In 1981 a Mr. Luscombe and Mr Libbis purchased 82 acres of natural parkland surrounding an 80-acre lagoon, 7 kilometres north of Bicheno on the Tasman Highway. Here they built the East Coast Birdlife Park recognising the attraction of exhibiting in such a beautiful setting with wonderful views and climate. Soon, as the demand increased, native mammals, pathways for ride on passenger vehicles, guided tours, and a large car park were introduced.
Since those days a succession of owners has added their own individual style. The name was changed to reflect the nature of the attraction and it became the East Coast Birdlife and Animal Park. It attracted local, interstate, and international visitors. Neville and Jan Quinn purchased it in 1995. Sadly, serious injury to Neville, the owner and the death of his wife Jan at the Port Arthur massacre meant that a change of ownership would be imminent.
In 2011 Simon Plowright purchased Natureworld, along with his partner Karen, they moved from far North West Tasmania with their extended family, expanding the population of Bicheno by 11 people. Simon has extensive knowledge and experience in wildlife ecology and has devoted most of his life to wildlife conservation and wildlife research. He hopes his experience in wildlife field biology and wildlife tourism will bring great benefits to Natureworld.
Since September the café has been renovated and is now called Wildspot Café & Gallery. You are now able to relax and take in the view of the lagoon and animals, while enjoying a delicious espresso coffee, tasty hot or cold meal, a dessert or treat. We even have an all day breakfast. Browse the Gallery and be inspired by the wildlife photography.
We have lots of plans and ideas to improve and expand the park and look forward to sharing them with everyone
Success has been gained through building an excellent reputation for gentle friendly animals, great service, excellent facilities, a location to die for, a natural relaxed atmosphere, and the proximity to the natural wonders of the East Coast.
Natureworld is recognized as a place of excellence.