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Live like animals… in Perth!

By the Experience Perth Blogger

Monday, 5 December 2016

Peel Zoo - parrot
Peel Zoo, Pinjarra

Are you wild for animals? Experiencing Perth can be all about animals, if that's your focus - from reptiles to penguins, koalas and many other Perth wildlife - you just need to know where to look!

So we're here to help guide you through the jungle, with this article providing you the top tips that you shouldn't miss in Perth. Whether child or adult, as you observe or pet animals, you learn through interaction, whilst enjoying the outdoors with your family, loved ones, or friends. We hope observation and education leads to conservation - so help support the local wildlife, and make a day of it at these venues!

Here are 12 Perth tourist attractions that are sure to impress locals and visitors alike. Experience Perth believes these picks will ensure you not only see, but truly experience animals in Perth up close and personal, during your day out!

1. Peel Zoo

For anyone looking to see and interact with the maximum amount of wildlife in Perth, the Peel Zoo is a great start! With over 100 species of birds and a walk through aviary, you can be assured of opportunities to feed the birds. With other 'hands on' experiences often available, you may even be lucky enough to feed livestock and kangaroos, or hold a python for example! It is a great way for everyone to see their favorite form of Perth wildlife up close. For more information, click here.

2. Armadale Reptile Park

For anyone curious about reptiles, the Armadale Reptile Park is a great conservation centre for Perth wildlife. With over 50 different species on display varying from snakes, turtles, and lizards, it will keep everyone entertained for hours. With a variety of animals in Perth onsite, including indoor and outdoor components, it is suitable whatever the weather, if you want sun or shade!

3. AQWA

For a romantic day or a family day, AQWA is the perfect place to see dolphins, sharks, stingrays, and many more marine life onsite. Plus, they even offer whale-watching along Perth's coast, as they've teamed up with off-site local providers (from August to December). AQWA's huge aquarium is divided into five themed areas that represent different regions along WA's coastline. A brilliant home for sea creatures and sharks, Perth WA should be proud of this excellent conservation facility! To learn more about AQWA, click here.

Perth Zoo - giraffe
Perth Zoo, South Perth

4. Perth Zoo

To see the widest range of wildlife in Perth, a visit to the Perth Zoo is a must. It is the home of over 1,200 animals in Perth from around the world, and offers up close encounters, plus animal experiences daily. But be sure to book in advance for your favourite, as they sell out quick! Animal talks and feedings are scheduled during the day, for you to learn more about the most popular animals. For more information, or to know where to access this zoo, click here.

5. Caversham Wildlife Park

The Caversham Wildlife Park houses one of the largest collections of native animals in Perth. More than that, it offers opportunities for lovers of koalas Perth wide to pet these precious creatures. This is one of the top Perth attractions for children. There is also an interactive farmyard for kids and adults to enjoy alike, including daily farm shows and interactive experiences. Plus, there's a free range walk through enclosure for kangaroos, Perth locals and visitors alike will love. To see what else this park has in stock, click here.

6. Swan Valley Reptile Park

Try a day in the wild for educational fun! Get ready to be up close and personal with many of Australia's native reptiles. It's a fun day with the family, to see some of Perth's most dangerous animals. You may even be lucky enough to interact with some creatures (from pythons to lizards), and their handlers alike. This Perth tourist attraction is located in the heart of the Swan Valley, close to wineries and restaurants.

Seal Island, Rockingham
Seal Island, Rockingham

9. Rockingham Wild Encounters with Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and Penguin Island

If you're looking for fun dates in Perth, then you can't go past a cruise through Shoalwater Islands Marine Park to see Seal Island Rockingham via Rockingham Wild Encounters! More and more people are also experiencing a unique swim with wild dolphins and a visit to Penguin Island. Explore the island, visit the Penguin Discovery Centre or try the beach for a beautiful picnic spot in Perth! For more information on the Penguin Island, click on this link.

8. Calamunda Camels

A multi-award winning Perth attraction for children and families, this is the perfect opportunity to see camels from close-up. It is a lovely way to spend the day outdoors, and have a lot of fun. With a café and mountain bike riding trails nearby, there are a few options to keep the whole family busy. If you would like to know more, you can see a map, to locate this venue here.

9. Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island is a superb place to see numerous wild animals, accompanied by beautiful landscapes. One of Rottnest Island's most famous features are its native inhabitants - the quokka! Visitors enjoy walking and petting these unique, yet friendly animals. And, if you are lucky, you could even try taking a selfie with one of them! Go snorkeling to enjoy the wide range of fish, bike riding to see the lighthouse, or check out the local bars and restaurants. There are great accommodation options too!

Yanchep National Park - koala
Yanchep National Park, Yanchep

10. Yanchep National Park

Being one of the most popular animals in Perth and Australia wide, visitors cannot come to Perth, without seeing Kangaroos. Nestled on the shores of a lake and amid coastal woodlands, this is the perfect spot to visit Kangaroos in Perth. It's also a top Koala Perth habitat with native colonies, as well as caves, to view and trails to hike. To search more on Yanchep National Park try here.

11. Cohuna Koala Park

Who has not dreamt of cuddling a koala? If you're a lover of Perth wildlife, the Cohuna Koala Park makes this dream become a reality. It's one of the best spots for Koalas Perth wide (including petting), whilst also seeing other animals like kangaroos and wallabies. This is the perfect day for families and couples alike.

12. The Maze, Home of Outback Splash

Another place that you can meet koalas is The Maze, Home of Outback Splash in Bullsbrook. They offer an amazing koala experience! Enter the koala sanctuary with a keeper, where you can pat a soft and cute koala. While you are there take your own photo to make your facebook friends and instagram family jealous! $15 per person or just $10 when you book online.

With the announcement of the open range safari-like zoo at Chittering Valley, potentially on the cards - it's about to get even wilder, when it comes to animal days out over the next decade! The facility is set to help with conservation programs, via integration to support Perth Zoo's international wildlife conservation breeding program. With everyone a flutter with wildlife in Perth, it's time to take your pick, and help support the existing venues now. Make the most of the options, and enjoy the best of Perth wildlife from these Perth tourist attractions. Whether it is reptiles, quokkas, or whales, everyone will get to see one of their favorite wildlife in Perth!

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