Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary, Barwon Heads

(4/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web)
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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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  • Spent a lovely 2 hours here looking at and being able to touch the wildlife, very knowledgeable volunteers always ready to answer your questions. So nice to be so close to koalas, kangaroos, lots of b...  more »
  • Amazing visit. It was possible to have a close encounter with most of the animals (koalas, reptiles) ,and cuddle kangaroos and wombats. This is a charity organization so it is also a pleasure to suppo...  more »
  • What a great experience, the kids loved being able to pat Matilda the baby wombat and the koala and snakes.