Primary and Secondary School
A visit to Caversham Wildlife Park is a great way for students to learn and discover outside their classroom. With over 2000 head of animals, birds and reptiles, made up of approx. 200 different species, housed in geographical zones, there is plenty to learn about. Our interactive exhibits, two walk-through bird aviaries, and hands-on feeding areas are a great way for students to get up close with nature.
Here, you will find all the relevant information for bringing an excursion to Caversham Wildlife Park, along with an online booking form.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
To make the most of your time at the park, please take the time to familiarize yourself with this information:
- A huge range of native Australian species to learn about
- More than 2000 head of animals, birds and reptiles. Approx. 200 different species.
- Interactive exhibits, including two large walk-through bird aviaries (North East and South West)
- Animal information can be obtained from our website.
9.30am to 4.00pm
Wander around with a variety of kangaroo and wallaby species
Animal Food provided (place food on a flat hand and allow the animal to take the food from the hand)
Please enter in small groups
Molly’s Farm (interactive farm yard)
10.00am to 3.30pm
Meet a variety of interesting animals, such as deer, llamas, alpacas, camels, buffalo, donkeys, ponies, sheep, goats, rabbits and farm birds
10.30am to 3.30pm
This is an ideal place for students to view many reptile species behind the safety of the glass!
Thank you for ensuring that your students use quiet voices and do not tap on the glass
Please enter in small groups
This show is held in an undercover seated barn, and runs for around 35 minutes
Sheep shearing, sheep dogs mustering, stockman on horseback, billy swinging, feeding the lambs and milking the cow
Please Note: Please arrive at The Farm Show 10 minutes prior to show commencement. If you intend on making your way to the Farm Show after morning tea or lunch, it will take a minimum of 10 minutes to get your group from the Picnic Area to the Farm Show, and seated in-time. Please ensure you are organised to make a prompt arrival as late groups will not be permitted to enter - we don't want you to miss out!
This is a great opportunity to see the penguins feeding and learn a little about them - don't be late as they eat quickly!
Meet the Wombat & Friends
Here, your students can meet a wombat, and up to 20 other Australian species, displayed in an Australian Homestead
Educational information provided by experienced keepers
Sessions run for approx 30 minutes
Meet The Koalas
You are welcome to attend one of these sessions (which are open to general public also). During these session times, koalas will be situated in waist and shoulder height trees for visitors to meet, have photos with, and have a feel of the fur
Sessions run for approx 20 to 30 minutes
Outside of the session times above, the koalas are accessible for viewing any time
PLEASE REMEMBER - To enable your students to see and do everything as easily and comfortably as possible, we ask you to make your way around the park in small groups.
PLEASE NOTE - These attractions are open to general public also.
Cost Per Student
Ratio of Free Adults
|Kindergarten - Year 3||$11.00||1 Adult per 5 Students|
|Years 4 - 6||$11.00||1 Adult per 10 Students|
|Special Needs (all primary school ages)||$11.00||1 Adult per Student|
|Years 7 - 9||$12.00||1 Adult per 10 Students|
|Years 10 - 12||$16.00||1 Adult per 10 Students|
Payment can be made on the day via cash/cheque/credit card. A tax receipt will be provided on the day.
Our accounts dept will send an invoice to the school within 30 days of the excursion.
Extra adults/siblings etc WHO ARE NOT BEING PAID FOR BY THE SCHOOL will enter through the public entrance where they will pay the normal admission fee.
There is a discounted entry fee of $18.00 for any extra adults, above the ratio, WHO ARE BEING PAID FOR BY THE SCHOOL (ie, being added onto the school’s invoice).
Visiting parents/siblings (ie; during lunch) will be expected to enter through the public entrance where they will pay the normal admission fee.
CWP will only accept one group payment (no individual payments please).
Prices are inclusive on GST.
- School groups are provided with an undercover area to use for breaks and to leave school-bags in.
- There are no drinking fountains at CWP – drinking water is the school’s responsibility to organise.
- School groups (of all ages) are expected to make their way around the park in small supervised groups. Students are to be supervised at all times; no unsupervised free-time.
- Teachers are expected to have carefully read the Excursion Info, Risk Management & Emergency Response Plan document and briefed attending adults and students prior to the excursion.
- Attending adults are provided with CWP maps and guidelines upon entry.
- Safety is a priority for CWP; we expect it is a school’s priority also! We thank you, in advance, for your support and cooperation to achieve a safe, enjoyable and informative experience for your students.
- I will carefully read the Excursion Information, Risk Management and Emergency Response Plan on the CWP website prior to my excursion.
- I understand that my students are to be supervised at all times and I will ensure my supervisory team understand this also.
- I understand that we are required to make our way around the park in small groups (5-10 as per ratio) and I will ensure my supervisory team understand this also.
- I will notify any additional parent-helpers above the ratio that they will be required to pay the normal CWP entry fee on arrival.
- I understand that any additional parent-helpers above the ratio that we (the school) will be paying for, receive a discounted entry fee, and are required to enter with the school, and I will ensure these additional parent-helpers know this also.
- I will ensure that our bus driver is notified that our bus cannot be left outside the CWP entrance.
