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Koala Park Sanctuary

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want to see Australian animals

it was a not so great experience. but you can go once to just do some outing experience. I will... read more

Reviewed August 1, 2018
A small friendly place to get a close encounter with Australian native animals

We took some overseas students (aged 15) who had indicated that what they really wanted during... read more

Reviewed July 28, 2018
tilli p
Sydney, Australia
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84 Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills, The Hills Shire, New South Wales 2125, Australia
+61 2 9484 3141
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The small zoo tries its best but the animals are kept in small areas and if you are looking for a close encounter with any of them you might be disappointed. The two dingos looked seriously bored and truly domesticated. You will see all the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Aria H
Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

I've been coming here for years and still love it. The animals are well cared for, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable and interacting with the animals is so much fun.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank RebeccaC4717
Reviewed October 12, 2018

Although this day was very dreary and rainy the entire experience was very sad. The enclosures were old and beat up and the animals looked sad and depressed. The price was a bit expensive for the experience, $28. There were only a few kangaroos you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank V107YLcristinam
Reviewed September 19, 2018

It's a great opportunity for me to see an new animal, this is an animal that most of his time they were sleeping, so its nice to see when they are awake :))) Team staff are accommodating

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gladys F
Reviewed August 21, 2018

Went here with some family from overseas and I was so disappointed a the fact that these animals looked lifeless and sick. I have been a frequent visitor to this location and for the first time in 20 odd years I was actually saddened by...More

Date of experience: August 2018
5  Thank Giegie82
Reviewed August 1, 2018

it was a not so great experience. but you can go once to just do some outing experience. I will not go here many times but it was an okay type of experience.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

If you deliberately want to see and experience Australian wildlife, this would be a better alternative than the regular zoo. :) place is relaxing and cool. Highly recommended for families and friends.

Date of experience: July 2018
4  Thank 71jonb
Reviewed July 28, 2018

We took some overseas students (aged 15) who had indicated that what they really wanted during their visit was "to pat a koala" As you can see, the reviews shown here are sometimes rather unkind. This is not Taronga Zoo, instead it has its own...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank tilli p
Reviewed July 26, 2018

Very VERY basic animals and attractions. Even for tourists it is disappointing, you are so much better to go to wildlife world! or the zoo, they have a hands on experience with australian fauna at little to no extra cost to your entrance pass. The...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank Emma D
Reviewed July 20, 2018

I'm not sure if it is family owned - but it feels like it Nice small private zoo, not a monster institution like Taronga Zoo... a bit run-down at the edges, but full of personality and quirkiness! A highlight was to beable to get up...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank PartTime P
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July 5, 2016|
Response from laura n |
Hi..Thanks for letting me know! We will be traveling to Australia in September and I was researching someplace to see the Koalas. I was looking for more of a non profit rehab not a "Sea world" type facility I google the... More
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Annie L
New York City, New York
Koala Park Sanctuary vs Lone Pine? (4 Replies)
I was curious to know if our only reason to goto Brisbane would be to goto Lone Pine to hug some koalas, would it be the same if we just head to the Koala Park Sanctuary in Sydney and save the days we would've spent in Brisbane elsewhere? We have about 13 days total and I had wanted to spend half in Sydney and half in Cairns/Port Douglas, if we could skip going to Brisbane.
September 16, 2010|
Response fromBokhara|
Tks Dr Rudi - perhaps it's that NSW is the only State that doesn't allow it.
adelyn a
Wildlife Parks (3 Replies)
Dear all, I would like to visit a park when I visit Sydney. Can anyone advise? I only have few days in Sydney, only afford to visit one park. My main purpose, I want to pat on koala! Which is my favourite part. Which park that I can have an extremely close encounter with koala & get to snap pictures without cost? Taronga Zoo, Wildlife Sydney, Koala Park Sanctuary, Featherdale Wildlife Park? Thank you very much.
December 13, 2013|
Response fromthmoore|
Forget Koala Park - it is a sad shadow of its former self. Featherdale - the entrance fee includes everything except any food you want to buy for the animals (just a coule of $$ a bag) - no additional fee to pat the koala (and lots of other animals too At both Taronga & Wildlife Sydney there will be an additional charge to take a photo while you pat a koala (though taking pictures form a distance (outside the enclosure) is covered in the entry fee. How many days do you have? What else...More
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Blue mountains: tour or exploring on your own?? (3 Replies)
We will be in Sydney May 8th-14th, and would like to take a day trip to the blue mountains. I was hoping to get some feedback on if it is better to take a guided tour or take the train and then do a hop on/hop off bus tour? We were already planning on purchasing the Mymulti3 ticket so that I believe would cover the train to the blue moutains. But, the tour stops at Featherdale Park? Is Featherdale better than the Taronga (sp?) Zoo or the Koala Park Sanctuary? Any suggestions would be great!
April 27, 2010|
Response fromk1w1brad|
many people have their own views on Featherdale but for me I rather Taronga Zoo. Depending on what you like to do also depends on independent or go with tour group. Independant if you love hiking and the nature trails; Tour group if you really want to know loads more then you bargained for. Sounds like the HOHO bus tour would be in your interest as you can get a feel for both a hike/walk to Wentworth Falls (very nice) but the stairs back up - well let's just say there is a lot of...More