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Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park
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Owner description: 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 9am 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
“Comparison to nearby Australian Reptile Park”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

We visited with our 2 children, aged 9 and 13. The park enables you to walk amongst some native australian animals - kangaroos, wallabies and emus. The animals are all healthy and tame and the park is educational for children. There are some enclosures (eg, for dingos and echidnas) which seem to be well cleaned and maintained. The koala talk and alpine dingo presentation were both interesting and informative. You can buy animal food to feed the young goats in the farmyard. You can't otherwise feed any animals but this is probably a good thing as otherwise they could become very overweight!

There is limited food available to visitors, it did not seem to be healthy, nor did there appear to be much variety in the food offered. We did not eat at the park. We noticed that some families had brought picnics, there were plenty of picnic tables about for this purpose. In hindsight, this probably would have been a good idea.

By way of comparison to the nearby Australian Reptile Park, which we have visited several times, I would make the following comments:
1. The Reptile Park has a greater variety of animals in enclosures, but at the Walkabout Wildlife Park you can get very close to live kangaroos, wallabies and emus. There are some free roaming kangaroos at the Reptile Park but there are not as many as at the Walkabout Wildlife Park and they are often hard to find (as there are more visitors and the roos seem to seek out the "off limits" areas at the Reptile Park to get a little peace and quiet).
2. The cafe facility at the Reptile Park is better if you want to buy food to eat, but it's also mainly standard takeaway (chips,burgers, etc).
3. The paths, gift shop and other facilities at the Reptile Park are bigger and better.
4. There are fewer visitors at the Walkabout Wildlife Park so you can get closer to the animals and presenters at the displays and demonstrations. These can get very crowded at the Reptile Park.

So, in summary, the Walkabout Wildlife Park is worth a visit (2 - 3 hours) if you want to get up close to kangaroos, wallabies and emus and see some other australian animals in enclosures.

Visited April 2013
7 Thank LeahSydney01
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NSW, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Best day out”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

I am a local of the area and didn't even know this existed. Spent the day. Started with the staff feeding the kangaroos, wallaby's and emus. The kangaroos and wallaby's are so friendly they come up for a pat. Some of animals are in exhibits, but the kangaroos, wallaby's, emus are free to come and go as they please. I had very seen an echinda walking around or eating before so that was a treat, they also had a few animals I had very seen before. Take the aboriginal walking track for a nice easy bush walk that displays some carvings and a few rock painting. Lunch can be bought from the kiosk with a limit choice of items , there are BBQ's provided for visitor use. It is nice to have your lunch while sitting among the friendly kangaroos. A great day out for locals, visitors young and old. I enjoyed this park better that the reptile park.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank holly0411
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Sydney, Australia
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“Great outdoor, wildlife experience for family”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

The close encounter with reptiles and local animals at night is the highlight of the camp stay. My family of 4 shared a tent. We slept well, a testamount to the comfy sleeping bed on mattress. Meals provided are basic, but homey. Next day, entrance ticket to the park is included. We paid $540 for family of 4.

Visited March 2013
Thank Dominic W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A very expensive bush walk”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

Cost is my main gripe - it was $48 for both my husband and I. It needs a good tidy up, bit of a hodge podge of buildings and animal enclosures. I understand wildlife sanctuaries are not well funded and cost a lot to run, but if you're going to be charging prices similar to other attractions nearby, you need to pick up your game a little. As their brochure says "we are NOT the reptile park". Indeed.

3 Thank Rsande
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2013

We went to this park taking with us a good friend visiting from overseas. We arrived at 12 noon and the entire time we were there we saw 2 kangaroos and 4 emus that looked like they hadn't seen water for 2 years.
We walked the entire tracked area and tried to find any decent Aboriginal carvings and could only find rocks that had hardly visible scratchings.
I would never go back!
This place was a joke.

Visited March 2013
5 Thank Paul H
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