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Animal Carer Experience (ACE)


The Animal Carer Experience (ACE) is a fantastic opportunity for kids and teens (aged 8-16) to get a taste of life as a Marine Animal Carer. Activities include caring for some of the animals that call Dolphin Marine Conservation Park home and helping to feed and care for the sick wildlife in our specialised Rehabilitation Hospital. Participants will also have the opportunity to educate the public about marine conservation and help promote the importance of our environmental enrichment program by interacting with animals including dolphins, penguins and endangered sea lions.

Disclaimer: Please note that no in-water interactions are included in this new Animal Carer Experience. 

***NB: The Animal Carer Experience replaces the Junior Marine Ranger program until further notice.***

Experience includes lunch, photo and a personalised certificate. Plus:

  • VIP Seating for Main Marine Presentation
  • VIP Tour of Dolphin Marine Conservation Park
  • Feed and care for sick and injured Sea Turtles
  • Get splashed by our fish, rays and sharks
  • Meet Freshwater Turtles up close
  • Provide enrichment for our Little Bue Penguins
  • Interact with our Sea Lions and their favourite toys
  • Watch as our dolphins interact with their environment
  • Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm
  • includes: Lunch, printed 6 x 8 photo of your child, VIP Seating at our Main Marine Presentation
  • Age: 8-16 years
  • Maximum group size: 10 children per experience (Minimum of 6 required to run the program)
  • Cost: $275 per child

The Animal Carer Experience (ACE) runs Saturdays and Wednesdays throughout the school holidays. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Please call (02) 6659 1910 to check next dates and secure your child's place. Please call between 9 am and 2 pm daily.

Essential Requirements:

  • Enclosed Footwear
  • Hat & Sunscreen
  • Camera - your child can take photos to record a personal memento of their experience

To arrange a GIFT CERTIFICATE for this experience please call Bookings on (02) 6659 1910.


Be warned! Children will go home smelling like fish!



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My mum and I just spend the whole weekend at Pet Porpoise Pool, we travel from Tweed to Coffs just to see Buck and Zip, we love them and can't get enough. Already driven down 3 times this year, and every time it's amazing. And we loved seeing all 5 dolphins in the pool, Bella's a sneaky little thing! We got drenched by her plenty of times hahaha. Great to hear you enjoyed yourselves - Paige S..


Every time I come to Coffs Harbour I visit marine magic! My family and I can’t get enough of these beautiful animals. Can’t wait to bring my partner this year so he can experience why I love it so much. Thank you Georgia, we look forward to welcoming you back to the park!..

Karen Purchase

I went up there nearly 2 yrs now after I turned 50. I had received money for my birthday and decided I wanted to do the “trainer for the day” experience. Was the best thing I have ever done in my life, seeing the behind the scene as well getting up and close to all the animals, my favourite parts were taking Elle for her walk around park twice, involved in show, and of course my experiences wi..

Bianca W

Thank you for our tour of your park. We have attended 3 times within the last 11years and have found this way was an amazing way to get up close with the animals and learn more about them. Our guide had lots of information to share and was very good at engaging with the children in the group. Highly recommend. We attended on the 14/7/20 Thank you for taking the time to share your lat..


My son had a brilliant dolphin swim with Trainer Stacey yesterday morning. Stacey was fun, informative and professional and zippy the dolphin was the perfect student loved loved our morning with these beautiful animals Thank you for your lovely feedback Jo, we will let Stacy & Zippy know!..

Diane Binks

Had a great visit to DMCP on Tuesday 30/6/2020, we had an escorted tour of the park with a very informative guide showing us around the park. This visit was very different to our normal visits but my granddaughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit! Thank you to all the wonderful people at the DMCP, you are all amazing! Hi Diane, Thank you for your lovely feedback, this is new to all..

Sharon Page

I took my two youngest grandchildren there in July 2018, they both loved it and still talk about it to this day, so we are planning to return with my oldest grandchild as well. They don't like the drive from Sydney, but they do love it there so it makes it worth the trip. Great place, educational and fun. Thank you Sharon, we look forward to seeing you again..

Sharon Fisher

My husband, daughter and my two grandchildren are driving up from Forster on the 26/06/20 to spend the weekend in Coffs Harbour for a getaway weekend.. My daughter , a single mum has just passed her paramedic course and is now in placement in Tea-gardens. She has been so flat out working 12hr shifts. So the reason to get them away for some quality time . I would love to surprise my grandbabies..

Jason lowe

The park is amazing I want to take my daughter their on November for her birthday she would love it so much Thank you Jason..

Rachel Knight

Best birthday ever! I spent two days at Coffs Harbour on January 6 and January 7. I travelled down on the 5th and left on the 8th, my sole reason for traveling 7 hours by train each way being to spend my birthday at your park which is on January 6. I loved it so much and everyone was so friendly that I have already booked my next holiday for 2021 so I can see you all again. My first day I book..

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