LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 123 (02) 6495 3408 www.merimbulawaterview.com • 1-3 bedroom fully appointed apartments and penthouses • Large solar pool amongst lush gardens • Full panoramic views and only metres from the beach Ph: 02 6494 9225 Office: 02 6494 9053 Email: email@example.com www.potoroopalace.com NATIVE ANIMAL EDUCATIONAL SANCTUARY • Open 10am-4pm daily (except Christmas Day) • Educational talks at 11am and 2pm each day • Individual Animal Encounters by arrangement • Blue Wren Cafe for delicious coffee, home-made lunches and snacks • BBQ also available • Evening meals (with talks & walk optional) for groups by arrangement 9km north of Merimbula on the Princes Hwy BEMM RIVER GIPSY POINT MALLACOOTA EDEN PAMBULA MERIMBULA TATHRA BEGA BERMAGUI Haven for Australian wildlife Just 10 minutes from Merimbula and nestled in the beautiful Bega Valley you’ll find Potoroo Palace and its fascinating sanctuary. Potoroo Palace is where you can meet a koala, wander among kangaroos, touch a snake, stroll through the cooling mist of a walk-through aviary, go for a ride on the mini train and have lunch and really good coffee at the Blue Wren Café. A not-for-profit organisation passionate about caring for the earth, the staff at Potoroo Palace is dedicated to improving the habitats and wellbeing of the native animals in their care, promoting public awareness of their plight in the wild, and educating the community about the importance of the conservation of unique Australian native animals and plants. Visitors come from all over the world to see this country’s native animals. Many of the animals at the sanctuary are native to the Merimbula area. Residents include long nosed potoroos, macropods such as eastern grey kangaroos and a swamp wallaby, and bare nosed wombats. Short-beaked echidnas and rufous bettongs are all found in the Bega Valley, sometimes even entering local backyards. Emus and even dingoes can be found in the surrounding area. Koalas and long-nosed potoroos are very rare in the area now, but were once abundant. The welfare of the animals, not just in their care but all over the world, are at the forefront for those involved with Potoroo Palace, with a focus on education, community and conservation. While you are able to wander the park on your own, twice-daily tours, at 11am and 2pm, are included in the entrance fee and provide an excellent opportunity to be introduced by the park’s informative and friendly keepers to some of the amazing wildlife residents. Learn how special and unique Australian animals, birds and reptiles are and why they are all so crucial to the natural world. These tours are guaranteed to enhance your experience and leave you with lots of great memories of Potoroo Palace. The sanctuary, and the animals that live there, rely on the generosity of others through donations, sponsorships and park entry fees. Why not help them out by bringing your friends and family along to meet some of the interesting and unique wildlife? BLUE WREN CAFÉ Entrance to the sanctuary is not necessary to visit the Blue Wren Café where they serve delicious beverages, including great coffee, and offer a range of homemade snacks and wholesome lunch options. The Blue Wren’s aim is to provide food that is as local, homegrown and chemical free as possible, using home-grown vegetables and eggs from their own chooks, who are rewarded with all the delicious compost scraps. Gluten free and vegan choices available. Visitors to the café can keep warm inside by the cosy fire in the cooler months or dine outside on the sunny terraces. The Blue Wren Café is available for group events and functions. Barbecues are also available for picnics within the park. Visit Potoroo Palace and encounter a wide variety of Australian wildlife from spiky echidnas, fluffy koalas, snakes and reptiles to dingoes, kangaroos and emus and a whole lot more.