Visit the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park if you’d like to see free-roaming Australian wildlife.
Lonely Planet named it one of the 'best animal adventures for families.'
The Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park homes 63 species of native animals on 80 acres of natural habitat. The land is protected from feral predators.
Many species roam free while others are kept in enclosures.
This sanctuary is located at Calga, only 1 hour from Sydney.
Set aside at least two hours or more if you'd like to bushwalk around the land and have a picnic.
You can also stay overnight in a tent or cabin and/or join a nocturnal guided tour.
The free-roaming animals you'll meet are:
The animals are not bothered by people. But wallabies and wallaroos are shyer than the others and may appear only at feeding time.
The Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park asks that you don't feed the kangaroos and emus. It's not good for them and can affect their behaviour, but you can pat them.
These animals are kept in enclosures:
The animals are kept in enclosures for different reasons. One reason is they may take part in the 'breed for release back into the wild' programs.
Take your children to Pat-a-Python – they'll enjoy patting the snake.
There are plenty of other ranger-led activities throughout the day. These include Koala Encounter and Koala Feed-Time.
The Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park cares for koalas that have recovered from injuries. These koalas cannot return to the wild.
You can buy food at the reception and feed the farm animals. Children can enter the guinea pig and rabbit enclosure and hold the animals. Feeding alpacas was a highlight with the kids as well.
The farm animals you'll meet:
The property has two walking tracks: Mt White Lookout and Aboriginal Sites. Start walking the Mount White Lookout loop and cut through to the Aboriginal Sites track. You can walk both paths as they cut through each other.
Free-roaming and shy animals like to hide in this large bushland. So you won't encounter many animals. We spotted one wallaby.
You'll walk past Mt White Lookout, which offers lovely bush views.
You'll also see Aboriginal cave paintings and rock carvings, which have been dated 500 to 1000 years old.
The two walks took us 40 minutes.
The tracks are not suitable for prams and wheelchairs as they sit on natural grounds, but the main site is. And the walk may be too challenging for smaller children.
Hours: Open daily, 9:30 am - 5 pm (time differs on Christmas day). No need to book - you can just turn up on the day or pre-purchase tickets online if you prefer.
Prices: Adult $33; child $20 (3-15 years); family (2a+2c) $96; free for children under 2 years.
Eating: A cafe serves basic food such as sandwiches, hot chips and pies. You can get coffee and tea from a machine. Better bring a picnic and eat undercover or among the kangaroos.
Located 1 hr from Sydney. Address: 1 Darkinjung Road Calga. Follow the M1 and exit at Calga Interchange. Check directions on Google Maps.