wildlife near Central Coast, NSW

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Just wondering where we can take our overseas visitors to see some of our wildlife in it's natural habitat in January, preferably within a couple of hours from the Central Coast. Obviously Roos, some wombats would be good but lorikeets, especially if we could feed them would be great. Not interested in zoos etc. Maybe around the Hunter Valley?

I wouldn't mind, we spend half our travels trying to avoid the buggers but where are they when you need 'em eh?
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Reply By: get outmore - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 19:27

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 19:27
you should never feed wild animals it does them no favours and makes them aggresive
they dont appreciate being fed - thier animals
theysee you as a food source and expect food, if they dont get it they will demand it

not good when a 20kg roo starts aggresivly demanding food off a todler

ive seen first hand the issues associated with feeding animals around minesites and at places like John forrest national park

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Follow Up By: Steve - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 21:13

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 21:13
Have you been drinking ? Please try reading the post and stick to the topic.

If you are referring to the lorikeet comment, we are aware as you are. Thanks for the advice but it wasn't what I was after or needed.

they're, btw
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 21:55

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 21:55
Well you commented about feeding wildlife so yea you needed that coment like it or not
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Follow Up By: Steve - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 22:07

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 22:07
I didn't ask for a lecture - just a location - even where lorikeets happen to be

thanks anyway pal
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Follow Up By: Member - johnat - Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 12:46

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 12:46
Hey, Steve!
Seriously, your response was a bit OTT.
You asked a question, got a response that was not waaay off topic and needed to be said.
Jumping on someone just because they responded in a way that you were not expecting does you no favours, just makes you look a bit of a prat. (I was going to say "silly" but you'd likely take exception to that too!)
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Follow Up By: Steve - Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 13:15

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 13:15
I'll take exception to "prat" instead then eh?

Another valuable lecture.

Do you have any useful contribution to the original question?



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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 20:38

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 20:38
Feeding birds is a bad idea. They all congregate at the feeding place and any sick ones that should have died naturally stay alive long enough to give it to all the healthy ones. We live in the mountains and my son was feeding big flocks of lorikeets and rosellas when he was a kid. The sick ones were noticeable and ended up killing off the flocks. We all learnt a lesson from that. I suppose the same logic applies to all wildlife.
The seriously best place to see roos and wombats up close is Bendeela camp ground at Kangaroo Valley but that's too far away for you. I've camped at plenty of spots up the Central Coast way but not seen any that match it.
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Follow Up By: Steve - Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 22:11

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 22:11
thanks for the responses guys - Morrisett sounds interesting and less than an hour away. They always put those hospitals in lovely spots like Port Stephens and Hawkesbury River. Kangaroo Valley is magical for wombats and roos, especially for overseas visitors seeing them for the first time in the wild. Bit further than ideal but pretty special, I think. The local reptile park is great in Gosford but nothing compares than seeing them in the wild. We've been there umpteen times with the kids over the years.

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Steve
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Reply By: Member - mark D18 - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 19:33

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 19:33
Go to the Old Morisset Hospital ,Roos everywhere in the hospital grounds .
And it in a great spot on Lake Macquarie .
Or drive around Wyee point ,Roos in the streets there

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Follow Up By: Steve - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 21:28

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 21:28
Thanks Mark, just noticed the hospital one when I googled. Didn't know about that one. Less than an hour away. Sounds like a goer. She's a nurse too, so something to take back to her workmates. Are they around during the day or mainly dawn and dusk? You see them down the south coast in the suburbs all day and all over the place. Quite comical really. That would be great for her. They've been over a few times over the past 25 years but always Sydney, so it'd be nice to show them something different.

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Follow Up By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 08:56

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 08:56
Ditto to Marks comments,,,,, theres hundreds of the buggers there & the grounds are great, there are numerous shaded spots to have a barby or picnic beside the lake also whilst enjoying the wildlife. Never really looked for bird life there....but being a semi rural bushy area I think you would have a good selection of bird life as well

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Reply By: get outmore - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 19:55

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 19:55
if anyone is in Perth and wondering the same thing id suggest the John forrest national park
have an evening BBQ,
start off at the tavern where the roos come in for thier food and water out the back - as well as bird life then
an Evening Barbie will have ringnecks, kookaburras and roos, magpies in abundance
gaurd your food from the kookaburras though or youll find your self checking out the tavern menu!

as for NSW
sorry im no help
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Reply By: OBJ - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 20:20

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 20:20
I realise you said no zoos, but the Hunter Valley zoo has a very hands on approach, is very popular and well run. They also have alligators and a lot of other unique animals. You can feed many of the animals there. Then, if you can get a bit further west, you'll spot plenty of roos inthe wild. Wombats are a bit harder as they are nocturnal, so you need to be in the right place at the right time. I live just out of Cessnock and often see wombats. Tragically they are usually road kill.

Get close to any reliable water source and you'll get lorikeets. Please don't feed them bread and honey soaked in water as it does them no good at all. Google for a good lorikeet feed mix so that you don't harm them.

The earlier comment about not feeding them at all is good advice, although you would seem to be someone who may already appreciate that point, judging by the tone and intent of your enquiry.

Good luck in your quest.

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Follow Up By: Steve - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 21:44

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 21:44
thanks mate - and yes, I'm well aware of the consequences of feeding them the wrong type of food. I just would like to know where they are.

As previously mentioned, we are quite familiar with places further inland where we routinely try to avoid them but after 28 hours in an aircraft seat we didn't want to subject her to unnecessary travel during her short stay. There are heaps of living wombats and roos around Kangaroo Valley but I was hoping for something a bit nearer. Hadn't seen many wombats especially, around the Hunter though.

Any around McNamara Park in Broke?

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Follow Up By: Gronk - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 23:36

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 23:36
Morisset mental home for roos, any time of day..

None around Broke..

Wombats...only ones I ever see are dead ones on the road..

Not sure what you have against zoos, but if you want to see animals of all sorts...Gosford Reptile Park
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 09:00

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 09:00
Dont know about Broke......but your sure to see one or two wombats between Laguna & Wollombi (at night)
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 09:21

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 09:21
Ha ha, if you've got nothing better to do than drive up and down a road at night looking for one !!!! lol
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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 19:11

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 19:11
That'd be a good excuse to go to the Old Northern Trading Post or Wollombi Tavern at night, to look for wombats.

Laguna has some pretty wild life on a Friday night.

A visit to the Reptile Park would have to be a goer. You mightn't appreciate it but your visitor will more than likely love it.

There's always the Watagans and Ourimbah SF if your keen for an overnighter.

Steve.
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Reply By: Member - Silverchrome - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 21:54

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 21:54
Just got home from a "head" crawl along the NSW coast. At South West Rocks (near Trail bay Jail) there are plenty of roos grazing around the camping area. About 5pm they come out of the bush and graze all through the caravans and tents. There are some even inside the jail. Some of them were big fellas too.
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Follow Up By: Dave(NSW) - Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 00:29

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 00:29
plenty of them can be seen all day at Little Bay also at the Tavern mornings and evenings.
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Follow Up By: Steve - Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 10:06

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 10:06
Doing time as well as waiting for the pub to open ?

Roos of today eh?

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Follow Up By: Member - Silverchrome - Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 10:24

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 10:24
Yes Steve it seems so. We went for an evening walk after the Jail gates were closed to tourists for the day and the group of roos we say earlier in the day were still there grazing around the ruins. Not sure where they would get a drink???

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Reply By: garrycol - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 23:39

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 23:39
Given all the crap that other people have put up - I hope this helps.

Central Coast - world renowned

Australia Reptile Park - Has more than just reptiles
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