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Billabong Sanctuary

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Address: Bruce Highway | Nome, Townsville, Queensland 4816, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 7 4778 8344
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Billabong Sanctuary is Australia's best interactive wildlife experience....

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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Unforgettable visit

Hugged a koala, wombat, olive python and baby croc. Loved it so much! The croc feeding show is excellent. And the staff is wonderful -- thank you for the great experience and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Daniela M
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hugged a koala, wombat, olive python and baby croc. Loved it so much! The croc feeding show is excellent. And the staff is wonderful -- thank you for the great experience and for sharing your knowledge!

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Bob F, Owner at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this review

G'day Daniela from Calgary, Great to hear from you and of your great experience at the Billabong. Our rangers just love their job and enjoy sharing their knowledge and their passion about Aussie wildlife. Hope to see you back again. Safe travels. Cheers, Bob Flemming More 

Townsville, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can see all aspects of wild life in North Queensland and also have a swimming pool to cool off. If you are there at the right time you can also see the crocodile feeding. Also there is a feeding session for the small animals that children can take part. at times during the day they also have animal handling... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this review

Howdy msimmonsau from Townsville, We appreciate you taking the time to post your recommendation. For the locals, there is a full day of entertainment for the family. The first feeding is at 9:10am when the kangaroos and koalas are fed and then followed by wildlife talks and interactive experiences throughout the day. By the time you cook your barbecue or... More 

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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hadn't been for a while, but this is a great day out for family and friends. The keepers are great and very knowledgeable. The animals are easy to see and the hand washing stations with sunscreen as well are a thoughtful addition.

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Thank Jo M
Bob F, Owner at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this review

Greetings Jo, Great to hear you are a returned visitor. I am sure you will have observed lots of changes and improvements with the latest being reopening of the back section of the park in September last year and the semi-arid desert display with the main attractions being the bilbies. It is the little touches such as flowers in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visit the sanctuary on a regular basis, we love to photograph the animals in a peaceful and unhurried location. The park itself is a great place to visit and if you want to get up close and personal with the animals, you can do so. Avoid the crocs though, they bite. There is plenty of wildlife... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this review

G'day Tim, It is great to receive a review from a repeat visitor. As you say "Photographers Dream". With the centre piece of the Sanctuary being the billabong, it attracts many free-ranging native water birds. At the moment, there are 2 pairs of Royal Spoonbills nesting with one pair rearing a chick. All the rangers are very excited about the... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fantastic place to visit - we spent almost five hours here and, at $35 admission, is excellent value. You can purchase photos of several experiences but do not need to pay upon admission, you can decide as and when the opportunity arises. The receptionist was excellent, very welcoming and very helpful in the way that she explained... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this review

G'day retired Brits from Melbourne, Thank you for being such wonderful ambassadors for Billabong Sanctuary. It is because of visitors such as yourselves writing such wonderful comments about our sanctuary and our staff, that it spurs everybody here to give of themselves to ensure that we are rated as the best interactive wildlife park in Australia. Our aim is to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was absolutely amazing they have all native Australian animals and you can interact with them. I went with my 2 sisters and their friends ages varying from 12-15 and they loved it wasn't bored once. So much information on the animals the staff where really helpful and easy going, not one staff member was rude. There shows where great... More 

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Lihue, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you love koalas, wombats, wallabees and kangaroos, you'll love this place. You can have your photo taken holding a koala or wombat for about $20. Well worth it! It also has crocodiles.

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Bob F, Owner at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this review

Aloha Mattia from Hawaii, Mahalo for your five star review and recommendation to fellow travellers. The Billabong has all the Aussie icons that appeal so much to visitors - kangaroos, koalas, wombats and crocodiles. Thank you for visiting and come back soon. Safe Travels, Cheers, Bob Flemming More 

Durban, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful family outing with so much to do and see. Feed the kangaroos with food bought at the sanctuary, hold a Koala and have your photo taken whilst doing so, traips around to the various croc pools and watch demonstrations then there was the snake demo as well. Make sure you wear walking shoes and wear cool... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this review

G'day Steiner402 from Durban, Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with other travellers and so glad that the family had a great day out. As you say, feeding and interacting with the Aussie animals is an experience that is great fun and lots of entertainment not only for kids, but for all ages. Thanks once again for... More 

Santiago, Chile
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39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's great to have the chance to interact with koalas and kangoroos. Kangoroos are jumping freely while your are walking which is pretty cool.

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Bob F, Owner at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this review

Greetings Tarek from Santiago, Our mob of Eastern Grey kangaroos have the freedom of the 25 acres of the park. They can "hang out" wherever they wish but they just love to be hand-fed and given a bit of a pat. You find the kangaroos in the most unexpected places as you are walking around the park and they come... More 

Thornhill, Canada
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our cruise ship stopped in Townsville and we took a $40.00 cab drive to Billabong Sanctuary. Since we are seniors, admittance was $30.00. What a wonderful place to visit. We got to hold a koala bear, see a jumping croc, got close up and personal with a kangaroo with her baby in her pouch. Not a snake lover, so stayed... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Billabong Sanctuary, responded to this review

G'day Marilyn from Canada, A big thank you for posting such a great review to fellow travellers recommending a visit to the Billabong. The Sanctuary is a great place to interact with the Aussie icons of koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles and wombats. Now you have a taste of Townsville, we hope to see you back for a longer visit. Cheers, Bob... More 

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