FLYING HIGH: Kayla Nielsen at the Flying High Bird Sanctuary. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
FLYING HIGH: Kayla Nielsen at the Flying High Bird Sanctuary. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Family in a flutter after making 3000 new feathered friends

SISTERS Renee, Amy, Kayla and Brooke Nielsen made 3000 feathered friends on their visit to the Flying High Bird Sanctuary at Apple Tree Creek.

With dad, Lee, keeping a watchful eye over birds and children, the family explored one of Australia's biggest free-flight aviaries for the sixth instalment of the NewsMail's Tourist in Your Town two-week series.

"It was really good," Mr Nielsen said.

"The girls were excited to see the different shapes and sizes of the birds."

Mr Nielsen said the family was greeted by all breeds of the winged variety, including cockatoos, lorikeets and macaws.

"There are a lot of aviaries along the outside and one huge one in the middle," he said.

"The birds are just flying free."

But it was the brightest bird of all, the macaw, that captured the attention of the family-of-five.

"The sanctuary worker got out a macaw and we handfed him some peanuts," he said.

Mr Nielsen said they spent about an hour wandering through the sanctuary, trying to identify as many different species as possible.

"There were a lot of different birds," he said.

"The girls were running around saying, 'look at this, look at that'.

"I had to tell them to slow down and take it all in, so they didn't miss anything."

Lee said the girls enjoyed the trip the most.

"They've never done this stuff before," he said.

"They wouldn't get to feed a macaw anywhere else."

Mr Nielsen said the sanctuary was definitely worth seeing, even if you were a local.

"The staff were really nice, they were really patient with the girls," he said.

The sanctuary is open every day - except Christmas Day - from 8am-4pm.

Adults are $18 and children aged five- 15 are $8.

A family pass for two adults and three children is $50.