To celebrate my father’s birthday we had a day out. This saw us heading up the freeway to the recently re-opened Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary

Warrawong is somewhere I had visited as a young lad, and it was early 2016 that I was reminiscing about it with a few people and wondering what had happened to it. I had researched it at the time and discovered that the park had unfortunately closed.

In the media in 2017 I was very excited to hear that it had been brought by new owners who were looking to reopen it. This occurred in mid 2018 and this was my first opportunity to visit. I have been closely following the journey on their Facebook page.

Welcome Artwork

The cafe/reception area has a very homely feel and whilst being a Monday it was quiet. You can imagine many happy people enjoying a coffee and cake by the fire after their wander around the grounds.

Cafe looks very retro

Heading into the park we were greeted by the security Emu’s to check that we were safe to visit their friends around the park.

There was some checking of my pocket but no worse than security at the airport

Heading along the path we found some Kangaroo’s enjoying the sun and birds lazing around after a busy morning.

Great informative signage throughout the venue.

Warrawong is the home of the Platypus and many other native Australian animals due to the fox proof fence installed by Dr Wamsley in 1970’s and many new additions thanks to the new owners who ran Peel Zoo in Perth.

Turtle enjoying some sun

We did get to see at least one of the elusive Platypus having some fun in the back corner of the lake, unfortunately too far away to get a picture of with my camera.

Heading back up the hill we viewed some of the reptiles inside of the cafe

On the way out it was very nice to be able to share with my parents that our family had helped to support the renewal of the park.

Our brick is in the top left corner
Close up of our brick

We then headed into Langhorne Creek for lunch which we enjoyed at Angas Plains Winery In addition to a few tastes of the local offerings.

An enjoyable selection of Tapas with bread and dips before with a Pizza

With a drive around Lake Alexandrina through to Goolwa we enjoyed a coffee before heading back home enjoying an enjoyable day with great weather.

It’s a Midlife Adventure.