Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park ~ Phone: (02) 43751100
Our Address ~ 1 Darkinjung Road, cnr Peats Ridge Road, Calga NSW, Australia 2250 ~

book now banner

Billy Bilby Challenge

Results of the 2009 NSW Premier's Reading Challenge


Billy Bilby and Friends Drawing Competition, Reading for Life ... Reading for Wildlife

Billy is a little grey bilby with a pink nose and pink inside his ears. All across NSW as part of the Premier's Reading Challenge, primary school students got together to help the author, Nette Hilton, to illustrate Billy's new book. It was a great story, but it didn't have any pictures!

Have you read the book about Billy Bilby and the Easter Games?


Nette Hilton, the author of all the Billy Bilby books, wrote another Easter story just for you.

But Nette needed your help!

Her new book didn't have any pictures. She needed all the children to draw or paint a picture to illustrate the words of the story. The Billy Bilby story has eight pages. Children chose one of the pages to illustrate.

Although the competition is over, you can still have fun drawing pictures to illustrate the pages. Here is the story...
  • Billy Bilby had millions and billions and zillions of eggs to deliver. "How can I deliver all these eggs?" asked the little bilby.
  • "I'll help," said Kangaroo.
  • "I don't think so," said Billy, "but thank you all the same."
  • "I'll help," said Lizard.
  • "I don't think so," said Billy, "but thank you all the same."
  • "I'll help," said Kookaburra.
  • "I don't think so," said Billy, "but thanks all the same."
  • "Can we help?" asked the little bilbies. "I think so," said Billy Bilby. "Thank you very much."

billy-bilby4© Nette Hilton, Bilby and Friends Enterprises™ Pty Ltd

Competition winners visited Walkabout Park to meet the koalas and Billy Bilby's other animal friends
Congratulations to the following schools for having such talented and enthusiastic students. The judges had great difficulty choosing from the nearly 1,000 entries received (* indicates specially commended schools):

Balgowlah North Public School, Blaxland East Public School, Beacon Hill Public School, Beecroft Public School, Booragul Public School*, Boronia Park Public School, Calvary Chapel Christian School, Carlton Public School, Cedars Christian College, Chester Hill Public School, Coal Point Public School, Coffs Harbour Christian Community School, Corpus Christi Public School St Ives, Croydon Public School, Dobroyd Point Public School, Dunoon Public School, Erskineville Public School, Father John Therry Public School Balmain, Forestville Public School, Freemans Reach Public School, Gulmarrad Public School, Harbord Public School, Holy Trinity Public School Granville*, Jindabyne Central School, Kareela Public School, Katoomba Public School, Kellyville Public School, Killarney Heights Public School, Kingsgrove Public School, Kingswood Public School, Lakemba Public School, Lavington Public School, Mary MacKillop Public School Penrith, Matthew Pearce Public School, Mawarra Public School, Moama Public School, Mount Brown Public School, Mount Colah Public School, Narara Public School, Nepean Christian School, Nimmitabel Public School, North Nowra Public School, Northern Beaches Christian School, Northside Montessori School, Nowra Anglican College, Orange Grove Public School, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Public School Wentworthville, Our Lady of the Nativity Public School Lawson, Our Lady of the Rosary Public School, Paddington Public School, Palmers Island Public School, Peats Ridge Public School*, Picnic Point Public School, Point Clare PS, Pymble Ladies College, Revesby PS, Rouse Hill PS, Sackville St PS, Sefton HS, Singleton Heights Public School*, Spencer Public School, St Cecilia's Public School Wyong, St Columba Anglican College, St Philip's Christian College Cessnock, Stockinbingal Public School, The Illawarra Grammar School, Towradgi Public School, Umina Public School, Winston Heights Public School, Wollondilly Public School, Wyong Christian School, Yowie Bay Public School.

 What the winners received:

First prize winners received a family pass to the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park experience, a Billy Bilby plush toy, two Billy Bilby books, a drawing book and an Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park wristband. There were also prize packs for highly commended, commended and special mention entries. These illustrations were used in a special online book and its promotion.

 And the winners were:

Mia – Year K, Dobroyd Point (K-2 winner)
Remy – Year 2, Coal Point (3-4 winner)
Sofia – Year 6, Matthew Pearce (5-6 winner & highly commended)
Emily – Year 7, St Columba Anglican (7-9 winner)
Bianca – Year 3, Father John Therry (highly commended)
Aiden – Year 4, Freemans Reach (highly commended)
Ivy - Year 6, Kingswood (highly commended)
Thomas - Year 4, Palmers Island (commended)
Louise - Year 6, Mt Colah (commended)
Sarah - Year 6, Chester Hill (special mention)
Brooklyn - Year 6, Mawarra (special mention)
Alexandra - Year 7. St Columba Anglican (special mention)


Opening times

Open every day except Christmas Day.eee

Day time visitors do not need to book

Open at 9am - Every day

Close at 5pm - Every day

Evening and overnight experiences 
must be pre-booked

Contact us

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park

1 Darkinjung Road, cnr Peats Ridge Road, Calga, NSW Australia 2250 • Phone (02) 43751100 • Outside Aus +61 2 43751100 • Fax (02) 43751257

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Park Entry Prices

For group programs or for a private ranger-led tour, contact us for a quote.

Standard Tickets
Child - aged 3 to 15 years
Family Discounts
Family - 2 adults + 2 children
Extra child - with $70 Family Pass
Free Entry - eligibility conditions apply
No charge
No charge
Child - aged 0 to 2 years
Carer with Companion Card - accompanying disabled client
$20 Discount Tickets - must show ID Card
20% off Standard Adult Rate
20% off Standard Adult Rate
20% off Standard Adult Rate
20% off Standard Adult Rate


Ranger-led activities

Admission price includes daily ranger-led activities.

Please check with us as program may change.


Time What's on





Meet Waffles the Pig
Meet the mob: Kangaroos & Emus
Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat

Boomerang throwing
Dingo encounter
Koala encounter
Pat a Python
Echidna encounter
Night Hunters - Predator Birds

Tasmanian Devil encounter
Koala feed-time
Bare-Nosed Wombat encounter
Bush Tucker & Bush Medicine
Aboriginal Sites visit (only on
weekends & holidays)

Meet the mob: Kangaroos & Emus
Flying Fox introduction

0:00 Wild Emu and Kangaroo Feeding
10:30 Meet Billy Bilby
11:00 Koala Talk
11:30 Meet a Dingo
12:00 Boomerang Throwing
12:30 Pat a Python
1:00 Bush Tucker & Bush Medicine (weekends & holidays only)
1.00 Bush-Ochre Face Painting and Bunny Fun in the Farmyard
1:45 Lizards, Turtles and Dragons
2:15 Tazzie Devil Feeding 
2.30 Quoll Feeding
2:45 Koala Feeding
3:15 Flying Fox Feeding
3:30 Wombat Feeding
4:00 Wild Emu and Kangaroo Feeding
You are here: Home Schools Billy Bilby Challenge