After our morning at Leighton Beach Cait and I headed over to Caversham Wildlife Park. I've been to Caversham countless times since I was a kid, but I haven't been for about six years, so we decided it was time to go back to see the Koalas and Wombats. It took us just under an hour to get there, and we were horrified to see the prices had gone up to $25! To be completely honest I think that's really overpriced for what it is, and seeing the animals in such small enclosures made us really sad. I don't know why I always do this to myself, I really need to stop going to zoos and wildlife parks then getting all upset.
Anyway, we got to see the most gorgeous golden possum, Cait held a snake, and then we both sat with Neil the wombat for a photo. He really needed to put some trousers on though. Also I was really disappointed that they no longer allow you to hold the wombat yourself, but years ago when you still could Caversham was a really small place where tourists didn't really go, but now it's full of them.
Here's a coupla photos of a 16-year-old me holding Matilda the wombat back in 2007! They're really heavy!
Then it was time to go to the Koala enclosure for the afternoon session of getting up close to them. You can't hold a koala at Caversham (I held one a few years ago at a different wildlife park in Perth), but you can get really close to them and you can stroke certain ones. You must be really careful you don't touch any of the eucalyptus leaves though, because if the koalas can smell the human scent on them, then they won't eat them and then it's a waste of leaves that are freshly cut each day.
I stroked Karen the koala, but she didn't seem too impressed, and wasn't nearly as excited about meeting me as I was about meeting her!
After our wildlife encounter we headed back to Cait's and watched Blackfish (amazing movie, you must watch it if you haven't already!). Then in the evening I went down to Crown Casino to meet Andrew for dinner, it was so good to see him again and catch up! Tuesday was such a great day, and after a very busy few days I was not looking forward to my early start the next morning. But I'll tell you more about that very soon :)