We visited Birds of Eden, also known as the Dome, in early September. It is an amazing place and worth devoting several hours to - we spent 2.5 very relaxing hours and would have liked to stay longer. We did Birds of Eden on a package deal that also included entry to Jukani (a short drive down the highway) and Monkeyland (next door). The latter venues both require a guide, but you are free to roam and spend as much time as you like at Birds of Eden. The Birds of Eden carpark is the same carpark used for Monkeyland. You will need to safely stow small shiny objects, such as earrings, as the birds may try to steal them - the same for Monkeyland. First impressions are deceiving and, while you can hear lots of bird calls, you may not initially see many birds. However, as you wander along the boardwalk circuit, you will discover many flying birds on strategically placed feeders and ground-dwellers roaming the forest floor. The forest opens up in the latter section and includes several ponds with lots of waterbirds, including pink stalks and other vibrantly coloured birds. Most of the birds are not disturbed by human presence and you can get quite close. I had one cheeky parrot follow me along the boardwalk railing and then sit on top of my iPad while I was videoing! There is a souvenir shop at the entrance and tea rooms toward the end of the circuit inside the dome. I visited with my husband, however, this venue would suit anyone, including the disabled (I don't recall any stairs). Children would need to be kept under control.