Walkabout Wildlife Sanctuary

Walkabout Wildlife Sanctuary

Walkabout Wildlife Sanctuary
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
If you love animals but you don't like to see them in zoos, this working wildlife sanctuary is a wonderful place to visit. Only an hour north of Sydney city, you can meet kangaroos, emus and wallabies living free in 80 acres of Australian bush. Natural camps house koalas, wombats, Tasmanian devils, dingoes, flying foxes, echidnas, pythons, cockatoos and all their feathered, furry, scaly and spiky friends. Follow the walking tracks to visit ancient Aboriginal sites. Open every day from 9:30am to 5pm, or book an overnight ranger-led Wild Night Out. Fun and safe for children and adults alike. This is not an intense commercial experience with concrete paths and play areas. This is the real Australian bush.
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2-3 hours
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  • K72
    Melbourne, Australia2,932 contributions
    Good for tourists
    Great spot for tourists to see and experience Australian animals up close. the free roaming roos and emus provide a great experience and photo opportunities. Many of the animals there are rescues and living their days in a caring environment. The park is not over run with animals. Leisel was a terrific guide! We had a lot of overseas tourists with us and they loved it!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 9 April 2023
  • GoPlaces19620441286
    1 contribution
    Excellent day out
    Informative and friendly staff members. Huge range of animals, also the option for a bush walk. Loved the koala speed date opportunity. Reasonable prices, animals looked happy.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
  • Jenny L
    1 contribution
    An amazing place!
    My group absolutely loved our twilight visit to the Walkabout Wildlife Park. The ranger was expert, enthusiastic and kind. We got to see and sometimes hold so many different native animals, at dusk when they were naturally lively. The Park is doing amazing things for wildlife rescue, conservation and education. Highly recommended.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 November 2023
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Jenny L
1 contribution
Oct. 2023 • Friends
My group absolutely loved our twilight visit to the Walkabout Wildlife Park. The ranger was expert, enthusiastic and kind. We got to see and sometimes hold so many different native animals, at dusk when they were naturally lively. The Park is doing amazing things for wildlife rescue, conservation and education. Highly recommended.
Written 26 November 2023
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GoPlaces19620441286
1 contribution
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Informative and friendly staff members. Huge range of animals, also the option for a bush walk. Loved the koala speed date opportunity. Reasonable prices, animals looked happy.
Written 30 September 2023
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Sarah S
Boxborough, MA3 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Family
We're a family of 5 visiting from the US, and we booked 2 cabins for our first 2 nights in Australia. I worried this might be too much of a splurge for 2 basic cabins (we wouldn't all fit in one). It wasn't - I would do it again in a heartbeat! Living with the animals on the sanctuary for 2 days was the best way to get up close with the beloved and iconic Australian wildlife. Kids (ages 11-19) and adults alike loved it! We got to do all the things Walkabout Sanctuary had to offer - the Aboriginal sites, the Evening Safari, most of the free hourly animal talks, and a couple Speed Dates. Don't miss out on the speed dates! The close encounters with the bilbies and the sugar gliders were some of our favorite experiences of our whole trip! We didn't mind that the yard wasn't perfectly manicured and landscaped for the human eye, and we appreciated how much the staff care about the animals. We enjoyed that by staying 2 nights we got to know several of the animals, and some of the staff, by name. The cabins were comfortable and it was very special and memorable to have a home-base at the sanctuary.
Written 1 August 2023
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K72
Melbourne, Australia2,932 contributions
Apr. 2023
Great spot for tourists to see and experience Australian animals up close. the free roaming roos and emus provide a great experience and photo opportunities. Many of the animals there are rescues and living their days in a caring environment. The park is not over run with animals. Leisel was a terrific guide!

We had a lot of overseas tourists with us and they loved it!
Written 9 April 2023
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Debbie
Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut, Israel403 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Family
Had a great time here. It’s a one hour drive from Sydney. The animals were roaming freely. Pack a lunch box and picnic there. The rangers were super informative and there’s a souvenir shop with food and drink to purchase.
Written 17 January 2023
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Mark G
Maidstone, UK22 contributions
Jan. 2023
TL;DR - an excellent authentic experience at a place where the staff care about the important things and less about the unimportant one i.e. they focus on the the animals and not the paintwork or cafe.

I went to the sanctuary with my wife, my daughter and her husband and two of their friends. All of us left impressed by the experience and the staff working there and would recommend it to anyone else who is looking for a more authentic experience and can see beyond the lack of a nice latte or over sanitised tarmac.

Many of the animals are free to roam around the park and one can interact with them. Others, such as tasmanian devils, snakes and fruit bats, are in enclosures for obvious reasons. All the animals that we say looked in good health and well looked after and the staff that we interacted with clearly care very much about their charges.

As we left we asked about one of the kangaroos which were standing in the lobby and the receptionist came alive talking about how she was 13 years old and blind but she was still able to move around the park. It was obvious to all of us how much she cared and how this was not just a job to her.

Sometimes I wonder what people who leave bad reviews for places on Trip Advisor are expecting. I see people leaving bad reviews and complaining about the cafe being bad or the paths not being pushchair friendly and think that they need to get things in perspective. Having to wait 20 minutes for your coffee or not having a paved path to push your buggy along on a bushwalk should not be the main factors in a review of an establishment such as this. I'm not sure what is gong through some peoples minds when they compalin about kangaroos lying on dry dirt. What do you think kangaroos lie on in the wild? There is no lovely green grass in the bush.

This is not a sterilised scripted Disney like experience and it is all the better for it. If you are looking for that type of thing then go to a zoo.
Written 11 January 2023
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AustTrail
Sydney510 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Family
Our second visit here after many years. Things have not really changed but the animals here are still interesting to look at. Most are not enclosed except the rarer animals like the Tassie devil's and koalas.
The place is a bit run down and may not be suitable for some strollers and wheelchairs. But having said that, the place looks wild and suitable for the animals to roam around freely.
It is good that the kangaroos and emus are not fed by visitors and they seem to be less aggressive than the animals at the other park nearby.
It looks as though the animals are well cared for and it was a nice afternoon visit and it was not crowded. Enjoyable for both young and old
Written 13 June 2022
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bronte000
Newcastle, Australia40 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Friends
Absolutely terrible. We went a couple of years ago and it was "ordinary", but yesterday we were shocked. Not a blade of grass to be seen. Kangaroos etc laying on dry dirt. Wombat, dingo, pig, koala all asleep. The animals didnt even look clean. Two wallabies had scabs, as did a peacock. The goats kept scratching themselves. The koala had a tree wirh no leaves. Not worth going.
Written 13 June 2022
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Sharon K
Pendle Hill, Australia409 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
The sanctuary is a very basic. They have kangaroos, emus, wombats, koalas, bats, Kookaburras, Tasmanian Devils, farm animals you can feed.
The walking tracks are rough and not ideal for wheel chairs or people that are unstable on their feet.
You can take a picnic lunch with you.
Written 8 May 2022
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Brian M
1 contribution
Apr. 2022
Spent the day and evening in one of their Eco cabins and the whole experience was awesome. The staff are so helpful and friendly. The talks about the various animals were conducted with great knowledge and extremely interesting. Wish our stay could have been longer. Thank you everyone at the park, especially Tassin.
Written 1 May 2022
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