Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary

Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary, Barwon Heads: Hours, Address, Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary Reviews: 4.5/5

Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary

Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Ben D
Melbourne, Australia15 contributions
Family friendly
Mar 2021
Good place for the family. Not at all crowded. Is entirely composed of rescued animals, so most of them are friendly and many will try to come over to you.
The downside of this is that there are multiple exhibits of the same type of animal.
The talks are great. You can pat the dingo, hold a lizard or snake and get up close to the koalas.
Bring the mosquito repellant though, as they don't seem to empty out the water containers that they put their tree branches in (for the koalas etc) . You can see mosquito larvae in them and and we got repeatedly bitten.
Good place overall though and worth a visit.
Written 23 March 2021
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Stacey-Jane L
2 contributions
Excellent, lots of one on one talks with volunteers.
Jan 2021 • Family
Very disappointed at negative reviews advising people not to visit . This is a rescue centre for injured wildlife where keepers volunteer their time. This is not a zoo! This place relies on visitors and donations for the public in order to continue caring for injured and surrendered animals. If you truly care about the welfare of animals then this is great place to visit, if you are interested in animals purely your own amusement then leaving scathing reviews is most unhelpful for those of that care.
If you do visit best to teach your children to be respectful and behave accordingly. My 4 kids did become slightly unruly towards the end so we knew it was time for us to leave 🙂
Written 11 March 2021
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HikingBear16
Macedon Ranges, Australia63 contributions
Wonderful Visit
Feb 2021 • Family
We visited the sanctuary on a whim, and so glad we did! Staff were friendly and welcoming, and we had a wonderful “meet the keeper” with Daniel who took the time to facilitate a personalised experience meeting some lizards, a snake, the koalas and a dingo pup. Many beautiful rescued Australian birds, sleeping wombats and marsupials such as the swamp wallaby to view and appreciate.
Written 5 February 2021
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penangvisitor
Melbourne, Australia62 contributions
Enjoy an up close and personal experience
Sep 2020
We recently took our three grandchildren here and they loved it! It is an ideal place for children (and I would suggest visitors from overseas) to see, interact with and learn about some Australian animals. Although coronavirus has restricted the handling of the wildlife you do have the opportunity to get much nearer than you would at a zoo. The staff are enthusiastic, friendly and dedicated to caring for their charges. We purchased some food and drink at the on-site cafe and had a break whilst the kids explored the caged birds in this area. A quaint, impressive and educational encounter.
Written 18 November 2020
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martha2727
Ocean Grove, Australia15 contributions
A small, personal gem
Jun 2020 • Family
I often visit Jirrahlinga with foreign visitors. A wonderful introduction to Australian wildlife that is very easy to manage. Spend 30 minutes, spend 3 hours—you’ll have a memorable experience. The staff members are so friendly and always have time for a chat. I love the personal nature and the commitment and passion of the many volunteers. Well worth a visit!
Written 13 July 2020
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Eileen R
Hounslow, UK119 contributions
Small and friendly - well worth a visit!
Feb 2020
Local friends took us to this sanctuary, which they hadn't visited themselves before. We were all really impressed and they said they'll definitely be taking any future visitors here! Lots of different animals - perfect for children (although we were 4 older people). The man giving the talk about wombats/koalas was extremely knowledgeable and we learned a lot we didn't previously know. I was allowed to hold a wombat... and fell in love!!!! The temperature had dropped to a chilly 18o overnight and there was some drizzle from time to time...most of this sanctuary is outside but there are some under cover areas, inc a cafe. Such great memories and wonderful people who are doing such a good job - may they long continue to do so...if you're in the area, make sure you support them with a visit!
Written 22 February 2020
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Helen D
113 contributions
Disappointed
Jan 2020 • Couples
I wouldnt recommend this place. It is very shabby and many of the enclosures were closed. Hand written notes scribbled on bits of paper saying being refurbis9hed. Looked more like they had been abandoned for a long time. There was also a stench of urine. The whole place needs a complete renovation. Dont want to be negative but it could be so much better. Old, cramped cages that doesnt really support the ethos of protecting wildlife today.

The staff handling the animals were friendly enough and the price fair but toilet facilities were grim and not very hygienic plus no lotion anywhere to clean hands to protect animals as well as humans.

Did see a wallaby with baby in pouch but kangaroos and koalas were hiding.

Just hugely disappointed really. I thought this was going to be a sanctuary for animals and it turned out to be a rather badly run down zoo. I realise it is run by volunteers but they need an injection of new blood to get this place back on track.
Written 22 January 2020
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katiemaroo
Melbourne, Australia88 contributions
Wildlife warrior volunteers at the sanctuary.
Jan 2020 • Family
It is really sad when a wonderful sanctuary which functions to assist injured, homeless and sick animals is run by volunteers who are rude and pushy. Two volunteers who I interacted with today made my family feel unwelcome and were extremely rude. I am sure that the sanctuary assists many animals but it needs to be pointed out that visitors who attend the sanctuary have feelings too. I was shouted at by a volunteer who told my family to “go away” because they were showing a group of children through the koala section of the sanctuary. We were just leaning on the fence watching the koalas and apparently because of school holidays there were many visitors and this volunteer became agitated. It was a very unpleasant experience and after visiting there for 15 years I will not go back and left in tears. I realise that these people are dedicated to the animals but the Sanctuary is open to visitors at a high entry cost and should be welcomed.
Written 8 January 2020
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Peter S
Hong Kong, China63 contributions
A Must Do if in the Surf Coast or Geelong area
Jan 2020 • Family
We ventured down to Jirrahlinga yesterday not knowing what to expect. This family and volunteer Sanctuary operates to protect and manage sick, injured or donated Australian Wildlife. It’s rustic appearance makes it all the more worthwhile and authentic and the fact that you can get really close to the animals is amazing. A must do if in the region as you won’t get this experience at many other zoos or Sanctuaries. Dingoes, Koalas, Reptiles, Kangaroos, Emus and cute cuddly Wombats are but a few of the attractions. A cute cafe is on site for refreshments.
Written 1 January 2020
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KPR1955
Crewe, UK1,742 contributions
Great visit
Nov 2019 • Family
Came here some 6 years ago but now with my daughter in attendance was a chance to revisit and it was a really good chance to visit as we were perhaps 50% of the total attendance to the park at the time. We had great talks on the occupants from Darren, with my daughter completely taken with the Dingo cub. We were able to experience close encounters with Koalas, Pythons, lizards, ghekos, and other species. Very good visit.
Written 28 November 2019
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