
Enjoy watching our four-month-old DINGO CUBS Mungi (Lightening) and Murungal (Thunder) from a viewing platform,
All homemade, our menu is small, but tasty and nutritious. Healthy soups, sandwiches (coming this summer), muffins, brownies, apple crumble, delicious nutritious smoothies etc. Great barista-made coffee and organic teas are on offer too. Whenever possible, we use our homegrown produce from our organic gardens in our menu.
SUNDAY to FRIDAY 10am to 7pm (summer times)
SATURDAYS WE ARE CLOSED
NOTE: On very hot days we recommend morning or late afternoon/evening visits to maximise on your experience