The Bare Traveller

Caversham Wildlife Park

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There haven’t been as many awe-inspiring itineraries as my trip to Australia. In September of 2012, I set off for Perth, Australia’s sunniest pristine capital. It was another pit stop to an already illustrious world tour. 

The beautiful city of Perth bustles with wineries, bushlands, and beaches, making for some incredible sojourning. One of my most vivid memoirs.

Caversham Wildlife Park main entrance

During my stay at one of the hostels, I connected with a female French traveller, Auriane, with whom I decided to share my itinerary. After much thought, we decided to spend the first day at  Caversham Wildlife Park, a global allure with a slack Aussie touch.

The drive up to 233B Drumpellier Dr in Whiteman – Western Australia was a drumroll to an explosive vacation. However, I was mainly impressed by the park’s seamless interactive experience with some of the globe’s rarest fauna.

The park personnel ensures that visitors have a potent animal interaction and educate them on the subject animals. From hand-feeding kangaroos to enjoying photo-ops with koalas and wombats, I was left with an unforgettable trip to this park.

How to get to Caversham Wildlife Park?

Depending on your budget and preferences, there are three ways to get to Caversham Wildlife Park:

Public Transport

The complete trip from Perth should take about 1 hour 10 minutes and cost you between $7-$10 if you take the bus 950 from Wellington St Before Forrest PI and 344 from Russell St After Barnett Ct to Bennett Springs Dr and continue walking for about 15 minutes to reach the main entrance of the park

By Cab

For those looking to have an exclusive route to the park, a taxi cab is an excellent option and much faster. A cab ride to Caversham Wildlife Park will last between 22 and 30 minutes, even though you will have to part with $35 and $45.

Drive to the Park

You are more likely to save on this journey if you hire a car and drive to the park. All you need is a GPS and exquisite celestial navigation to get there. Given my prior cartographic expertise, I opted to offer guidance as Auriane steered us on our way.

Must-dos while at the Caversham Wildlife Park

We arrived at the park around 9.50 a.m. and proceeded to pay the requisite $30 admissions, which was the fee per adult. The costs include all attractions, photo-ops with the animals, and their food.

Feeding the Kangaroos and wallabies

Arguably the most tranquil section of the park, the kangaroo enclosure was an excellent pit stop on our journey. Auriane got to pet the wallaby as it ate from her palm.

Hanging out with Kangaroos at Caversham Wildlife Park
Kangaroos and wallabies are naturally friendly animals, and it was a great ice breaker for our trip. However, the most notable difference between the two animals is their size. Whereas a kangaroo can grow to the height of two meters, their relative species (wallabies) range between 30 cm to 1 meter.

Meet up with the fluffy Wombat

The short-legged 1-meter long beefy animals are native to Australia. The furry animals are a great interactive experience for all of the park’s visitors, both adult and young, because they are a great feel to hold. And out of the 20 plus species, the Wombat is often the star of the show and one of the most photographed by the park’s visitors.

Hanging out with a Wombat at Caversham Wildlife Park

Taking pictures of the koala bears

Koalas are undeniably one of the cutest animals in the entire kingdom. It was a surreal experience to watch the koala bears as they sat perched on tree branches enjoying a lazy afternoon while remaining adorably cute that we could not resist taking a few photos. 
Picture with a Koala at Caversham Wildlife Park Western Australia
Having earlier paid the admissions at the gate, holding the lovely koala was a no-brainer. I still proudly showcase these pictures at parties as they are great conversation starters with visitors. 

Feeding the penguins

I have always been a big fanatic of the Penguins of Madagascar movie but hadn’t encountered a life-size penguin on any of my prior travel. Luckily, we were just in time for the penguin’s feeding time and watched as the park personnel fed them.

In addition, the personnel was helpful by further enlightening us on fun facts about the penguins. For example, did you know that penguins cannot fly? 

Visiting the farm show

The farm show is a great place to watch an actual native Australian experience with sheep shearing, watching the lambs being bottle-fed, the cows milked, and sheepdogs were herding the sheep.

When it was time for volunteers to participate, we were among those that quickly raised their hands as we didn’t want to miss having the experience first-hand.

Farm show at Caversham wildlife Park Western Australia

So during my visit to the farm show, I got to show off my exceptional skills with milking cows, bottle nursing the lambs, and practicing cracking a stock whip.

Molly's Farm

After extensively reading about the bucolic Aussie lifestyle, I couldn’t get enough of the Australian farm life and visited Molly’s farm to learn more tips and tricks to handling the various animals and cracking a stock whip. While there, we were able to meet and pet goats, guinea pigs, llamas, and many more. 

Molly's Farm at Caversham Wildlife Park

If you want to enjoy a large family picnic while surrounded by farm animals, Molly’s farm has an array of picnic tables where you can sit, relax and enjoy a delicious snack.

A trip to the reptile house

The reptile house has 50 species like the black-headed python, the northern blue tongue lizard, the freshwater crocodile, and many more. Visitors can get up close to the reptiles petted by the personnel or showcased behind protective display glass.

Reptile House at Caversham Wildlife Park

 We took several pictures of these reptiles to include in our trip album. This house is open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is ideal for all reptile enthusiasts.

Enjoying a picnic in the gardens

Most of the park has shaded areas that are ideal for picnics with family and friends. There is a kiosk and cafes in the park where you can buy several other foodstuffs in addition to filling your food from home.

It is an excellent time to break down the excitement and share one’s favorite experiences of the day with other nomads.

Best time to visit the Park

Most of the shows and activities run between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. However, the park closes at exactly 4:00 p.m. every day and arriving later than 3:00 means that you might miss some fun attractions and activities.
 
The various animals have different feeding times, so it’s best to inquire from the personnel who will gladly help you plan your day accordingly and tell you the best times to visit the different sections.
 
To make sure you cover all the animal species, I advise that you dedicate at least three hours as this is how long it will take to cover the whole park.

What makes Caversham Wildlife park a remarkable destination?

The park is immaculate and exceptional thanks to a few standout points worth mentioning, these include:

  • While Caversham Wildlife Park is not the largest or most modern wildlife park, there is a lot of consideration on their part to ensure the comfort and safety of all visitors. As a result, most walkways are well sheltered, and you do not have to worry about needing to cancel your trip to the park because of a rainy day.
  • You can still enjoy a wonderful trip surrounded by nature and lots of animal species. The park is also wheelchair accessible, making it favorable for all disabled groups and seniors to tag along on the family trip and have a fun time too. The park has baby changing stations, and washrooms are clean and fresh.
  • The personnel at the park provide only the most accurate information and helpful tips about how to handle all the animals. It helps to avoid aggravating the animals and causing embarrassing accidents.
  • You do not have to spend way out-of-pocket as the entrance fees, and other additional tickets are affordable, and the food for the animals is included in the admittance fee.
Caversham Wildlife park Souvenir shop
  • The park has a souvenir shop where you can conclude your trip by purchasing souvenirs to serve as memoirs of a beautiful journey to Perth.
  • At Caversham Wildlife Park, you have an opportunity to make a difference in the world. You can pay to adopt any animal of your choice, helping the staff ensure the animals are well taken care of. While you will not be allowed to leave with your foster baby, the park has many packages that are well detailed about which services you can access to keep you connected even when long distances.

Animal you will see when you visit...

Final thoughts

There aren’t so many itineraries as captivating to all age groups as visiting this pristine park in Western Australia. Whether you opt to solo travel, tour as family or group of friends, I guarantee that it will leave a mark on your travel memoir.

The Bare Traveller