Caversham Wildlife Park is one of the most popular attractions in Perth. Does it deserve to be? Read on and find out what we think of this wildlife park in Western Australia.
How far is Caversham Wildlife Park from Perth?
It will take you half an hour by car to travel the 15km from the centre of Perth to Whiteman Park, where it is located. The address is 233 Drumpellier Drive (formerly Lord Street) in the Swan Valley.
Car Parking is free inside Whiteman Park and the closest car park is number 8.
If travelling by public transport, catch the 955 bus from Morley Station or Bassendean Station to Ellenbrook (get off at the Whiteman Park entrance, on Drumpellier Drive). It’s a 15-minute walk from there.
You can use the Transperth Journey Planner to plan your travel.
How much does it cost?
The admission prices are $30 per adult and $14 per child (3 years to 14 years). The cost includes food to feed the animals, photo opportunities and shows.
The wildlife park is run by a Western Australian family and doesn’t receive any funding from the government. So, by visiting this attraction, you are helping keep the animals well looked after.
You can’t normally buy cheap tickets or get discounts so be wary of anyone selling them lower priced.
The opening hours are 9.00 am to 5.30 pm every day of the year except Christmas Day.
I would allow at least 3 hours here though and plan your day accordingly.
Animal Shows/ Encounters Information and Times
There are 6 animal encounters at Caversham.
Meet The Wombat and Friends
This is open at set times (9.30am, 11.00am, 2.00pm and 3.45pm). I would advise going to this first as it gets busier as the day goes on. We queued to have our photo taken with the wombat first and then went round to look at the other animals in this exhibit. You might even want to hold a snake.
Note that you are no longer able to hold the wombat so your photo will be with the keeper. There is no charge for the photos taken with your camera.
Meet the Koalas
You can meet the koalas and have your photo taken with them (again at no charge) at these set times:
9.00am to 9.30am, 11.30am to 12.00pm, 2.30pm to 3.00pm, 4.00pm to 4.30pm
Please note that you cannot hold the koala yourself but are able to pat them and feel how soft their fur is.
This farm show is worth going to and fascinating to learn about life on an Australian farm. You will see sheep shearing, learn how to crack a whip, swing a billy, milk a cow and watch sheepdogs muster the sheep. The dogs were the stars of the show, in my opinion.
The penguins are fed at 12 pm and 4 pm. Be quick as it doesn’t take them long to eat their food and you will learn about these cute birds at the same time.
All the kids (big and little) love this part of the park. There are different enclosures with various animals; some you can enter and interact with them. The goats and lambs were just adorable and would happily sit there while you stroked them.
Feed the Kangaroos
This is my favourite part. The girls and I adore kangaroos and these are so relaxed and enjoy a pat. There are buckets of kangaroo food provided that you can help yourself to but be warned, they are fed so much that many of them aren’t hungry! You can still give them a stroke though and it’s a wonderful experience.
There are plenty of other animals around the park too. Listen out for the kookaburra laugh and look for the cute echidnas. Also, see if you can spot the wombats (who always seem to be asleep when I’m visiting). This is the largest private collection of native wildlife in Western Australia.
Park maps are given to you upon entry as well as times for the shows. Use these to plan your time here.
The Kiosk sells hot and cold drinks, ice creams, snacks, and some light meals. You are able to leave the park and re-enter providing you get your hand stamped before leaving. We usually take a picnic which we leave in the car until ready to eat.
The Gift Shop sells a large range of Australian souvenirs including jewelry, soft toys, local honey, and books.
Caversham Wildlife Park vs Perth Zoo
I prefer Caversham over Perth Zoo. Mainly because this park focuses on native animals whereas the animals in Perth Zoo can mainly be found in most zoos. This wildlife park is especially good for families with young children as they can interact with a lot of animals and don’t get as bored. The enclosures are large here and the animals seem very happy, content and well looked after. The keepers are very friendly and passionate about their job.
The downside is the location for tourists or people without a car. The zoo is centrally located in Perth but Caversham Wildlife Park is hard to get to by public transport (although not impossible).
If you’re not too tired when you leave the wildlife park, explore more of Whiteman Park. Take bathers for the kids as there’s a splash pool and a playground which they will love.
As with any outdoor attraction, remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, and water.
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