Koala Park Sanctuary

The Koala Park Sanctuary offers visitors the opportunity to see and photograph Australian wildlife up close in natural surroundings

A rare moment - three Koalas awake at the same time
A rare moment - three Koalas awake at the same time cc licensed photo by pelican

Located north of Sydney in the West Pennant Hills The Koala Park Sanctuary is a family run sanctuary that was first created back in the 1920's. The sanctuary was created out of the concern of Noel Burnet that the Koala Bear may become extinct if it continued to be hunted by the fur trade in such large numbers. It officially opened to the public in October of 1930.

Still being operated by Noel's daughter this sanctuary is one of only a few places in the world where you can see Koalas living in their natural surroundings. Today, however, you can also see Peacocks, Cockatoos, Emus, Kangaroos, Wombats, Echidna, Rainbow Lorrikeet, Wedge-Tailed Eagles, Dingoes and more here.

The Koala Park Sanctuary has a kiosk serving a selection of snacks and beverages and a restaurant serving BBQ lunches.

There are numerous options for getting to the park from Sydney, however, our directions below will get you there with just one train followed by one bus which will drop you off right by the park entrance. The entire journey will take a little over one hour varying according to the time of day.

Nearby attraction: Lane Cove National Park

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Koala Park Sanctuary

Fee: Yes

Closed Now

Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Category: Zoos

Address: 84 Castle Hill Rd
West Pennant Hills New South Wales 2125

Phone: +61 2 9484 3141


Yelp Rating:
3.5 out of 5 3.5 Star Rating
Based on 17 Reviews.

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4 Star Rating This place is small, but awesome. I came here with a tour group and we were able to wander throughout on our own. There were small kangaroos bouncing about... Read More

Niki B. Aug-10-2021

4 Star Rating All the locals told me that this place was "run down" and talked about it like it was a joke, so I didn't go for my first two years in Australia. Finally, I... Read More

Melinda M. Jan-23-2016

5 Star Rating Are those large Q-Tips? No, they're sleeping Koalas in the tree. Also, forget about wanting a dog, it's all about wanting a pet Kangaroo! I've always... Read More

Jack R. Apr-28-2015

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Train and Bus Line Nearest Station Walking Time
T1Pennant Hills + Bus #6320 minutes

How to get to Koala Park Sanctuary by Train and Bus

By Train and Bus: From Monday thru Saturday take the T1 North Shore & Northern Line train from either Wynyard, Town Hall or Central Station to Pennant Hills Station. On Sundays take any train going to Central Station first and transfer to the T1 North Shore & Northern Line train to Pennent Hills there. Exit and cross over the tracks and catch Bus #632 for the 8 minute ride to the park.

Note: that some T1 trains don't go straight through but require a transfer at Chatswood or at Epping Station. This works fine, but you may want to make sure you take a straight through train to keep things simple and avoid the need to transfer. Use the real-time directions link below to view all the options including platform numbers.

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Enjoy watching the antics of the different animals that reside at the Koala Park Sanctuary in this video

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