We’ll have the chance of pet koalas, dingos and wallabies there and see
animals we hardly will see in the wild, as the Devil of Tasmania.
If we have time before delivering the car we could pass by Woodlands
Historic Park, just in front of the airport, to see kangaroos.
We go to the parking around 9:30 AM to take our
car. The park opens at 10 AM, so we’re fine in time. We take a while
for taking M1 because, even driving by Queen Street, which is right, we
did it in the wrong direction for some time. Once at M1 we leave it to
M420 and then M780 for getting the park just before 11 AM.
Admission is 18$ and the pack we take is 38$. This
pack is the “Animal encounter”, which allows us to be with koalas,
dingoes and a python. There is a specific time marked for every
encounter and, as we have 20 minutes for the first one, we go to see
the Tasmanian Devil, which is sleeping peacefully on its refuge. Just
after it we can see some kangaroos and wallabies looking for food. I’ve
bought three bags of it, so we happily enjoy feeding them.
At 11:30 AM we are by koalas’ area to be with one
for a few minutes. Their fur is soft and we can take pictures of each
other and, at the end, the caretaker takes us photos to the both of us
We have some time after it until our next
encounter at 12 PM. So we walk by the left side to see the wombat and
the first part of the Wallaby walk: a path between trees where are
living colonies of different wallaby species. We see a couple of these
groups, but they’re resting at shadow and are not attracted by our food.
At 12 PM we’re in the dingo enclosure to play with
two young brothers as if they were domestic dogs.
Our last encounter is at 12:30 PM and now we have
time to do the entire Wallaby walk. Only one small wallaby with a baby
comes to eat from our hand. It’s clear this walk must be done first
time in the morning, when they’re still hungry before all the visitors
give them their food. The spare food is for the ducks and goose are
chasing for it all around.
This walk ends when we were with the kangaroos
before, and they still eat from our hand lying over the grass. I lay
with one of them and give it big part of the food I still have.
Tasmanian Devil is still sleeping, so we walk back to the visitor
center for our last encounter.
At 12:30 PM we’re the only ones with the encounter
with the snake. It is a small python and we can feel the pressure it is
doing to us from every inch of its body we have around.
We’re back to the park to be where we’ve not been
yet and finish with the food. After being in the aviary and watching
the emu, we give our food to the ducks.
We get our lunch there before taking the car back
to the city: pumpkin chowder and a beef pie for each of us by 23$ in
I drive directly to the Rental office, close to
the airport, to deliver the car. They take us to the airport in order
we can get the city from it using the Skybus by 18$ each.
After a short rest at hotel, we go out for a
supermarket, as we want to take some food with us to the desert
tomorrow because we’ve read it is very expensive there. We want to take
advantage of the kitchen in our room too for a homemade dinner tonight.
For dinner we take some pasta and to take tomorrow
we buy mostly meat, as there is a barbeque in Ayer’s Rock and it is
cheap here compared with the rest of goods. As an example: The price
for 4 burgers is the same than a liter of coca cola: 6$. We pay 88$ for
all our shopping.