We’ve been wanting to visit the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary in Maryborough for a while now. Last month we finally got the chance to take our Wide Bay Kids and they absolutely loved it. The variety of animals and beautiful sanctuary setting was a wonderful to spend our Sunday! We can’t wait to go back again!
The Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation formed by a dedicated band of volunteers.
Located in the Heritage City of Maryborough, at the centre of Queensland's Wide Bay region. Only 4klms from the Bruce Highway on the Biggenden turn-off at 79 Mungar Road.
Take a trip with your family and experience this beautiful haven for Australian native animals and birds in their natural environment.
The Sanctuary is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm. Feeding time for the kangaroos, wallabies and emus is at 2pm each day.
What you need to know:
Located at 79 Mungar Road, Maryborough
Open 7 days, 10am to 5pm
Entry fees apply (see below)
Adults (incl. children 13+) $12
Children (2 to 12 years) $7.50
Children (under 2 years) FREE
Family Pass (1 children 13+) $35
Family Pass (2 children 3-12 yrs) $30
Disability and Pensioner $8
Snake Experience (per person) $5
Dingo Experience (per person) $10
**Free entry on Market Days** See below for Market Dates.
The Sanctuary Animals
The Sanctuary is a haven for Australian native animals and birds. All set in a natural bush environment.
The Sanctuary really was a wonderful place to visit! Our kids, aged 6 and 8, really enjoyed walking around with the kangaroos, joeys and wallabies (and so did we!). The animals are super friendly and allowed us to pat and feed them.
We walked through the free flight aviary and admired the colourful Australian birds. We were entertained by the large black cockatoos and said hello to Charlie the 30-year old Long Billed Corella. Other highlights were getting to pat the snakes and watching the volunteers feed them!
We spent time exploring the maze of tracks which weaved their way around and across the Sanctuary. The animals we spotted included:-
Birds including cockatoos, corella, parrots and wedgetailed eagle
Kangaroos, joeys, wallabies and wallaroos
Lots of snakes including Muscles, the diamond python!
Blue tongue lizards
This very friendly snake was just one of the animals we were able to get up close to.
The emu enclosure was closed when we visited however the curious emus come up close to the fence. A very special treat was being able to hold the emu eggs. Volunteers remove the eggs and provided us with some very interesting and educational information.
The volunteers were very friendly and provided us with lots of information about each of the animals.
The bird aviaries featured lots of different birds. The black cockatoos were a favourite because of their size and magnificent colour.
Native beehives are placed throughout the Sanctuary.
The Sanctuary Markets
Monthly markets are held at the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary on the 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month from 7am to midday.
We enjoyed strolling around this small market and meeting the locals who were selling bric-a-brac, birds, fruit and vegies, tools, books, bikes, paintings and more. The kids had an ice cream and bounce on the jumping castle while we enjoyed a barista coffee.
Entry to the markets is gold-coin donation with all proceeds supporting the Sanctuary and their wildlife rescue. Entry to the Sanctuary is FREE during the markets! Plan your visit to incorporate the markets and the Sanctuary - you wont be disappointed!
Angela Stedman is a working mum of two boys, Lucas 4 and Joshua 2. Angela has been working in Advertising, Business & Project Development for over 10 years and is the brains behind Wide Bay Kids and it's not-for-profit activities.