Billabong Sanctuary

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Billabong Sanctuary
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LocationNome, North Queensland, Australia
Coordinates19°22′29″S 146°54′21″E / 19.3746767°S 146.9057894°E / -19.3746767; 146.9057894Coordinates: 19°22′29″S 146°54′21″E / 19.3746767°S 146.9057894°E / -19.3746767; 146.9057894
Land area11 ha (27 acres)[1]
No. of species100+[2]

The Billabong Sanctuary is an 11-hectare (27-acre) wildlife sanctuary in Nome, 17 kilometres (11 mi) south of Townsville, North Queensland, Australia. calls it "Australia's best interactive wildlife sanctuary."[3]


Crocodile feeding

The sanctuary is a permanent home to over 100 species of Australian mammals and reptiles such as kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, wombats, crocodiles, and birds including parrots and cassowaries. In addition, the natural billabong (lake) at the center of the sanctuary is host to many visiting animals, some of which will breed and raise their young at the sanctuary.[2][3] Visitors to the sanctuary can take guided or self-guided tours through the 11-hectare (27-acre) natural tropical bush.[1]

Breeding programs[edit]

Breeding programs at the sanctuary include the southern cassowary, estuarine crocodile, northern bettong, common wombat, koala, nail-tail wallaby, eclectus parrot, and black-headed python.[4]


The Billabong Sanctuary has won several awards, including the North Queensland Tourism Awards for Eco-tourism (2002 & 2006) and the Townsville City Council Environmental Excellence Award (1999).[5]


  1. ^ a b "Billabong Sanctuary". Billabong Sanctuary. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Billabong's Native Animals". Billabong Sanctuary. Archived from the original on 13 December 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Billabong Sanctuary". Archived from the original on 20 February 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Conservation & Breeding Projects". Billabong Sanctuary. Archived from the original on 13 December 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Billabong Sanctuary Achievements". Billabong Sanctuary. Archived from the original on 4 January 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2011.

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