Visiting Caversham Wildlife Park in Australia

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if feeding a kangaroo is not on your bucket list, you should add it now! we went to caversham wildlife park perth, australia the day after we got in and it’s still been one of the highlights of our trip!

it is filled with over 200 species and more than 2,000 animals including wombats, dingos, birds (like a kookaburra!), koalas, tasmanian devils and kangaroos. it was about the equivalent to $20 to get in so that’s not too hefty of a price tag. this also includes the little food pellets to feed the kangaroos (or ‘roos for short).

caversham wildlife park

caversham wildlife park

i was most enamored with these because they are so foreign for us in the united states! these ones are obviously very friendly with humans since people constantly give them food throughout the day but know that if you ever encounter one in the wild, don’t try to hold it’s hand. it will probably kick you in the face. however, this one looooved robyn!

caversham wildlife park

we also got to take a picture and pet a koala. apparently these animals get very stressed very easily so that’s why they want to sleep most of the day…because life is just stressful sometimes. i’ve also heard that they smell very bad but this guy didn’t.

koala australia ryan and chelsea avery

look at those claws! the woman told us they were mainly for climbing but i still don’t think you’d want to mess with one…or give it a manicure.

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there was also a new little baby named peyton that was tumbling around like it was her sole job to be adorable. she was nailing it, obviously.

caversham wildlife park

many of us learned the song “kookaburra sits in the old gum tree…”and here is what they look like! those are blue-winged kookaburras and they are carnivores. they eat rodents, lizards, babies, and insects! so very different than what i pictured in my head.

caversham wildlife park

the tasmanian devil looks absolutely nothing like the cartoon!

tasmanian devilremember that seinfield episode when elaine shouts “maaaybe the dingo ate your baaaaby!”

here’s a dingo…which is remarkably like a dog. that quote comes from a true story here in australia where a woman insists that a dingo took her baby and that is how her daughter vanished (others thought maybe they killed the daughter and tried to cover it up by saying this).

caversham wildlife park

our fabulous hosts mark and robyn are obviously fun people so we had a great time with them during our whole trip! they are hilarious, warm and welcoming and were great at explaining aussie lingo (a whole post on that coming up soon!)

caversham wildlife park

i make a good little joey, don’t you think?

also included in your admission is a meet and greet with a wombat. ours was appropriately named neil, which still makes me laugh because he is so well named. oh neil.

caversham wildlife parkhere is my reaction when i realized i could see neil’s genitalia displayed so readily (ew)caversham wildlife parkthe caversham wildlife park has a great little gift shop filled with about 13 different version of stuffed koalas (heads up to my american friends…they are not called koala bears, just koalas).

if you have the chance, visiting caversham wildlife park in australia is definitely recommended to see and learn more about the native creatures that inhabit australia! be warned that the big roos are actually quite scary looking but all were kind to us.

caversham wildlife park


  1. Audrey

    June 3, 2015 at 6:59 am

    OH MY GOSH THIS IS THE COOLEST. I need you to grab Peyton and bring that little fluffy ball home. Just go ahead and drop the little nugget in Ohio, k? I’ll also take a little ‘roo.

    Seriously, though, that kookaburra is terrifying. The Tasmanian devil, too. The dingo looks just like our Lylee! What a neat experience!
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    • chelsea

      June 3, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      isn’t peyton TOO cute?! i definitely considered stealing her and if i can make it back before we leave, i will try to grab her 🙂 isn’t the kookaburra nutso?! i had no idea that’s what they looked like. they are HUGE.

  2. Brittany

    June 3, 2015 at 8:23 am

    This looks so cool!! So nice they have a great place to live!
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    • chelsea

      June 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      agreed! apparently kangaroos are almost a pest to many farmers and they are really over populated. we also had to be careful when we were driving to a more remote area because they aren’t the smartest and often run into cars 🙁

  3. Elyse

    June 3, 2015 at 9:58 am

    This is so cool! Definitely a once in a lifetime kinda experience.
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    • chelsea

      June 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      it absolutely was, elyse! such foreign animals compared to much of what we have in the states!

  4. Heather Hawkins

    June 3, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    The red kangaroos scare the poo right out of me. They always look like they are posting up for a playgirl magazine with how they lay down. And I LOVE kookaburras. They remind me of grumpy old men. My least favourite australian animal is definitely the emu though.

    • chelsea

      June 7, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      OMG heather! that is terrifying. armed soldiers to control the emu population!? the red kangaroos are SUPER scary…that last picture i posted i can’t look at for too long. kookaburras are such a cool looking bird and grumpy old men is an accurate description! loved visiting your country only sorry we weren’t close to you all!

  5. Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties

    June 4, 2015 at 6:24 am

    I LOVE that you used a seinfeld reference here 🙂 best show ever!! How cool that you got to see all these animals! I think I’d be most excited to see a koala. They look so cute (minus the talons, yikes). Hahaha I love that they sleep because life is stressful… I have now decided that the koala is my spirit animal. That video of the baby koala is so funny, I love your commentary! hahah
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    • chelsea

      June 7, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      haaaa so glad you liked the seinfeld reference ashley! we are very similar because i also said that i was probably a koala in my past life haaaa!

  6. Courtney {Alkeks Abroad}

    June 8, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Neil is the best!! So glad you got to hang out with all the Aussie animals.

    • chelsea

      June 8, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      haha he really was! and oh my goodness australia was so so amazing!

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