Tour Description

Warrawong Sanctuary

Famous Hills sanctuary has returned.

Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th or Friday 17th September 2021
Cost: $93

Founded in 1969 by well-known and controversial environmentalist Dr John Wamsley, the Sanctuary became famous for its successful work protecting a variety of animals, but particularly platypus. It developed a new type of predator-proof fencing which protected the animals from feral cats and foxes. Dr Wamsley’s strong opinions about cats, and his famous feral cat skin hat, helped promote the Sanctuary and its work. However, in the 2000s the Sanctuary had a bumpy ride, with the site being sold several times, before being closed in 2013 by its then owner Zoos SA.

In 2017 Warrawong received new owners – experienced zoo owners from WA, David Cobbold and Narelle MacPherson. They have re-opened the Sanctuary, and have worked hard to restore it to its former glory, including buying back some of the land that had been sold by previous owners.

As part of our visit we participate in a wildlife show and enjoy lunch in their restaurant. After lunch we have time to explore the Sanctuary, or sit and relax, enjoying the natural surrounds. It’s wonderful to see this very special place of peace and tranquillity being used again to protect so many important animals.

We expect to start set-downs in Encounter Bay at approximately 4.30pm, finishing in Goolwa around 5:15pm.

  • 8:50am – Seachange Village, Gardiner Street Goolwa
  • 8:55am – Goolwa Caltex, Cadell Street Goolwa
  • 9:00am – Goolwa Stratco, Hutchinson Street, Goolwa
  • 9:05am – Elliot Gardens, Montpelier Terrace Port Elliot
  • 9:15am – Bus stop 12, Middleton
  • 9:25am – Bus stop 7, Hayborough
  • 9:27am – Bus stop 1, Stuart Street, Victor Harbor
  • 9:30am – Bus stop 4, Rosetta Village, Maude Street Encounter Bay

Important: please give us a call the day before the trip to confirm. The new health requirements mean we have some questions to ask, including getting your choice for lunch.