Caversham Wildlife Park is a must-see tourist attraction in Western Australia. It’s home to an array of interesting animals, including kangaroos, wombats, koalas, and more. There’s also picnic areas, so it’s perfect for a family day out. This Caversham Wildlife Park review provides you with all the inside tips for you to make the most of your day here.
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Caversham Wildlife Park Review
How far is Caversham Wildlife Park from Perth?
PLEASE NOTE – Due to the installation of Metronet, there are road works and road closures surrounding Whiteman Park.
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. There are three entrances to Whiteman Park – Drumpellier Drive, Beechboro Road North, and Dulwich Street.
Car Parking is free inside Whiteman Park and the closest car park is number 8.
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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.
Caversham Wildlife Park Prices (as at March 2022)
The admission prices are A$30 per adult and A$14 per child (3 years to 14 years). The cost includes animal food, interactive experiences, photo opportunities (excluding koala hold), and shows.
Caversham Wildlife Park is operated and owned by a Western Australian family and doesn’t receive any funding from the government. So, by visiting this attraction, you are helping with the upkeep of the animals.
You can’t normally buy cheap tickets or get discounts so be wary of anyone selling them lower priced.
Caversham Wildlife Park Opening Hours (as at March 2022)
The opening hours are 9.30 am to 4 pm every day of the year except Christmas Day.
Last entry is 3 pm.
Caversham Wildlife Park Animal Shows/ Encounters Information and Times
There are 6 animal encounters at Caversham Wildlife Park.
Meet The Wombat and Friends
Meet the Wombat and Friends is open at set times (11.00 am & 2.00 pm). I would advise going to the earlier slot 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. There are around twenty animals on display, where you can take photos and talk to the keeper (we even got 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:
11.30 am and 3.30pm
Please note that you cannot hold the koala yourself but are able to pat them. They are sometimes in their keepers arms or on a small tree.
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. 10.30 am and 2.30 pm Daily.
The penguins are fed at 12 pm. Be quick as it doesn’t take them long to eat their food but 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 are adorable and would happily sit there while you stroked them. Open from 10 am to 3.30 pm.
Feed the Kangaroos
This is our favourite part of Caversham Wildlife Park. 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 and it’s a wonderful experience. Open 9.30 am to 4 pm.
There are plenty of other animals around the park. 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 we visit).
Caversham Wildlife Park is the largest private collection of native wildlife in Western Australia.
Caversham Wildlife Park Map
Caversham Wildlife Park maps are given to you upon entry as well as times for the shows. Use these to plan your time here.
Caversham Wildlife Park Cafe / Food
Caversham Wildlife park doesn’t have an on-site cafe but 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.
Caversham Wildlife Park Gift Shop
Caversham Wildlife Gift Shop sells a large range of Australian souvenirs, including jewelry, soft toys, local honey, and books.
Caversham Wildlife Park vs Perth Zoo
Both Caversham Wildlife Park and Perth Zoo are a great family activity and both are always on my list to take international visitors. If you want to see more native animals up-close, Caversham Wildlife Park is the best option. Perth Zoo is better for experiencing the larger animals (although you will still Australian wildlife there).
Caversham Wildlife Park is especially good for families with young children as they can interact with a lot of animals and don’t get 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).
Tips for visiting Caversham Wildlife Park
- Get there early
- Allow at least three hours
- Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
- Check when entering for up-to-date activity times
- Bring your own water bottle with you
- Get your hand stamped before you leave in case you want to come back
- Pack some food and have a picnic in the grounds of Whiteman Park
- Take a rain jacket if rain is forecast (it can pour down!)
- On a warm day, bring bathers for the kids so they can play in the splash pool in Whiteman Park
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