Park Experiences

A great opportunity to get up close to and learn about your favourite animals.

Come face to face with some of our most popular personalities and capture the experience in a souvenir photograph. You are in good hands with our passionate and knowledgeable Keepers who will guide you on your encounter.

Join our cheeky sugar gliders Sebastian and Samson in our Nocturnal Theatre who will feed in the palm of your hand, or hand feed Blossom our mountain brush tailed possum as she snacks on their favourite treats. For brave visitors you can hold Chomp our saltwater crocodile or one of our amazing snakes and lizards.

For the bird lover why not experience Socrates our Barn Owl, who will fly to your gloved hand.

These encounters also make a memorable gift and are available to purchase as a gift voucher.

Book at Park Entry or on our website, we do advise to book in advance.

All encounters are available subject to the comfort of our animals and include a photograph.

All experiences are ages 10 and up.

See our brochure

Animal Encounters & Digital Photos:

Have that EXTRA SPECIAL experience and meet our animals close up with our animal encounters. Receive a digital photo of your experience that you can share with all your friends and family.

Available Encounters include:


Meet our Australian reptiles up-close and learn from the experts who are passionate about all our amazing scaly creatures.

Which is your favourite? A lizard, snake or crocodile – we have them all and you can enjoy surprising your family and friends with a photo of you cuddling one or all three!

Learn all about these fascinating creatures and become familiar with some of our most famous native species.

Daily at 10.45am and 3.45pm.

Price: $25 includes digital/souvenir photo

Ages: 10 years +


For owl and bird lovers, enjoy a truly breathtaking experience and marvel at our Barn Owl Socrates in all his glory.

Hold this majestic bird as it flies from our Keeper and remains perched on your gloved hand. Undertake some basic training before we take you to a secluded area of the Animal Park where Socs will free fly to your outstretched hand. You can learn some fascinating facts about these amazing animals from our talented bird experts.

You’ll learn about the unique adaptations that make owls such fantastic hunters, such as that Socs is completely silent in flight!

As Socrates is a quiet and shy animal this encounter is not suitable for groups or more than 2 people in attendance.

Daily at 12.30pm subject to weather conditions.

Price: $20 includes digital/souvenir photo

Ages: 10 years +

Sugar Glider

We are one of the few locations able to offer a sugar glider encounter!

Sebastian and Samson are four-year-old brothers who have been training for years to join our Nocturnal Theatre, demonstrating their natural behaviours and delivering an important message in conservation and protection of this species.

During this encounter they will sit and feed in the palm of your hand and enjoy their favourite nectar, blossoms and fresh fruits.

It is an extremely rare opportunity to be able to hold these amazing and elusive animals who are rarely seen in the wild.

Daily at 2.30pm

Price: $20 includes digital/souvenir photo

Ages: 10 years +

*Subject to availability. Limited spots available daily. Owl and Possum Encounters include one digital photo only. Reptile Encounter includes three digital photos. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all time.

Click here to see and book our available activites or phone The Macadamia Castle on 02 6687 8432 to find out whats on for the day of your visit.