Be immersed in the sights and sounds of nature in the ultimate wildlife experience!
Coming soon, this new experience brings you into one of the largest collections of birds within an Australian zoo outside of normal opening hours and will be offered to a maximum of 6 guests.
Your morning will start with a delicious breakfast in our Mud Hut Picnic Area at 8.15am, and then your small group will have its very own personal zookeeper for a private tour of the bird park.
We will be announcing our very first date for Breakfast with the Birds and Private Zoo Tour in the coming weeks via our newsletter, so stay tuned.
On The Perch Bird Park is holding a special Locals Weekend – Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August 2019! Two days jam-packed with special free animal encounters and half-price entry for locals!
Sapphire Coast Locals can get half-price entry to the bird park, and from there you can explore the park’s 16 exhibits or you can join any or all of the activities on both days!
Here are our free animal encounters on each day of Locals Weekend:
10.30am Special encounter with Gorge and Adelaide, at the Tathra Beachside Southern Cassowary exhibit. Come into ‘no-mans land’ (behind the first fence) with a guided tour by one of their keepers
11.00am Up-close and personal encounter with our resident Tawny Frogmouths
12.00pm Meet a Lizard and learn about their amazing adaptability to the Australian landscape
12.30pm Special guided tour of our new Conservation Precinct, the Ray Alcock Memorial Aviaries with Curator Steve
1.00pm Special encounter with Gorge and Adelaide, at the Tathra Beachside Southern Cassowary exhibit. Come into ‘no-mans land’ (behind the first fence) with a guided tour by one of their keepers
2.00pm Learn about the amazing world of stick insects. You will even be able to hold one yourself!
Our Bird Photography Workshop will teach you the skills and techniques to get the great bird and wildlife photos you have always wanted!
Our first workshop SOLD OUT very quickly, so we have added another workshop to be held on Wednesday 18th September 2019 from 9am to 2pm. On this day we are normally closed. So, not only will you have two award-winning photographers to guide you through this workshop, this is a very rare opportunity to have more than 120 species and 700 animals at your finger tips and with no other visitors around. This workshop is limited to 12 people and includes morning tea and a light lunch.
Your photographers for the workshop are Mr Harrison Warne and Mr Steve Sass.
Harrison Warne is a local wildlife photographer and film-maker. In 2017 he won the overall Australian Nature Conservancy photography competition. Last year he took out first and third place in the local Atlas of Life in Coastal Wilderness photography competition and this year he is a finalist in the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition. Harrison strives to create images which reflect the behaviour and mood of his subjects, and is excited to teach others the technical and artistic styles of bird photography.
Steve Sass has been photographing birds and other wildlife for more than 40 years! As a previous winner of the BirdLife Australia photography competition, Steves images of wild birds have also graced the covers of a number of scientific journals and magazine. He is a well respected wildlife ecologist, and his initimate knowledge of species ecology shows in his portraits and natural behaviour photos of Australian Wildlife.
The sessions during the workshop are as follows:
2. Understanding animal behaviour and how it improves your photography
3. Camera settings – what you need to know.
4. Guided tour of some of the aviaries that are not open to the general public
5. Editing – learn how to edit your pictures.
You will be able to photograph throughout the day and within all sessions.
Book your place by heading to our booking link
The bird park has been very successful in breeding The endangered Bush Stone Curlew. This species normally has one or two eggs, but the pair in our Temperate Australia walk-in aviary now have a nest of three eggs right on the edge of the walkway.
While both parents are sitting, a portion of the walk-in aviary has been fenced off to keep visitors away an appropriate distance away while still be able to watch this amazing species.
📷 by Keeper Holly.
We are so excited and proud to announce that Tathra Beachside are sponsoring the Southern Cassowary! We thank all of the Tathra Beachside team from the bottom of our heart for their unbelievable support.
To celebrate the start of this partnership, we are giving you the chance to win the Ultimate Sapphire Coast NSW Getaway. The prize will be three nights luxury accommodation at Tathra Beachside and an up-close and personal experience with the Southern Cassowary at On the Perch Bird Park! (Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply).
Head to our Facebook Page and find the post about the Tathra Beachside sponsorship! Then simply tell us why you’d love to come Visit Tathra and why you’d love to meet Gorge and Adelaide, the Southern Cassowary.
The winner will be chosen at random and announced on 11 August 2019.
Good luck everyone and we can’t wait to meet the winners!!!
Our ‘Birdscaping your Garden’ workshop is about attracting birds to your garden! Having birds in your garden is not only good for the health of your garden and surrounds but also great for the environment. And who doesn’t love hearing bird song!
In this workshop, you will learn all about using plants to attract birds to your garden, what plant species are best, creating microhabitats, the use of supplementary feeding and water, and providing artificial nest boxes for nesting.
The workshop will include a guided walk within the aviaries to show real examples of ‘birdscaping’ and discussion on how you can apply these methods in your garden.
A range of bird attracting plants will also be offered for sale on the day.
Entry to the workshop is FREE after you have paid park entry. Yearly pass holders receive free entry.
The workshop is being held at On the Perch Bird Park, 343 Tathra Road, Tathra, on Saturday 27 July 2019 commencing at 11am. It will conclude by 12.30pm.
Now you can watch all the birds in the Conservation Precinct aviaries from the shelter of our covered seating area. Rain, hail or shine, nothing can stop you enjoying the species that call the Ray Alcock Memorial Aviaries home including the endangered Black-throated finch. Yet another great reason to visit On the Perch Bird Park.
The Conservation Precinct has been proudly supported by the NSW government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW through the 2017-2018 Regional Tourism Fund.
If you want to walk on the wild side, this is the experience for you! While South Cassowary have a reputation as being one of worlds most dangerous birds, this experience allows you to meet a young Southern Cassowary! This is the first time this endangered species has lived in southern NSW and a rare opportunity to be inside a cassowary enclosure!
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This Easter and Anzac Day Long Weekend why not immerse yourself in nature at On the Perch Bird Park. Located at 343 Tathra Road Tathra on the beautiful Sapphire Coast, the bird park is open on Easter Saturday 20th, Easter Sunday 21st and Easter Monday 22nd April 2019 from 10am to 1pm (with last entry to the birds at 12.30pm).
The bird park is closed on Good Friday 19th April and Anzac Day 25th April as well as every Wednesday including school holidays.
All other days, our normal trading hours apply
This 2019 Australia Day Weekend, come and celebrate the wonder of Australian birdlife (and other amazing Australian wildlife) at On the Perch Bird Park Tathra. On Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th January 2019, we will be open between 10am and 1pm, with last entry (and last cafe orders) at 12.30pm. You can find us at 343 Tathra Road, Tathra.