When Winter turns to Spring

When Winter turns to Spring

This time of year is like a winter/spring hybrid. As things start to grow, blossom and warm up, there is still a cool breeze and a cosy feeling that lingers…

This time of year is like a winter/spring hybrid. As things start to grow, blossom and warm up, there is still a cool breeze and a cosy feeling that lingers. Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park is very different in winter to spring but at this point in time, its like the best of both worlds. The cafe and the park develop a new ambiance to them as the weather shifts.

As each new group come through the front door, they are greeted by one of the friendly cats or dogs wanting some love and pats. In winter, the cafe is coated with a warm glow from the fireplace as couples and families indulge in a home-made lasagne, kids smiling with their hot chocolates in hand. As weather gets warmer, coffee orders become smoothies and instead of eating by candlelight in the cafe, many chose to sit amongst the birds in the picnic area to soak up some sun and wildlife as they eat.

When visitors venture through the park, what was coats and gumboots changes into shorts and sunnies. Winter is the ideal time to see the animals staying cosy by cuddling up together. Dingoes nuzzling each other and the wombat snuggled sleeping. Often in cooler weather, the animals are more active, as they have more energy to do so. As spring approaches, many animals laze around in the sun’s warmth. Some will have had a busy mating season and are caring for their new little ones. Visitors can rest in one of the many porch swings and take in the nature surrounding them, or perch on the benches down by the lake to watch the ducks and the geese swimming.

School holidays is approaching very fast and it’s the perfect time for a visit to the park as winter turns to spring and visitors can take full advantages of the warm and cold weather experience. They will enter through the fire lit cafe, explore the grounds with its inhabitants, and see the park’s eco-vision in practise. If visitors are keen to personalise their day further, they could get up close with some Aussie animals. As always feed bags are available, and visitors can hand-feed the emus and the wallabies. At the moment baby wallabies are popping their heads out of their mother’s pouches to say hello too. Or they can meet the dingoes in an informative encounter, learning about their important ecological role and their kind nature.

The park is open 10am-5pm. Open 6 days a week (closed Saturdays).
These school holidays it will also be closed on Tuesday (21st and 28th of September 2021).
No bookings required, further information at www.greatoceanroadwildlifepark.com

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Casey Long

Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park

Casey is a Photographer and PR Specialist at the Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park.


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