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“See animals up close but slightly overpriced.”
Review of Potoroo Palace

Potoroo Palace
Ranked #4 of 27 things to do in Merimbula
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A small not-for-profit native animal sanctuary nestled in a bushland setting, 9kms north of Merimbula on the Princes Highway. On site cafe provides chemical free, free range and local(all whenever possible) produce, snacks and meals. Delicious coffee and cold beverages available too. Educational books, gifts, t-shirts and souvenirs made in Australia. BBQ and picnic facilities, including a sheltered area inside the park. Complimentary Educational Talks on twice daily, a Potoroo Palace train and bags of nutritional pellets to purchase for hand feeding the free roaming kangaroos and emus. Many iconic native animals to be seen and close up Encounters can be booked. See website for more information.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“See animals up close but slightly overpriced.”
Reviewed 9 October 2013

The Sanctuary is quite small but you do get to see the animals close up. A keeper came and fed the Echidna while we were there and he picked him up so my kids could have a pat. Many of the enclosures are quite small however you do get to see a few animals that you don't get to usually see close up such as bats. I thought it was slightly over-priced, and each thing costs additional (such as a 'train' ride that lasted less than 5 minutes). It cost our family of 4 almost $60 including a train ride and food for the animals. It is a not-for-profit sanctuary so at least the money goes towards the upkeep of the sanctuary.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank travellingMummy0
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leapinker, General Manager at Potoroo Palace, responded to this review, 3 November 2013
We are a small and humble not-for-profit native animal education sanctuary. It is an intimate environment with devoted and committed staff. All our entrance fees and donations are ploughed back into the sanctuary and our staff are on minimal wage. We receive no government funding and without the support of the public and our local community we would not be able to continue the valuable work of educating our visitors and caring for the animals and our environment in as sustainable a way as posssible.
We survive on a shoestring and without our volunteer base we couldn't do it. We value immensely, everyone's generosity and support who are lucky enough to come and enjoy this very special place. We are forever rewarded by the joy that coming here brings to most of our visitors.
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Traralgon, Australia
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36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Up close and personal”
Reviewed 5 September 2013

Well worth a visit especially if you have little ones in tow!! Better than many of the larger wildlife sanctuarys we have visited as Potoroo place provides a personal and up close experience

Visited September 2013
2 Thank cherryred55
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Must do if your visiting Merimbula”
Reviewed 8 August 2013

We got up close and personal with the inhabitants! The keepers were great - informative and went out of their way to introduce the native animals to our family. Held a koala, patted a snake, snuggled a sugar glider baby, fed the kangaroos and met the many others! If you want up close a personal this is the place to go!

Visited August 2013
5 Thank Seashells_Apartments
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great interaction”
Reviewed 7 August 2013

We were fascinated with the talks the keepers gave us n to actually touch some of the animals (koala,echidna & olive python) was a once in a lifetime thing. The kids were over the moon n did not want to leave.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank Anita H
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76 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A relaxing day with nature”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Potaroo Palace is a very relaxing day out with the animals.. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and there is always a cup of tea or coffee and a cake to round out the visit in the Kiosk.

Visited March 2013
Thank John C
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