The Herdsman Wildlife Centre provides a unique opportunity for the community to reconnect and interact with nature.
Situated on the edge of Herdsman Lake the centre is open Monday – Friday 8.15am – 4.30pm with admission being via gold coin donation.
The Herdsman Wildlife Centre offers living and static displays of wildlife and ecology. It’s not a place you could spend all day but is a great way to pass an hour – a great option for a rainy day!
We particularly enjoyed meeting Brian, a green tree frog who has his mouth constantly open. His ‘specialness’ means he would have died in the wild but here he lives quite happily in his tank.
Other live animals on display include a long necked turtle, a skink, a blue tongued lizard and a snake. The kids had a great time discovering who was living in each tank.
You’ll also find various touch tables around the centre.
We had a lot of fun with ‘What’s in the box?’. After putting our hands into the various boxes and having a feel of what was lurking inside we discovered a turtle shell and the skin of a tiger snake.
Take a trip up the stairs to the mezzanine level and you will enjoy views over Herdsman Lake.
There are steps at each window so that little people can reach window height.
If you have your own binoculars make sure you take them along so that you can have fun spotting all the birds that inhabit the lake. There is a chart up on the wall so that you can pick them out. Unfortunately there is no pram or wheelchair access up to this level.
Every Wednesday during the school term the centre runs Wildlife Wednesday’s. Families can discover Herdsman Lake with a range of hands-on activities. Investigate birds, nest, tracks, scats, bush tucker and bush medicine. Wildlife Wednesdays run 3pm – 5pm and cost $5 per child. Children under 3 and parents are free. Bookings are essential. Call 9387 6079 to book.
During the school holidays you can take a journey on the Swamp Safari, a exciting hands on learning adventure featuring ‘Mud n Minibeasts’ (invertebrate sampling with scoop-nets) and a guided bush walk. The Swamp Safari runs 10am – 12pm and costs $15 per person. Bookings essential.
Herdsman Wildlife Centre is located on the corner of Flynn Street and Selby Street, Wembley. Visit www.wagouldleague.com.au for more information.
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