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Billabong Sanctuary, Townsville
(4.6/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Billabong Sanctuary at the forefront of your travel plans using our Townsville vacation trip planner.
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  • Billabong Sanctuary is a great day out, get there early for the Koala feeding and then it all flows on from there. Different animals some roaming free at the Sanctuary are everywhere, lots to see and ...  more »
  • "" First must say clearly, the people who have written in the reviews, unique experience", tip, animal lovers need to here", I was 2 days in a row ", etc. cannot be help. This is not species-appropriate but there attitude. The Kangaroo is the only animal that has movement, it may bounce as freely around, but on a desolate site. The enclosure of the Wombads and koalas are so unkind. The poor emus (RATITES) must live in an area of 5x10m. The waters of the alligators and crocodiles are so tiny. What is termed the "Collecting station", is to make a pure attraction to photos of animals and to people, get as close as possible to animal. Very sad to see!
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  • It was great and you get to see what a male Kangaroo has to work with. You can pat a wombat for free!! And get photos with the animals for a little extra. Fun place and great staff. 
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  • Pros - Beautiful natural environment, lovely and friendly staff, approachable interactive cute animals, not crowded, very reasonable prices. Cons - i would've loved to see a Big Red kangaroo
  • The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful, more than happy answering the (probably similar) questions from everyone. The park was clean and tidy and easy to get around in. It also looked the part, very much a sanctuary rather than an overly polished zoo. The prices were all reasonable and the shows were great, giving kids and adults a chance to interact with the animals. Well worth the trip up to Townsville.
  • Peter and Diana Stossel of Kelso in Queensland say a million and one thanks to Bob Flemming and his extremely dedicated team for an absolutely exhilarating and wonderful experience on our first visit on Wednesday 13th April, 2016. Diana and I are animal lovers and we have visited many zoos and theme parks. At most such places animal encounters are only at certain times and limited to a certain number of guests. However at Billabong Sanctuary which is just the right size, (congratulations Bob and Del) , hands on experience and animal encounters occur nearly all day. This is what sets Billabong Sanctuary apart from other zoos and wild life parks. Brad the curator is a brilliant teacher as he explains in depths about reptiles. He gives everyone at his talks a chance to touch a reptile. Diana and I have got so much praise for Bob and Del Flemming and their extremely dedicated team. The conservation of native animals is so very important and I strongly urge all Australians to visit Billabong Sanctuary. Trust me you will learn a lot. I must now apologize for the photo which I am about to post. You see, I'm not photogenic, but Skinny my mate the black headed Python is photogenic. "Hi folks, Peter Stossel paid me a compliment." "Please come and visit me, I'd love to meet you all, Love Skinny." Indeed! a bit is added to my review, not by me, because I'm only the idiot at the key board, but by Jupiter whom I met today Wednesday 29th June, 2016. " Hello ladies, gentlemen, boys and girls my name is Jupiter and I am a 4.7 metre saltwater crocodile." "I am 60 years old and due to an injury, I now only have one eye." "Somehow I ended up in in the open ocean off the coast of Queensland." "I had to dodge bull sharks and great white sharks which are very scary." "I swam and swam for dear life and eventually ended up on the Strand in Townsville." "I was rescued by Rangers and eventually Bob and Del Flemming adopted me and gave me my very own bedroom at Billabong Sanctuary." "I love my new home here where I get a square meal everyday." "Bob and Del Flemming are such nice people and I really do hope that you come and visit me, because I love meeting people." "I feel safe here too."
  • Its great you can fead kangaroos, turtles, ducks and Birds and you see animals that you know they are in australia but you dont See them. Its great for Kids and the whole family
  • Amazing place close to the costal highway A1. You could easily spend there whole day. You can feed kangaroos and enjoy educative shows with australian animals. Prices are better than in other wildlife parks and it was not crowded. We loved the place :-)