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Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre

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Had dinner at the cafe, went through centre, congratulations to everyone involved, a real assets to... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2018
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We took a day off and went for a drive to Curio Bay. We visited the new visitor center and had a... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2018
James M
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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

Had dinner at the cafe, went through centre, congratulations to everyone involved, a real assets to the area, beautiful surroundings, beautiful meal, food was top class, waitress was very helpful and well informed. Overall very enjoyable experience.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Val6535
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

We took a day off and went for a drive to Curio Bay. We visited the new visitor center and had a lunch at the cafe. Beautiful local caught fish with a fine salad. Then to finish experienced the visual display covering the area. Well...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank James M
Reviewed 26 February 2018

On a drive round the catlins we stopped to se if we could spot any penguins - saw a head in the distance! There’s also a petrified forest at the end of the penguin walk

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank S0par
Reviewed 24 February 2018

From the top of the viewing point you can see the bay, and with good eyes you can see the tiny dots surfacing that we assumed to be dolphins. Anyway there were some good views from the top and we had our picnic sat on...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Paul_n_Cris
Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

Nice golden beach! Petrified forest is ok too. Saw lots of dolphins. A few where in the bay itself playing in the waves. Lots of them right at the bay entrance. Maybe 100m from the shore. No penguins though.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Piu P
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Just a drive to this bay leaves you feeling exhilarated and energy filled. Magnificent rocky landscape.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

We visited the day after some wild and windy weather and the seas were still rough. No sign of wildlife but the petrified trees are worth a visit in their own right. There were some university staff conducting their research and they were more than...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Nmsj1957
Reviewed 24 April 2017

There are not many places where with a bit of imagination and reading the free signage you can walk back in time millions of years for free. Assuming you are passing when the tide is low enough for you to be able to see the...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank plunet
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

we saw a few dolphins in the bay. some people went swimmig and surfing there, but it was way to cold for us. in the evening we saw to penguins at the penguin viewpoint. they arrived before sunset. unfortunately two idiots and their children went...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank sabine_andreas
Reviewed 8 April 2017

We were expecting to see some dolphins here, but the sea was too rough, so instead we opted for the walk to see the ancient trees fossils.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank TheShis
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