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

Easter Weekend Trading Hours – 2018

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.

March 6th, 2018

Categories: Cafe, Holidays

Australia Day 2018 Weekend Trading

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)

January 18th, 2018

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New arrival from Moonlit Sanctuary

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

December 30th, 2017

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Breeding success in the Asia-Pacific Walk-in aviary

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.

November 14th, 2017

Categories: Breeding

Opening Times

Winter Trading10am-3pm
Open Thur-Sun

Meet the Keeper

11am & 1pm (free with daily entry)


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