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Visit the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park if you want to experience close encounter with free-roaming Australian wildlife in their natural habitat...
Lonely Planet even named the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park one of the 'best animal adventures for families'.
I really like this wildlife sanctuary. You are surrounded by kangaroos, wallaroos, wallabies, pademelons, and emus.
The Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park is set on 80 acres of natural habitat protected from feral predators, mainly foxes.
It's located in Calga, 1 hour north of Sydney.
Visit in a couple of hours with small children, or more if you want to walk in the bush, picnic and spend more time among the wildlife.
Even better, experience the Wild Sleep Out and camp in the sanctuary overnight.
The Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park homes 63 species of native animals. Many species roam freely around the site while others are kept in enclosure...
Free-roaming animals are mainly emus, kangaroos, wallaroos, wallabies, and pademelons. You may also see others. It's the bush after all.
I’ve seen many kangaroos and wallabies over the years but I still manage to get excited each time I look at them up close.
These animals are not bothered by people. Wallabies and wallaroos are shyer than the others and they may appear only at feeding time.
Emus trot around the site as they please. They're curious and approach people but are friendly.
A ranger introduced us to Happy Feet, an emu who had walked to us. Happy Feet is the friendliest of the emus and likes to be patted. So we patted him on the neck. He let us for a while then walked away.
Watch for the tawny frogmouth in the reception area…
Keep your eyes peeled for these as well… looks just like a real crocodile!
You can also see turtles; they hang in the rock pools on the large rock platform. We didn’t see any but other visitors often spot them.
Animals in enclosures are wombats, pythons, dingos, flying foxes, tiger quolls, cockatoos, kookaburras, lizards, dragons, echidnas, a pig, Tasmanian devils.
The Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park care for koalas that have recovered from injuries and cannot return to the wild.
Walk around the enclosure and watch koalas eating gum leaves. Or sleeping. Koalas are koalas – not much happening but incredibly adorable.
See Koala Encounter at 12.00 pm and Koala Feed-Time at 2.30 pm. You can also pay extra and get a private session with the koalas in their enclosure.
You’ll see pythons behind windows. Also, bring the kids to Pat-a-Python, they’ll enjoy patting the snake...
You can feed the farm animals. Purchase food for $1 at reception.
I expected that the kangaroos and emus would be our children’s highlight at the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park. But surprisingly it was the guinea pigs and rabbits!
Children can enter their enclosure and hold them... if you’re able to catch one!
It’s a cat and mouse game. The guinea pigs and bunnies walk carefully toward you and try to grab food from your hands. Then you attempt to catch one (gently of course!). They scamper back to safety before you even have time to act. I’m sure the guinea pigs were laughing at us.
But in the end we did succeed to hold a couple... The kids enjoyed cuddling a rabbit and two guinea pigs.
The cute alpacas were a highlight as well. They have irresistible almond-shaped eyes. You’ll want to bring them back home with you.
This is Waffles the pig...
A goat grabbed the food paper bag and gobbled it down. Better keep it away from them!
The property contains two bushwalks: Mt White Lookout and Aboriginal Sites walks.
The bush section is where the free-roaming animals can retreat and the shy animals hide. While walking you’ll realise that the animals have access to quite a large area of the bush.
You’ll see few animals on the bush walks (we saw a wallaby), but you'll enjoy it if you like bushwalking.
Walk the two tracks if you can.
Start on the Mount White Lookout loop...
At Mt White lookout the view is beautiful – the bush spreads out below...
Cut through the Aboriginal Sites track...
You’ll see Aboriginal cave paintings and rock carving – the carvings have been dated between 500 and 1000 years old.
You may read on the brochure that the Mount White Lookout track takes up to 90 minutes to walk. This time is conservative – both walks combined took us 40 minutes.
The tracks are on natural ground… not paved or smooth. So not suitable for pram or wheelchair. But the main site where the animals are located is suitable.
Hours: Open daily 9 am - 5 pm except Christmas day. Just turn up.
Prices: Adult $25; child $15 (3-15 years); family (2a+2c) $70; 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 for about $4. Better bring a picnic and eat on the covered verandah or a picnic table among the kangaroos and emus.
Enter this address in your GPS: Darkinjung Rd (any street number), Calga