When I was initially considering my move to Australia, one of the big attractions for me was the local flora and fauna. I wasn’t realistically expecting to find trees overflowing with koalas and kangaroos knocking on my door every day (now I’m imagining a Snow White-esque dancing animal sequence), but having a whole new selection of wildlife to explore seemed exciting. This wasn’t a very big factor in my decision, the main reason I moved was to be with my boyfriend, but it has proved to be a wonderful bonus. I was very pleased to tick kangaroos off my bucket list at Heirisson Island recently so next on the list was koalas.
I Googled something like “where to hold a koala in Perth” and the result was Cohunu Koala Park. I was also interested in Caversham Wildlife Park (and will definitely visit it in the near future) but I read that you can only pet the koala for a photo, not hold it yourself so the decision was easy.
|Unexpected bonus – DINOSAURS!|
|The fact that it is missing a horn makes me like it even more|
If you’ve read my blog for any reasonable length of time you’ll know that one thing I love almost as much as animals is creepy decrepit sculptures. I’ve made two posts about these types of sculptures before – Hell-themed sculpture park in Singapore and generally weird and psychedelic sculpture park in Switzerland. Not only does Cohunu Park have koalas – it has random dinosaur and fairy-tale sculptures too! I was in heaven.
|Do you think these are creepy? I love them.|
|My favourite sculpture was this large rat. Or is it a quokka? I have no idea.|
Cohunu Park is essentially a small zoo. There are many other animals in addition to the twelve or so koalas and we were able to feed and interact with all of them (the food costs about $2 extra).
|Is this a llama or some kind of shaven alpaca? It didn’t like me very much hence I’m not standing very close to it…|
|Om nom nom nom nom|
The animals include wallabies, ostriches, emus, llamas, deer, dingoes, ponies, goats and bunnies. I enjoyed feeding the emu. The cheeky thing kept following me around trying to peck at the bag of food.
|All I can think of is the game “Goat Simulator”|
The goats have a slightly crazed look in their eyes, don’t you think? The thing I noticed most while feeding them was how their lips moved – it was very human.
I spent the most time with the wallabies. They obliged me with many selfies and a few even had babies in their pouches!
|What is this derpy type of horse on the left? It’s adorable!|
We weren’t allowed to feed the donkeys/ponies because they were on a diet. One pony took offence to that and had a nibble on my knee, which was actually quite sore.
|There is something adorable about their eyes, don’t you think?|
|The koalas were nomming some eucalyptus – it smells lovely. And here’s a picture of a dragon-dinosaur hybrid for good measure.|
|There are around twelve koalas in total, plenty to go around!|
Finally, it was time for the pièce de résistance – cuddle time with the koalas. It costs $25 extra per person to hold one but you can take as many photos as you like. I got a particularly cute photo with myself, my boyfriend and the little koala which we will most definitely be framing. I think the price is reasonable but I have been known to pay many times more than this to touch animals in the past (I’m looking at you Dubai!) so it depends on how much of an animal lover you are.
I would recommend this place for tourists visiting Perth, if any of my friends visit (which I don’t think they every will…) I would definitely bring them here. You need a car to visit though as it’s around 1 hour 30 minutes from the city. It’s my dream to work somewhere like this and cuddle with animals all day. Next on my list to pet are the quokkas of Rottnest Island!