- I understand that there are no water fountains in CWP and will therefore ensure my students have adequate drinking water.
- I will notify parents to adequately secure their child's lunch to avoid it being taken by a raven.
- I will ensure that we have our meal breaks within our designated picnic area.
- I understand that the CWP Souvenir Shop is out-of-bounds to school groups.
- I will ensure that my students and my supervisory team understand the suggested method of animal-feeding and animal-touching as explained.
The following extensive excursion information is provided by CWP, so that the teacher-in-charge can be completely prepared for their excursion.
This information can be used to create a risk assessment, to ensure the school maintains their Duty of Care to their students.
No further information will be provided by CWP.
Please Come Prepared
It is expected that the teacher-in-charge will have:
- read this information thoroughly prior to the excursion
- informed their supervisory team of relevant excursion information prior to their arrival
- briefed the students, prior to the excursion, about appropriate behavior around animals and around other patrons
- read the Conditions of Entry on our website prior to the excursion
School buses enter the circular bus-bay and pull-up along the footpath for students to set-down.
It is the responsibility of the school’s supervisory team to ensure the adequate supervision of the students, keeping in mind that the driveway is used by other groups.
Parking of Buses
Buses are to be parked in the Whiteman Park car park.
It is the responsibility of the teacher-in-charge to arrange a pick-up time with the bus driver.
It is the responsibility of the teacher-in-charge to notify the driver of this policy.
Briefing Upon Arrival
Upon arrival, CWP will greet the group at the main entrance of the park. The teacher-in-charge will be provided with CWP guidelines and maps for each adult in the group. It is expected that they will then allow the adults sufficient time to read the info before making their way into the park.
CWP will obtain final student and adult numbers for invoicing purposes.
CWP will perform a head-count.
CWP will obtain the mobile phone number of the teacher-in-charge.
CWP will remind the teacher-in-charge that the bus needs to be moved from the driveway.
You will be assigned to an area within the Picnic Area; this is where your group will be expected to have lunch and other breaks. Student’s bags can be left here.
CWP recommends that valuables are not left unattended.
Please ensure students food is secured to avoid ravens stealing snacks! We recommend food be secured within a plastic container/lunch box/bag, and within a school bag. They can easily tear open food wrap and zip-lock bags. They have even learned how to manipulate zips, so having food double-secured is advised. As a group, please try to have all of your belongings secured away to avoid tempting the ravens - if they see open bags or uncovered storage crates, they will try their luck in search of a free lunch!
It is the responsibility of the school to ensure that their students are supervised at all times, by an appropriate supervisory team, in compliance with the student to adult ratio specified by CWP.
It is the responsibility of the teacher-in-charge to ensure the implementation of effective supervision strategies, including regular head-counts and/or roll calls.
As the park will be open to public at the time of your visit, it is expected that students are well-supervised and behave appropriately to ensure an enjoyable day for all patrons.
It is expected that the school’s supervisory team will participate in CWP attractions with their students (rather than simply observe), actively monitor their student’s behavior and intervene as necessary.
CWP staff are situated at various locations around the park; however will not be responsible for monitoring student’s behavior.
Students are not permitted to wander around CWP unattended (free time).
Standard Conditions of Entry apply - these are located on our website, at the front entrance, and on the back of the map. If it is perceived that students are contravening the Conditions of Entry, they and their supervisor will be approached.
School groups are required to make their way around the park in small groups (5-10 students), with each group accompanied by an adult at all times.
Larger groups will be asked to split-up.
Identification of Participants
This is the responsibility of the school’s supervisory team. There may be several schools visiting CWP at the same time. It is the school’s responsibility to ensure they have a suitable method for identifying their students. Wearing an identifiable uniform, wrist band, vest, or similar, assists CWP to identify students from individual schools.
CWP staff are not required to provide a Working With Children Check because they are not solely responsible for any children, without a parent/guardian/teacher being present.
It is the responsibility of the school to ensure that their supervisory team have appropriate clearances for working with children.
It is the school’s responsibility to ensure they have an adequate method of communication between students and their supervisory team.
Upon arrival, the teacher-in-charge will provide a mobile phone number to CWP. This ensures that CWP can make contact with the school, if need be, for the duration of the excursion.
CWP staff contact each other by CB Radio and/or mobile phone. Urgent messages from one school group to another can be made by contacting the closest CWP staff member.
School staff may use the CWP telephone for urgent calls.
Students Arriving Late
If the school is expecting a student to arrive late, CWP are to be notified upon arrival.
When the student arrives at the main entry, CWP will contact the teacher-in-charge on their mobile phone to arrange for the student to be collected from the main entry. CWP will not be responsible for the student; therefore the parent/guardian will be required to wait until they can hand the student over to a member of the school’s supervisory team.
If the school is expecting a student to be picked-up early, it is appreciated if CWP are notified. CWP will not be responsible for the student; therefore the student is to be handed over to a parent/guardian by a member of the school's supervisory team. This hand-over is to take place out the front of the park.
In these circumstances, parents/guardians are not permitted into the park to drop-off/collect their child, unless they wish to pay the normal park entry fee.
