Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park – Sydney’s Best Animal Parks (updated)

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park Sydney

Fancy meeting a bilby? Coming nose to nose with a tawny frogmouth? Saying hello to a koala and a kangaroo?

How about a little escape from Sydney and a visit to the delightful Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, just a short drive north.

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park kangaroo

It’s a very laid back place, for animals and visitors too

Not only can you enjoy close encounters of the cute and furry kind, this is a family visit that won’t break the bank.

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My daughter and I love wombats best of all the Aussie animals – they look so huggable

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We first visited when my twins were nearly five.  We’d had a good look at the website, which is very good, so the kids were excited and ready for some animal adventures.

Even on a rather grey and damp day, we had a good time there, an easy day out from our home on the north side of Sydney.

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So slithery, says Mr 5

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My twins love a run, and set off like rockets along the walkways.

The waterlilies are so pretty

 

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park

Cnr Darkinjung Road and Peats Ridge Road

Calga

NSW

Ph: 02 4375 1100           www.walkaboutpark.com.au

Open: 9am – 5pm daily except Christmas Day

This wildlife park is home to Australian native flora and fauna and provides even very young children with an opportunity to meet their favourite furry friends close up.

Situated north of Sydney, about an hours drive up the F3, the park makes a fun day trip or a great stop off for families driving home after a visit to the Central Coast.

Approximetely 180 species of animal and bird live in the park, many can be seen in the wild although some species are kept in enclosures too.

There are some lovely walks though the park, as the name suggests, and several Aboriginal art and settlement sites can be visited.

Unfortunately the walks are not very suitable for strollers so babies and toddlers will need to be popped in a backpack – unless you have a really hardy three-wheleer. Ask the park staff for advice.

There is a café and picnic tables/BBQ area. Some very friendly emus stroll around here and wallabies hop by.

On weekends and in school holidays rangers provide many activities like boomerang throwing and ochre face painting, plus bush tucker and bush medicine workshops.

There are information talks on many animals plus regular feeding times which are always popular with the little ones.

Café: Yes, check website for opening hours as shorter than park opening hours.

Shop: Yes, small one, food for animals is sold

Mum’s Report: We like this down to earth, no pretensions park, it’s not expensive and the combination of very old sites and art of the Darkinjung people and close encounters with Australian wildlife is unique.

My children were amazed to watch a black-headed python swallowing a rat, we watched this over about 15 minutes and that’s a biology lesson they won’t forget in a hurry.

Some of the cages look a bit dated, but upgrades are happening and new ones like the Tasmanian devil enclosure are super, the children felt they were right intthere with the animals.

Extra: There are various walks, very useful maps explain the routes and what can be seen. These range from a short animal loop walk of 15 minutes to the longest which is 90 minutes, add more time the younger the kids!

There’s a cabin for rent if you fancy a sleepover in the park!

Parking: Free car park

There are many paintings inside this cave

The boardwalk though the bush is part of one of the longer walks

The main building where shop are cafe are found

Better the devil you know… and we got to know this one

The kangaroos are very friendly – the visitors too!

Glass panels are ideal for younger children.

I’ve been in Australia for about 23 years and I STILL find close up encounters with kangaroos totally thrilling.

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An emu chick, very sweet

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What’s your favourite way to teach your children about Aussie native animals?

 Have you visited this lovely park?

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  1. I can’t wait to do things like this with my boy. And the glass panels are very clever, our arms and backs won’t get so sore constantly lifting kiddies up to see over the fence.

  2. Awww, so many cute images!!

  3. Wow I did not know this place existed! Thanks for letting me know, my little one would love it!

    • Seana Smith says:

      Yes, it’s a hidden gem, I didn’t hear about it for years after I had kids. Very handy place to stop to and from the Central Coast or a good day trip.

  4. Aw, so cute! We saw a tawny frog mouth down by the Noosar River yesterday and I was so proud of my nine year old. “Look mum, a tawny frogmouth!” she said. I had no idea what she was on about until I spotted it.

    Kids learn about animals from books and parks like this then appreciate them properly when they spot them in the wild :)

    • Seana Smith says:

      Nice story Annabel, we used to have a tawny frogmouth who lived in a tree at our old house, the ‘wise owl’ as the boys called him when they were wee, then they re-named Ashwin as they got older. They are fab birds… I didn’t take this excellent photo, it’s beaut isn’t it?

  5. I like the sound of the Aboriginal art works. Looks like a great place for young kids wanting an Australian Native encounter.
    Carolyn

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