Egg-citing news! On the Perch Bird Park will commence construction over the coming months to transform the bird park. Proudly supported by the NSW government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW through the 2017-2018 Regional Tourism Fund, seven new exhibits will be constructed. Zoo Curator Steve Sass said ‘We are extremely pleased to have our hard work acknowledged through the success of our application’. The bird park opened in 2015 and is due to welcome it’s 30,000th visitor in the coming weeks.
‘We plan to have 20 new species upon completion, so visitors to the park can expect some changes over the next 2 years’ said Head Bird Keeper Linda Sass. ‘This funding has allowed the bird park to continue to grow into what has already become a must-do for visitors to the Sapphire Coast, into a unique wildlife experience for Regional NSW’.
Every winter, On the Perch Bird Park reduces its trading hours. We are now open Thursday to Sunday (four days a week) including the July School Holidays. We are still open between 10am and 3pm and our Meet the Keeper talks are at 11am and 1pm. And of course, our famous Coffee and Cake Day is still on every Friday! Catch you at the Perch this winter.
Love birds? Or just love what we do at On the Perch Bird Park? With National Volunteer Week just around the corner, we are now officially launching our volunteer program. Applications close at 3pm Friday 8th June 2018. Applications receiving after the closing date and time will not be accepted. You can drop your completed application form into the entry staff at the bird park, or email to the details on the application form.
You can download the application form HERE
After the horrific firestorm that came through Tathra last week, there isn’t a minute that goes by that we don’t think about everyone in our great little community that has been affected by this disaster. We thank everyone for their messages of support, offer of help, either by phone, facebook or through the website. These messages have been very uplifting for our staff to hear your well wishes.
The park itself was not hit by the firestorm of Sunday and the subsequent fires from Monday. Staff have been very busy cleaning up from the horrendous winds and ash and dust fall out. And now we are nearly ready to reopen! We can announce that the bird park will reopen at 10am this Sunday 25th March.
Our Easter trading hours for 2018 have now been set and are as follows:
Good Friday 30 March – CLOSED
Easter Saturday 31 March – 10am to 1pm
Easter Sunday 1 April – 10am to 1pm
Easter Monday 2 April – 10am to 1pm
Our reduced trading hours over easter means only one keeper talk each day at 11am.
Our Australia Day long weekend trading hours for 2018 are as follows:
Friday 26/01 (Australia Day) – CLOSED
Saturday 27/01 – Open 10am to 3pm
Sunday 28/01 – Open 10am to 1pm (note early close time)
This gorgeous female Satin Bowerbird has found a new home at On The Perch. She came to us from Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and will hopefully pair up with our male Satin Bowerbird, Midnight. Next time you visit, keep your eyes out in the Temperate Australia walk-in aviary for both of them. Photo by recent visitor Andrew Argent 📷#sapphirecoast #canberrascoast
Keep your eyes peeled for nests of the White-breasted Ground Dove, a native from Papua New Guinea, in our Asia-Pacific Walk-in aviary. Some chicks are nearly ready to leave their clumsy nests. Watch for them on the ground amongst the vegetation. Photo by Keeper Holly.
Did you know that you can enjoy coffee and cake, toasties or a fantastic milkshake in Brood Cafe without paying daily entry to the Bird Park? Looking for that perfect gift? The Bower Gift Shop offers a range of gifts including work by local artists to suit all budgets. Once again, there is no entry fee to visit The Bower Gift Shop.
Its been just over two years since we opened, and our sixth Bush Stone Curlew chick is doing great. At nearly three weeks of age, ‘Little Chicken’ as he is affectionally known by keepers, is showing to the public in the Inland Australia Walk-in aviary. In a few weeks, he almost be the size of his parents, George and Mildred.