Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary, Barwon Heads
(3.9/5 based on 80+ 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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  • Visited Jirrahlinga over the weekend with the grand children. This is a great place to take the children. You can get up close to the animals even have the opportunity to pat a Koala. I really recomme...  more »
  • Having lived in the region my whole life, I have never been here! Had a friend from overseas visiting so decided to go. It appears to be a bit rundown at first look, but when you realise that they are...  more »
  • What a lovely sanctuary is this! Some amazing people work here together patroning for sick, injured and abandoned wild life. Was great to see all of the Australian animals up so close. We truly enjoye...  more »