During the July school holidays (7th July to 21st July) Australian Seabird Rescue will be offering holiday-makers and locals a unique opportunity for a one-hour guided tour of its coastal education and wildlife rehabilitation centre on North Creek Road, Ballina.

Volunteer tour leaders will greet guests at the centre at 10am each day and guide visitors on an informative tour of the education centre, and the seabird and sea turtle rehabilitation hospital. 

The experience gives kids a chance to learn many interesting facts about coastal wildlife across our region and allows them a unique opportunity to get a closer look at seabirds and sea turtles currently in care at the centre.

“Visiting the ASR Coastal Education Centre is a very unique experience,”  general manager Rochelle Ferris said.

“Visitors from all over the world come to see our operation and learn about seabirds and sea turtles that they may never have the opportunity to see in the wild.

“It also gives ASR a valuable opportunity to raise community awareness about reducing the human impacts affecting these incredible creatures.”

Donations of $5 per adult and $2 for children under 12 will go directly towards the rehabilitation costs of the seabirds and sea turtles in care.

Visitors are invited to bring lunch along and enjoy some bird watching by one of the lakes where many native species such as azure kingfishers, white faced herons and pacific black ducks are regular visitors. 
Bring your binoculars to see the hibernating goanna in the tree top.

Seats are limited, and the centre is completely wheelchair accessible.

“Book your tour now by calling 0266 862 852 and give your kids an unforgettable experience that they can take home and share with others these school holidays,” Rochelle said.

PICTURE: The Power Family visits ASR, from left, Kristi, Kahlee anda Dylan with parents Wayne and Kelsey.