Hands down, Billabong Sanctuary was our favorite part of Townsville. We got there just before 10:00 a.m. (just in time to feed a Cassowary some grapes!), and ended up spending about 7 hours there! They have shows about every half hour, and many of the shows are interactive.
There are plenty opportunities to feed or interact with some of their animals. We got to feed a Cassowary, feed a river turtle, pet a Wombat, watch some huge crocodiles eat, hold (and have our teeth cleaned by…) a Rainbow Lorikeet, stand next to a massive Wedge-tailed Eagle, hold an Olive Python, and hold a little 8 year old Estuarine crocodile!
Here are some of our favorite pictures. Cheers!
Snappy Tom, the Estuarine Crocodile, getting some food.
Wanda, the Bare-nosed Wombat.
Jaws bit his first three “girlfriends” on the head and killed them. His new girlfriend, Madonna, bit him when they were first introduced. They’ve gotten along well ever since!
Eastern Water Dragon
Jupiter the Estuarine Crocodile – Over 1,000 lbs and estimated to be 60 years old.
“I am one with the tree,” Tawny Frogmouth.
Jaws. Estuarine (salt water) Crocodile.
River Turtle during feeding time. Eating some fish!
So sleepy zzzzz
Roxy, the Barking Owl. Their call sounds like a dog barking.
She woke up!
Fish, the Olive Python.
Koalas sleep up to 22 hours a day!
Cassowary – Australia’s largest land animal. We got to feed her grapes!
Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo
Sally! An 8 year old Estuarine croc.
A male Eclectus Parrot. The females are bright red and blue.
Caesar – Estuarine Crocodile. Hatched at Hartley’s Creek Zoo in 1978.