The Eldridge Family

Animals at The Billabong Sanctuary in Townsville

November 3, 2018
Photography, Animals, Townsville, Canon

Taking Photos at The Billabong Sanctuary

We packed up the two boys in the double pram and headed to the Billabong Sanctuary near Townsville in Queensland today. I took along my Canon EOS and a couple of lenses, mainly using my 100mm Canon lens.

We really enjoyed walking the Sanctuary, and saw lots of interesting animals. We had to leave a little early because our the youngest wasn’t totally settled, so I didn’t get as many photos as I would have liked.

The Billabong Sanctuary

The Billabong Sanctuary is about 17km south of Townsville on the Bruce Highway. It’s a great look at the Native wildlife of Australia and it is a great day out for the kids.

My Photos of The Billabong Sanctuary Animals

Here are my photos of some of the animals at the Billabong Sanctuary. We didn’t stay for very long as we had two children under 15 months with us. I could have easily stayed longer, and probably would have seen a lot more animals. Never the less, I had a great time, and if you are interested in animal photography, this is a great place to visit.

Lots of Ducks

This photo isn’t the greatest, but I wanted to include it because from the moment you get into the Sanctuary you are surrounded by ducks. The kids love the ducks. These ducks are quite striking because of their contrasting feathers, just wish I got a better shot.
Ducks at Billabong Sanctuary
© Brett Eldridge

Wedge Tailed Eagle

OMG, this thing was massive. The size of this wedge tailed eagle took my wife and I by surprise. It was hard to get a good photo of it though, because as you would imagine, the cage was quite bulky, and there were two layers of cage at the bottom. Still, this was quite easy to get around with my 100mm lens because it just blurs out the fence like it wasn’t there.
Wedge Tailed Eagle at Townsville Billabong Sanctuary
© Brett Eldridge

A Great Egret

This bird is probably not part of the Sanctuary, but just flew in for all the great food. It is a beautiful bird to photograph.
Great Egret at the Billabong Sanctuary in Townsville
© Brett Eldridge

The Koalas

You can get your photo taken with the koalas at the Billabong Sanctuary, but if you just want a photo of a koala, then you are also in luck. The koala display area is well lit, and you can get quite close to them. You just have to be patient and wait for them to stop hiding their face.
Billabong Sanctuary Koala
© Brett Eldridge


I didn’t even notice the turtles until some guy walked over to the edge of the lake and what seemed like hundreds of turtles swarmed him.
Turtle at the Billabong Sanctuary in Townsville
© Brett Eldridge

Another Turtle

Couldn't go past this photo of a turtle swimming by a bin chicken. Couldn't get any more Townsville. As you can see by the focus, I was trying to take a photo of the turtles, when the Ibis walked into frame.
Turtle and Ibis at the Billabong Sanctuary
© Brett Eldridge

Red Kangaroos

There were a few very friendly kangaroos at the Billabong Sanctuary, and the kids loved them. They didn't seem to have an enclosure either and were just hopping around the park. Easy to take photos of the kangaroos as they were so friendly you could just walk right up to them.
Red Kangaroo at the Townsville Billabong Sanctuary
© Brett Eldridge

Sulfur Crested Cockatoo

A beautiful bird, and easy to photograph. This cockatoo was just on a perch, and not in a cage so I had uninterrupted views of the bird for photos.
Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo at the Billabong Sanctuary
© Brett Eldridge

Photo Info

All of these photos were shot with a Canon EOS DSLR and I used the Canon 100mm 2.8f lens.

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