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Coasting : December 15th 2008
22 Coastal Life December-February Q A& Nick Carson - Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park Q: What is the Walkabout Park all about? A: Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park is a 68-hectare wildlife park surrounded by an electric fence to exclude foxes and cats. The park is unique in NSW because of its pristine bushland, free-roaming animals and pre-historic Aboriginal sites. Visitors to the park can join guided tours to Aboriginal sites, learn about bush tucker, walk with a dingo, touch reptiles and koalas, and even throw a boomerang. The park also offers birthday parties, bush survival courses, nocturnal tours and sleepovers. Q: What is your role at the park and how long have you been working there? A: I am the park manager. I look after the animals, visitors and the park itself. I have been working here for four years. Q. What is the best part of your job? A: The animals, and the variety of work. On any day I can be looking after kangaroos, taking visitors on tours, designing new exhibits and collecting leaves for the koalas – all before lunchtime! Q: Any memorable on-the-job experiences? A: Many. From having a brown snake slither under my foot on the veranda, to re-discovering lost Aboriginal sites, to breeding threatened species. Q: What are the park’s best features? A: The 68 hectares of beautiful bushland, hand-reared kangaroos like Ugg, Zoe and Laila, and the staff. Visitors get a lot of personal attention at the park. Q: What type of experience do tourists and locals get from visiting the park? A: Visitors get a very interactive experience at the park. They get to touch the animals, taste and smell bush tucker, see Aboriginal art sites and listen to the amazing sounds of the bush. We have different talks and tours every hour, so there is always something to do. We open every day for the general public, however, we have programs tailored to many different groups from school syllabus- based programs, international, corporate, and seniors groups. The Central Coast is a shopper’s paradise From some of the biggest shopping centres in the land to small boutiques selling exquisite one-off clothes, the Coast has something for everyone. The two biggest shopping centres, erina Fair in the southern part of the region and Westfield Tuggerah in the north, are home to hundreds of Aus- tralia’s favourite shopping brands. They also feature lavish food halls with menus from around the world. If you’re looking for something a little more left-field head to Terrigal or The entrance and visit some of the many boutiques you’ll find in these two seaside towns. Both towns also have a huge range of cafes and restaurants when your feet tire from all that shopping. Long Jetty, at the southern end of The entrance, has a number of excellent antiques shops with objects for sale to suit all budgets. Who knows, you might snare a bargain. Markets are big on the Coast, too. At The Entrance the ettalong Beach Tourist Resort on Ocean View Road there are markets every weekend, where more than 100 stallholders display their wares. The Terrigal Avoca Beach Growers Market is held on the first Sunday of every month at the corner of Avoca Drive and Vale Avenue. Budgewoi Lions Village markets are held on the first Saturday of every month in the park opposite Coles. Terrigal Gourmet Food & Art Market is held on the second Saturday of the month at Terrigal Primary School. Erina Fair Retail Therapy central coast tourism > > > 1 Tourmaline Ave, Pearl Beach NSW 2256 Phone: 02 4342 4400 www.pearlsonthebeach.com.au “Restaurant of the Year 08”