Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

Following on from last week’s post about some of the many attractions here in sunny Perth (see here), I thought Caversham Wildlife Park deserved a post of its own. We had a good couple of hours or so here with our 2 little granddaughters, before the lure of the paddling pool at neighbouring Whiteman Park proved too much for La Petite # 1! Despite our slightly curtailed visit, we really felt we got our money’s worth. Although the entrance fees are quite expensive – $27 for an adult, $12 for children aged 3 to 14 and $19 for student and senior concession card holders – you don’t pay for anything else once inside (except food and gifts of course). There are also pass outs available so you can come and go during the day if you want to.

Caversham, a privately owned family business, is situated in a beautiful bushland setting to the north east of Perth city centre. It is home to many different species of Australian fauna and there are plenty of opportunities to interact with the animals (the “safe” ones that is, no one is obliged to cuddle a snake!). It is well run and considerable care and attention has been given to the overall animal experience. Several special shows are run throughout the day at various times. Our highlight would have to be the Farm Show held at Molly’s Farm – we felt the entrance fee was worth it just to see the Farm Show alone! Held in a huge traditional Australian farm shed, we were talked through the activities by Geoff, a genial stockman, who had plenty of anecdotes and engaged his audience well.

Farm Show at Molly's Farm Caversham

Farm Show at Molly’s Farm Caversham

 

The grown  ups could try their hand at cracking a farm whip (definitely not for the kids!), the kids could feed the little lambs and also have a turn at milking Brenda the Cow (for some reason her stall had Minty on it – Minty was euphemistically mentioned so I think she has sadly passed on!). We were also introduced to the wonderful working dogs of the farm, Jack a 9 year old Kelpie, his son Billy aged 3 and their red haired cousin Rusty. Jack gave us a display of his sheep herding skills – there were a couple of recalcitrant ewes but he managed to get them safely back into their pen in the end. Amazingly for all his hard work he was rewarded merely with a brief pat, which Geoff assured us was standard practice. The dogs wish to please and Jack certainly looked happy enough with a pat from his master. I couldn’t help thinking that Winston Le Schnoodle, our pampered pooch back home, would not only have caused havoc by chasing the poor ewes everywhere, but would not have settled for anything less than copious amounts of edible doggy treats at the end of his efforts! Working dogs are indispensable to farm life and seeing them in action was a real treat.

 

Caversham Wildlife Park Farm Show

Jack Receiving His Reward Caversham Farm Show

 

The light was not the best for taking photos so please excuse the poor quality of some of them.  It was also very hot inside the shed but it did help us to understand how difficult conditions are out in the bush and how far removed the way of life out there is from the luxuries and comforts of the city where fans and air conditioning are de rigueur during summer!

 

 

Geoff was also an accomplished sheep shearer and gave us a demonstration of his skills!

 

 

Apart from the Farm Show you can meet “Neil The Wombat and Friends” at another huge shed – shows run 3 times a day like the Farm Show. Photo opportunities are aplenty and children and adults alike can pat and stroke some of the animals under the watchful eye of their keepers.

 

 

In the Reptile House we had a close encounter with a South-western Carpet Python who came over the say hello – thankfully he was behind the glass!

 

 

There is a kiosk, which sells basic refreshments including ample supplies of water but according to our elder daughter (who has been there several times) the cafe/restaurant in the adjacent Whiteman Park is a much better bet and serves excellent food. We decided, however, to treat ourselves to a late lunch at nearby Oakover Grounds and Winery after our morning’s exertions at Caversham and a quick detour to the Whiteman Park paddling pool with La Petite. Oakover was the perfect place to relax by the lake and reflect on our fabulous visit to Caversham. Highly recommend the Caversham Wildlife Park if you’re ever in Perth (as well as Whiteman Park and Oakover)!

 

Oakover Grounds - lake and views to the Perth Hills

Oakover Grounds – lake and views to the Perth Hills

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14 thoughts on “Animal Encounters At Caversham Wildlife Park

  1. What a perfect day out Rosemary for you and your little granddaughters!! It sounds like a great place – sheep shearing has always fascinated me but I’ve never seen it for real, would love to have watched that. I love watching sheep dogs display their skills and as for feeding the lambs – my idea of heaven!!

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    1. It was a wonderful day out Joy! Yes it’s fascinating to watch the sheep being sheared – only the 2nd time I’ve ever seen it done (the previous time was in New Zealand a few years ago). We were a bit worried that the poor sheep had some cuts but apparently their skin automatically produces lanolin, which soothes any shaving nicks. The baby lambs were adorable – I would have taken a few more photos but was distracted attending to the grandkids! The dogs were amazing – so well trained and great skills too. It was the sort of day we’ll remember for a long time 🙂

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  2. Gorgeous! I have the same criticism of Caversham Wildlife Park … it’s as expensive as the zoo to get in!! If you want another interactive day with some native animals pop into the Swan Valley Reptile Park. We went there the other day with a bunch of 6 year olds. Very interactive and quite a bit cheaper. We had a fabulous day.

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    1. Thanks Lauren – yes it is expensive so not somewhere you can go all the time but well worth it when you do! We have zoo memberships, which means we can pop in when we like – very useful if little ones start to get tired as you don’t feel you have to go round everything. Thanks for the tip about the Swan Valley Reptile Park – that sounds well worth checking out 🙂

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  3. KerryCan says:

    This sounds and looks wonderful! All those exotic (to me!) animals! I saw a similar sheep-shearing and sheep dog demonstration last summer–so interesting!

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    1. Thanks Kerry – yes we do take possums, kangaroos and koalas a bit for granted here! I remember how excited I was to see them all when we first moved here though it’s still wonderful to see them in their natural habitat after all this time! Sheep dog demonstrations and sheep shearing are so interesting aren’t they – it was fascinating to see the dog following the commands so clever! 🙂

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  4. fifi + hop says:

    My girls would love this – the farm show and especially the reptile house! How fun to take your grandkids!

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    1. Yes it’s a wonderful place for kids! There were also opportunities to go into the rabbits’ pen, which our little granddaughter #1 loved. It’s great being a grandmum as I have an excuse to go back to all these types of places again!!

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  5. restlessjo says:

    That wombat is quite a size, Rosemay! Talk about ‘flat out’ 🙂 It does look a great place to take the little ones. Plenty of stroking opportunities. Back to the quiet life now? 🙂

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    1. Neil the Wombat certainly looked as if he liked his food, Jo – he’s 20 kg! Not sure how he put up with everyone taking photos but he seemed unfazed by it all. Yes back to just the 2 of us plus the dog and cat although life never seems to stay quiet for too long. Have been on babysitting duties this week – quite full on! Will be over to check your latest Monday Walk out in the morning as I want to read it properly and not when I’m too tired! Hope you’re having a lovely week 🙂

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      1. restlessjo says:

        It was going well till I got up at 5am and watched Rafa crash out of the Open 😦

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        1. Oh dear 😦 I saw he’d lost to Verdasco – you would not have been happy especially as you got up at 5 am to watch him play!

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  6. vinneve says:

    We supposed to come there but we opted to other places. If given a chance will really push for this next time when we come back to Perth someday!

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    1. It’s a great place to visit for adults and children alike the Farm Show was amazing!

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