This is a fantastic animal sanctuary with Kangaroo’s and bird life roaming free and engaging the patrons. There are the usual heart stopping croc shows and animal feeding as well as a pool and free BBQ’s.

Locals get the added advantage of yearly membership that includes a whole range of great benefits. 10% off ReefHQ and heaps of local discounts and extra attractions like nocturnal sleepovers and night walks.

Truly a great place for a local family. As a member you will never have a day with the kids and nothing to do.


Open Times:

Open daily between 0800 and 1700. Closed Christmas Day.

Entry Costs:

Entry Cost Valid From

Adult $27.00 01 Apr 07 – 31 Mar 08


(Aged 4-16) $16.00 01 Apr 07 – 31 Mar 08

Concession $24.00 01 Apr 07 – 31 Mar 08 Pensioners and Seniors.

Family $86.00 01 Apr 07 – 31 Mar 08 Two adults and three children.

Student $24.00 01 Apr 07 – 31 Mar 08 Student and Backpacker.


Children: Children are welcome and activities for them include feeding the native animals.

Disabled: Access to buildings via ramps. Tracks are natural pathways all on flat ground.

Entity Facilities

Billabong Sanctuary has a cafe on site which has light meals such as fish and chips, sandwiches, pies and pizza and beverages such as tea and coffee, beer and soft drinks.

Hotel Pick-up

Pick up from city accommodation and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal at both 9.15 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. Return at 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. Costs apply.

How to get There

Billabong Sanctuary is located on Highway One – Bruce Highway, 17 kilometres south of Townsville. Visitors heading south to Airlie Beach from Townsville usually arrive around 9.00 a.m., stay for all morning wildlife talks and feeding then drive for three hours to Whitsundays. Visitors heading north from Airlie Beach usually arrive at Billabong Sanctuary around noon, participate in all of the afternoon talks and feeding, then take the twenty minute drive from the Billabong to Townsville. Daily tours to Billabong Sanctuary with pick up from Townsville accommodation offer morning, afternoon or full day tours.


2006: North Queensland Tourism Award – Eco tourism

2005: North Queensland Tourism Award – Heritage and Culture

2005: North Queensland Tourism Award – Major Tourist Attraction

Head South on the Bruce Hwy out past the Cluden Racecourse. Go past the turn off for Korea Zinc and about 2klms down the road you will see the signs on the left