It was my second day in Australia. And what better way to spend it than to see Australia’s famous critters, koalas and kangaroos!
Just a 35 minute drive from home and about one hour from Melbourne CBD, is Gumbuya Park. A great family park which have enclosures for these famous Australian mammals.
Now just a little bit of history regarding the park. It was originally a pheasant farm which was converted into a wildlife park in 1978 by Ron Rado. It is set in 430 acres of natural bushland where in families can enjoy amusement rides, playground and bbq facilities and of course get close to nature with its native animal sanctuary. It’s a great family activity spot for the weekend I reckon.
Fun Facts: A group of kangaroos is called a mob. An adult male Kangaroo is called buck and females are called doe.
Check out the photos I took from the trip.
My favourite part of this whole trip was getting to feed and pet the kangaroos which was an awesome experience. I wasn’t able to take a photo of the koalas as they were always hiding behind the tree branches. Bummer. In the other parts of the park, there were enclosures and open spaces as well for emus, swans, ducks, sheep and llamas, whichfreely roamed the area. There were also large aviaries that housed different species of local birds like parakeets, cockatoos and other colourful fauna.
Gumbuya Park is located in 2705 Princes Highway, Tynong VIC. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for kids. They also have special prices for families, seniors and students.
It’s a quick way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and be in one with nature in this quiet little paradise.