You can walk, talk with the animals at Tamworth Marsupial Park

THERE aren’t too many places where you can interact with kangaroos or have a peacock stroll past your picnic lunch, but one of those places is in the heart of Tamworth and open 364 days a year.

The Tamworth Marsupial Park has seen some big changes in the past five years and a fresh chapter is about to be written.

The reinvention of the facility began four-and-a-half years ago when a team of volunteers took over its running from the Tamworth Regional Council.

Since then, the Friends of the Tamworth Marsupial Park have embarked on an ambitious redevelopment, with a new interactive kangaroo enclosure, the enlarging of the emu enclosures and refurbishment of aviaries, barbecue and picnic areas and playgrounds.

The large, free-flight aviary has new timber walkways and native plants, and landscaping of other areas is ongoing.

The most exciting development in recent times will happen later in the year when work starts on a new adventure playground.

Next week there will also be a few new inhabitants when some wallabies arrive from Port Macquarie to take up residence in an enclosure in the centre of the park.

Tamworth Marsupial Park is open every day except Christmas Day from 8am to 4.45pm.

Entry is free.

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