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  1. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    13 Jun 2007
    not travelling

    *Edward River Crocodile Farm (Pormpuraaw)
    *Daintree Wild Zoo (Wonga) Welcome to
    *Wildlife Habitat (Port Douglas) [formerly Rainforest Habitat] [ZAA member] Port Douglas Attraction - Wildlife Habitat
    *Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (Wangetti) [ZAA member] Hartleys Crocodile Adventures - Cairns crocodile and wildlife park, crocodile cruises, animal displays and wildlife shows
    *Cairns Aquarium (Cairns) Cairns Aquarium | Buy Tickets | Official Website
    *Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome (Cairns) [formerly Cairns Wildlife Dome] [ZAA member] Things to do in Cairns - Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome
    *Marineland Crocodile Park (Green Island) [formerly Marineland Melanesia] Marineland Croc Park on Green Island - About Us
    *Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (Kuranda) Things to Do Kuranda - Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
    *Australian Venom Zoo (Kuranda) Australian Tarantulas – Australian Venom Zoo, Kuranda QLD – Education of Bio-pharmaceuticals, Turning Venom into Medicine.
    *Birdworld Kuranda (Kuranda) Birdworld Kuranda - Australian Bird Sanctuary Cairns North Queensland
    *Kuranda Koala Gardens (Kuranda) [ZAA member] Kuranda Koala Gardens - Cairns Queensland
    *RainForeStation Nature Park (Kuranda) [ZAA member] Kuranda Rainforest - Rainforestation - Rainforestation Nature Park
    *Eagle's Nest Wildlife Hospital Inc. (Ravenshoe) [formerly Eagle's Nest Wildlife Sanctuary] EAGLES NEST WILDLIFE HOSPITAL INC
    *Aquasearch Aquarium (Magnetic Island) Index
    *Bungalow Bay Koala Village (Magnetic Island) [ZAA member] Magnetic Island Hostel and Koala Park - Bungalow Bay Koala Village
    *Reef HQ Aquarium (Townsville) Home - Reef HQ Aquarium
    *Billabong Sanctuary (Nome) [ZAA member] Billabong Sanctuary
    *Bredl's Blue Planet (Airlie Beach) The Barefoot Bushman - Rob Bredl High Resolution
    *WILD LIFE Hamilton Island (Hamilton Island) [formerly Hamilton Island Wildlife Park] [ZAA member] Official WILD LIFE Hamilton Island | Hamilton Island Wildlife Park
    *Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary (Yeppoon) Home - Yeppoon Wildlife Sanctuary - Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary
    *Rockhampton Zoo (Rockhampton) [ZAA member] Rockhampton Zoo
    *Koorana Saltwater Crocodile Farm (Rockhampton) Koorana Crocodile Farm
    *Flying High Bird Sanctuary (Apple Tree Creek)
    *Snakes Downunder Reptile Park (Childers) [ZAA member] Snakes Downunder Reptile Park & Zoo
    *Alexandra Park Zoo (Bundaberg) [ZAA member]
    *Reefworld Aquarium (Urangan) [formerly Neptune's Reefworld] Reefworld Aquarium
    *Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary (Maryborough) Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary Inc., Maryborough, Queensland
    *Wildlife HQ (Woombye) [formerly Queensland Zoo] 江苏快3软件下载-专业分析
    *Underwater World SEA LIFE Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba) [formerly just Underwater World] [ZAA member] SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium | Official Site
    *Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World Maleny Botanic Gardens | An Unforgettable Experience
    *Bribie Island Butterfly House (Bribie Island)
    *Australia Zoo (Beerwah) [ZAA member] Australia Zoo - Home of the Crocodile Hunter - “Conservation through Exciting Education”
    *Birds Of Prey Show and Wildlife Encounters [aka O'Reilly's Bird Of Prey Flight-show] (Lamington National Park) [formerly the Atherton Birds Of Prey Show in Atherton near Cairns]
    *Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (Brisbane) [ZAA member] Home - Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    *South East Queensland Wildlife Centre (Brisbane) [formerly Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre] [ZAA member] Wildlife Centre - Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre
    *Ipswich Nature Centre (Ipswich) [ZAA member] Ipswich Nature Centre – Discover Ipswich
    *Darling Downs Zoo (Pilton) [ZAA member] Darling Downs Zoo Home
    *Dreamworld (Coomera) [ZAA member] Gold Coast's BIGGEST Theme Park | Dreamworld
    *Sea World (Gold Coast) [ZAA member]
    *Paradise Country (Oxenford) [ZAA member]
    *David Fleay Wildlife Park (Burleigh Heads) [ZAA member] David Fleay Wildlife Park - About Fleays (Department of Environment and Science)
    *Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (Currumbin) [ZAA member] Things to do Gold Coast, Activities | Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
    *Bilby Experience (Charleville)


