Perth, WA: Caversham Wildlife Park + Mundaring Weir

Today’s tidbit: “Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius.” ― Edward O. Wilson 

By now I had seen wild kangaroo up close a few times. With this visit to Caversham Wildlife Park, which showcases the largest private collection of native wildlife in Western Australia, I was able to interact with a lot of kangaroo, and joeys, as well as I finally saw my first koala! After a wonderful day full with wildlife we continued for a quick evening trip to Mundaring Weir on the way back to the flat.

Sneak peek image: How close is too close?

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Be sure to click below to read more and check out more pictures. Enjoy!


Big breakfast (omelet, salad, seaweed rice crackers and coffee) before a full day out.

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{Caversham Wildlife Park} We visited the farm area and saw a lot of unique plants, birds and mammals (red fox, dingo, llamas, echidna) but the most exciting for me was the marsupials (bats, wallaby, kangaroo, wombat and koala). The wombat was hiding that day, but we saw a wide variety of different wallaby and kangaroos.

As the website states, “Come and spend the day at one of Perth’s most exciting tourist attractions, showcasing the largest private collection of native wildlife in Western Australia. Hand-feed the kangaroos, join in the interactive farm show, touch a possum or lizard, meet a wombat, and have photos taken with koalas!

Caversham Wildlife Park (CWP) is very proudly owned and operated by a Western Australian family. CWP features about 200 species, and more than 2000 head of animals, birds and reptiles. This impressive collection makes CWP the largest privately owned collection of native wildlife in Western Australia. The park is the premiere development of its kind in Western Australia, attracting visitors from all over the world. CWP pride themselves on their unique interactive experiences with Australia’s most interesting animals, without being commercialized!! It is a world-class attraction whilst maintaining the laid-back Aussie touch!” Read more.

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“The Koala is commonly called a ‘Koala Bear’, however this is incorrect. The Koala feeds on Eucalyptus leaves, which are not only very low in nutrition, but also toxic to most animals. To cope with this diet, nature had equipped Koalas with a specialised digestive system which breaks down the toxins. The Koala also has a very slow metabolic rate. Koalas sleep for between 18 and 20 hours in every 24 hour period, as a way of conserving energy.” Read more.

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Picture below: I remember hearing the leaves rustle and turned around to find this guy literally an inch away. Love Chris was able to capture this moment. Too cute.

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{wallaby & kangaroo} There was such a wide variety, including swamp wallabies, wallaroo, western grey kangaroo, the agile wallaby, quokkas, yellow-footed rock wallaby, and the red kangaroo. Check them out.

We were able to take a walk through the Kangaroo enclosure, where you can view them in a spacious and peaceful environment. Kangaroo food was provided and the roos are very friendly! Read more.

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Picture below: The joey had just come out of the pouch.

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Beige on beige on beige ;).

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{Mundaring Weir and Interpretation Precinct} With lots of picnic areas, wild kangaroo, walking trails and history, there was a lot to get through before the sun went down.

As the website states, “The amazing feat that is the Mundaring Weir is a popular visitor destination and picnic area. Enjoy great views from the north side of the dam wall, walk across the wall, or picnic on the south side. Facilities include accessible toilets, water, picnic shelters, gas barbeques, sculptures and children’s play area. You can also learn about the history of the dam with interactive information at strategic points.” Read more.

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Yup, just another amazing day in Perth!

11 Responses to “Perth, WA: Caversham Wildlife Park + Mundaring Weir”

  1. Laura says:

    Wonderful wildlife photography. The joeys are SO cute!

  2. Angela says:

    Oh my gosh, cuteness overload.

  3. Chris says:

    Someone was pretty excited to see a koala that day. Lucky I’m such a good photographer! Unexpectedly one of my stand-out memories was of that unusual and beautiful bird from China? Although he appears rather angry in the photo he was so friendly! He kept wandering back and forth, craving attention in the way a cat does.

    • alyssa says:

      Oh I was so excited, I hadn’t seen a koala before! And all the little joeys were so cute. You had lots of photography practice while I was there (with a camera, not phone ;)). That colorful bird was very unique and yes, just paced back and forth like a cat. I can’t remember what the breed was though…

  4. Karen says:

    I’m sure you were in 7th Heaven with all the animals up close and very personal. Thanks for sharing. Those roos sure have gangly legs but somehow they manage to get in that pouch- amazing! Need to go see all of this for myself as well so hurry up and move there… 🙂 Chris you are becoming quite the good student photographer…

    • alyssa says:

      Yes! I had seen the roos in several places by now but it was awesome to see all the little joeys up close. The pouch is pretty interesting. Yup, you will need to see it for yourself… and you know I’m working on moving there! Chris was having fun with my camera.

  5. Holly says:

    Love seeing the Koala and Roos! And how different the plants are from ones we have around here. It boggles my mind that those mama roos don’t mind the joey’s – and all their gangly limbs – just hanging out of them!

    • alyssa says:

      It was an interesting sight. They are so cute and yes, looked funny hanging out of the pouch. I wish I had on video the joey crawling out of the pouch and then hopping back in. When you come visit me in WA we’ll have to go here 😉

  6. Paul says:

    So many cute cheeky animals, great photography!