Respect for Other Patrons
It is expected that the teacher-in-charge will ensure that their group displays respect for other CWP patrons.
There are no water fountains in CWP. It is the school’s responsibility to ensure that students have adequate water.
There are 3 toilet blocks around the park; please see map.
Schools are not permitted to block-off the toilet blocks from general public.
CWP is not a nut-free zone.
It is the responsibility of the school to ensure that any students with allergies are appropriately catered for. It is expected that schools will supply, carry and be trained to use relevant medication, including epipens, to be used in the event of an allergic reaction, where relevant.
The animal feed provided to patrons to feed to the animals is nut-free and made in a nut-free site.
At certain times of the year, there may be a prevalence of bees around the park.
CWP is wheelchair friendly. Patrons in wheelchairs may have difficulty if they choose to venture off the footpath in the kangaroo enclosure; therefore it is recommended that they remain on the footpath.
Two, out of the three, toilet blocks have designated disabled toilets and wheelchair access; the Molly’s Farm toilet block does not.
Should you wish to attend the park with an Assistance Animal, please click here for important information.
The majority of the park is covered with even pathways; however there are some uneven surface areas. Please exercise caution on uneven ground, and stick to pathways where possible.
Garden beds are not to be entered and/or walked on.
Please walk only.
Appropriate footwear is recommended.
Indoor surfaces may become slippery when wet, in which case ‘Slippery When Wet’ signs will be erected.
Ponds, lakes etc around the park are fully enclosed and unable to be accessed by patrons.
Safety Signage and Barriers
School groups are expected to obey CWP signage. It is the responsibility of the school supervisory team to ensure that their students adhere to these signs.
Schools are encouraged to prepare for their visit according to the weather forecast.
Students are encouraged to be adequately protected (rain coats, umbrellas, sunscreen, hats, drinking water, etc) for weather conditions.
Upon booking an excursion, school groups are appointed an undercover seated area.
CWP attraction-areas are undercover.
By booking an excursion to CWP, the school accepts that photographs may be taken of their students, by other patrons. CWP will not be held responsible for this.
The Souvenir Shop is out-of-bounds to school groups.
Direct Animal Contact
School groups are welcome to enter the walk-through Kangaroo enclosure, which occupies approx. 50-70 macropods, which can be touched and fed.
School groups are welcome to get up close to a koala, which can be touched.
School groups are welcome to enter walk-through enclosures at Molly’s Farm, which occupy a range of farm species, which can be touched.
School groups are welcome to attend the Farm Show. For the most part, the show does not allow direct contact with the animals, however there are some opportunities for participants from the crowd to bottle-feed lambs, feel sheep’s wool and milk a cow.
School groups are welcome to attend the Meet the Wombat & Friends. There are opportunities for touching of reptiles and marsupials.
Animal food is provided for your students to feed the kangaroos.
CWP suggests that feeding of animals is to be done by placing food on a flat hand, and allowing the animal to take the food from the hand. Poking or forcing feed into an animal’s mouth can result in bitten fingers.
Please ensure that students take a small handful each and refrain from wasting the food. Leftovers can be placed back in the bin.
Animals are not to be picked-up, chased, teased, tormented (ears or tails pulled, etc). School groups who ignore instructions and/or deliberately cause harm/stress to an animal, will be removed from the exhibit and/or the park, at the discretion of CWP.
Animals that are able to be touched, are to be touched gently on their back only.
Monitoring the physical well-being of the students remains the responsibility of the school’s supervisory team.
Administering of first aid remains the responsibility of the school’s supervisory team. It is suggested that the school supervisory team has access to a school-provided first aid kit during the excursion.
Basic first aid supplies and assistance is available from the CWP front office (report to shop) if necessary.
Please Note: For cases of serious medical emergency, calling 000 should always be the school supervisory team’s first response. CWP can assist with this process if necessary.
Should an ambulance be called by the school to attend CWP, CWP must be notified immediately to enable easy access and to implement an evacuation if needed.
To request assistance at any time, please call 9248 1984 or ask the nearest staff member.
It is suggested that the teacher-in-charge has a list of full names, emergency contact details and medical/health information for their entire group; students and all attending adults.
Emergency Response Plan
CWP has extensive risk management planning and emergency procedures in place. We are confident in our ability to respond quickly and appropriately manage an emergency situation. Our first priority is to ensure the safety of all patrons.
CWP has an evacuation procedure in place for the entire park. In order to ensure CWP maintains full control of an evacuation, details of the evacuation procedure will not be released. If necessary, the teacher-in-charge can be briefed on our evacuation procedure at the time of arrival.
In the unlikely event of an evacuation, all patrons will be provided with instruction, including directions to exits/muster points.
All CWP staff are trained in the evacuation procedure.
Emergency response actions will be made in conjunction with Whiteman Park and Emergency Services where relevant.
It is essential that your group take direction from CWP staff at all times, to ensure your groups safety.
Your school's supervisory team can increase the safety of your group by always ensuring they meet the recommended supervision requirements as outlined in this document.
CWP First Aiders have completed a 'Provide First Aid' course.