    *Parrot Garden (Crystal Creek) [open by tour]
    *Green Valley Farm (Tingha)
    *Macadamia Castle (Knockrow)
    *Dolphin Marine Magic (Coffs Harbour) [formerly Pet Porpoise Pool] [ZAA member]
    *Solitary Islands Aquarium (Coffs Harbour) [formerly National Marine Science Centre Aquarium]
    *Coffs Harbour Butterfly House (Bonville)
    *Billabong Koala Wildlife Park (Port Macquarie) [aka Billabong Koala And Wildlife Park; aka Billabong Zoo] [ZAA member]
    *Tamworth Marsupial Park (Tamworth)
    *Hunter Valley Zoo (Nulkaba) [formerly Rusa Park Zoo] [ZAA member]
    *Irukandji Shark And Ray Encounters (Bobs Farm, Port Stephens) [formerly Australian Shark and Ray Centre]
    *Oakvale Farm and Fauna World (Salt Ash, Port Stephens) [ZAA member]
    *Blackbutt Reserve (Kotara)
    *Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park (Calga) [ZAA member]
    *Wild Animal Encounters (Hawkesbury) [ZAA member]
    *Australian Reptile Park (Somersby) [ZAA member]
    *Taronga Western Plains Zoo (Dubbo) [ZAA member]
    *Featherdale Wildlife Park (Doonside) [ZAA member]
    *Banana Cabana (Dural)
    *Auburn Botanic Gardens Fauna Reserve and Aviary (Sydney)
    *Taronga Zoo (Sydney) [ZAA member]
    *SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium (Sydney) [formerly just Sydney Aquarium] [ZAA member]
    *WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo (Sydney) [formerly Sydney Wildlife World] [ZAA member]
    *Sydney Zoo (Sydney) [ZAA member]
    *Australian Museum (Sydney) [has live displays]
    *Koala Park Sanctuary (Sydney)
    *Calmsley Hill City Farm [formerly known as Fairfield City Farm] (Abbotsbury)
    *Zambi Wildlife Retreat (Wallacia) [formerly Zambi Wildlife Rescue]
    *Secret Creek Sanctuary (Lithgow) [ZAA member]
    *Symbio Wildlife Park (Helensburgh) [ZAA member]
    *Bargo Dingo Sanctuary (Bargo)
    *Shoalhaven Zoo and Adventure World (Nowra North) [formerly known as Nowra Wildlife Park] [ZAA member]
    *Mogo Zoo (Mogo) [ZAA member]
    *Birdland Animal Park (Batemans Bay)
    *Altina Wildlife Park (Darlington Point) [ZAA member]
    *John Lake Centre (at Narrandera Fisheries Centre) (Narrandera)
    *Narrandera Mini Zoo (Narrandera) [still open?]
    *Wagga Zoo (Wagga Wagga)
    *On The Perch (Kalaru)
    *Merimbula Aquarium (Merimbula)!aquarium/cxxj
    *Potoroo Palace (Merimbula) [formerly Yellow Pinch Wildlife Park]
    *Taralga Wildlife Park (Taralga)


