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Flying High Bird Sanctuary., Childers

(3.3/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web)
Flying High Bird Sanctuary is the largest free-flight aviary in Australia and has over 2000 birds. Visitors can walk around inside the aviary to see the birds. It is located on the corner of Bruce Highway and Old Creek Road, Apple Tree Creek, about 50 km south of Bundaberg in central Queensland, Australia. It was opened in 2002.HistoryThe facility opened to the public in December 2002 as Flying High Bird Habitat. At the time, it had only the main aviary with about 300 birds. It is situated on land formerly occupied by the Apple Tree Creek school. The two school buildings were moved to serve other uses after the school closed in the late 1960s, and John Woodall started building the sanctuary on the land in 2001.By 2010 the complex had been expanded with additional aviaries and a macaw breeding complex, and was home to almost 3000 birds. On 19 March 2010 the facility was taken over by David and Anne Tocknell, their son Matt and his wife Leisa and was renamed Flying High Bird Sanctuary. It is the largest free-flying aviary in Australia.ExhibitsThe main aviary covers over and is over 7m high. It contains 300m of trails for visitors in a rainforest setting with Australian, Asian, and South American birds.BreedingThe sanctuary breeds and hand raises birds for the pet industry, including harlequin and Catalina macaws. It has also started captive breeding programs for several native birds that will be released into the wild to augment wild bird populations.The futureNew exhibits and features planned at this time include a koala enclosure, wetland attraction, separate South American and Asian free flight aviaries, a picnic area, emu and kangaroo enclosures, and a raptor aviary. These features are expected to be completed by some time in 2012.
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  • As bird lovers we were expecting a lovely experience interacting with the birds, some bird spotting, and a few great photos. Hmmmm. My advice, chat to the cockatoos, corellas etc on way into the tired...  more »
  • From entry being wolf whistled (great for the ego) and said hello too from range of cockatoos I was already feeling freshened from a long day of driving. Staff were friendly, the walk around lovely an...  more »
  • Enjoyed for a couple of hours, good variety of birds, hand feeding available, plenty of car parks and seats to rest on inside.