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Billabong Sanctuary
Vacation Travel Guide

Cuddle a koala, hold a snake and hand-feed cassowaries and wallabies at this interactive sanctuary that protects native wildlife on the shores of the billabong.

Billabong Sanctuary is a wilderness reserve with an exciting program of Australian wildlife experiences. Explore the 27-acre (11-hectare) site to see some of Queensland’s magnificent local wildlife up close. Over 50 species of native Australian mammals and reptiles make their homes in the spacious sanctuary. Spot kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, koalas, parrots and cassowaries, or attend a ranger program and have a hands-on experience with one of the sanctuary’s critters.

Visit the Billabong Sanctuary’s reception to find out about the day’s range of activities. The sanctuary has a program of ranger talks, feeding times and hands-on experiences that you can join throughout the day. Check out the reptile pit to see the unforgettable Reptile Experience. Watch as the ranger showcases some of Australia’s most venomous snakes or touch the scaly skin of a lizard, python or baby crocodile for yourself. Don’t miss watching the ranger feed a giant saltwater crocodile. Afterward, you can watch the turtles racing very slowly at the daily turtle derby.

Check out koalas and wombats, hold the cuddly marsupials for a photograph and meet the sanctuary’s resident dingoes. The endangered cassowary is one of Australia’s most dangerous and magnificent birds, but the Billabong Sanctuary’s friendly resident cassowaries will grab a feed of fruit from your hand. Free-ranging kangaroos look for a shady spot for a siesta in the early afternoon. Visit the kangaroos and hand-feed them or get a photograph up close. You can get professional photos taken of your wildlife experiences and purchase them at the sanctuary’s reception.

Pack a picnic to enjoy in the scenic woodland setting. Admission to the Billabong Sanctuary includes access to all the wildlife experiences occurring during the day. Photographs incur an extra charge, but you’re free to snap your own. Discounted admission is available for children, families, seniors, students and backpackers. The refuge is located 11.5 miles (18.6 kilometers) from central Townsville in North Queensland. Parking is available on site. Stay overnight at the caravan park located next door to the sanctuary.

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Sunbird Motel
Sunbird Motel
3 out of 5
37159 Bruce Highway, Julago, QLD
The price is $73 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26

Situated in Julago, this motel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Billabong Sanctuary and within 6 mi (10 km) of Stuart Creek Nature Refuge and Cluden Racecourse. Alligator ...

3.9/5Very Good! (30 reviews)

"Clean, basic, cheap room is what we needed and thats what we got. Lovely comfy beds. Not much pressure in shower but its hot snd gets alot hotter if someone flushes the toilet, but happy with our stay"…"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

Sunbird Motel
Secura Lifestyle Magnetic Gateway Townsville
Secura Lifestyle Magnetic Gateway Townsville
3 out of 5
88 Minehane Street, Stuart, QLD
The price is $79 per night from Apr 29 to Apr 30

Located in Stuart, this cabin is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Stuart Creek Nature Refuge and within 6 mi (10 km) of Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal and Cluden Racecourse. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (36 reviews)

"Close to shopping center and family. Clean and tidy."…"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2019

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Discovery Parks - Townsville
Discovery Parks - Townsville
3 out of 5
6 University Road (Bruce Highway), Wulguru, QLD
The price is $41 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29

Located in Wulguru, this holiday park is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Stuart Creek Nature Refuge and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Bush Garden Landcare Site. Cluden Racecourse ...

3.8/5Good! (75 reviews)

"The reception staff were very nice. We had dinner at the restaurant and it was good too. Our unit was dated and smelt dusty throughout including the bedspread. We would stay again but would ask for a newer unit."…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2020

Discovery Parks - Townsville
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Sunbird Motel
Sunbird Motel
3 out of 5
37159 Bruce Highway, Julago, QLD
The price is $73 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
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Secura Lifestyle Magnetic Gateway Townsville
Secura Lifestyle Magnetic Gateway Townsville
3 out of 5
88 Minehane Street, Stuart, QLD
The price is $79 per night from Apr 29 to Apr 30
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Discovery Parks - Townsville
Discovery Parks - Townsville
3 out of 5
6 University Road (Bruce Highway), Wulguru, QLD
The price is $41 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
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Oonoonba Hotel Motel
Oonoonba Hotel Motel
3 out of 5
78 Abbott Street, Oonoonba, QLD
The price is $62 per night from Apr 29 to Apr 30
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Madison Plaza Townsville
Madison Plaza Townsville
4 out of 5
409 Flinders St., Corner Of Stanley And Flinders St., Townsville, QLD
The price is $57 per night from May 1 to May 2
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Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
4.5 out of 5
334 Flinders Street, Townsville, QLD
The price is $90 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
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The Ville Resort - Casino
The Ville Resort - Casino
4.5 out of 5
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville, QLD
The price is $120 per night from May 9 to May 10
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Billabong Lodge Motel
Billabong Lodge Motel
3 out of 5
96 Bowen Road, Rosslea, QLD
The price is $66 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Billabong Lodge Motel
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