    *Canberra Reptile Zoo (Canberra) [also/formerly known as Australian Reptile Centre, Canberra Reptile Centre, and Canberra Reptile Sanctuary]
    *Canberra Walk-in Aviary (Canberra)
    *National Zoo and Aquarium (Canberra) [ZAA member]
    *Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve [has a breeding centre, visitor centre and "sanctuary"] [ZAA member]


    *Warracknabeal Lions Flora and Fauna Park (Warracknabeal)
    *Kyabram Fauna Park (Kyabram)
    *Mansfield Zoo (Mansfield)
    *Rotary Fauna Park (Kaniva)
    *Little Desert Nature Lodge (Nhill)
    *Giant Koala Tourist Complex (Dadswell Bridge)
    *Halls Gap Zoo (Halls Gap) [ZAA member]
    *Tinakori Animal Farm (Clunes)
    *Ballarat Wildlife Park (Ballarat) [ZAA member]
    *Ballarat Bird World (Mount Helen) [formerly known as Buninyong Flora and Bird Park]
    *Eildon Deer Park (Thornton)
    *Healesville Sanctuary (Healesville) [ZAA member]
    *Werribee Open Range Zoo (Werribee) [ZAA member]
    *Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Park (Barwon Heads)
    *Animal Land Childrens Farm (Diggers Rest)
    *Serendip Sanctuary (Lara)
    *Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre (Little River)
    *Collingwood Childrens Farm (Abbotsford)
    *Melbourne SEA LIFE Aquarium (Melbourne) [formerly just Melbourne Aquarium]
    *Melbourne Museum (Melbourne) [ZAA member]
    *Melbourne Zoo (Melbourne) [ZAA member]
    *Myuna Farm (Doveton)
    *Chesterfield Farm (Scoresby)
    *Gumbuya Park (Tynong) [ZAA member]
    *Bayles Fauna Reserve (Bayles)
    *Warrook Cattle Farm (fauna park attached) (Monomeith)
    *The Big Goose Kids Farm (Moorooduc)
    *Moonlit Sanctuary (Pearcedale) [ZAA member]
    *Phillip Island Wildlife Park (Phillip Island)
    *Koala Conservation Centre (Phillip Island)
    *Maru Koala and Animal Park (Grantville) [ZAA member]
    *Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park (Princetown) [formerly Otway Deer And Wildlife Park]


    *Stanley Seaquarium (Stanley)
    *Platypus Experience [aka Platypus Interpretation Centre] (Latrobe)
    *Platypus House (Beauty Point)
    *Seahorse World (Beauty Point)
    *Trowunna Wildlife Park (Mole Creek) [ZAA member]
    *Wing's Wildlife Park (Gunns Plains)
    *[email protected]: Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary (Cradle Mountain) [ZAA member]
    *Tasmania Zoo (Launceston) [formerly known as Launceston Lakes Wildlife Park, and as Devil Heaven] [ZAA member]
    *Launceston City Park - Japanese Macaque enclosure (Launceston)
    *Serpentarium Tasmania (St. Helens)
    *East Coast Natureworld (Bicheno)
    *Bicheno Aquarium (Bicheno)
    *Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (Brighton) [formerly Bonorong Wildlife Centre]
    *Zoodoo Wildlife Park [aka Zoodoo Zoo] (Richmond)
    *Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (Taranna) [formerly Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park]


