Bilby in the spotlight during Easter school holiday fun

19 March 2014

Move over Easter bunny, the Easter Bilby and his other wildlife friends are making this an Outback Easter event at The Workshops Rail Museum on 6 April.

As part of the one-day event, Wild Rangers Wildlife Encounters are bringing some bush creatures to the Museum for visitors to get up close with non-venomous snakes, lizards, birds and small mammals.

Throughout the day young visitors can not only learn more about native fauna, but meet The Workshops Bilby, receive an Easter treat and pose for a family happy snap.

Visitors can find out about the work done by the Save the Bilby Fund, plus the habitat and survival techniques of the bilby. 

Frank Manthey, long serving voice for the bilbies and co-founder of Save the Bilby Fund, accompanied by a live bilby will share his knowledge on the nocturnal marsupial and have photos with visitors.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said the event is a great opportunity to mix holiday fun and promote the awareness of one of Queensland's endangered native mammals.

"Bilbies have unfortunately declined in population over time, so it’s great that we are able to get the word out through one of our favourite family events," Mr Moritz said.

"We love seeing smiles on faces, and if that occurs while visitors are learning about animals or trains and enjoying the activities, our job is done."

Young visitors can sing-a-along and dance to tunes from the Bush Galah, create craft to take home and let off steam in the indoor playground Nippers Railway.

The bush inspired day coincides with the Easter school holiday event Toys, which runs from 5 - 21 April, so young visitors can take advantage of games and dress ups in the Toy Box and see toys from the past in the Fun and Games display.

The Workshops Rail Museum, part of the Queensland Museum Network, is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage & Cultural Tourism.

For further information and ticket prices, phone (07) 3432 5100 or visit theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au.