Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary, Barwon Heads

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Wildlife Area
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Tehree Gordon developed a close affinity for animals as a child. In 1974 she purchased a five-acre property near Barwon Heads in Victoria and started a refuge for injured Australian wildlife. Three decades later the Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary houses over three hundred native animals and continues to nurse distressed and injured kangaroos, koalas, possums, birds and penguins back to health.

Tehree is equally committed to the well being of her fellow humans, recognising that her animals can bring joy and healing to people in need. Jirrahlinga regularly hosts abused and disadvantaged children, building their self-esteem through interaction with the animals.

Disabled people are also welcomed and Tehree administers a volunteer program providing care for pets of the ill and elderly. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her mid-fifties, Tehree knows the importance of care and support.
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  • We were not sure what to expect when visiting Jirrahlinga and its a bit of a mixed bag. The highlight is you get really up close and personal with the local fauna - patting a koala and a wombat is a r...  more »
  • This is a local wildlife sanctuary that allows you to see the natives close up. The area is small and very walkable with lots of shade trees. What I really love about it is how friendly the staff are ...  more »
  • Small little sanctuary but friendly staff and you can pat wombats and koalas. It's non profit and relies on donations and gate takings .  more »