    *Eyre Reptile and Wildlife Park [formerly Whyalla Fauna Park] (Whyalla)
    *Humbug Scrub Wildlife Sanctuary (One Tree Hill)
    *Bute Lions Fauna Park (Bute)
    *Moonta Wildlife Park (Moonta) [still open?]
    *Wallaroo Fauna Park (Wallaroo)
    *HJ Cook Fauna Park (Minlaton)
    *Adelaide Botanic Gardens tropical house (Adelaide)
    *South Australian Museum (Adelaide) [has invertebrate and herptile displays]
    *Adelaide Zoo (Adelaide) [ZAA member]
    *Cleland Wildlife Park (Crafers) [ZAA member]
    *Monarto Zoo (Monarto) [ZAA member]
    *Urimbirra Wildlife Park (Victor Harbour)
    *Softfoot Sanctuary (Hindmarsh Valley) [ZAA member]
    *Goolwa Animal Farm (Goolwa)
    *Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park (Kangaroo Island) [formerly Parndana Wildlife Park]
    *Raptor Domain (Kangaroo Island)
    *Gorge Wildlife Park (Cudlee Creek) [ZAA member]
    *Bordertown Wildlife Park (Bordertown)
    *Valley Lake Conservation Area (Mt. Gambier)


    *Malcolm Douglas Wilderness Wildlife Park (Broome) [aka Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park And Animal Refuge; including the former Broome Crocodile Park]
    *12 Mile Bird Park (Broome)
    *Ocean Park Aquarium [formerly just Ocean Park] (Shark Bay)
    *Rainbow Jungle (Kalbarri)
    *Hammond Park (Kalgoorlie)
    *AQWA: The Aquarium Of Western Australia (Perth)
    *Caversham Wildlife Park (Perth) [ZAA member]
    *Cohunu Koala Park (Perth)
    *Perth Zoo (Perth) [ZAA member]
    *Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (Lesmurdie) [ZAA member]
    *Armadale Reptile and Wildlife Centre (Wungong)
    *Western Australian Birds Of Prey Centre (Swan Valley)
    *Peel Zoo (Ravenswood) [ZAA member]
    *Bunbury Wildlife Park (Bunbury) [formerly Big Swamp Wildlife Park]
    *Quindalup Fauna Park (Quindalup)
    *Eagles Heritage (Margaret River)
    *Naturaliste Reptile Park (Carbunup River)
    *Wave Rock Wildlife Park (Hyden)
    *Parrot Jungle Bird and Reptile Park (at Denmark Dinosaur World) (Denmark)
    *Discovery Bay [aka Discovery Bay's Walk On The Wild Side] (Albany)
    *Yongergnow Australian Malleefowl Centre (Ongerup)


    *Crocodylus Park and Zoo (Darwin) [ZAA member]
    *Crocosaurus Cove (Darwin)
    *Indo Pacific Marine (Darwin)
    *Territory Wildlife Park (Berry Springs) [ZAA member]
    *Batchelor Butterfly Farm And Pet Garden (Batchelor) [formerly Batchelor Litchfield Butterfly Farm]
    *Alice Springs Desert Park (Alice Springs) [ZAA member]
    *Alice Springs Reptile Centre (Alice Springs)

    (Some of the collections which have closed over the last couple of decades, mostly as listed through the thread)

    *Illawong Fauna Sanctuary (2008)
    *Deadly Australians
    *Shambala Animal Kingdom (formerly Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve, Mareeba Wild Animal Park, and Out Of Africa Reserve) (2013)
    *Alma Park Zoo (2014)
    *Cairns Tropical Zoo/Night Zoo (2016)
    New South Wales:
    *Oz.e.Wildlife Park (2012)
    *Underwater Bondi Experience (2014)
    *Waterways Wildlife Park (2017)
    *Manly Sea Life Sanctuary (formerly Oceanworld Manly) (2018)
    *White Hills Botanic Gardens (the Botanic Gardens are still there, but they no longer have animals)
    *Golden River Zoo (c.2000)
    *Buxton Zoo
    *Buller's Bird Park
    *Beveridge Birdworld (c.2009?)
    *Wildlife Wonderland (2012)
    *Cudgee Creek Wildlife Park (2013)
    *Animal Tracks Sanctuary
    *Bicheno Sea Life Centre (possibly moved and renamed, as there is still a small aquarium in Bicheno which may or may not be related)
    *Something Wild Wildlife Sanctuary (2011)
    South Australia:
    *The Seahorse Farm (some time between 2009 and 2011)
    *Bredl's Wonder World of Wildlife (2011)
    *Dundee's Wildlife and Crocodile Park (2011)
    *Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary (2013)
    *Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre (c.2013)
    Western Australia:
    *Marapana Wildlife Park (2011)
    *Wyndham Crocodile Farm (2014)
    *Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre (2014)
    Last edited: 1 Jan 2020
  2. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    13 Jun 2007
    not travelling
    I've taken out Buller's Bird Park (Victoria) and Bordertown Wildlife Park (South Australia) as Steve tells me they are now closed. White Hills Botanic Gardens (Victoria) no longer has animals on site apparently so that's been taken out as well. Steve has also been told that the Australian Venom Zoo in Kuranda (Queensland) has been closed as well - I've left that in for now, but if anyone can confirm that would be good. Newly added since the initial post are the Jirrahlinga Dingo Conservation Centre (formerly Chewton Dingo Farm) (Victoria) and Parrot Garden (NSW).
  3. Steve Robinson

