Billabong Sanctuary, Townsville

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Cuddle koalas and feed cassowaries at Billabong Sanctuary, where you can have close encounters with Australian wildlife, from kangaroos to crocodiles. Observe wombats and wallabies in their natural habitat. In the heart of this 11 hectare (27 acre) natural sanctuary, a lake hosts many visiting animals with their young. Shows, talks, and snake handling are also offered. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Townsville using our trip planner.
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  • There is plenty to do at the Billabong Sanctuary from cuddling a koala or a wombat to feeding an enormous crocodile. If that doesn't appeal to you, you can feed the red tailed cockatoo - just make sur...  more »
  • We had a great day at the Billabong Sanctuary during our visit to Townsville. This place gives you an opportunity to see much of Australia's wildlife up close. We got the sense that the staff have dev...  more »
  • You have the opportunity to hold all different types of animals from birds to snakes to crocodiles. Really good day out. We were even able to feed terrapins and eels.  more »
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  • Great day out, interacting with many animals you only see from afar or on tv. The rangers are friendly and informative. Highly recommended
  • Very well presented. Informative and educational. Could do with more rubbish bins here and there...
  • I've been twice now and all I can say is that this is definitely a treasure of Townsville. The staff and guides are extremely informative and really do put on a show no matter what animal. The area is great and the interaction you can have with each animal is amazing! I guess all you really have to do is beware the interaction with the crocs!!
  • Great day out with the family for my son's 11th birthday. We had heaps of fun, staff were great.
  • Had a great time here, the staff are all so friendly and a great experience being able to get so close to the animals.

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The largest city of North Queensland, Townsville boasts a large selection of accommodations for all tastes and budgets. Those who prefer to stay close to the coast can choose among a variety of boutique hotels and rental apartments along the Strand. The city center has a number of larger hotels (both international chains and independently owned), as well as several hostels known for their laid-back atmosphere. Campsites close to the city are not too numerous, so if you're looking for a prime location to spend your holiday close to nature, try to book in advance.
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