- Meet the animals at Caversham Wildlife Park
- Fun and interactive farm show
- Explore Penguin Island
- Exciting 45-minute glass-bottom cruise
- Yummy chocolate tasting
- Comfortable Explorer bus and professional guides
WHAT TO EXPECT
Why not make some new animal friends on your Aussie backpacking trip? Let us introduce you to some of Australia’s most iconic and awesome animals. We’ll spend an entire day exploring Western Australia’s fascinating wildlife and beautiful nature. You’ll learn about the animals and you’ll even get to meet a few of them personally!
We’ll visit Penguin Island and Caversham Wildlife Park which are two amazing spots. At Penguin Island, we’ll say hello to the smallest species of penguins in the world. They’re normally quite shy, so you may have to do the talking. We’ll also go on a fantastic cruise on a glass-bottom boat.
There’s even more fun waiting at Caversham Wildlife Park! You’ll get the unique chance to hand-feed the kangaroos, touch a possum or lizard, meet a wombat, and get your picture taken with a cute koala.
Explore Penguin Island
From Perth, we’ll drive 45 minutes south to Mersey Point Jetty where we’ll catch a short ferry to Penguin Island (October to May only – the island is closed between June and mid-September).
The island is located inside the wildlife sanctuary zone of Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and you can find a great variety of exciting animals there. This includes dolphins, sea lions, stingrays, pelicans, kings skinks and more than 50 species of seabirds.
But the star of the show is the little penguin or blue penguin. At an average height of only 33 cm, the little penguins are the smallest penguins in the world. They only live in New Zealand and Australia, and we’re extremely proud to have them so close to Perth. In fact, Penguin Island has the biggest colony in all of Western Australia.
At the island’s Discovery Centre, the rangers will be waiting to teach you about the little penguins. The animals are quite shy in the wild, but here, you can get up close. Make sure to be around when the rangers feed the penguins. It takes around 20 minutes and it’s a lot of fun to watch.
If you like small and cute things, you’ll love these little guys!
Watch out for sea lions on our glass-bottom cruise
We’ll also go on a 45-minute cruise on a glass-bottom boat around Penguin and Seal Islands. This means you’ll experience life in the sea without having to get wet – perfect!
Through the glass bottom, you’ll see dolphins and the rare Australian sea lion or “puppy dog of the sea”. They’re playful, so if you’re lucky, they might do a trick or two for you! You can also spend the time spotting fish and crabs on the seagrass meadows and limestone reefs.
Once we’re back on the mainland, we’ll have a delicious lunch at our favourite café called Pengo’s. They have a nice selection of hot and cold food and trust us – everything is really tasty!
Have fun at Caversham Wildlife Park
Our next stop is Caversham Wildlife Park which is located inside the huge Whiteman Park. The park is famous for its diverse wildlife, and it’s the number one spot to experience native animals in Western Australia. Remember to keep an eye out for wild kangaroos as we enter the conservation reserve!
In the park, you’ll get a guided tour and meet all the famous residents. There are so many things to do in the park that we don’t even know where to start. Maybe you should go hand-feed the kangaroos first? Or say hi to a wombat? Or touch a possum or lizard?
Whatever you do, just make sure you drop by the koalas. They’re the cutest thing you’ll ever see, and they’re just waiting to be in your next selfie. In case you’re getting any ideas, we’ll just remind you that you’re not allowed to smuggle out any koalas in your backpack. We know they’re adorable, but sadly they prefer staying with their friends in the park.
Watch a farm show
While we’re in Caversham, we’ll also watch a live Australian farm show. If you’ve ever wondered what life on a farm in Australia is like, you’ll get the answer right here. You’ll see sheep-shearing, milk a cow, bottle feed a lamb, meet a stockman on horseback, swing a billy, and watch the sheep dogs mustering the sheep.
And just when you thought this tour couldn’t get any better, we’ll add a final treat: a visit to a chocolate factory! That’s right, we’ll end this awesome full-day wildlife tour with a yummy chocolate tasting. Talk about a match made in heaven!
Depending on the pick-up and drop-off locations of the day, our pick-up time will be approx. 8.00 am and drop-off will be 5.30 pm.
We pick up from several central Perth locations including hotels and the Wellington Street coach stand.