WHERE TO EN­COUNTER WILD DOL­PHINS IN AUSTR ALIA

Th­ese three beach spots have care­fully reg­u­lated dol­phin en­coun­ters that en­sure the an­i­mals’ wel­fare. Head to one to see wild dol­phins up close.

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BUNBURY, WA

The Dol­phin Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre is 150km south of Perth. Here vis­i­tors can ex­pe­ri­ence dol­phins up close in a shal­low wa­ter in­ter­ac­tive zone. The lo­ca­tion is fre­quented by a num­ber of dol­phins that typ­i­cally stay any­where be­tween five min­utes and one hour. Dol­phins here are fed a va­ri­ety of lo­cal fish by staff, with each adult an­i­mal re­ceiv­ing no more than 350g, which is less than 10 per cent of what is es­ti­mated by re­searchers to be their av­er­age daily re­quire­ments. En­try is $10 for adults and $5 for kids/con­ces­sions.

More info: Call 08 9791 3088 or visit dol­phindis­cov­ery.com.au

MONKEY MIA, WA

Monkey Mia Re­serve is on Peron Penin­sula’s east­ern shore, 23km north-east of Den­ham and 700km north of Perth. Five adult dol­phins can be fed by a lucky few hu­man vis­i­tors from the beach here un­der national park ranger su­per­vi­sion. Dol­phin ex­pe­ri­ences and in­ter­pre­tive talks be­gin 7.45am. Feed­ings may con­tinue un­til noon. An­other 20 dol­phins also visit and may be seen from the shore. Park per­mits needed. More info: Call 08 9948 1366 or visit parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/ monkey-mia Find the RAC Monkey Mia Dol­phin Re­sort at park­sand re­sorts.rac.com.au/monkey-mia

TAN­GA­LOOMA, QLD

Tan­ga­looma Is­land Re­sort is on the pro­tected sand is­land of More­ton Is­land, 40km north-east of Bris­bane. Guests are able to wade into the shal­lows at sun­set for a chance to feed a mem­ber of the wild bot­tlenose dol­phin fam­ily that vis­its each evening. The pro­gram op­er­ates un­der strict en­vi­ron­men­tal guide­lines, en­sur­ing that the dol­phins re­main in­de­pen­dent and con­tinue to nat­u­rally hunt and feed. You must book a day trip or stay overnight at the re­sort (on cer­tain pack­ages) to par­tic­i­pate in the feed­ing pro­gram. More info: Call 07 3637 2000 or visit tan­ga­looma.com

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