    Steve Robinson Well-Known Member

    27 Jun 2007
    Pilton Queensland Austr
    Also closed:

    Illawong Fauna Sanctuary Q
    Golden River Zoo V
    Buxton Zoo V
    Beveridge Birdworld V
    Whyalla Wildlife Park SA
  4. snowleopard

    snowleopard Well-Known Member Premium Member

    1 Dec 2007
    Abbotsford, B.C., Canada
    Quite an impressive list, and thanks Chlidonias for posting it! I counted approximately 165 establishments, and that takes into account Steve's latest post in regards to 5 additional closures. Australia is rich with an abundance of many wildlife parks, but the downside is that there are only 4 major zoos: Taronga, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. It is difficult to believe how so few locations have large numbers of exotic animals when one sees the long list that was provided, but are there many private locations with exotics that go unannounced to the public?
  5. Steve Robinson

    Steve Robinson Well-Known Member

    27 Jun 2007
    Pilton Queensland Austr
    Welcome back!!

    Not a lot.
  6. MRJ

    MRJ Well-Known Member

    29 Jan 2008
    An impressive list. You can add:

    Serendip (near Geelong)
    Mt Rothwell (near Little River - only open infrequently)
    Bayles Fauna Park
    Warrook Farm (fauna park attached - near Koo Wee Rup)

    also in NSW:
    Narrandera Mini Zoo Narrandera Shire Council::parks & Gardens
  7. MRJ

    MRJ Well-Known Member

    29 Jan 2008
    Also Animal Tracks is a mobile demonstrator, not a park.
  8. MRJ

    MRJ Well-Known Member

    29 Jan 2008
    The answer is fairly simple, and one that speaks to Australian history and demographics. The four zoos are located in four mainland state capitals which together with the fifth, Brisbane, are the only cities in Australia with over a million people. Further they each contain at least 2/3rds of the population of their respective states (Brisbane excepted, which is a little under half). The next largest Australian city is just over 500,000, then 400,000, then 300,000 then three with over 200,000 and so on. It is not only large zoos that are concentrated in these five cities, it is drama, opera and dance companies, major art galleries and museums, major sporting venues and events, major hospitals, research institutions, corporate headquarters, and so on. The only odd thing about this is that Brisbane never gained a major zoo. In all other respects it follows the pattern of the other major cities.
  9. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    13 Jun 2007
    not travelling
    thanks. Its so difficult figuring out what's still open and what's closed from the internet. Usually if the local government sites for the region say they're still open I have included them. But the above five have now been removed.

    thanks. All added. I actually had Serendip on my original list but omitted it because I didn't realise they also had aviaries and such there (I thought it was just a wild bird sanctuary)

    I know but apparently they have a "sanctuary" on site as well which can be visited. Its not mentioned on their website but in an online interview they said that was the case. I'll leave it on the list just in case.
  10. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    13 Jun 2007
    not travelling
    thanks. I wasn't sure if was really my place to post an Australian zoo list given that its not even my country and I've only been to a tiny fraction of the listed facilities, but it would be fantastic to have a list like this for all the regions in Zoochat and its not such a great undertaking for Australia (I'm not even going to think about trying it for somewhere like the UK or Germany!!!)

