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Billabong Sanctuary

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Bruce Highway | Nome, Townsville, Queensland 4816, Australia
+61 7 4778 8344
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Interesting and interactive zoo

We were on a road trip from Airlie Beach to Mission Beach and decided to stop here on the way... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Tracy K
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Billabong Sanctuary

Billabong Sanctuary was a chance to get close to the animals. We had a great relaxing time. We... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cynthia B
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Billabong Sanctuary is Australia's best interactive wildlife experience. There are interactive talks and feeding shows throughout the day commencing at 9:15 am. At these wildlife presentations you will learn all about the unique characteristics of Australia's native animals. The talks are not only informative but a lot of fun, so will have one of your best experiences at an Australian attraction. The native animals are displayed in their natural habitats of wetlands, eucalypt forest and rainforest. Highlights of the Sanctuary are holding a koala, hugging a wombat, hand feeding a cassowary, holding a small crocodile and wrapping a python around your neck. You will also be able to sit next to a dingo for a photo opportunity and watch feeding of giant estuarine or saltwater crocodiles. The wildlife presentations are repeated in the afternoons so nobody misses out. You can also return the following day with no extra charge. There are picnic areas with free gas barbecues or enjoy a meal at the Blinky Bill Cafe. You can also cool off in our tropically landscaped pool.
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Bruce Highway | Nome, Townsville, Queensland 4816, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were on a road trip from Airlie Beach to Mission Beach and decided to stop here on the way. Ended up spending about 4-5 hours here, because they have all these different animal 'sessions' where the ranger talks about the animals. They also give...More

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Bob F, Owner at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Howdy Tracy from Vancouver, Thanks for making the decision to call in at the Billabong on your way north. We are about 3.5 hours drive north from Airlie Beach so a great stop over. There is so much going on and so much to do...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Billabong Sanctuary was a chance to get close to the animals. We had a great relaxing time. We loved our day here.

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Bob F, Owner at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Greetings Cynthia, Many thanks for your posting "we loved our day here". So glad you had a wonderful experience interacting with our native Australian animals. Cheers, Bob Flemming

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my 3 year old nephew here recently & we both really enjoyed all aspects of the park. Easy to find, easy parking, lots of animals & no huge crowds! We were able to feed the ducks (which were my nephews favourites!) & watched...More

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Bob F, Owner at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Greetings Amy, It's always the simple things in life that can be the best - feeding the ducks is a good experience for the kids as once the ducks see the feed bag, they will follow you forever. When children are tired or if you...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Billabong Sanctuary was a great way to end out stay in Townsville. Crowd was small- went in morning- and loved the informative discussions by the very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Got to feed and pet many of the animals. for $24 got the typical...More

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Bob F, Owner at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

G'day sallym from New York, So pleased to hear you loved Australia and importantly to us at the Billabong, one of your best experiences in Oz. It's great to receive such good feedback for our staff. Safe travels, Cheers, Bob Flemming

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to see lots of healthy & very well cared for Australian Animals, this is a great place to see them. The regular scheduled animal handling presentations by the knowledgeable Rangers are fun & informative. They have lunches, snacks, & a well-stocked gift...More

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Bob F, Owner at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Greetings 1WiserTraveller, Many thanks for your "Highly Recommended" review of the Billabong. Crocodiles are always a great favourite and surprisingly, wombats are rated quite often above the koalas. Our staff always try and give everyone a "WOW of a day" so the talks are not...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just wow! Not only do you get to get up close and personal with these amazing animals Koalas, wallabies, wombats etc. the staff really care for these animals. The Quallas are not allowed to work more than 30 minutes every third day I love seeing...More

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Bob F, Owner at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Howdy Aratatatt, "Just wow!" I love this description of the Billabong - it says it all. All of the rangers love caring for our animals and sharing their knowledge and their passion with all of our visitors. Thanks for taking the time to write a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love taking friends and family to Billabong Sanctuary, especially international visitors because they get to interact with our native wildlife and its a day they'll remember forever. It's a very relaxed park where you can really soak up the north Queensland environment which is...More

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Sheila B, Volunteer for Social Media at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Diamond2012 THANK YOU so much for taking the time to write such a comprehensive, complimentary review of Billabong Sanctuary! It is very gratifying for the whole team to read such high praise, confirming that they are doing their job right. A pat on the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spending a month in Australia from the U.S. and our day at Billabong Sanctuary brought us the biggest smiles and fondest memories!More

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Sheila B, Volunteer for Social Media at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Christine for your happy 5-star review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit-- we do like to make dreams come true for visitors from overseas who would love to hold a koala, hand-feed a kangaroo, and get up close and personal with all...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic day out. We got to the park at 9am sharp, enough time for a fantastic cup of coffee and a hot chocolate before the shows began. The ranger Chris was a plethora of information, patient with all the kids around and was...More

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Sheila B, Volunteer for Social Media etc at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Lena B for your wonderful 5-Star review. Ranger Chris will be chuffed when I share your comments at our morning staff meeting! ALL our Rangers have a wealth of knowledge about our unique native animals, and are keen to share their passion with...More

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Reviewed 19 May 2018

This isn't your polished big dollar zoo from down in the city. Its down to earth, good collection of animals with a few unique touches and done in typical north QLD style. Took my wife and Son for a visit and came away happy with...More

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Sheila B, Volunteer for Social Media at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

G'Day Treay81 Thank you for taking the time to write your wonderful 5-Star review. I especially like your description 'down to earth'. As a small wildlife park, we do endeavour to engage with each of our visitors, to give everyone a memorable personal experience. Our...More

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Response from Angela R | Reviewed this property |
Check their website for options. There are some but pricy, similar to car hire for a day. Its a bit out of town so i don't think there are any actual bus stops near by.
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