Conservation Precinct is now open

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.

July 16th, 2019

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Southern Cassowary Up-Close and Personal Experience

This could be you!

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!

Book your Up-Close and Personal Experience at

May 11th, 2019

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2019 Easter and Anzac Day Long Weekend Trading Hours

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



March 5th, 2019

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2019 Australia Day Weekend Trading Hours

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.

January 13th, 2019

Categories: Cafe, Holidays, Sapphire Coast NSW, Tathra, Uncategorized

School Holiday Program 17,18,19, 20, 21,and 22 January 2019

Our School holiday program for the 17,18,19,20,21 and 22 January 2019, is now scheduled. Our Meet the Keeper is a fun, interactive and educational experience for all ages where you can learn about some of the amazing Australian animals that call On the Perch home. It’s learning disguised as fun! Make sure you allow plenty of time to arrive, park and pay entry, as the talks start promptly at the scheduled time.

Our program over these dates is as follows:

  • Thursday 17th January 2019
    • 11am – Life as a male Satin Bowerbird: the highs and lows with Keeper Alex
    • 1pm – The rainforest mummy: Eclectus Parrots with Keeper Lily
  • Friday 18th January 2019
    • 11am – The desert nomad: Learn all about the worlds most popular pet bird and how their live in the Australian outback, with Keeper Steve
    • 1pm –  Learn about Bowerbirds with Keeper Alex
  • Saturday 19th January 2019
    • 11am – Dragons! Meet some of Australias 70 plus species of Dragon with Keeper Harrison
    • 1pm – Learn about White-winged Choughs with Keeper Harrison
  • Sunday 20th January 2019
    • 11am – Meet Mango and Blu: Eclectus Parrots with Keeper Lily
    • 1pm – The secret life of stick insects with Keeper Holly
  • Monday 21st January 2019
    • 11am – Learn about Bowerbirds with Keeper Alex
    • 1pm – Im not an owl! Learn about Tawny Frogmouths with Keeper Holly
  • Tuesday 22nd January 2019
    • 11am – Life as a male Satin Bowerbird: the highs and lows with Keeper Alex
    • 1pm – Meet a Bush Stone Curlew, one of the many endangered species that call On the Perch home with Keeper Steve

January 8th, 2019

Categories: Breeding, Holidays, Sapphire Coast NSW, Tathra, Uncategorized

Christmas – New Year Trading Hours Announced

Trading hours over the Christmas and New Year period have now been set as follows:

  • We are open 10am to 3pm except we are closed every Wednesday including school holidays
  • We are closed Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) and Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day)
  • We are closed Monday 31st December (New Years Eve) and Tuesday 1st January (New Years Day).

Trading hours can also be affected by adverse weather conditions including fire risk, very hot temperatures, strong winds, and heavy rain, so please check our website, or our facebook page for further information.

December 5th, 2018

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Expansion of On the Perch Bird Park commences

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’.

August 2nd, 2018

Categories: Breeding, Holidays, Sapphire Coast NSW, Tathra

Winter trading commences

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.

May 29th, 2018

Categories: Cafe, Holidays, Sapphire Coast NSW, Tathra

Applications for our Summer intake of our volunteer program now open

Love birds? Or just love what we do at On the Perch Bird Park? Our next intake for volunteers is now open. Applications close at 3pm 18th December 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




May 14th, 2018

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Tathra bird park to reopen Sunday 25th March 2018

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.

March 22nd, 2018

Categories: Sapphire Coast NSW, Tathra

Opening Times

Everyday exceptWednesday
10am-3pm except Public Holidays

Meet the Keeper

11am & 1pm (free with daily entry)


Child (5-11 yrs)$10
Family (2 adults & up to 3 kids)$49