Located inside Whiteman Park, Caversham Wildlife Park is the largest privately owned collection of native wildlife in Western Australia, showcasing many of Australia’s unique native animals including koalas, wallabies, possums, Tasmanian devils and wombats.
What makes Caversham Wildlife Park so popular and favourable is that it’s not like a traditional zoo with animals in the cages or fences. You can get close enough to all the different animals, taking photos with them, being able to touch them and learn all about them. All the shows, interactive experiences, photo opportunities and animal food are included in the entry fee!
Caversham Wildlife Park (CWP) is a Western Australian family owned and operated tourist highlight. David and Pat own and operate Caversham Wildlife Park with their son David and daughter Debbie.
When they purchased the park in 1988, the park housed a small collection of animals and birds on a modest 5 acre (2ha) property. A few years later, the park doubled in size, when the family purchased the adjoining property and the collection started to boom. In May 2003, the family designed and built a new park in Whiteman Park, once again, more than doubling in size.
Caversham Wildlife Park 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 commercialised. CWP is a world-class attraction whilst maintaining the laid-back Aussie touch.
Visitors receive personalized service by wildlife professionals who are dedicated to exceptional service, ensuring their visitors receive the best opportunities for animal interaction, information and photographs.
As a local, WA family owned and operated the business, they do not receive any assistance from the Government, they are sincerely thankful to the patrons for assisting them to care for the unique Australian wildlife. They have very proudly owned CWP for almost 30 years, and with continued visitor support, they endeavour to continue providing a world-class facility for all to enjoy.
Tips for a great visit
Entry into the park is recommended before 3:00 pm, if you would like to see and do everything. To make the most of your experience and enjoy everything on offer, you should allow 3 hours minimum.
Don’t forget to bring your camera! The Park welcomes the use of flash and video (there may be exceptions to this rule on the odd occasion).
The park is well shaded, and there are various undercover areas around the park, however, please note that the park is predominantly an outdoors environment, so we encourage you to prepare for your visit, according to the weather forecast. If you get caught short, ponchos, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are available for purchase in the Souvenir Shop.
Upon arrival, you will be given a park map. We encourage you to follow the map around the park, so as not to miss anything. Directional maps and signage can be found all around the park.
The park is divided into 6 main sections: (in order, as you make your way around the park)
- North East – the animals and plants in this section represent the tropical part of the fascinating country. Complete with a peaceful walk-through aviary, this section is the start of your relaxing journey around the park.
- Kangaroo Enclosure – this spacious and relaxing exhibit runs through the middle of the park. Here you are able to engage with a variety of species of kangaroos and wallabies. Kangaroo food is provided here.
- South West – the animals and plants in this section represent the very own part of Australia. Here you will see many species that are found locally around Perth, and the South West. You will see some amazing bird life in the walk-through aviary. Don’t forget to have some photos taken with the spectacular Australian Grass Trees.
- Molly’s Farm – this is where some of our most cheeky animals reside! Get up close and personal with a variety of friendly animals in the barns, and then take a walk through the paddocks to meet some of the larger animals, such as the ostrich and buffalo. Animal food is provided here.
- North – the animals and plants in this section represent Australia’s most arid region. Embark on a journey of red, rocky landscapes, sounds of Kookaburra calls and balmy outback atmosphere.
- South East – the animals and plants in this section represent the diversity of the coastal, forest and mountainous areas in Australia’s south east corner. There is an aromatic scent of Eucalyptus in this section.
Hint – many enclosures around the park house more than one species so remember to look carefully – top and bottom, left and right!