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“A waste of time”
Review of Cohunu Koala Park

Cohunu Koala Park
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Byford
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Owner description: Hand feed free-roaming animals such as koalas, deer, kangaroos, dingoes and the many birds in the giant aviary.
Perth, Australia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A waste of time”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

Saw a few months back that Cahunu Koala Park was a good place to visit. Just a heads up to anyone that is thinking of going.....Don't!!! Reasonably priced to get in $15 per adult and $5 per child. But with only a few koalas, some peacocks, parrots, llamas, 2 echidnas, rabbits and little else it is very disappointing. There were 2 hats a few stuffed koalas and lots of empty shelves in the gift shop. No cafe for a drink. The museum was shut. The kids area had 3 broken bikes and nothing else.We paid $16 for 2 adults and 2 kids to sit astride a bench pulled by a small engine, which took us in a circle and we saw such delights as rubbish tips, broken dinosaur statues and 3 emus! This was meant to be a fun day out with the grandkids after driving for an hour to get there. Instead they asked us to leave as they were bored after 45mins. Oh, forgot to mention you can pay $25 per person to have a picture taken with a koala using your own camera!

Visited April 2014
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Rockingham, Australia
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“Putrid”
Reviewed 7 April 2014 via mobile

I was quite sad to see how bad the Koala Park has gotten since I last visited in 2012. Upon entering the 'gift shop' it smelt of strong urine. The footpaths where covered in poo, the pond was so green an so smelly it was unbearable to be near. The park was just sand, no nice grass anywhere to relax with the family or for the animals to enjoy. I would not recommend this park to anyone except the rspca :'(

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Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
“Overpriced and has gone downhill a stack since moving from Martin”
Reviewed 2 April 2014

Having gone here for years and taken visitors for years it's very disappointing to see the place go downhill since moving from Martin out to Byford/Kwinana.

The land is cheaper, yet the size of the park is about 1/10th of what it was and nowhere near the same experience.

It's also very expensive for what you get and the staff aren't really hands on or helpful.

It's only saving grace is for visitors who want to have a picture holding a Koala.

Other than that, Caversham is leagues ahead in terms of overall experience!

Visited March 2014
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Great Western, Australia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Life time experience of touching koala”
Reviewed 8 March 2014

Very nice experience loved watching animals almost all sorts, cuddling koala was an awesome feeling, but it was way too expensive 25$ per person for just few min... N you can take as many photos as you want n then it ll b taken off from you..
Entry fee per person for adult is 15$ n kids 5$ but kids under 3 years are free... Hardly much to do, but

Visited March 2014
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Perth, Australia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A great little place and the only area in Perth to hold a Koala”
Reviewed 28 February 2014

I took my second cousin to Cohunu to fullfill one of her dreams, to hold a Koala. It was a very hot day, but the larger animals were roaming free and have space to move and shade to keep cool. Water is always also provided in troughs. The popcorn you could purchase was also great as you could interact with the kanagaroos, deer, ponies and wallabies and they liked the treat and interaction. Be careful of your bags though. The deers (as we know) like to chomp on anything and everything. :)

I have read reviews that have mentioned that there is no grass and no shade, but this is Australia. If we did not plant it, it would not grow. The animals are in a natural flora environment that they are used to and after travelling to our Australian desert, and still seeing kangaroos flourish (even though it is more sparse) - Cohunu offers everything and more that they need. It's Australia. It does get hot and dry, but the animals have lived here for thousands of years and are used to that. Trees were everywhere for the animals and even more to the back of the park.

I spoke with the owner for awhile and it was one of the highlights of my trip. The owner relies on the money that is received from people that visit the park, and receives no financial assistance from any other source (government or local business). She has had an extensive history with the park and is truly dedicated to her animals.

Do I think a few things could be improved? Definitely, but the owner does too and we chatted about that, but for the amount of money that is received, she provides a stellar service to the public and takes care of the animals well. As we all know, money restricts our plans, but this little gem of a park has done extremely well with its limited funds.

I recommend attending to support this small business (with a big heart) as it will be the only place in Perth where you can hold a koala, and they seem to not mind at all, and if they do, they are promptly taken back to their comfort zone to not upset them.

Thank you for the great day and education. Thoroughly enjoyable and I hope more people in Perth attend to support the great service they provide that offers a truly great experience to interact with our native animals.

Visited February 2014
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