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Time Out says

Only have a short time to hit all the highlights of Australian wildlife? This is the sanctuary for you

Jirrahlinga is a sanctuary for Australian native wildlife as well as a zoo, so there is a hospital section for treating injured animals. At Jirrahlinga you can see lots of Australian native fauna, including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, birds, reptiles, dingoes, echidnas and more.

Keepers are knowledgeable and friendly, and if you're lucky they'll let you pat a koala, hold a snake or have an up-close encounter with a lizard.

Numerous birds have been donated to Jirrahlinga after their owners die, and there's a lot of enjoyment to be had talking to them, as many of them talk back. Look out for the bird near the office that does a perfect imitation of the office phone ringing, followed by, "Hello, Jirrahlinga?". 


Address: 170-200 Taits Road
Barwon Heads
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm

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