    With regards to your comment about lack of large exotics you are quite right. There are a lot of collections listed (and certainly many I've not yet included) but I would say the majority of them fall into the categories of bird parks (exhibiting largely common avicultural subjects), small native fauna sanctuaries, and there's also quite a few that are just random animal collections in city parks etc. As MRJ says (and as I know you already know), the bulk of the Australian population is concentrated in specific areas - unlike the case in USA or Europe - so there is a very limited market for large exotic collections. Having said that there are many small fauna parks that could quite reasonably be expected to be able to add space for the Australasian regional breeding programmes for smaller exotics (monkeys, small cats, etc)

    I hope that all made sense.....I'm just typing on the fly
  11. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

    20 Oct 2008
    I think the Koala Park in Sydney is also closed.


  12. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    13 Jun 2007
    not travelling
    the Sydney Attractions Card still includes it in their list and I can't see anything on Google about them closing. I'll remove it if I get confirmation from you or someone else.
  13. torie

    torie Well-Known Member

    14 Jun 2007
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    I believe that it is still open however it has been in the papers recently for being really run down and not up to scratch to house animals
  14. nrg800

    nrg800 Well-Known Member

    13 Feb 2009
    Auburn Botanical Gardens has a large aviary complex adjacent to it
  15. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    13 Jun 2007
    not travelling
    Thanks nrg800. I can no longer edit the original post myself (the 48 hours is up) so I'll keep adding new collections on this thread and when there's a few more I'll get one of the mods to edit the whole list for me.

    *Auburn Botanic Gardens (Sydney) Auburn Council | Residents | Parks and Recreation | Auburn Botanical Gardens
    It has both an aviary complex and a fauna reserve for natives (kangaroos, wombats etc) apparently
  16. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    13 Jun 2007
    not travelling
    you're right, the Koala Park Sanctuary is still open. I put a couple of those recent stories in this thread:
  17. MRJ

    MRJ Well-Known Member

    29 Jan 2008
    Koala Conservation Centre on Phillip Island is a managed population inside an enclosure, and also apparently has some wallabies.

    Adelaide Botanic Gardens has a very nice tropical house that has some invert exhibits and apparently two bird species (I didn't see them)

    From their website, Feathers Sanctuary in Darwin appears to be an bed & breakfast with a lot of wild birds around it, and does not appear to display any animals, so should probably be removed.
  18. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    13 Jun 2007
    not travelling

    *I think I did originally look at the Koala Conservation Centre and couldn't work out if it was captive or wild so left it off the list. I guess I'll add it whenever I get the list next edited :)

    *Also will add Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

    *For the Feathers Sanctuary, their homepage says this:
    and this site Australian native birds at Feathers Sanctuary, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia says:
    I'm not sure if I should leave it or remove it; it isn't a public collection as such, but it is open to view for anyone staying there....

    *Speaking of which, what's the deal with Ashmore Palms on the Gold Coast? On another thread I saw they have a hyacinth macaw in their collection. Googling showed it to be a retirement home or something like that. Is it something that should be on the list? (Question for anyone who has been there, retired or not ;))
  19. MRJ

    MRJ Well-Known Member

    29 Jan 2008
    Interesting about Feathers, I didn't get that impression from their website, but obviously so.

    However as you suggest that does raise the issue as to where you draw the line. I don't think that private collections which may be viewable on an incidental basis by patrons of an establishment should be included. Otherwise the list would extend towards infinity with every B&B with a couple of cockatiels in an aviary, or every doctors surgery with a tropical fish tank being a candidate.
  20. Jarkari

    Jarkari Well-Known Member

    24 Aug 2006
    Orange, NSW
    Haven't been there but I believe it is a holiday park on the gold coast.