If you love native animals and want to get up close and personal with a whole range of adorable furry, feathered or scaly friends, you’ll find plenty of opportunities these school holidays!

Hop, jump and slither into The Workshops Rail Museum this September school holidays for Wildlife Adventures!

Meet your favourite Australian animals at the daily Wild Call Wildlife Shows, take a closer look with the Up Close and Wild photographic exhibition, learn about amazing animal features and habitats with the Wildlife Adventure Theatrette, explore the museum with a Wildlife Adventure Trail, meet our favourite prehistoric animals in augmented reality with the Digi Dino Discovery Trail and take a ride on the ever-popular Workshops Rail Museum Land Train.

Can you hear the call of the wild?

Get up close to mammals, marsupials, reptiles and more at The Workshops Rail Museum this September holidays with Wild Call Wildlife Shows.

Meet some of Australia’s favourite animals and learn about their day-to-day lives.

Each show runs for 30 minutes followed by a 30 minute photograph opportunity with the animals. Different animals will be introduced at each show and may include:

  • Freshwater Crocodile
  • Freshwater Turtle
  • Blue Tongued Lizard
  • Bearded Dragon
  • Pythons
  • Ringtail Possum
  • Squirrel Glider
  • Black Flying Fox
  • Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
  • And more!

Session times

Saturday 17 September – Sunday 2 October 2022

Live shows daily at 10.30am, 11.30am and 1pm


Contact The Workshops Rail Museum on (07) 3432 5100 for information about group bookings.

Ipswich Nature Centre

It is cuteness overload at the Ipswich Nature Centre, where animals are getting ready to welcome new additions while some have already arrived just in time for the school holidays.

Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson Councillor Russell Milligan said it is the perfect time to visit the Centre and welcome the new babies.

“It is a wonderful time of the year to visit the Centre and see the baby birds, joeys and you may even spot the odd flying fox pup,” Cr Milligan said.

Meet the locals these school holidays right here in Ipswich!

“Brush-tailed rock wallabies Paxton and Tahli are boosting their vulnerable species after successfully breeding, and I can confirm Tahli has a joey in her pouch.

“The little joey has not emerged yet but if you keep your eye out, you may see the pouch move.”

Ipswich Nature Centre in Ipswich’s historical Queens Park offers a magical opportunity to get up close and personal with Australian native wildlife.

The centre is home to over 42 species and around 200 animals in care, from dingoes, bilbies and wallabies to water dragons and a whole petting zoo.

Open six days a week, seven during school holidays, and near the Japanese Nerima Gardens within Queens Park, the Ipswich Nature Centre is perfect family-friendly fun.

For more information about the Ipswich Nature Centre, click here.

“New arrivals are also expected any day for the magpie geese, princess parrots, wonga pigeons and the bower birds,” Cr Milligan said.

“A special treat will be to see the male satin bowerbird tending to his bower which is made up of sticks and decorated with blue objects.

“He proudly shows off his hard work by dancing around it to impress the female satin bowerbirds.

“There is lots to see and do at the Nature Centre these school holidays and with so many new faces to meet, it is a fun way to educate children about the animal world.”

The Ipswich Nature Centre is in Queens Park and is open seven days over the school holidays from 9.30am, with the last entry being at 3.45pm before the centre closes at 4pm.

Sources: Workshops Rail Museum and Ipswich First


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