Wildlife Parks & Aquariums
Get up close and personal with a koala, a snake or a cuddly wombat, walk through amazing aviaries or explore the underwater world while you keep your feet dry.
On The Perch: Aviaries, gifts, cafe
Walk among birds from around Australia and the world at On The Perch aviaries, gifts & cafe, at Tathra.
Meet the keeper at 11am & 1pm, or team up with with one for a whole day for a rich, behind the scenes experience.
On The Perch has eight exhibits (including four large walk-in aviaries) set up as regional-based habitats. There is also a ‘Chicken Run’ for the little and big kids. With about 75 species of bird on display, you can learn about birds from Australia and around the world and discover for yourself how local efforts to conserve and rehabilitate threatened and endangered species are making a real difference.
Take your time to explore walk-in aviaries, bring a small gift of blue for the bowerbird and visit the website or Facebook page to check the calendar of events.
Open 10am to 3pm. Last entry is 30 minutes prior to close.
From sharks to shrimps, the octopus to the tropical fish. It’s all on display in our living theatre of the deep. The Merimbula Aquarium has 27 tanks and a fantastic Oceanarium full of large ocean fish and sharks.
Fish feeding is the best time to visit as all tanks are fed and the fish become very active. Fish feeding is held every Monday, Wedesday and Friday at 11.30am and Monday to Friday during School Holidays.
The Aquarium Kids Club is held 6.45pm every Wednesday and Thursday nights during January. Activities are held in the Aquarium including a Touch Tank on display for children to hold some some marine creatures.
Aquarium Group Tours. We offer discounts for group bookings and can organise age-specific aquarium tours for school groups. Contact us for more details.
Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre
It has live aquaria, a very popular touch tank where you can get up close and personal with live marine animals, beautiful video footage, microscopes, a beach combing table and loads of information about the temperate marine environment.
With qualified marine scientists on staff, there are indoor and outdoor activities that will fill the family with wonder: enjoy a Rocky Shore Ramble or guided Snorkel Tour or the kids can participate in indoor educational craft activities during school holidays.
Each Spring you can watch whales with the team at Rotary Lookout. Guides are on site each Tuesday and Wednesday in September and October, between 10am and 12pm. They have lots of tips on what to look for, along with equipment and and suggestions for other places to spot whales on the Sapphire Coast.
The centre’s opening hours are from 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday
School holidays: 9:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Saturday.
The Centre will open outside these hours for a booking of 10 or more.
“The kids were so entertained with hands-on activities, the touch tank is the best!”
Potoroo Palace is a small not-for-profit, native wildlife sanctuary, home to many iconic as well as lesser known species of Australian animals. Many of the animals at the sanctuary are native to the Merimbula area and some are very rare now. Kangaroos, emus and wallabies and all manner of birds roam freely in the grounds. Close up animal encounters can also be arranged with some of our shyer residents.
Make a day of it and stop for lunch or just some delicious coffee in the delightful Blue Wren Café, whilst browsing a selection of Australian Made merchandise.
Or bring your own picnic and enjoy some time out next to the shady dams and BBQs.
Educational Talks are at 11am & 2pm.
Train rides and animal feed bags are also available for all the family.
Potoroo Palace is open 7 days per week throughout the year from 10am to 4pm (closed Christmas Day). We’re just a short 10 minute drive from Merimbula.
Oaklands Barn & Garden Centre
The kids will really enjoy our animal nursery, where they can experience animals close up.
Oaklands is home to several businesses, including the Oaklands Barn that carries a wide range of stock feeds, farm and landscaping supplies. There’s also a wonderful nursery and gift shop stocked with a huge range of plants and garden ornaments.
Coaches and large groups are welcome.
Opening hours are:
Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm
Saturday to Sunday 9am – 4pm
02 6495 7257
02 6495 7122